140 posts categorized "Sara Cook"


Tue 05

Cardinal Christmas Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a night sky scene featuring the new Layered Cardinal and Woodgrain Bird House die sets.



Die cut the Layered Cardinal die body from red card stock and black for the face and white for the beak.  Ink blend the body with Distress Lumberjack Plaid and Age Mahogany.  Ink blend the beak with Distress Spiced Pumpkin.  Adhere the wings with foam tape. Adhere the head and then peak with glue.



Die cut the house out of cream card stock.  Ink blend the house with Distress Weather Wood. the roof and bottom with Distress Walnut Stain.  Add Distress Opaque Grit Paste to the snowy roof.  Let dry. Adhere together using the envelop as a guide. Adhere a small piece of black paper to the back to cover the hole.


Die cut the Leaf Bunches and Classic Pine Needle Sprigs from green card stock.  Smoosh Distress Oxide Crushed Olive ink on work surface, spritz with water and tap in the Leaf Bunches die cuts.  Add Distress Opaque Grit Paste to the ends of the Needle Sprigs die cut.  Let dry.


Cut a dark blue card stock to 5" x & 7".  Stencil using the Starlight Snow and Distress Opaque Texture Paste.  Let dry.


Adhere the background to a 5" x 7" white card base.  Adhere the foliage die cuts to the lower right side of the card.  Adhere the bird house and then the bird on the roof with foam tape.  Adhere a Merry Christmas  Foil Greetings Rose Tab.








Tue 28

Snowflake Shaker Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a another snow globe shaped card but this is an actual shaker card.  The Nested Globe dies make it easy to create snow globe shaker cards.  



Die cut the 3rd larges die from the Nested Globe die set from white card stock  Ink blend with Elements Della Blue allover and then around the edges with Dark Denim.  Heat dry completely.  White heat emboss the Aurora Snowflake stamp.  Then stencil the Snow Flurries stencil with white pigment ink .  


Take an A2 black side folder card and line up the largest die from the Nested Globe die set so the left side edge does not cut the fold and run through the die cutting machine.  Take the largest and 3rd largest Nested Globe dies and die cut a frame from black card stock.  Adhere a piece of acetate behind the frame die cut.  



Adhere the background to the center of the shaker card.  Then add black foam tape around the edges.  Fill with Distress Mica Flakes.  Then remove the backing from the foam tape and adhere the frame.  Die cut the Celeste Snowflake Trio from white card stock and adhere the largest die cut to the center and the 2 smaller on the frame.  Adhere a Merry Christmas Black Greet Tabs to the center of the snowflake. 






Wed 22

Christmas Paper Quilt Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a card design today using he Poinsettia Garland pattern paper in an easy and forgiving quilt pattern.  


Paper Selection:

Chose 2 light papers and 2 darker papers, having 1 with glitter and one with a simple pattern from the Poinsettia Garland paper paid.  This will help with visual interest.  Next pick either a matching glitter or mirror card.  I chose a gold glitter paper from the Festive Glitter Pad to add a lot of bling so my card will stand out.  Cut the pattern paper into 4, 6" x 1/2" strips and the glitter paper into 5, 1/4" x 6" strips.

Card Base:

Take an A2 size light card base, any color, and draw a line down the middle in both directions.  Cut a light weight paper to 2" square. Adhere in the center like a diamond, lining up the corners of the square with the lines on the card base.  This ensures the square is center.  

Paper Pattern:

Start with 1 pcs of the pattern paper by applying adhesive to the back, recommending to use tape or a collage medium.  If using liquid adhesive use one with very little water like Kraft Tacky glue or collage medium.  Place your first piece to line up with the end of the center and along the side.  For the next piece line it up along the center pcs with one end at the first paper. Continue to go around the card lining up the paper.  Alter between either the 2 dark papers or 2 gold fold paper for a better visual effect at the end.  Trim off excess as you go and use the smaller strips to fill in. If the paper doesn't line up completely don't worry the strips of glitter paper help hide that.  Now glue the strips of glitter paper over the seams of the paper in the same pattern.  Trimming off the excess to use for the smaller sections.


Center Square:

Die cut the 3 smaller dies from the Small Poinsettia Layers from white card stock.  Ink blend with Distress Ketch Flamingo and in the center with Lumberjack Plaid.  Die cut the center from the same glitter paper.  Adhere together.  Die cut the outline die from Brilliant Joy from mirror gold paper from the Rainbow Reflections pad.  Save the letters.  Cut one of the plan lighter pattern paper to 2" square and ink blend around the Distress Ground Espresso.  Cut the glitter paper to 2 1/4" square.  Adhere together with liquid glue.  



Adhere the card base on a A2 size card.  Adhere the center square to the center.  Adhere the JOY die cut to the center and then adhere the poinsettia to the center of the O.  






Wed 15

Vintage Christmas Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone. I have a vintage Christmas card using the new Poinsettia Floral rub ons. 2CD570D7-FB50-4517-A50A-CBBAC1B6DDA4_1_201_a

Rub On Rectangle:

Die cut the Vintage Tray die from cream stone paper or card stock.  Ink blend the rectangles around the outside with Distress Antique Linen and lightly with Vintage Photo.  Select Pointsettia Floral rub ons to fill the different triangles.  Add several on top on others to fill the Rectangle.  



Die cut the Vintage Tray die  from a dark green card stock.  Adhere to a cream top fold A2 size card in the center.  Adhere the triangles in the frame.  Add a Merry Christmas Foil Greeting Rose Tab to front of card.







Fri 03

Snowglobe Shape Christmas Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone. I have a snow globe shaped card using the Nested Globes die set and the new coordinating dies to create a Christmas card.



Die cut the largest die from the Nested Globe die set from white card stock.  Ink blend all over using Elements Della Blue and then around the edges with Dark Denim.  Heat dry completely. Stamp the Aurora Snowflake with white pigment ink.  Heat dry completely. Use the Snow Flurries stencil with embossing ink and thick white embossing powder.

Globe Elements:

Die cut the Pine Tree Grove from dark and light green card stock.  Ink blend the dark with Distress Pine Needle and the light with Mowed Lawn.  Adhere together.  Apply matte collage medium.  Let dry.  Add Snowfall Grit Paste. Let dry.  Die but the bottom portion o the Winter Tree Arch and trim away the trees for just the snow bank.  Adhere to the background.


Snow Globe Base:

Die cut the largest Nested Globe Bases die set from Kraft woodgrain card stock.  Ink blend heavy on end and lighter in the center with Distress Vintage Photo.  Die cut the top and bottom from shiny gold paper from Rainbow Reflections Mirror pad and adhere together.  Adhere a Merry Christmas Foil Greetings White Tabs to the center. Adhere the base ti the snow globe.


Die cut a Kraft A2 size card base using the largest Nested Globes die set.  Make sure the left hand side of the die is over the fold so it does not cut it.  Die cut using the 2nd larges Nested Globe die set from dark brown card stock.  Adhere the 2 together.  Adhere the snow globe using foam tape to the card.






Wed 25

Christmas Gift Tags
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I enjoy making gift tags for the holiday season.  Having a smaller space to work with help with creativity for me.  There are a lot of smaller dies in this year release that are perfect sized for gift tags.  


Tag Bas.

I used a trimmer that cuts at a 45 degree angle to create the base tag. The tag is 2 3/4" wide and 4 1/2" tall and then the upper corners are cut at a 45 degree angle.  Select and trim the front and back to the base size. I used white card stock to create the first one with the trimmer and then fussy cut the rest of the tags by using temporary tape to hold in place while cutting on the angle for the rest.  For the front panels I used the Poinsettia Garland pattern paper.  I chose papers with subtle backgrounds.  then ink blended the sides with a darker ink then the paper.  


Focal points:

For the brown tags I used the Poinsettia Stem die and Vintage Lantern and die cut out of white card stock.  Ink blended the flower with Lumberjack Plaid and Ketch Flamingo.  The stem and leaves where Pealed Paint and Rustic Wilderness.  I did add a little Vintage Photo to darken up some areas of the leaves.  The center was Squeezed Lemon Aide and Mustard Seed.  The lantern was colored first with black then Gilded Foundry Wax.  Then it was too bright and toned it down with Antiqued Bronze Distress Crayon and rubbed in with my finger.  I then added some shading using a black Distess Crayon applying it with a damp paint brush.  The candle I used watercolor markers in a light yellow and orange for the flame and a tope and light olive green for the base.  

For the aqua tags I kept is simpler.  I used the Aurora Snowflake die cut in white card stock and left it as is.  For the last tag I used the Classic Pair of Ice Skates. Die cut from white and the blade out of silver from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad.  I ink blended the boot portion with Fresh Ink Silicone Blue around the outside edge. The base I ink blended with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I used a matching embroidery floss and a needle to thread up the skates and to hang from the top of the tag.  



On the white backs I stamped To and From from the Birch Press Designs Glide Tidings clear stamp set.  I adhered the front to the back.  Then punched the hole in the center top. I added the focal points and a sentiment with the new Rose and White Greeting tabs.  Tied some gold ribbon through the hole.






Mon 23

Snowy Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a snowflake card using a resist embossing technique.  

Snow normal

Stamp and heat emboss with an A2 size white panel and silver embossing powder using the Aurora Snowflake stamp.  Ink mush using Distress Oxide inks, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch.  Make sure to heat set in between each color.  Start with the latest to the darkest.  Only add a little of the Blueprint Sketch color.  Wipe off any of the ink off the snowflakes when complete.  Take the Snow flurries stencils and use shimmer texture paste.  I have a very old Pearlesent paste from Dreamweaver.  There are similar products on the market.  

Snowday upclose

Trim down the inked panel at an angle at the top.  Adhere the snowy panel to a A2 size panel made from a matching color from the Stormy Blue paper pad.  Stamp and white heat emboss the LET IT SNOW sentiment from Birch Press Designs Glad Tidings stamp set, on the blue paper at the same angle.  Add a strip of silver paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad. 

Snow with product

Anne Signature







Wed 04

Merry Christmas Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a cute bird Christmas card for you today.  It is a quick and easy card to recreate.  



Trim the light aqua snowflake paper from the Poinsettia Garland pad to A2. Ink blend with Speckled Egg Distress ink around the outside edges.  Die cut the Aurora Snowflake Frame die from heavy white card sock and adhere to the patterned paper.


Die cut the bottom Merry Christmas Charmed Script die from a matching paper from Fresh Aqua pad.  Die cut the top 2 times from heavy white card stock.  Use the outline die cut (keep the centers of the letters) to adhere to the bottom die cut.  Glue in the centers of the letters.  Use a matching jewel from the Christmas Fairy Jewel for the top of the i.  



Die cut 1 of the Nestled Chickadee Duo from white card stock.  Ink blend the lower portion of body and the top wing with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink.  Ink blend the bottom wing with Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink.  Ink blend the cut out for the face with Salvaged Patina and Iced Spruce Distress Ink.  Add a little Iced Spruce to the beak and on the tips of the wings.  Adhere the layers per the packaging.  Use foam tape to the top wing.  Use a black gel pen to color in the eye.



Adhere the background to a A2 size white card. Adhere the sentiment to the bottom right hand corner of the card. adhere the bird above the "C'.  Add matching Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones to the center of the snow flakes.








Mon 25

Warm Wishes Bundled Bird Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone. I have another holiday card featuring the Bundled Bird layered die set.




Die cut the bird from heavy weight cream card stock.  Ink blend the different layers with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso Distress ink.  Use Ripe Persimmon for the beak.  Follow the image on the packaging for ink blending and adhering the bird layers together.  I did add some foam tape under the tops of the wings. Die cut the hat and scarf from red and white stock. Ink blend the bottom die cut for the fur with Fresh Ink Silicone Blue.  Ink blend the bottom sections of the hat and scarf with  Lumberjack Plaid Distress ink.  Adhere together using the packaging as a guide.



Die cut the nest from heavy weight cream card stock.  Ink blend the different layers with Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink. Follow the image on the packaging for ink blending and adhering the bird layers together.  tip do NOT glue the front part of the nest so you can tuck in the bird when assembling.



Die cut the Forest Pine Branch from the same cream card stock. Ink blend the pine needles with Rustic Wilderness Distress ink.  Use a dark brown watercolor marker to color in the branch. I did die cut another branch from dark brown card stock and adhered it to the back.  


Die cut Best Wishes Tender Script bottom from red card stock and the top with red.  Ink blend the the bottom die cut with Lumberjack Plaid Distress ink.  Adhere the 2 together.  White heat emboss "warm" from warm wishes stamp from the Shining Star stamp set on red card stock ink blend with Lumberjack Plaid Distress ink.  Fussy cut out the sentiment.


Trim down a light red/pink paper from the Poinsettia Plaid paper pad to 4" x 5 1/4".  Adhere to a A2 white card.  Adhere the sentiment to the bottom center, then the branch, nest and bird, inserting into the nest.  





Mon 18

Snowy Scene Christmas Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  It is an exciting day!  Christmas 2023 release is here!!! it is my favorite time of the year.  I have a snow globe tag card today.  There is so many different products released and I couldn't help but us a lot of them.  



Stamp the Aurora Snowflake on a 4" x 5 1/4" white card stock with VersaMark ink.  Heat emboss using a clear glitter embossing powder.  

Globe Tag:

Die cut the 3rd from largest Nest Globes die from white card stock.  Ink blend using Fresh Ink Silicone Blue.  Add snow bu using the Snow Flurries stencil and white texture base on the top 2/3 of the tag.  Let dry.  Use a hole punch to add a hole at the top center of the tag.  Die cut the Winter Tree Arch from Kraft card stock.  Add some shading using Vintage Photo Distress ink. Add dries white glue to the tops of the tree and then cover with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  Let dry Die cut the Winter Tree Arch from white card stock and trim off the trees.  Ink with VersaMark ink and heat embossing using the same embossing power as for the background.  Adhere the Winter Tree Arch to the tag and then the snow bank on top of the trees.  Add foam tape to the back.



Die cut the deer from the Snowglobe Backer die set from Kraft card stock.  Add shading using Vintage Photo Distress ink.  Use a white gel pen to the ears, tail and upper back.  Use a black gel pen for the eye, nose, and hooves.  Glue the antlers to the of the head.


Die cut the Small Poinsettia Layers from a light pink card stock.  Ink blend from the center out and in the cuts with Lumberjack Plaid Distress ink.  Also ink the outline circle die cut with the same ink and adhere to the hole in the tag. Die cut the center and Classic Pine Needle Sprigs from  shiny gold paper in the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad.  Adhere the layers of the poinsettia.



Adhere the background panel to a A2 Kraft card.  Ink up bakers twine with Lumberjack Plaid Distress ink. Let dry.  Tie to the top of the tag. Adhere the tape to the center with the foam tape.  Adhere the dear to the upper center of the snow bank.  Adhere the pine needle sprigs and poinsettia to the lower left side of the tag.  Add a Rose Greeting tab to the lower right hand side.