Monday, 11 December 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Vintage Father Christmas and Ribbon

Hi Everyone, another Christmas card with a vintage feel to it, I love the smiley Father Christmas image and the way the glitter on the fur of his suit makes it look like those old fashioned Christmas cards that we used to get when I was a child. You can download the image for free from the website, it is linked below.

Hand Made Christmas Card with Vintage Father Christmas and Ribbon

Start with a cream A6 blank card, cut a piece of music paper to 7 x 14.5cm and a piece of Kraft Core card stock to 3.5 x 14.5cm. Ink the edges of the music sheet with Tea Dye distress ink, dry emboss the card stock then lightly sand it to reveal the Kraft core. Adhere both of these to the card blank, cut a 14.5cm piece of gold ribbon and glue this over the join between the two background pieces.

Print out the sheet of Father Christmas images, die cut one of them with an oval die, ink the edges. Die cut a piece of white card with an oval border die, ink the edges and add glitter with a clear Wink of Stella pen (sorry the glitter on the frame doesn't show up in the photo). Adhere the Father Christmas image to the centre of the oval frame and adhere the whole thing to the centre of the card front. Use the Quickie glue pen to add glitter to the fur areas of Santa's suit, the snow on the ground and the Christmas tree and wreath.

Make a bow with green organza ribbon, adhere to the top left area of the oval frame, adhere a vintage style jewel to the centre of the bow.

Stamp the greeting onto white card, trim to a small rectangle, ink the edges and attach to the card with 1mm foam pads. Die cut a piece of holly from green card, use a quickie glue pen to adhere it to the greeting. Colour 3mm natural pearls with a gold Sharpie pen and fix them in a cluster onto the holly.

I love the whole vintage feel to this card and the subtle glitter that just gives it a lift. Thank you for reading, I hope you like it too. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Embossed Background and Layered Poinsettia Stamp

Hi Everyone, last time I used this layered poinsettia stamp was to make a winter birthday card in pink and green. This time I wanted to make a Christmas card and chose much more traditional colours. The background is dry embossed, Color Core card to add some subtle interest and texture.

Hand Made Christmas Card with Embossed Background and Layered Poinsettia Stamp


Start with a 12.5cm square cream blank card and ink the edges with Tattered Rose distress ink. Trim a piece of red Color Core card stock to 12cm square, dry emboss a snowflake design and lightly sand to let the 'core' colour show through. Cut a 14cm length of gold ribbon, position it vertically over the right side of the card stock and tape the ends on the back to hold it in place. Use double sided tape to adhere the embossed card and ribbon to the blank card.

Cut a piece of white card 9.5 x 9cm, ink up the first of the three stamps with the poinsettia flower and berries on with red ink and stamp in the bottom left corner of the piece of card. The second stamp is the leaves, ink this with green ink and stamp over the flowers. The stamps are square with one cut off corner so that when you stamp the first one you can mark the position of the stamp with a pencil to make sure you get the others positioned correctly. For the third layer, ink the branches with brown and the flower centre with yellow and stamp this over the first two layers, to complete the image. When the stamping is completely dry ink over the card and stamping with Tattered Rose distress ink, letting it fade out towards the centre of the card.

Cut a piece of gold card 10 x 9.5cm and layer the stamped card onto it. Use double sided tape to adhere this to the background over the strip of ribbon.

Cut another length of gold ribbon, tie it into a bow and glue it to the bottom right corner of the stamped card just above the strip of ribbon. Use a gold Sharpie to colour a gold peel off, (it makes the gold a bit duller), when it is dry stick it in position in the top right hand corner of the stamped card. I found the layered stamp was easy to use and looks great in these colours, making a lovely classic Christmas card. Thanks for reading, hope you like the card, it would be great if you could leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Die Cut Poinsettia, Foliage and Frame

Hi Everyone, last Christmas I made quite a lot of poinsettia cards, using the lovely Poppy Stamps die cutter. I have tried to do different things this year for Christmas but couldn't resist getting it out once more 😉. In traditional red the poinsettia makes a gorgeous centre piece for a card and doesn't need much else here I have added some extra foliage, a white frame and a small Christmas greeting.

Hand Made Christmas Card with Die Cut Poinsettia, Foliage and Frame


Start with a white 12.5cm square blank card, I made a tent fold card but it would work equally well the other way. Die cut the frame from white card and die cut the centre out of it. Attach to the centre of the card using 3mm adhesive foam pads to raise it up from the card base.

The poinsettia die set has three different sizes of petals dies which you can use in different quantities and combinations to make a variety of sizes of flower. For this one I wanted a really big full flower.
Cut 2 x large, 2 x medium and 1 x small poinsettia petals from red card and another 2 x large from green card. Before you stick them together roll each petal around bamboo skewer, slim pencil or similar, holding each petal under your thumb as you roll using the same action as you would to curl ribbon. This gives the petals more shape and stops the flower looking flat. Arrange all the layers of petals so that they overlap and stick them all together. Put three small yellow adhesive pearls in the centre for the stamens.

Die cut more foliage from green card and arrange it with the stems under the flower and the leaves overlapping the frame. Stick the flower on top in the centre of the frame using 3mm foam pads.

Pop a die cut greeting out of the sheet, sand off any little notches that remain from where it was attached to the sheet and again use 3mm foam pads to attach one end of it to the card base just under the flower at an angle allowing the other end to stand up from the card.

I really like the way this turned out lots of dimension, but simple colours. I  hope you like it too, it would be great if you could leave a comment to let me know what you think. Thanks for reading.
Debbie x

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Coordinating Patterned Paper Panels

Hi Everyone todays card is a great way to use up smaller pieces of patterned paper left over from other cards and projects. I used the Jingle All The Way 12 x 12 pad for this, one of the designs is a sheet of various Christmas greetings and sayings, the 'Have a Holly Jolly Christmas' one was my starting point for this card.

Hand made Christmas card with coordinating patterned paper, die cut holly and adhesive metal gems

Start with an A6 white blank card and cut a piece of patterned paper very slightly smaller to leave just a 1mm border all round. Cut two squares of burgundy card 4.8cm and two rectangles 4.8 x 9cm. From the Jingle All The Way 12 x 12 paper pad cut the Holly Jolly Christmas square to 4.4cm and a gold foiled leaping reindeer the same size. Cut the striped panel to 4.4 x 8.8cm and cut a patterned piece the same size. Layer up the patterned paper on to the burgundy card and use double sided tape to fix all the panels to the front of the card.

Die cut two of the smaller holly branches out of dark green card and trim the bottom leaves off one of them. Glue the two holly branches together to make one and use a quickie glue pen to adhere them to the striped panel.

Use two clusters, of three gold metal gems, to represent the holly berries and stick them to the parts of the die cut holly that are made for berries.

The trickiest thing about this card was working out all the measurements so that everything was equal, after that it was just a lot of cutting and sticking, as long as you have coordinated paper you can adapt the design to suit. I am very pleased with the results,  hope you like it too. Thank you for reading, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Die Cut Winter Village and Snow

Hi Everyone, I wanted to go for a very simple colour scheme for this card and love the look of Kraft and white so it was an easy choice. I love these little die cut houses and trees, they are so cute!

die cut village hand made Christmas card

Start with a Kraft A6 card blank, cut a piece of Snowfall Acetate to cover two thirds of the card and adhere to the top portion of the card. The bottom part of the acetate will be covered by the snow and houses so you can put plenty of glue on it. Put a couple of small spots of glue in the top corners of the acetate, make sure you use a glue that dries clear so that it doesn't show through the acetate.

Use a curved stitch border die to cut different sized panels of white card to form the snowy hills and die cut three houses, a church, three Christmas trees, a lamp post and some stars from Smooth White Card. Attach the snowy hills to the card, then add the houses and church etc. tucking them just under the snow hills to give the effect of drifted snow.

To finish glue the stars in place on the acetate and add a small peel off greeting to the bottom of the card.

I was very tempted to add some kind of sparkle to this card but in the end I am glad that I didn't. Thanks for reading, I hope you like it, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Debbie x

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Two Ways with a Hand Made Gift Tag Christmas Card

Hi everyone, I thought I would give you two cards for the price of one today! I have made the same basic card but in two different styles and colour schemes. It also gave me a chance to use this lovely Woodware Hand Drawn Greetings stamp set. Having used patterned paper on both of the cards it was only a small step to use the same paper to make matching envelopes for them too.

Two hand made Christmas cards with die cut tag shapes, heat embossed greeting and various embellishments

Here's a closer look at each of the cards.

Hand made Christmas card with die cut tag shape, stamped and embossed greeting, ribbon and die cut holly

Hand made Christmas card with die cut tag shape, stamped and embossed greeting, ribbon and die cut holly

You can see that each element appears on both cards with the first one being darker and distressed whilst the second is in more traditional colours, could be his and hers cards!

Here's how to make either card, listed below are the specific products used.

Start with an A6 card blank, cut a piece of patterned paper to 10 x 9.5cm and attach to the bottom portion of the card blank with double sided tape.

Cut a piece of card 10 x 4.75cm and dry emboss, for the darker card use Colorcore paper and sand it after embossing to reveal the core colour. Use double sided tape to adhere this to the top portion of the card. Cut a piece of gold card 10 x 1.5cm and adhere over the join between the patterned and embossed papers.

NOTE: for the darker card the edges of the patterned paper, embossed card and gold strip have all been distressed with a paper scruffer and inked.

Die cut a tag shape from white card, stamp the Christmas message with Watermark ink and heat emboss with gold embossing powder, die cut the next size up tag shape from coloured card, then recut to take about 4mm off the length ( run it through the machine again with the die positioned about 4mm in from the bottom of the tag with everything else lined up, this will trim 4mm off the bottom of the tag).

NOTE: for the darker card the white tag is inked with distress ink and the bigger tag has it's edges distressed with a paper scruffer.

Use different ribbons etc. to create a bow and attach the jingle bells/wooden star to the top of the tag, (the wooden star has been inked around the edges).

Die cut two holly leaves and use a Quickie Glue Pen to adhere them to the bottom corner of the tag, use 3mm adhesive pearls for the holly berries, red for the bright card and natural coloured with a gold Sharpie for the darker card.

Attach the whole tag to the card using 3mm adhesive foam pads.

Finally take your envelope, open the flap and draw round it onto your patterned paper, cut it out and trim 3 - 4mm off all round to make sure it will slide into the envelope easily and not obscure the bit that you lick to seal the envelope. Insert it into the envelope and fold down the flap to crease the patterned paper, depending on the thickness of your paper you might need to smooth it down with a bone folder.

And there you have it two cards for the price of one! I really enjoyed making these cards, but can't decide which one I like best, I hope you like them too, please leave a comment to let me know which one you like best.
Debbie x

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Friday, 3 November 2017

Hand Made Christmas Card with Stenciled Background and Stamped Vellum Greeting

Hi Everyone, another Christmas card this time with a stencilled background and a bit of experimentation with distress ink and Glimmer Mist -  read on all will be revealed!!

Hand Made Christmas Card with Stenciled Background and Stamped Vellum


Start with a white A6 blank card, cut a piece of gold card to 14.5 x 9.5cm and attach this to the centre of the card blank.

The finished red panel measures 14.5 x 8.5cm, start with a piece of watercolour card stock a bit bigger than that, use stencil tape to tape your card to your craft sheet and the stencil over the card stock. Spread Opaque texture paste over the stencil as evenly as possible, peel off the stencil and leave the stencil paste to dry, this can take up to a couple of hours depending on your environment. ( I had a few other things to do so left this to dry but you could probably speed it up with a heat gun).

Here's the fun bit, once the stencil paste is dry, smoosh red distress ink on to your craft mat and spray a generous amount of gold Glimmer Mist over it. Mix these together with your paint brush and paint over the stencilled card. Either leave it to dry or use a heat gun to dry it immediately and you are left with a gorgeous red/gold shimmery finish. It's so nice when things turn out well! Trim the stencilled panel to the required size.

Cut a strip of white vellum to about 19 x 3cm, stamp and heat emboss Merry Christmas in gold (the stamp had a line of smaller text below it but I cut this off). Position the vellum strip over the red panel, fold the ends around the back of the panel and tape in place, then attach the panel with the vellum over the centre of the gold card.

A couple of gold sequins on the vellum strip finished it off.

I am very pleased with the way this turned out, I wasn't sure if the Glimmer Mist would work in the distress ink but as it is water based I was hopeful and in the end got exactly the effect that I wanted. I would love to hear your comments on it, please leave them below if you have a minute. Many thanks for dropping in.
Debbie x

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