Saturday, 26 November 2016

Hand Made Christmas Card with Metallic Poinsettia Peel Offs

Hi Everyone
Here's a great last minute card that takes no time at all to make but still looks good. Because it's so quick to make it's also a good design if you are making large quantities of cards.

Hand Made Christmas Card with Metallic Poinsettia Peel Offs

The card base is a standard A6 white blank card with envelope, I used a large and a small poinsettia from the peel off sheet and added those to either side of the card front. As the poinsettia petals are edged with gold I chose a gold peel off greeting to co-ordinate. The whole thing only took about 5 minutes, but the lovely metallic poinsettias add a real luxury touch to the card.

Thank you for reading, hope you like it!
Debbie x

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Hand Made Christmas Card with Majestix Clear Peg Stamps

Hi There
Here's a card that doesn't take as long to make as it looks, working with these tiny Card-io Majestix stamps is surprisingly quick and easy once you have decided on your color scheme. Even better, they are so forgiving, as the stamps overlap one another and are in a random pattern it's very difficult to mess up as you can just stamp over most mistakes :)

Hand Made Christmas Card with Majestix Clear Peg Stamps

This is a very simple two dimensional card using a 12.5cm sq white card blank for the base. I die cut an oval shape and stuck it in the centre of the blank card using masking tape so that I will be able to remove it later. If your masking tape is very sticky try sticking it to your clothes or skin a few times before you use it so that it doesn't damage the card when you peel it off. The oval shape forms a mask so that the shape stays unstamped.

I used a blending tool to blend Bundled Sage distress ink over the background of the card making it darker at the edges and corners and much lighter towards the centre. I used all five stamps in the Classic Christmas set, starting with the pine branch in Evergreen pigment ink followed by the holly leaf and ivy leaf both stamped in Bundled Sage, the poinsettia in Festive Berries and the berry stems in silver, stamped in that order. I turn the stamps round to have the images in different directions and sometimes stamp more than once before re-inking to give different shades of the same color.

When all the stamping is complete, gently lift off the oval mask and add your greeting to the space that has been created. I chose to stamp a greeting in Festive Berries distress ink, but you could use a peel off or card topper too.

Of course you could use any shape of mask for the centre and any range of colors for your stamping.

Thanks as always for taking the time to read, hope you like what you have seen, either way leave me a comment, it's always nice to hear from you.
Debbie x

Friday, 25 November 2016

Handmade Christmas Card with Stamped Reindeer and Reindeer Ribbon

Hi, here I am again with my Winter Wonderland stamp set, I told you I couldn't resist it! I have stamped it in white ink again but used a different color scheme and added some co-ordinating reindeer patterned ribbon.

Handmade Christmas Card with Stamped Reindeer and Reindeer Ribbon

The card base is a tent fold 10.5 x 14.5cm cut and scored from plain white card. If you prefer you could use a standard A6 white card blank.

I layered this with kraft paper and striped paper followed by a smaller rectangle of red card layered with more kraft paper. The reindeer is stamped in white ink, I chose not to heat emboss it as I preferred the softer slightly fainter look of the unembossed ink. I tied a bow from the reindeer ribbon and attached that above the stamped image and added a white, small text peel off greeting horizontally beside the reindeer. I think the ribbon gives it a bit of a Scandinavian feel which works nicely with the color scheme.
Thanks for reading, hope you like it, looking forward to your comments.
Debbie x

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Red and Gold Swirly Stamped Christmas Tree Card

Hello Again
I wanted to share this card with you because it is so easy to do but is very elegant when it is finished. Also there are a number of different ways you can achieve this look depending on which technique you prefer to use.

Hand made stamped and gilded swirly Christmas tree card

The swirly Christmas tree is a quite a large stamp measuring approximately 9 x 10.5cm so I used a 15cm sq white card blank for the base and layered that with red card, then white card and red again (if I made this again I would definitely try it with a gold layer instead of the white). I stamped the Christmas tree in the centre of the red card with Indigoblu Flitterglu and gilded it with gold gilding flake. I put a small gold adhesive crystal in each corner and added a small gold peel off greeting.

If you don't like the gilding technique or don't have the necessary supplies you could stamp the tree with gold ink which will give a flat image like the gilded one or you could stamp the tree in clear ink and emboss it with gold embossing powder to give it a slightly raised appearance.

Thanks for reading, hope you like it.
Debbie x

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Stamped Reindeer Hand Made Christmas Card

This lovely reindeer stamp is from a set called Winter Wonderland, which I really like and have used many times for both Christmas and winter birthday cards. I also really like blue/silver/white as a Christmas colour scheme so feeling very happy with this card!

Hand made stamped reindeer Christmas card with peel off greeting

As you can see from the picture it is also a very easy card to make. I started with a white A6 card blank and layered dark blue card with Cracked Ice (free download) paper. I then cut a smaller rectangle of silver card and layered that with dark blue. I stamped the reindeer in white ink and added two adhesive crystals and a silver peel off greeting.
Thanks for looking in, hope you like it.
Debbie x

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Friday, 11 November 2016

Christmas Pop Up Box Card with Reindeer, Holly and Poinsettia

I made my first pop up box card for Mothers Day earlier this year and whilst I was pleased with the end result, having followed instructions from another blog it turned out quite a bit smaller than I had expected which also made it quite fiddly to work on. As always doing something for the first time there were things that I wished I had done differently so this time I have made the box slightly bigger and changed one or two things. Here is my step by step description of how it was made, but first a look at the finished item.

Hand Made Christmas Pop Up Box Card with Reindeer, Holly and Poinsettia

To Make the Pop Up Box

I started with an A4 sheet of green card which I trimmed to 29.5 x 18cm, I scored this longways at 9cm and across ways at 7, 14, 21 and 28cm. This left a 1.5 cm strip at one end, I cut half of this strip off, cut the corner off the other half and put double sided tape on it to make a tab that will stick the box together. Finally I cut along three of the score lines to the centre.

Scored and cut box base and interior supports.
When you trim the A4 sheet at the beginning you will be left with a strip about 2.5cm wide and 29.5cm long, cut this into three 9cm long strips, score these 1cm in from each end, fold into a Z shape and put double sided tape on the outfacing side of each folded end. These will go inside your box to support the things that pop up. 

The first time I made one of these I finished making the box base before I put any decoration on, I soon realized it would have been much easier to put the patterned paper panels on whilst the box is still flat. I cut eight panels 6.5 x 8.5cm, four each of two different patterned papers and adhered these to the outside of the box and the folding panels. They need to go on opposite sides of the box base to be in the correct position when the box is assembled.

The next step is to fold the box into a square using the tab with the sticky tape to fix it together and fix the Z shaped strips inside the box. Here is the assembled box.

To Make the Decorations for the Box

Now the fun starts as you add the decorations to the box. I used strips of ordinary acetate to position the reindeer and holly, attaching the acetate to the supports inside the box. The very front piece of holly is attached directly to the inside of the box.

For the gold decorations I spread a very thin layer of Flitterglu over a piece of scrap card, put gold gilding flake all over it, smoothed it down and rubbed off the excess to leave a piece of gilded card. Then used it to die cut the reindeer, greeting and holly branches.
The green holly branches are die cut from green card and all the holly berries are self adhesive pearls, ( I used a clear Wink of Stella pen all over the bigger pearls on the gold holly to give them a gold sheen).
Attach three reindeer and three holly branches to strips of acetate and the attach the other endow the acetate to the supports inside the box. Arrange them at different levels and positions so that they are all visible and as much of the acetate as possible is hidden. Attach a fourth holly branch directly to the inside front of the box. Use the smaller gold holly branches to decorate the side panels and attach the greeting and a holly sprig to the back panel.

The poinsettia on the front panel is die cut from book pages that were backed with card, I did this to make them stiff enough to be able to curl them using a bamboo skewer. Before assembling and curling the petals I inked them with red ink. The holly leaves were made the same way and inked with green ink. Curl the petals and assemble the flower, I used a vintage style gem for the centre and then attached the flower and the leaves to the front panel of the box.

The box can be gently collapsed to fit in an envelope.
Thanks for calling in, hope you like it.
Debbie x

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Gilded Die Cut Reindeer Christmas Card

Hi Everyone
I am back playing with our new leaping reindeer die again, one of my favorites. The card design is inspired by one I saw in Papercrafter Magazine. I have not had the gilding flake out for a while so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to use it again.

The card base is a standard white A6 card, I matted this with dark blue card and again with white card. I die cut a circle from the white card then positioned it over the blue card and lightly pencil marked the position of the circle on the blue card.

Hand Made Gilded Die Cut Reindeer Christmas Card

Then I got to work with the gilding flake. First I spread a layer of Flitterglu over a piece of scrap card and covered it with gold gilding flake, when I had rubbed off the excess flake I die cut the reindeer from the piece of gold card that I had created. I also edged the white card layer and put some dabs inside the marked circle on the blue card to make the circle look a bit like the moon (or earth as one of my friends said...). From there I assembled the layers of card, stamped the greeting and attached the reindeer using foam pads to give a bit of a 3D effect.
Thanks for calling in, hope you like it.
Debbie x

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Gingerbread Men Fun Christmas Card

Hi Everyone
I love these little gingerbread men they are so cute! This time I made a much smaller card which would be great for a child or for work colleague.

Using some more of the stamped, colored and fussy cut gingerbread men that I showed you in my previous post I cut a 10 x 10cm card base out of red card, then layered that with our red gingham paper and red card again which i die cut stitch lines around the edge. Two cheery gingerbread men in the middle and a peel off greeting completed the card.

Hand Made Christmas Card with Stamped and Cut Gingerbread Men

I used adhesive foam pads to attach one of the gingerbread men just to add a bit of dimension.  A quick and easy card which would work equally well with a green card base.

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Thanks for calling in, hope you like the card, feel free to leave your comments.
Debbie x

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Gingerbread Men Christmas Stepper Card

Hi Everyone
I liked this Gingerbread Men stamp from Woodware as soon as I saw it. The stamp itself is quite long at almost 18cm and of course you will need a long acrylic block if you want to stamp the image as a whole.

I decided that I would use the gingerbread men as singles so used a smaller block and stamped them onto thin kraft card and cut them out - sounds like a big job but they are quite a simple shape to cut and the thin card made it easier, so it didn't take too long. Stamping them onto Kraft card meant they already had their main color so I only needed to color in the decorative elements. I quickly had a pile of cheerful chaps to work with.

I used Promarker pens to color everything except the white areas and used a Gelly Roll pen for those. I added some glitter glue to the white trim on the hats to give a bit of sparkle.

Having been given the instructions for a stepper card at a Woodware Retailer Day during the summer I decided to use this for my first card. I will give you the exact measurements as given to me, but of course you can adapt these to make any size of card that you want.

Red Card
  • Cut 29cm x 14cm, score it at 3.5cm, 6cm, 10.5cm, 14cm and 22.5cm.
  • Cut 14cm x 19cm.
  • Cut 7cm x 2cm, score it at 1.5cm, 3.5cm and 5.5cm.
White Card
  • Cut 13.5cm x 18.5cm.
  • Cut 13.5cm x 3cm.
  • Cut 13.5cm x 4cm.

Patterned Paper
  • Cut 13cm x 2.5cm.
  • Cut 13cm x 3.5cm.
Hand Stamped Gingerbread Men Stepper Christmas Card

back view

So having cut and scored all the card and paper and stamped, colored and cut out your gingerbread men all that remains is to assemble the card and add some finishing touches. You can see from the photos above where all the pieces of card should be fixed, and the small piece of red card that goes on the back to stop the card from collapsing. I used single gingerbread men on the main part of the card so that the middle one could be fixed on foam pads to raise it a little and add extra dimension. I stamped the greetings onto the white card and added dots of glitter glue to look like falling snow. The card is constructed so that it will fold flat for posting. This is the first time I have made a stepper card and thanks to the clear instructions it was a lot easier than I thought it would be :).

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Thanks for calling in, hope you like the card.
Debbie x