487 posts categorized "Christmas"

10/21/2017

Sat 21

Fabulous Snowy Sky Video by Dave Brethauer

Well, hello all you Memory Box fans!

I am so happy to share a video with you today that will teach you a background technique you will use over and over. The results are wonderful each time - and very creative.

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I think this is one of my favorites because of this particular combination of color - the blues and purples, and then the small golden accent. This is truly beautiful in real life - you must try this so that you can see it in person!

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I used Distress Oxide inks for the background - Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans and Broken China - all sponged together and overlapped. And then there is a small dab of yellow ink - Fossilized Amber - to create a little burst of light in the upper right corner.

I have been sponging backgrounds for a long time and by now, I can whip up a background in no time. To give it this bright spattered look I gave it a little spritz of water mixed with a bit of bleach. My portions change from time to time - the stronger the bleach solution, the brighter the white spots get and there is a more noticeable "halo" around the spots. Generally, I stick to a recipe of 2 cups water to one tablespoon of bleach, but you should try what suits you.

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You can see the difference between the two cards here - the card on the left has the tiny drops and the card on the right has larger drops. This is just a matter of how you use your spray bottle.

I spritz it with a spray bottle - if I squeeze quickly, then the spray comes out in tiny drops. If I squeeze slowly, then the spray comes out in larger drops. As a bonus - you will be disinfecting your craft area!

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I used the 99834 Single Deer Oval to create the first layer - and then the 99816 Batavia Snowflake Oval for the second layer. Both of these are cut out of white cardstock, which provides a bright contrast to the colorful background. Both ovals are exactly the same size, so they line up perfectly. And if you want to add some snowflakes to the card, the 99825 Batavia Snowflakes match the snowflakes in the oval!

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In the video you will see that you have some leftover pieces - like the reindeer above. This is what is left over after you cut out the background - don't throw it out, this makes another beautiful card!

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Adding a white background, and gluing on a few sequins - you'll have another card in less than a minute!

I have designed a lot of layered dies over the years, including the tree and branch collage dies in the Faerie Cards video I made awhile ago. It is a concept that I really have had fun with as I developed Birch Press Design Dies over the last few years - layering cut paper to create intricate artwork, like I did in my Peony Blooms video. I really enjoy assembling these layers to create some dimension on cards.

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I ended up really liking the color scheme that I used for the background, so I made about a dozen background pieces, changing where I was putting the color until I came up with a composition that reminded me of the Northern Lights.

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This turned out to work perfectly with a die that I hadn't played with too much - the 99822 Sheer Treescape. This die features some cut lines to create some texture in the paper - these extra lines do not cut out a shape but rather just add some extra detail to the image.

The treescape creates a perfect border - and the "Northern Lights" jump up through the treeline. The only change here is that I added Distress Oxide Ink in Black Soot to the border to darken the edges. A spritz of my bleach and water solution added the look of stars (or snow, depending on your perspective).

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That beautiful sky was begging for something to be flying in it - so I placed the 99606 Small Reindeer Team in the sky for fun!

I hope you will try out this background technique - the bright spatters really make the background come alive and the colors seem to intensify. These quick cards are the perfect project to try this out on. 

10/19/2017

Thu 19

Deco Trees, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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The Deco Trees die is a favorite for mass-producing cards that are easy, colorful and uniquely-yours.   Cut the watercolored background and the handmade deckle edge paper with Rectangle Basics for a perfect fit.  No measuring, guessing or thinking required!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick design for your holiday cards.

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Cut three edges of the watercolor paper with the 4" x 2.75" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut the rectangle with the Deco Trees die.  

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Sponge Shizen Design cold press rough-surface watercolor paper with Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides. Coloring it diagonally results in a nice distribution of these beautiful shades.  Don't try to blend the different colors - color contrasts create great impact.  Use a waterbrush to blend each color within its own area - the paper's texture creates interesting patterns and shading.  Impress just received another shipment of this watercolor paper - it's great!

Heat-set the inks.  Spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz, then heat-set it again.

Trim the watercolored paper with the 2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set with Peacock Feathers  on a top-folded 5.5" square card. 

Cut strips of green and turquoise cardstock.  

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Assemble the card and add shimmery turquoise sequins from the Birch Press Mermaid Tale Premium Set. View the entire collection of beautiful sequins and accents here.

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If you're in the Seattle area, save Saturday October 21st for the Impress Holiday Open House.  Both stores are celebrating with special displays, samples and a great selection of holiday items - including the latest Memory Box Winter Release!  Be among the first 25 to arrive and receive a great goodie bag too!  Tukwila opens at 10:00 and University Village at 9:30.  Be there!

Thanks for visiting...see you here again on Saturday.

 

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10/13/2017

Fri 13

Snowy Spectrum, Blessed to Know You Clear Stamps and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Let the new Snowy Spectrum, Birch Press Retro Holiday Sequins  - and Impress Sparkle Glitter -  create a sparkly winter pastel scene for your Christmas cards.  Try it in frosty turquoises or minty greens - or even warm shades of rose gold and peach too.    There are so many great products and so many ways to create unique holiday greetings for everyone on your list.

Hello and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here, with a quick card for you today.  It seems like we went from summer right into winter here in Seattle - so let's celebrate with a  snowflake card.

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Cut white cardstock with the 2.75" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the rectangle with the beautiful Snowy Spectrum.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Blessed To Know You Clear Stamp Set - with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides.  Dry the ink.

Cut a rectangle of self-adhesive laminating sheet using the 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die. Attach it behind the diecut - save the liner from the laminating sheet.  Use the liner to press the diecut firmly onto the adhesive.  

Lightly sprinkle flakes of dark pink and gold chunky glitter onto the adhesive - like sprinkling a few  crystals of  sea salt over a chocolate-dipped caramel.  Use the liner to press the glitter flakes securely onto the adhesive.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over everything, tap off the excess, then use the liner to give it all a final "pressing."

Cut a piece of pink cardstock with the same 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it behind the laminating sheet to create a soft pink background for the snowflakes and glitters.  

Rectangle Basics dies save so much time - eliminating the measuring, guessing and hoping it'll fill in all of the cutouts.  The rectangles are perfectly proportioned for layering on A-2 cards - and they're great for A-6 cards too.  You'll be spoiled by their accuracy and versatility - and wonder how you ever made cards without them!

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded white A-2 notecard.  Add the pink sequins from the new Retro Holiday Birch Press Sequins - a pretty collection of green, pink and red accents.  See the entire collection here - you'll want all of them!

Add silver gem stickers.

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I love the new ultra-smooth bright white cardstock from Impress.  It's perfect for stamping, stenciling and diecutting - and folds crisply both with and against the grain.  It's everything you could ever want from white cardstock!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at this Saturday's BOO! class at Impress.  I've added an extra card - using the negative from another class card (bonus!) - so we're making 6 cards and a treat wrapper for the tricksters.  

Thanks for stopping by today...

Jeansignature-3
 

 

 

 

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10/10/2017

Tue 10

Holiday Cards That Move Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to share a couple of interactive card ideas that hopefully will get you inspired to create some memorable holiday cards.

Like many of you, I have made A LOT of holiday cards over the years! I love handmade cards with moving elements, but I often find myself short on time to mass produce them - so they have to be simple. These projects are perfect - simple to make, but they are really fun to receive and look like you worked really hard on them!

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My first project is a "pocket card" that can be used as a holder for a holiday photo. I have created lots of photo cards over the years - embellished with stamps, or ribbon or dies. But for this one, I had designed a die with this very purpose in mind!

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When I created the Snowman Panel I was thinking that there would be some sort of layer behind the panel that could just slide away to reveal a new background. At the time, I wasn't sure exactly what the background would be but after playing with the die a bit in the studio, I got an idea.

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So I began with the Pinpoint Rectangle set - by cutting two large rectangles I could create a "pocket" by gluing them together. But before I glued them, I cut the Snowman Panel in the front.  When you put the insert into the pocket, all you see is white.

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But when you pull the slider piece out (I stamped the top of it with the Merry Christmas Sentiments set), then you see the background! I chose a bold red, so that the snowman would really stand out.

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I decided to dress him up just a little bit too - so I used a few shapes from the Snowman Heart Collage die to create his hat, eyes and carrot nose. I think this adds a little character on the all white background!

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Here's a look at what the Snowman Heart Collage looks like all done up - I used some soft velvet paper to fill in the heart area, and various cardstock colors for his face, hat and scarf. I used the stamp set called Each Day is a Blessing for the sentiment - this set is very versatile and can be used on all sorts of cards.

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I only used a few of the elements - just the eyes, nose and hat - so that I could keep things simple!

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You can use the back of the sliding panel for a photo, a recipe or simply your holiday greeting. The person receiving the card will have so much fun moving the panel up and down.

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And here is what the slider piece looks like when it is flipped over - a cute photo card! The person who receives the card can display the photo separately from the slider pocket - it's like receiving two for one!

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Now there is another die that I designed with the same goal in mind - the Snowy Spectrum die. I created the same idea here - this time using the Stitched Rectangle Layers to create my pocket.

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I thought it might be fun to create a Distress Oxide background for this card - so I blended Wilted Violet, Broken China and Faded Denim to make a snowy wintertime background for the snowflakes. I spritzed with just a bit of water for some simple texture and that was all there was to it!

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I love this color scheme - a nice alternative to traditional red and green! I could embellish this a bit further - the snowflakes in the Snowy Spectrum die match the Batavia Snowflakes die - so I could cut some out and layer them on here in some sparkly white cardstock, but I decided to keep it simple.

For my second project, I was still really into slider cards, so I wanted to create a card that had that interactive element, but was still relatively simple to mass produce.

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So I used one of the Jumping Elves from the Christmas Elves Die set and  Christmas Elves Clear Stamp set and figured out a way to make him "leap" over the word Christmas. I realized that the Large Sentimental Merry Christmas was big enough for what I had in mind.
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I got out my Copic markers for some simple coloring - the elf is small so you can color him in pretty quickly! 

I had to choose the right slider die and found that the Slider Grooves set worked perfectly. It has a small curved arch that creates the perfect path for making the elf look like he is leaping! In the video, I show the basics for making a slider card - and how easy it is to get him to spin.

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To dress it up a bit, I used a Poppystamps Holly Berry Sprig die in the corner - just something simple to put a little more color onto the front of the card. I inlaid the cut out paper - green cardstock for the leaves and some sparkly red cardstock for the berries. This created just the right touch.

There are endless variations on these ideas - reindeers jumping over chimneys, polar bears hopping from igloo to igloo, the list goes on and on. What will you make?

 

10/03/2017

Tue 03

Alternative Christmas Transportation
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but I am a big fan of the new Double Decker bus die.  When I first saw it, I envisioned a Halloween bus with pumpkins in the windows.  Then Isha made a great Halloween card using some of the latest Memory Box Halloween dies.  I wanted to do something different, so I made a Christmas card instead.  I think it is the first black Christmas card I have ever made!

I chose the new Dashing with Reindeer images and dies because I figured Santa's reindeer could probably use a night off from pulling the sleigh.  I was tempted to put all 9 of the reindeer in the bus, but it started to get a little crowded in there.  I did however make sure to put Rudolph in the front, since that seemed like the correct placement.

To color the reindeer I used some of my brown Copic markers (E31, E35, and E51).  For Santa, I used more Copic markers (E50 for the skin, R27 for his suit, and C3 and C7 for his belt). 

For the background, I sponged Distress Oxide inks onto black cardstock and then lightly spritzed the ink with water to help the colors blend.  When the paper was dry, I splattered the sky with watered-down white acrylic paint to look like stars or snow.

Underneath the bus, I cut a black hill from the Curved Stitch Hilltops dies and then added a bit of road washi tape.  I am sorry I no longer know the washi tape brand, but you could just as easily get the same look with a ruler and a white gel pen or white Prismacolor pencil.

For the lights, I used an assortment of Copic markers and then coated them with a clear glaze pen to make them look like glass.  Here is a close up:

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For the inside of the card, I used one of the sentiments from the same Dashing with Reindeer stamp set.  I thought it was a different take on "dashing through the snow."  One of the nice things to remember about Memory Box notecards is the inside is white and makes adding a sentiment to the inside very easy.  Here is the inside of my Memory Box Licorice notecard:

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The Double Decker bus is a lot of fun to use on a card and rather versatile.  I am already planning to use it for a birthday party bus. 

Have a great day!

Laurasignature

 

 

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09/27/2017

Wed 27

Zig Zag Slider Video by Dave Brethauer

Hello and welcome!

I am always trying to use my dies in new and different ways - and I wanted to share a new idea for working with slider dies. Sometimes these ideas do not come easy - I am always super impressed when I see designers use dies in a way that I never would have imagined - so I was excited to try this when I started thinking about connecting the paths of sliders.

This idea uses the Memory Box Slider Grooves die set to create a unique slider pathway in a zig zag shape. Take a look at the video to see how it works...

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I am fascinated by interactive cards, so slider cards have been really inspiring to me lately. I received my Mechanical Engineering degree about 25 years ago and even after all this time I still gravitate a bit towards cards that have some sort of movement involved. And what better way to spend an afternoon than to play with some slider cards! (Instead of pursuing an engineering career I took up stamping, then started Memory Box, then Poppystamps and then Birch Press - and I have had a lot more fun in this creative field!) 

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I decided to apply the zig zag slider idea to a Halloween card so I used the Whimsy Ghost and the Playful Boo dies to create the scene.

When you put the ghost in the upper right corner and start to tilt the card back and forth, the ghost twirls and slides down the pathway to the bottom!

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When I designed the Whimsy Ghost die I was playing with the notion that some areas could be cut out (like the bow tie) and some areas could just be cut (like his smile). I think creating designs for craft dies has endless possibilities and every time I sit down at my desk to design I literally smile while I am drawing.

When I am creating a die design I think about how fun it will be to try out the new die, and to see what others will do with it. When I was drawing the ghost I was thinking how fun it will be to put a little dot of white ink (from a White Gel Pen) onto his eyes! That little twinkle gives him a little bit of charm - don't you think? I was thinking that he would look kind of good with a small witch's hat - and then thought the witch's hat would look good on a stamp set I was drawing at the time (the set was the Feline Spooky set in poppystamps, and the hat would be perfect on one of the cats!).

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I wanted the background for the slider card to be a little special- so before I cut the slider pathways into the black cardstock, I splattered it with metallic watercolor paint. This set of metallic watercolor paint is my favorite - a few sprinkles of this onto a card transforms the whole thing!

What is it about silver and gold on black cardstock that looks so magical and rich? I think I splattered paper for about 10 minutes before I remembered that I had other things to do!

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I love these paints - they are so bright and dense, and when you start building the color onto the black cardstock it becomes hard to stop.

I was trying to create sort of a sparkling and spooky effect - like the ghost is flying across a starry sky. But then I saw some Distress Oxide inks on my desk and...

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...I had to try it with a Distress Oxide background! I used Wilted Violet and Broken China with a spritz of water to create this look - a magical background with more of a twilight color scheme.

Then, I thought - well this would work as a beautiful color scheme for a winter card - and I bet a snowflake would work as the slider!

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I went through my designs and grabbed the Batavia Snowflakes and matching Batavia Stitched Snowflakes to create a winter themed slider element. The Batavia Stitched Snowflakes are slightly larger than the Batavia Snowflakes - so that when you layer them together, the result is dimensional and detailed.

I put the snowflake slider card together in a flash - and I show it in the video too as a bonus card. The snowflake spins down the zig zag pathway, just as you might expect a snowflake to drift back and forth as it settles to the earth. The Let It Snow die is a peaceful and subtle addition to the lower corner.

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I spritzed the background with a bleach and water solution - about 2 teaspoons of bleach to a cup of water. This is a little stronger than I usually use for a bleach and water solution - but I noticed something when I was playing with this solution the other day.

You will notice that where the drops hit the paper, they spread just a little into the surrounding ink and lighten it - this creates a bright spot in the middle of the splatter, which is then surrounded by a little halo of color. Can you see it on the close up above? It really shows up in the Wilted Violet area - there is a nearly white spot in the middle, surrounded by a soft blue halo of color.

I think this is really effective for snow scenes - the way this softens the colors and gives the idea of snow blurring slightly as it falls.

I hope you enjoyed today's video! Get out your slider dies and create this card! What will you come up with? 

I want to encourage your creativity so I am having a giveaway! Please leave your idea for a fun zig zag slider card in the comments section by September 30, 2017 Midnight Pacific Time. I will choose one comment at random - and that person will win a metallic watercolor set from Finetec! I can't wait to read what people come up with!

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09/24/2017

Sun 24

a Channel of Snowflakes
by Penny Ward

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Hi Memory Box friends. Last week I was showing you Purple snowflakes, this week you get Red. You are the artist...you can make them any color you want!

Let's do this:

 

Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 11 inches, fold in half.

Add a piece of Green cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches to the base card.

 

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Trim Red cardstock 4 x 5.50 inches and die cut the long edge with Batavia Snowflake Channel. Set this panel aside for just a bit.

Cut a piece of watercolor paper 2 x 5 inches. Sprinkle and spritz with Lindy's Magicals Frosty Forest Green and Rudolph's Nose Red. Let dry.

Adhere the watercolor panel behind the Batavia Panel and wrap a festive ribbon. Adhere this panel to the card front.

 

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Die cut Batavia Snowflake Channel with a scrap of Red cardstock and trim out one snowflake. Adhere to card front as shown and add a faux pearl for snowflake center.

Die cut Brush Merry Christmas from Green cardstock three times. Stack and adhere together, then to the card front. Add a faux pearl for the tittle over the letter "i".

 

Happy Holiday cardmaking,

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09/16/2017

Sat 16

Christmas Wishes
by Jenny Griffiths

 Hi Friends!  

Do you like puzzles?  I do, and this card reminds me of one--just a bit.  Today's card features the Soaring Bird die which cuts several layers of the beautiful bird's outstretched wings.  So I chose to layer the colors.


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Here's a close up...I die cut the bird in four different colors, 2 blues, a grey and a white.  The deepest blue was used for the body/outline and the other colors were for the detailing.  

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To start, I placed the outline piece face down on a craft sheet then added tiny amounts of wet glue to all areas.  It's important to use very tiny amounts so the glue doesn't gush out when it is positioned onto the background panel.  

Rather than pick up the die cut with wet glue on the back, carefully aligned the background panel over-top the die cut and lowered it onto the adhesive.  By leaving it on your craft sheet, the bird will maintain its original shape and not stretch-- which is important because the "puzzle pieces" will fit snugly and the openings need to remain the appropriate size. 

Next, add the interior paper pieces choosing from the 4 different colors already die cut.  A tiny bit of glue on the reverse side of each piece, and tweezers for placement is all that's needed.   

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Next, die cut the pretty Holly Collage leaves in a few shades of green, adhere near the bird's feet and add some bright red gem stones.  Add the panel to a note card, stamp and adhere the sentiment--done!  

Hope you're starting to feel inspired to start your Christmas cards---anyone started yet?

Bonus: Don't forget you have enough pieces left over to make 3 more cards for a variety of pretty birds!

  Jennysig


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09/12/2017

Tue 12

Folk Art Tree by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a card from a recent quick and easy card class.  I also wanted a chance to show you how versatile the new Folk Art Tree can be.

When you cut out the die, these are the pieces you get:

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I started with a rectangle piece of kraft paper to cut out the die.  I saved the rectangle frame as well as the outside edges around the tree (the negative space).  My tree outline was kraft, so I colored it with a neon Copic marker.  I used a neon color so that it would show up on kraft cardstock.  As you can see, the color changed a lot since I colored the kraft with bright blue and ended up with a green look.  Next, I added some double sided tape behind the open rectangle window:

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I placed the green tree outline into the kraft rectangle frame and the double sided tape held it in place.  Where there was open tree area, I sprinkled some glitter on top:

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The tree looks like white glitter since I hadn't removed the backing of the tape yet.  You could leave it on if you wanted a solid look behind the glitter.  I wanted a translucent look to the tree so that you could see the patterned paper underneath.  Therefore, I removed the tape backing and stuck it down onto the patterned paper:

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I liked the sparkly tree window that I created, but there is so much more yo could do with the die.  Here are some scraps that I had sitting on my desk.  You can see the mix/mach possibilities of the tree.  I think of it as a patchwork tree that you could assemble any way you wanted:

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It really is a great way to use up those paper scraps you have!

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09/11/2017

Mon 11

Playtime Elves in the Snow by Anne Thompson

It's time for the Playtime Elves (and their polar bear) to have some more fun sliding in the snow! Today's cards feature the PLAYTIME ELVES Clear Stamp Set CL5216, the coordinating PLAYTIME ELVES dies set 32216, SLIDER GROOVES dies 99840, PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850, and LET IT SNOW PERKY SCRIPT die 99866.

Card One:

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Here the elves are sliding on their tummies, racing each other down the hills.  When I die cut the two slider grooves from light blue cardstock, I saved the two pieces, covered them with adhesive and sprinkled on some glitter before adhering them below each of the slider grooves. I colored the two elves with Prismacolor Colored Pencils after stamping them with Archival Jet Black Ink and die cutting them.  I used the penny method so the elves would slide in the grooves.  I added the Piccolo Snowflakes cut from dark blue cardstock and I put a small blue pearl in the center of each one.  To finish the card I added "let it snow" cut from the same dark blue cardstock and I used a pearl to dot the i.  I attached this panel to a notecard of the same color with thick foam adhesive strips.

Card Two:

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This time, the two elves are chasing each other over the hills which I again made by glittering three pieces of cardstock that had been cut out of the slider grooves.  I left a lot of space at the top to add a die cut sentiment or some snowflakes later, as well as the names of the two children who will receive this card.

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I love this elf careening at top speed down the steep hill!  He really spins, often ending upside down at the end!  I cut the slider groove first then lined up a piece of white cardstock with the discarded piece and created a bigger hill.  I covered it with a large piece of sticky-backed adhesive and then sprinkled on lots of fine white glitter.  

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Whee!  The elf is hitching a ride from his polar bear!  This bonus card doesn't use a slider groove, although it could.  I wanted to see if I could find a way to have the polar bear pull the elf on the sled.  So I made a harness for the bear from some thin twine, tying it around the bear's head and securing the twine with tape on the back of the die cut.  I attached it to the elf's hands by punching tiny holes with an awl and looping the twine through, attaching it with tape on the back of the elf.

Now I'm thinking that I have to make a series of slider cards featuring the polar bear(s) playing on the hills.  I might even put an elf hat on him or perch him on the sled.  And maybe an elf (or two!) has to ride on his back down a hill.  So many possibilities!  Kids are going to LOVE these cards!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


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