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Christmas in July with Laura

July 4, 2018

Good morning!

Every Christmas I send out homemade Christmas cards – each one is different so it usually takes me a while to get them done!

I now have two more done for this year’s card list.

Card Number 1:

Step 1 – Create a 5 1/4 square card base from White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step 2 – Using two of the dies from the Stitched Squares die set, cut a 5 1/4 square and a 4 3/4 square from coordinating patterned papers.

Step 3 – Using the Poinsettia die set, cut 2 of the solid large poinsettia, one lacy overlay, and one small solid, all from coordinating papers.  Use the stylus from the Susan’s Garden All Metal Tool set to shape the petals. Assemble the flower, layered as shown. Add a bead or gem in the center.

Step 4 – Add five loops of gold flower to the back of the flower.

Step 5 – Using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape, adhere 2 pieces of sparkly gold ribbon to the smaller square, crossing the strips toward the upper left as shown in the photo above, so it resembles a gift box.

Step 6 – Adhere the smaller square to the larger square. Center on card base.

Step 7 – Adhere the poinsettia to the top left side of card.

Step 8 – Die cut the Merry Christmas sentiment from gold and white patterned cardstock and adhere to the lower right side of card. Tip/Optional: Back the cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape prior to die cutting for ease and speed when attaching the words to the project.

(I do not normally take photos is the sunlight as it casts shadows but I really wanted to show you the glittery flower!)

My next card uses the same poinsettia die! Changing the colors and papers totally changes the look.

Card Number 2:

Step 1 – Create a 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 card base from White Soft Finish Cardstock.

Step 2 – Using the Stitched Rectangles and Garden Notes – Frame It/Stitched Ovals die sets, cut a 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 and a 4 x 5 1/4 rectangle, and 4 1/2, 4 and 3 1/2 ovals out of coordinating papers. Adhere the smaller rectangle onto the larger rectangle, then the three ovals onto the smaller rectangle, centered as shown. Adhere the layered card front to the card base.

Step 3 – Using the Poinsettia die set, cut two lacy overlays from coordinating papers. Also cut one large and one small solid poinsettia from glossy red cardstock. Adhere Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet (or wide Tape) to the front of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut a solid poinsettia and the Merry Christmas sentiment.

Step 4 – Remove the cover sheet from the adhesive on the larger solid poinsettia and sentiment, cover the exposed adhesive with  True Red Silk Microfine Glitter – taking care not to touch the adhesive while coating it. Polish the glitter into the adhesive using your fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle.

Step 5 – Assemble the poinsettia, layering the pieces as shown in the photo below. Shape the petals to add dimension. Add the flower and sentiment to the card front to complete the project.

(As I said when showing the first card, I do not usually take photos is the sunlight as it casts shadows, but I really wanted to show you the glittery flower!)

 

Thanks for stopping by!

~Laura

 

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Other:

Patterned paper in coordinating colors

Ribbon

Cord

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8 Comments

  • Reply Verna Angerhofer July 4, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Your cards are both so beautiful! I am trying to work on my stash too as I send out a lot as well and all are homemade usually. And, most are not alike either.

    • Reply Laura Gilhuly July 27, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you so much…I like to send cards that suit the persons personality!

  • Reply Kathy July 4, 2018 at 9:56 am

    How do you send or give those cards without squishing those beautiful flowers?

    • Reply Frances Byrne July 10, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      Elizabeth Craft Designs, sell acetate card boxes which you can use for card like this one. Or just give it by hand 🙂

  • Reply Marjorie July 4, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I love your Christmas in July ideas. The cards are fabulous! Never too soon so start your Christmas card making. Thanks so much for sharing. Great job.

  • Reply Lagene July 4, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Awesome Christmas cards!

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