Have you started on your Christmas cards yet? It’s my favorite time of the year and I love making Christmas cards. Here’s one I made this week with a sneak peek of new dies from A Way With Words that will be available later this month.
I don’t know about you but in the years of cardmaking under my belt, I never once thought to alter designer paper. I used it as is or hoarded it. I will sponge the edges sometimes but it depends on the paper – the glossy ones don’t take to sponging very well. But I had a bit of an epiphany making this card.
I knew I wanted to use this beautiful wood grain paper from Through the Lens paper stack but the white die cut got kind of lost in it. Normally, I would add a black drop shadow to it to help but then I decided to use a couple of Copic Markers in the tan/beige hue to darken it up just a bit while retaining all the lovely woodgrain. I simply colored the entire sheet with the markers. Aaah – now the (coming soon) Falalala die cut show up so much better.
I used 2 rectangle dies to trim down the paper – nesting the smaller die inside and then adding a black 1/16th inch matting to it. I popped that back in with the larger (now open) wood frame onto an A2 base card layer.
As you can see, I still went with a black die cut of Falalalala to add a drop shadow. The new Flourished Holly dies conveniently come in layers so I was able to do a Forest Green silk microfine glitter on the outline, Soft Green on the leaves, and Bright Cranberry for the berries.
I also added a white embossed “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly” on black card stock in the upper left corner. Having all the words in white tied the card together nicely. Now tell me you didn’t look at that card and automatically sang the lyrics to yourself. 🙂 Thanks for looking and have fun making those Christmas cards!
Elizabeth Craft Design products used:
Falalala die set – Coming soon!
Flourished Holly die set – Coming soon!
Let Your Heart Be Light Collection stamp set – Coming soon!
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Hello Samantha here – today I am sharing a card I created using Joset’s Geometric Background die. I had recently used this die to create a simple background for a Halloween card. I wasn’t looking for any particular shape but when I saw the heart I knew I had my next card idea!
Step 1: On black cardstock, die cut the Geometric Background die.
Step 2: Remove all the negative pieces and adhere the Geometric backgound to black cardsock.
Step 3: Adhere Double Sided Adhesive to the back of pink card stock.
Step 4: Die cut the Geometric Background die.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 with pattern paper and speciality cardstock.
Step 6: Use the negative pieces to fill in the heart shape.
TIP: Mark areas on of the Geometric heart to note which pieces will have Silk Microfine Glitter.
Step 7: Adhere Double Sided Adhesive to the front of black card stock. Die-cut the Geometric Background then remove the release sheet to expose the adhesive layer of the negative pieces marked in the image above.
Step 8: Apply a generous amount of Silk Microfine Glitter (in Fruchsia) to the selected pieces. Brush off excess glitter and return it to the jar, then polish with a fingertip to bring out the maximum sparkle. Adhere these pieces into their negative spots.
Step 9: Heat Emboss the sentiment.
Step 10: Optional: Add machine stitched details. Adhere card front to an A6 card base. Embellish card with a twine bow and sequins.
It’s Karen here today. My parents have a milestone anniversary coming up. 6o years is the Diamond anniversary, so I turned a square on its side to create a diamond-shaped card!
We are throwing them a dinner party, and I wanted to create a few printed invitations for special guests. I used a few of the flower stamps to create the invitations. On the back of the card is where I put the details about the event printed from my computer.
It’s Karen here today. I’m not normally a Halloween craft creator, but with this amazing new release from Joset, I honestly can’t resist. So many fun ideas! Today, I’m sharing a card inspired by my crafty mentor and dear friend Sharon.
Hello and Welcome! Samantha here, the card I am sharing today is all about the dies! NO stamping, NO colouring –– simple, fun, geometric card made with the arrows from Planner Essentials #5.
Step 1: Adhere clear double sided adhesive to the back of pattern paper and cardstock. Next, die cut the arrows several times.
TIP: Be as adventurous and bold with your colour choices –– you could even try silk microfine glitter or shimmer sheetz as alternatives to pattern paper.
Step 2: Die Cut the ‘hello’ die from Words 2 – Thing of You set using the same pattern paper and card stock.
Step 3: Position the arrows before removing the release sheet to adhere the arrows onto your card front (card front measurement: 10.5cm x 15.5cm). Leave appropriately sized spaces for the hello die cuts.
Step 4: (Options) Add machine stitched details. Corner punch the top right corner.
TIP: Instead of adding machine stitching to your card front – use foam tape to adhere the arrows adding a fun dimensional detail.
Step 5: Adhere the hello die cuts. Adhere card front to an A6 card base.
Step 6: Embellish card front with a twine bow and sequins.
I hope you are inspired by my card today –– I love that I can reuse these planner dies in my card making.
I’ve been seeing a lot of my friends post pictures of their first kid getting their driving permit or actually driving off to school. I’m sure they are as thrilled as this puppy, ears flying back as he takes to the road with his fishing rod. I’m still safe for another year…
To make this card:
I found that with the jeep die and the word dies, a 5″x7″ card base works a lot easier than my usual A2 base. I used a dark gray stock as my base – the same as my bit of road showing on the bottom. In fact, that bit is from trimming down my 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of card stock after folding in half to make my card base. Use your scraps as soon as possible! Lol!
Die cut all the pieces you need: My jeep uses black, white, and blue cardstock. The “happy” is the same blue as the jeep and the “Day” is also cut from the scrap in step 1. I used a Molotov Chrome maker for my grill and headlights but you can use silver card stock if you don’t have that. The fishing rod is out of white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. The dog is cut out of Soft Finish card stock and sponged with Distress Oxide Tea Dye ink. I put the jeep together first and added some shine by drawing in with a white gel pen.
Create your background by lightly sponging clouds and adding some greenery with the bushes from Adventure Edges. Adhere the strip for the road. My background piece was 4.5″ x 6.5″. I matted it with a 1/16″ border with a light grey cardstock.
Adhere all the pieces as you see on the card. I found it easier to stick the puppy behind the steering wheel of the jeep, then the fishing rod, and then the entire thing onto the card.
As you can see, I chose “happy Day” as my sentiment but in hindsight, or maybe foresight, I should do a “Good Luck” card for the teenager testing or the mom letting go. Heehee!
Other Products used:
White, light gray, dark gray, black, blue, and mottled green cardstock