Saturday, 8 December 2018

Christmas Card with Heat Embossed Stencilling and Inked Background

Hi Everyone, I love this technique of heat embossing over stencil paste, specially with metallic embossing powder as it gives, shine and texture all in one go and looks so rich and luxurious.

Christmas card with heat embossed stencilling on an inked background.

Start with an A6 white blank card, cut a piece of gold card 9.5 x 14.75cm and adhere to the centre of the card. 

Cut a piece of white card 9 x 14.75cm, using a foam ink blending tool, ink all over the card, (the ink colours are linked below). Spritz with water, then take off the excess with a dry cloth or kitchen towel, use a heat gun to dry the ink.

Use stencil tape to attach the stencil to the inked card, carefully spread texture paste over the stencil making sure that it is all fairly evenly covered. Lift away the stencil, discard the tape and wash it quickly with warm water. Whilst the texture paste is still wet sprinkle gold embossing powder all over it, shake off the excess and return to the pot. Use a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. This will also dry the texture paste, which will bubble up whilst it's being heated but goes down again straight away, leaving a great texture. Attache this panel to the centre of the card.

Use the same inks to colour a small strip of card, mount it on gold card, add a gold peel off greeting and use adhesive foam pads to adhere it to the front of the card.

As I mentioned earlier this is a really great technique, I love the results! Hope you like it too, let me know what you think in the comments if you have a minute or two.
Thank you for visiting.
Debbie x

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Die Cut Christmas Card with Inked Background

Hi Everyone, another Christmas card, this time with a non traditional colour scheme. I think the colours are really pretty with the white die cut shapes, I am just a bit disappointed that the stamping and embossing on the background doesn't show up as well as I expected. I heat embossed it with clear crystal embossing powder which has added a little bit of sparkle but it's quite hard to see the stamped snowflakes. Ah well nothing ventured......

Die cut Christmas card with inked, stamped and heat embossed background in non traditional colours.

This is a slightly smaller card than I usually make but I wanted the die cut frame to come right to the edge of the card, so start by trimming an A6 white card blank to 10 x 13.5cm.

Cut a piece of white card to 9.5 x 13cm, use a foam ink blending tool to colour the card with Distress Oxide inks, here I have used, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves. Use a clear ink pad to stamp the background design onto the inked card and heat emboss with crystal clear embossing powder. Adhere to the card front.

Die cut both the frame and the inner shape with the baubles from white card stock, cut both pieces out twice and glue them on top of one another to add dimension,  then adhere to the card front.

Cut out the greeting from the backing sheet and adhere to the card using adhesive foam pads.

If I make this card again, I would choose a different background stamp to use, one with a bolder design so that the stamping and embossing shows up better, other than that I am very happy with it. I hope you like it too. Thank you for reading. All supplies are linked below.

Debbie x

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Die Cut Merry Christmas and Poinsettia Card

Hi Everyone, here's another card using the die cut Merry Christmas, this time embossed with the beautiful Red Glitz embossing powder, I just wish the photograph did justice to the beautiful glitter embossing. This card will go to my Mum in Law whose eyesight is failing, hopefully the big, bold die cut sentiment and poinsettia will be visible to her.

Hand made card with die cut poinsettia and Merry Christmas heat embossed with Red Glitz embossing powder

Start with a white 6 x 6 inch blank card, cut a 13cm square of red card and layer it with silver mirror card. Cut a 12cm square of red card and dry emboss with the diamond design, adhere this on top of the mirror card. 

Die cut the Merry Christmas twice from red card and glue one on top of the other, press it into an embossing ink pad to cover the whole surface, sprinkle with embossing powder, shake off the excess and set with a heat gun. This will give you a lovely glittery, dimensional greeting. Cut a piece of white card with a fancy rectangle die, glue the greeting to the white rectangle and adhere this to the card front.

Die cut two medium and one small poinsettia flowers from red card. Draw round the edge of each petal with either an embossing pen or a quickie glue pen, sprinkle with embossing powder and set with a heat gun. Use something like a bamboo skewer or thin paintbrush handle to roll the petals over to curve them slightly, glue the three petal layers on top of each other, overlapping, to create the poinsettia flower add three silver metal gems to the centre for the stamen.

Die cut six pine branches, trim two of them to be shorter than the others and arrange them so that they are on either side of the where the poinsettia will be and glue in position. Cut two short lengths of narrow silver ribbon, trim the ends to a point and glue in position so that they point towards the corner of the card with the other end hidden under the poinsettia. Finally adhere the poinsettia in place using a foam mounting pad so that it is not laying flat against the card.

Traditional colours with lots of texture and dimension create a classic Christmas card, I am very happy with the way it turned out. I hope you like it too, thank you for visiting, all comments are very welcome.
Debbie x

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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Hand Made Christmas Card with Matching Gift Bag and Envelope

Hi Everyone, a bit of teamwork here as I made the card and Garcia made the matching gift bag and envelope. The patterned paper that we used comes from the Ice Crystal paper pad, this 6 x 6 pad has sheets of labels and borders as well as the usual sheets of patterns, which made it really easy to get a fully co-ordinated look across the three items.

Hand made Christmas card with matching envelope and gift bag

To Make the Card
Start with a white A6 blank card and layer it with dark blue card. Cut a piece of kraft card 9.7 x 7cm and dry emboss with the snowfall embossing folder, adhere this to the top portion of the card. 

Cut a piece of the silver stag patterned paper again 9.7 x 7cm and adhere to the bottom portion of the card. Cut a piece of the Let it Snow border and adhere this over the join between the kraft card and the silver stag paper. 

Cut out the Let it Snow label, layer this onto dark blue card and fix to the left side of the card front over the border strip using adhesive foam tape.

To Make the Gift Bag
Use kraft card for the bag, cut and score it and punch the holes for the handles, using the Gift Bag Punch Board. Use glue to seal the sides and bottom. Cut two pieces of Christmas Tree border and adhere one to the front and one to the back of the bag, add silver adhesive gems to the border on both sides. Cut two labels and again attach one to each side of the bag. Cut two lengths of silver metallic ribbon, thread them through the punched handle holes and tie on the inside to secure them.

To Make the Envelope
Use the guides and measurements on the Envelope Punch board to cut, score and fold the envelope from white 80gsm (normal printer paper) paper. Cut the liner from the same patterned paper that was used on the card. Use a paper cutter to cut it to the size of the envelope but make it about 1cm shorter to leave the border where the envelope gum will go an a couple of millimetres narrower just to make it easy to slot inside the envelope. Use the corner rounder on the punch board to round the corner of the liner to match the envelope, glue the liner in place. Spread envelope gum around the top edges of the envelope and leave it to dry.

The punch boards make it so easy to create bags and envelopes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, as they come with full instructions and a guide to the size of card or paper that you need to start off with.
Thank you for visiting I hope you like our gift set, all the supplies used are listed below.
Debbie x

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

Hand Made Card with Die Cut Merry Christmas

Hi Everyone, I have finally managed to put down the large snowflake die and try out something else, today it's another new product on the website, a Merry Christmas Flourish die. It's a great die set which cuts two small leaping reindeer and a small bauble as well as the main greeting. I decided to go bold for the first use and cut it out in gold mirror card, I am pleased to say it has lived up to expectations. I am going to use this die to make a Christmas card for my Mum in law who's eyesight is failing, I think the big merry Christmas will stand out enough for her to be able to see it.

Die cut merry Christmas card with die cut holly and reindeer

Start with a white 13cm square card blank, cut a piece of cream patterned paper the same size to cover the whole card front. Layer this with gold mirror card and black and gold patterned paper. Cut a  10.5cm square piece of gold mirror card and a piece of the cream patterned paper 10cm square, layer these two together.

Die cut the merry Christmas twice once from gold mirror card and once from white card, glue the gold one on top of the white one to give it some extra dimension, glue this to the front panel. Die cut two holly leaves from the black and gold patterned paper and a holly berry from gold mirror card, adhere these below the die cut merry Christmas. Adhere one of the small reindeer above the merry Christmas.

Use foam tape or pads to fix the front panel to the card to lift it a little.

I am really pleased with the Merry Christmas die specially with the extra layer of card underneath to give it a 3D appearance. This would be a good card for a male recipient and would also work really well in all sorts of other colour schemes. Thank

Thank you for visiting, I hope you like it and look forward to reading your comments.
Debbie x

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Friday, 23 November 2018

Hand Made Christmas Card with Heat Embossed Snowflake

 Hi Everyone, I just can't resist this large snowflake die, there are so many different ways to use it. I wanted to go for a very simple look for this one, I started out with a plain white die cut snowflake on the kraft background and the message stamped in white ink, but it just didn't seem right so I heat embossed the snowflake with White Twinkle embossing powder which not only added some sparkle but also some dimension to the snowflake. I also heat embossed the greeting which made it much clearer. I am very happy with the end result even though it took a couple of tries to get there.

Hand made Christmas card with die cut, heat embossed snowflake on a kraft background

Start with a 12cm square kraft card blank, layer this with white and kraft card. 

Die cut a large snowflake from white card, gently press all the areas of the snowflake into a clear, embossing ink pad, sprinkle embossing powder all over the snowflake, shake off the excess and heat with a heat gun until the powder has melted and created a sparkly enamelled effect.

Stamp the greeting across the bottom of the card with clear embossing ink, heat emboss with opaque white. 

Glue the snowflake to the front of the card and add an adhesive pearl to the centre of it.

It's a shame the photo doesn't show you how sparkly the snowflake is, it's a perfect contrast to the kraft background. I hope you like this one, thank you for visiting.
Debbie x

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Friday, 16 November 2018

Die Cut Snowflake Christmas Card with Glitter Strip

Hi Everyone, I just love this large snowflake die, there are so many things you can do with it. I realised as I started to write this that the main elements of the card are almost the same as the last card - die cut snowflake, embossed background and peel off greeting, but the two cards are completely different!

Hand made Christmas card with silver die cut snowflake, embossed background, glitter strip and peel off greeting

Start with a 5 x 7 inch white blank card and layer it with dark blue card. Cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the blue layer and dry emboss with the snowfall embossing folder, cut it on an angle so that the left side is longer than the right and adhere to the card front.

Attach a strip of 6mm wide double sided tape over the join between the blue background and the white embossed card. Remove the backing tape and sprinkle with fine grade silver glitter, shake off the excess and return it to the pot.

Die cut a large and a small snowflake from silver mirror card and a medium sized one from white card, layer the three snowflakes and attach them to the left side of the card, add a 5mm adhesive  crystal to the centre of the snowflakes.

Add a silver peel off message to the bottom left section of the card and it's done. All the products are linked below, I love the layered effect of the different sized snowflakes, I am not sure the photo does them justice. I hope you like it, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Thanks for visiting.
Debbie x

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