Friday, 28 October 2016

Red Die Cut Poinsettia Christmas Card

Hi Everyone
Here's the last in my current series of die cut poinsettia cards, I hope you have enjoyed them. After the white on white and monochrome cards I decided to finish with a cosy Christmas card with a traditional colored poinsettia as it's centre piece.

I cut and scored the card blank myself, the folded card measures 11 x 15cm, I die cut red card and patterned paper using a curved border die to make the background for the flower. The flower is die cut from red card using two of the largest petal sets and one each of the smaller ones, and the leaves are cut from green card using the largest petal set, and small gold adhesive pearls formed the stamens.
I used a bamboo skewer to gently roll and curve the petals to add dimension to the flower, but left the leaves flat. The greeting is a gold peel off.

I love the traditional Christmas colors on this card and hope you do too, thank you for reading.
Debbie x

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Turquoise and Silver Die Cut Poinsettia Christmas Card

Hi everyone, here's another card using a die cut poinsettia, this time I cut it from turquoise card again using two sets of the large petals and one each of the smaller ones, with silver metal gems in the centre. It is mounted on a strip of silver card embossed with a swirls design, and decorated with die cut holly. The greeting is from a sheet of ready made die cut Christmas messages which I mounted on white card and hand trimmed.

I used the same silver metal gems for the holly berries and cut two small holly sprigs off a longer stem to put in the corners. Its an easily assembled card which would work with lots of different colour schemes.
Thank you for looking, I hope you like it.
Debbie  x

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Silver and White Die Cut Poinsettia Christmas Card

This is the third card using the die cut poinsettias that I made. The poinsettia for this one is a little more elaborate, made from vellum and edged with silver, so I made the background for the card a little more elaborate too with die cut white and silver layers.

The base for the card is made using the Spellbinders Majestic Labels 8 die cutting set, cutting them in alternating white and silver. The die for the silver layer doesn't actually cut the shape out it just cuts a decorative border into your card so I hand cut around the border to get the same shape as the other layers. The dies for the other two layers cut the shape out so there was no need to trim them. I like to leave the fancy edges of these shapes unglued so that they lift off the card a little and add a bit of dimension. These die cut shapes were mounted on silver card and then onto a white card blank which I made to size.
For the poinsettia I die cut it from white vellum, cutting two sets of the largest petals and one each of the smaller petals. I edged each petal using a Quickie Glue Pen and then heat embossed them with silver glitter embossing powder. It wasn't as time consuming as it looks, I put the glue and embossing powder on petal by petal so that the glue didn't dry out before I got the powder on and when all the petals were done I heated them all. Once the embossing powder was fully set I curled the petals by bending them gently round a bamboo skewer and glued the layers together, adding silver metal gems in the centre.
The greeting for the card is stamped and heat embossed using the same silver glitter embossing powder.
Thanks for calling in, I hope you like it.
Debbie x

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Die Cut Poinsettia with Holly and Gold Decoration Christmas Card

I decided to stay with the white on white theme for this card but add gold decorations instead of the red ones on my previous card. I used the Poinsettia die cutting set to cut two layers of the largest petals and one each of the smaller ones out of white card, I curved the petals slightly by gently rolling them round a bamboo skewer and glued them on top of each other. I used gold adhesive metals for the stamens and the berries on the die cut holly and mounted all this on layers of gold and white card and a die cut square frame. I finished it off with a small peel off Christmas greeting.

Thanks for calling in, hope you like it.
Debbie x

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Die Cut Poinsettia with Holly Christmas Card Red and White

Hi Everyone, last year I really wanted to get a good poinsettia die cutter in stock but couldn't find one I really liked and that I thought would enable me to create the flowers that I had in mind. This year I have been luckier and found this lovely die set from Poppy Stamps, just what I was looking for!

I couldn't wait to get started and made a whole bunch of flowers in different colors and materials with different decorations.


Then I started making them into Christmas cards!

Here's the first one.
I went for a simple white on white look with a few bits of red (couldn't quite do the whole white on white thing).

I used an embossing folder to add texture to the top half of the card and die cut stitch lines into a strip of card to cover the join between the smooth and the embossed card. For the poinsettia I cut two of the largest petal sets and one each of the smaller ones. I rolled the petals a little with a bamboo skewer to get them to bend a little and give the flower more shape and dimension. Little red pearls make the stamens in the flower and the berries on the holly.
Hope you like it, I will be posting more cards made with poinsettia's so if you like this one why not follow us to see the rest.
Debbie x

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Here's a simple but effective stamped Christmas card, the stamp is the full size of the card and also contains the greeting so once that's done all you have to do is colour and embellish. I have used traditional Christmas colors for this but it would look great in blue, turquoise and lilac too.

There are lots of things you can do to add interest to the basic stamped image, color some of the parts with Wink of Stella pens for a subtle glittery finish or color them with a glaze or glue pen and add fine glitter for even more sparkle. Attach a small tag with a message, and tie ribbon around the fold.

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Thanks for visiting, hope you like it.
Debbie x


Friday, 14 October 2016

Woodland Christmas Shaker Card

I love this Hunkydory Crafts Woodland Christmas set, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to use one of the round toppers inside a round shaker dome, it was also a good excuse to try out our new Soft Snowdrift chunky glitter to give a snowy effect inside the shaker dome.
Using a ready made card topper made the card very easy to assemble. The topper was slightly smaller than the dome so I mounted it on a die cut circle of silver mirror card, tipped some Super Snowdrift glitter on top and stuck the shaker dome over it using a few dabs of glue on the rim.

Woodland Christmas Hand Made Shaker Card

The topper set includes two sheets of co-ordinating patterned card stock, I cut one of these slightly smaller than the card blank and die cut a circle from it to go over the shaker dome. The greeting is stamped in black on white card and mounted on the black patterned card and silver mirror card, I used foam pads to adhere this to the card to lift it a little. You can't really see it in the photo but for a finishing touch I put a drop of glitter glue on each of the tiny colored dots on the black card.
Thanks for calling in, hope you like the card.
Debbie x

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Die Cut Reindeer and Stars Christmas Shaker Card

A couple of years ago we stocked some lovely glitter reindeer embellishments, needless to say we sold out quickly and have not been able to get any more. With our new Reindeer die cutter we have the best solution because we can have reindeers in any color we want. The Reindeer die set includes two different sized star dies and I cut all these from gold card. I cut a square of white card and blended blue and purple inks to create a night sky background. I cut enough of the stars to make the shaky bits for the card as well as a couple to adhere to the night sky.

Die Cut Reindeer and Stars Hand Made Christmas Shaker Card

I used lots of peel offs on this card, starting with a plain border peel off which exactly covers the rim . of the shaker dome, this was mounted on dark blue card and a peel off border added around the the blue card. It was finished off with a gold Seasons Greetings peel off.
Thanks for calling in, I look forward to hearing your comments.
Debbie x

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Hand Made Christmas Trees Shaker Card with Sequins

Hi I am excited to be showing the first card that I made with our new own brand shaker domes and also my first Christmas card for this year!
Shaker domes are great for Christmas cards as they give the appearance of snow globes and there are a lot of things that you can use to create a snowy effect inside your dome.
I used a 15cm sq card blank and cut out some triangle shapes from plain and  patterned paper, small ones for inside the dome and larger ones for outside. I used white sequins inside the dome to look like snow and glued a few into position beside the trees so that there would always be snow in the sky.

I die cut a piece of background paper and glued the small trees and some sequins to it then piled the loose sequins on top, I added a few dabs of glue around the rim of the shaker dome and then positioned it over the background and the little pile of sequins.

Hand Made Christmas Trees Shaker Card with Sequins

I used two layers of foam pads under the patterned paper to raise it to the level of the top of the shaker dome, so that the large trees outside the dome can overlap both the dome and the patterned paper and lay flat. I used red sequins for the tops of the trees and to decorate the patterned paper.  The greeting is stamped directly on to the card blank below the patterned paper.

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Thanks for dropping in, hope you like it.
Debbie x

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Ombre Ink and Vellum Birthday Card

Well it's been a while since I have posted on here and despite my best intentions of keeping everything going over the summer when I was traveling etc. I didn't manage it. In my defense although I didn't post any new cards on the blog I did manage to find a company to manufacture our own brand of Shaker Card Domes which I am very excited about and also bought some great new Christmas stock for the website so I haven't been totally lazy!!!

So this is the last card I made before the summer and it was a chance to try out the Hero Arts Ombre ink pads which were new in stock at that time. I had also wanted to 'do something' with vellum so managed to include that too.

The card is a standard A6 white card blank, I used the Pool to Navy Ombre ink pad with a Damask stamp to create the background. I cut a small section out of the background piece to give some plain white behind the vellum. The 'Happy' is die cut from gold glittery card stock and 'Birthday' is stamped using the Navy part of the Ombre ink pad directly onto the vellum strip.

One of the great things about these ink pads is that they are made up of three strips of color, so you can use them for ombre effect but also use them individually so my Birthday stamp matches perfectly with the dark part of the ombre.

Watch this video from Hero Arts to see how to get the best out of the Ombre Ink Pads
The finishing touch was just to add a few gold self adhesive metal gems. 

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Thanks for calling in, hope you like the card, looking forward to your comments.
Debbie x