Snowflake Christmas Card

Hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas Eve so far! I completed the special Christmas card for my dear husband and wanted to share this quick post. Then I’m off to bake a pecan pie! 🙂

Snowflake Christmas Card

This card is different from the more traditional ones I made recently but I loved the glittery patterned paper from My Mind’s Eye  called “O Christmas Tree” and that was my starting point. I used two patterns of paper from this stack.

Snowflake Christmas Card

The overall card measures 5×7 so the tree paper measures 5×7 and the green strip on the left measures 1×7 inches. It made a nice background to run twine and a red button on top. I used a left over holly leaf die-cut from last week’s cards (from Potpourri Basket cut at 1 1/4 inches) and then cut out two snowflakes from the “Potpourri Basket” cartridge at 3 and 2 1/2 inches. The snowflake image is originally from “Joys of the Season”. I highlighted the snowflakes with Stardust stickles and raised them up with foam dimensionals.

Close Up

The sentiment’s frame is cut at 1 3/4 inches from “Storybook” (on page 71) in accent blackout. The Merry Christmas stamp is one of my favorites from Stampabilities. I stamped the sentiment in red ink and used brown ink and a sponge dauber to age the outer edges. I wrote and printed the inside sentiment using Word’s Papyrus font in 18 and 16 pt.

Inside Sentiment

Thanks for following me on my little card journey this year! I appreciate all of your lovely visits and comments. Your support means so much to me as I continue to learn and grow in this paper hobby!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very special holiday season and a blessed and happy New Year!

~Vanessa

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Traditional Christmas Cards – Holly and Wreaths

Well, I finally finished my handmade Christmas cards! I mass produced two more designs yesterday and completed 10 cards and envelopes and got them ready for this morning’s mailing! The cards measure 4 ¾ x 6 inches. I cut out envelopes from Just Because Cards at 6 ½ inches using 11×17 white 65 lb. cover cardstock from Desktop Publishing Supplies Inc. I’m so relieved to have finally finished! I chose simple, yet traditional designs this year but I love the old-fashioned Christmas look these have. My colors were Kraft, cream, muted greens, red, and cranberry. I relied on dry embossing, stamped sentiments, and gems on a few of them. I typed and printed one sentiment for all 10 cards using one of my favorite fonts, Papyrus. The assembly line of making just a few designs is definitely the way to go. You can cut a large quantity of the same image using 12×12 paper and make just a few passes in the Cricut machine, instead of trying to make a batch of individual cards that would take much, much longer to finish. Last year, I felt the need to make each card unique and “special” and this is just not realistic unless you start months in advance and don’t mind making that many uniquely designed cards. Last year, by the time it was over, I was burnt out and didn’t craft again for quite a while! Cardmaking should be fun, not stressful! 🙂

Set of Embossed Christmas Cards

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For this set, I relied on my handy Potpourri Basket cartridge which has beautiful Christmas images that originally come from Joys of the Season (JOS)! The only drawback to the Potpourri cartridge is that on some of the images, the layering possibilities are limited as compared to the fuller JOS cartridge. My work around was a simple paper punch – the regular kind sold at most stores in the ¼ inch size. Each of the two holly images on Potpourri only has one layer and its shadow. I wanted to have berries in red so I used the ¼ inch punch to punch out some berries. The size worked perfectly with the size of my holly cuts. The traditional pointy holly was cut at 1 7/8 inch. The smoother holly (which reminds me of a bay leaf) was cut at 1 ¼ inch. Plus the punched berries were perfectly circular so this was a great work around! I made seven holly-themed cards. I glued the holly onto the cardstock, stamped my holiday sentiment in red ink, and then ran it through my Sizzix Damask embossing folder. I love the texture of this folder. It gives a quilt-like appearance adding to that old-timey Christmas feel.

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For the other three cards, I used the wreath image, also from Potpourri Basket, and embossed the cream cardstock with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. The wreath was cut at three inches. I used a 12×12 piece of Colorbox cardstock in a muted light green and laid out six wreaths on my mat in Design Studio and then clicked on “Cut”. I cut out six so that I could have a mirrored look – two wreaths per card. I glued one wreath directly to the embossed cream cardstock and then popped up the second wreath on top with foam dimensionals. I then applied adhesive gems and made a tiny bow using my homemade Bow Easy and secured it with a glue dot.

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For the inside’s printed sentiment, I kept the measurements simple as compared to my overall card base size which is 4 ¾ x 6 inches. I set my Word layout to 4×6 with a .5 inch margin on all sides. I typed my message using the Papyrus font in 17 pt. and red ink. I hand-trimmed cream cardstock to 4×6. I placed these 4×6 sheets into the printer and printed the message. I adhered these printed mats to the inside of each card base by lining it up at the card-fold. This left a ¾ inch space at the bottom which is covered up with a ¾ inch strip of matching red or cranberry cardstock. This adds a nice pop of color to the inside without having to do a whole mat like the front of the card, saving paper! My picture only shows part of the inside because I didn’t take a photo before handwriting personal messages and I felt that was too private to share on the web! So you only get to see the typed part! 🙂

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And that’s it! Thanks for checking out my final Christmas cards! Though I think I still have one more in me – for my darling husband. I have one extra card left over from my glitter reindeer and sleigh batch, but for my husband, I want to make him one that is special because he’s so special to me! 🙂 Awwww…. lol. So if I can get that done in the coming days, I will post it then!

Thanks for your lovely visits and I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday!

Merry Christmas!

Vanessa

Glittery Reindeer with Sleigh

Hello again! Sorry for three posts in one day! I have been behind in my blogging but I have been busy in the craft room! I’m still working on Christmas cards! Yikes! Time is slipping away fast! Instead of making a dozen individual designs (like I did last year and got creatively drained for a month), I decided to mass produce two or three designs for my sanity and time management.

This set of cards is the first design I finished. I made five of these and when I was done I had silver glitter speckled all over me (in my hair, on my jeans, stuck to my fingers, you name it!) Using glitter can be messy but I love the sparkle! It adds to that Christmas magic we feel this time of year.

Set of cards

All of the die-cut images (sleigh, reindeer, and the word “Joy” are from my Potpourri Basket cartridge. They are originally from Joys of the Season.

Glittery Reindeer with Sleigh

Measurements:

  • Kraft card base – 5×7
  • Black cardstock mat – 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
  • Snow Drifts – cut a 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 piece of white cardstock then cut that in half – ripped off the top edge of each piece creating snow bank – overlapped one layer on top of the other and highlighted it with Stardust stickles
  • Sleigh – 2 1/4 inches
  • Reindeer – 3 inches
  • Joy – 1 1/2 inches

I cut the sleigh and reindeer out of black cardstock, then used Elmer’s Craft Bond adhesive spray to coat it entirely, and then sprinkled silver glitter on top. I had to make sure to thump the excess off very well so that it’s not too messy for the recipient.

I used a white gel pen to add faux stitching to the Kraft card base and I also made tiny red bows using my homemade “bow easy” to add some color to the reindeer.

The inside sentiment was typed in Word using the Edwardian Script font.

Inside Sentiment

Thanks for checking out this set of Christmas cards!

~Vanessa

Candy Canes and a Wreath Card

Hi all! This is an A2 sized Christmas card using Sizzix’s Wreath embossing folder (from the Birds of a Feather & Wreath set). I colored in the embossed image with Bic’s red and green fine tip permanent markers (don’t have any Copics yet :)). Then I applied Glossy Accents to the colored image and waited for it to dry. I added adhesive pearls in two sizes to the leaves. The candy canes were cut using Cricut’s Christmas Village cartridge. I flipped one of the candy canes and cut them in alternating colors. Since the Christmas Village cartridge doesn’t have any layering options, I used Design Studio to hide the contour lines of two canes to get a solid color (one white, one red). I then cut two unaltered canes so that the “holes” would cut out (one red, one white). After I adhered the layers together, I ran them through a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. I crisscrossed the canes with some adhesive and then added a double loop bow in green Christmas ribbon. I made the bow using my homemade version of a “Bow Easy”. I adhered the candy canes to the card using dimensional foam tape. The cream cardstock was also trimmed on the corners using a corner rounder punch before being adhered to the red card base.

Birds of a Feather – A Simple Christmas Card

This is a simple yet cute Christmas card using only two colors – red and white. I used Sizzix’s Birds of a Feather embossing folder to make this A2 sized card. I used a corner punch for the bottom corners. It’s finished with red and white gingham ribbon.

Paper Button Ornaments Card

I found a button image on the Cricut Wild Card cartridge and manually enlarged it using Design Studio until I got the size I wanted for a 5×7 card. I cut it once in red and once in green and embossed each one with a Cuttlebug D’vine Swirls folder. Then I threaded each “button” ornament with thin Christmas ribbon. You can’t tell in the picture but the ornaments are raised up with dimensionals. The glitter cardstock is from Michael’s Recollections Sugar Plums stack.

Nativity Card – Joy to the World

When we think of Christmas, it’s usually filled with images of red and green whether it’s ornaments, holly, presents, wreaths, or candy. For this Nativity card, these colors just didn’t seem to fit because if we reflect on the story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, we see a different scene in our minds filled with a stable and a baby in swaddling clothes. So I chose more natural colors to depict the wondrous birth of Jesus those many years ago.

I used Cricut’s Christmas Village to cut out Mary (2 3/4 inches), Baby Jesus (2 inches), and Joseph (4 inches). These images are actually intended to be set up 3-dimensionally (it has a cut in the base of each image to insert a stand). I hid these cut lines using Design Studio because I wanted the images to be used on a card. The light blue and tan cardstocks mimicking the sky and sand are from Paper Studio’s Ornamental Christmas Paper Pack. The sand layer is a sheet of music (it reminds me of Christmas songs dedicated to Jesus’ birth such as “Joy to the World” and “Away in a Manger”). The star image is cut from Accent Essentials in blackout at 1 inch. I used Star Dust Stickles on the star for shimmer and added ribbon to two corners of the card. The inside stamped images are from Stampabilities (bought at Hobby Lobby).

Merry Christmas!

Vanessa

Elegant Burgundy Ornament Card

I am really pleased how a simple image from Cricut’s Christmas Village can look so elegant just by the paper and embellishments you use. I cut the ornament image at 5 inches using My Mind’s Eye’s O Christmas Tree Paper Stack and then I cut it again (hiding the contour lines so a solid shape would cut) in goldish-brown cardstock from the Paper Studio. The glittered background mat is also from the O Christmas Tree Paper Stack. I used burgundy ribbon form the Paper Studio for embellishment prior to pop-dotting the ornament on top. I then finished the ornament using burgundy adhesive gems. The inside of the card is matted using the same paper as the ornament to coordinate with the front of the card. The “Merry Christmas” and manger stamps are from Stampabilities (bought at Hobby Lobby).

Thanks for checking out the card!

Vanessa

Wreath Christmas Card

Hi all – here is another card I made using Cricut’s Christmas Village. I cut the wreath image in green and red cardstock at 5 inches to fit a 5×7 card base. The only issue I have with the Christmas Village cartridge is that it doesn’t have a layer feature which would easily allow you to add different colors to your image. So I found a work around using Design Studio software. I cut a wreath out in red cardstock but prior to cutting, I hid the contour lines so the berries would not cut out. I then cut an unedited wreath in green cardstock which allowed the circles for the berries to cut. I paper pieced the green wreath portion to fit on top of the red wreath using scissors. This allowed the red bow and red berries to show through. I ran the wreath layers through a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder for texture and then used glossy accents on top of the “berries” to add shine and dimension. It’s hard to tell in the photo but the wreath is popped up with foam dimensionals. The green music sheet is from Paper Studio’s Ornamental Christmas Paper Pack.

Thanks for stopping by!

Vanessa