Christmas Cards with Pizazz

Christmas Cards Number 7 and 8

For these two cards, I had a lot of coordinating pieces left over. Both of these designs give a little more impact, and I added something extra to make each one a little more elegant. Both cards measure 5 x 6 ½ inches, and have a lot of beautiful foil accents. Both of these sets come from Hunkydory Crafts 2014 Contemporary Christmas cardmaking kit. These cards really show the beauty and intricacy of Hunkydory Crafts cardmaking kits.

shiny Santa in his sleigh cardCard Number 7: Ivory and Gold Sleigh

The artwork on these die-cuts is lovely, and are meant to create a large focal. I used a coordinating printed piece of Adorable Scorable that has the same colors as the die-cuts, is covered with a snowflake print, but with a nice reddish-brown border that matches the sleigh. I used an ivory card base and mounted part of the Adorable Scorable on the front and used the border portion to cover the inside of the card. I glued the framing die-cut pieces directly onto the Adorable Scorable, doing my best to center and align all of the pieces. I then placed the oval-shaped artwork with Santa in his sleigh in the center, and I used foam squares to elevate the center design. I added some red rhinestones to really make the design pop.

sleigh card insideFor the inside, I used one of the border pieces that came with this set across the top of the inside, added some gold snowflakes and popped tiny red stickers in the center of each snowflake. I stamped the sentiment “Joyous songs and Christmas cheer may laughter & friendship be yours all year!” with gold ink on ivory cardstock and matted the shape onto dark red paper that coordinated with the border.

Additional Items Used:

village shops cardCard Number 8: Village Shops

village shops inside cardI used a center step card for this design, which slightly overlaps the center part of the card I had ½ sheet of the navy Adorable Scorable that matched the village die-cuts and trimmed a 1 inch strip for the bottom of the card, and used the rest on the inside of the card. I had a piece of Adorable Scorable that ha a dark red Nordic print, that had a top and bottom foiled border.   I trimmed the foiled portions of the border to about 9/8 inch for each side section. I used a red with gold foiled border strip to place on the navy cardstock on the bottom of the card and added a shiny red twill bow to the bottom left corner of the central image. The dark blue, dark red and gold foiling make an extremely elegant card.

For the inside of the card I die-cut a 3 ½ scalloped-edge circle from the Nordic printed cardstock and placed a navy blue and gold foiled die-cut that is printed with “Merry Christmas to You” on the center of the circle. The only extra bits that I added to this card were the navy suede paper, the ribbon and gold border dazzles from Hot Off the Press’s Thin Gold Lines Dazzles: http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4102404

I am very pleased with how elegant these two cards turned out.

Curve Appeal

Christmas Cards Number 5 and 6

These two cards have circles, ovals and arches as the main design theme. The design focus is a large circle or oval.

Sparkly nature Christmas tree card

Card Number 5: Nature’s Christmas Tree

Inside of gate-fold Christmas cardI loved the midnight background for this large circle tree hung with ornaments. The foiling is a silver holographic foil that just sparkles like glitter. The coordinating Adorable Scorable has very large sparkly trees that I thought would work perfect for the inside of a gate-fold card, and the circle die-cut really lends itself to that type of card as well. I used a medium dark purple cardstock for the base and some blue, teal and purple snowflake paper (we saw this on the Polar Bear card) to line the inside of the wings, and the paper “ribbon” band that slides over the card. I thought that the small circle die-cut with the little animals and their presents made a nice little touch. The inside sentiment is “May your days be Merry, your heart be light, your holiday happy, your season bright” embossed in white on gray textured paper. I covered the front wings of the card with the piece of Adorable Scorable that has a winter landscape with small silver snowflakes.

This kit came from the 2014 Hunkydory Contemporary Christmas kit.  I used Hot Off the Press’s Christmas Cheer stamp set: http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4101122. The folded size of this card is 5 x 7 inches.

Card Number 6: Square Toy Store Window Card

Toy  store window Christmas card

I tried a new technique with this 6 inch square card. I received a 6 inch embossing folder and stamp set as a free gift with a magazine and decided to use the embossing folder on some red Adorable Scorable. As I have stated before, Adorable Scorable, even though it is pretty thick, embosses beautifully. A tip is to lightly mist the back of the cardstock to loosen the fibers before you run the cardstock through your die-cutting/embossing machine. I sanded the embossed area to let the white paper core show through and added a few white stickers. I left about ½ inch edge which I scored and creased. I trimmed out the center oval part of the embossed design to create a window. I wanted to let the arch-shaped Toy Store Window die-cut show through the window

Inside of window Christmas card

I used a piece of ultra sticky tape to glue a 6 inch piece of snowfall acetate to the inside of the scored edge of the card. If I had really thought about it, I should have cut the acetate about ¼ inch wider, scored it and glued it so the tape did not show on the inside of the card. It is not overly noticeable, but I see it and it might bother some people. I glued the ½ inch tab to the back of a 6 inch square piece of light teal Adorable Scorable that coordinated with the Toy Store Window arched die-cut. I then used a piece of red paper to cover the back of the card. There were some die-cut borders and tags that came on the die-cut sheet with the toy store die-cut, and I glued and trimmed the red borders to the inside of the card, and put a narrow white ribbon through the little tag and used a foam square and mounted it on the lower right corner of the red cardstock on the back. I added some lacy white border stickers to the top and bottom edges of the inside of the card.

I hope that these Christmas cards inspire you to use some new techniques.

A Little Bit Can Go a Long Way

Christmas Cards Number 3 and 4

The next two cards share the same basic idea, making cards out of leftover die-cuts, mostly small ones. I used one piece of Adorable Scorable cardstock to pull together the different die-cuts to create a unified composition. In each example, I used four die-cuts, one piece of coordinating Adorable Scorable and sticker accents. Both cards measure 5 x 6 ½ inches

polar bear Christmas CardCard Number 3: Baby It’s Cold Outside

This card also used one piece of green cardstock, snowy-printed acetate, and stickers. Most of the die-cuts came from the leftover bits of a set that had an image of a polar bear wearing a knit hat and a sweater. In fact, the Adorable Scorable has a printed knit texture, with a foiled border. This set was from the 2013 Hunkydory kit, and has gone a long way; I have also made two Christmas cards and one large framed piece from this set. All that was left was the one purple and teal piece of cardstock and three die-cuts.

inside of polar bear Christmas cardI had a leftover snowflake frame from the 2014 kit that I couldn’t figure out how to use, so I came up with the idea of creating a window, with the circular die-cut of the polar bear peeking out under the snowy acetate, using the snowflake die-cut to frame the opening. I used the “Baby it’s cold outside” black dazzles on a scrap of snowflake paper matted on the scrap of leftover foiled border Adorable Scorable, and accented it with the two snowflake die-cuts that came with the polar bear set. I sandwiched the acetate between the cardstock and the green snowflake paper and used the purple Adorable Scorable cardstock so the border was on the bottom of the inside and placed “Merry Christmas” and teal snowflake Dazzles on the area covered by the front of the card. I think this card turned out pretty good.

Additional items:

  • Scrap of purple and teal paper with a snowflake print
  • Green paper with a small snowflake print
  • Teal Green cardstock
  • Hot Off the Press Tiny Christmas Words Dazzles: http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4102494
  • Hot Off the Press Teal Snowflakes and Silver Christmas Words Dazzles (no longer available)
  • Hunkydory Snowfall Acetate
  • Set of Circle cutting dies, to match the shape of the center of the snowflake frame

Heart Swing Christmas cardCard Number 4: For the Lovebirds at Christmas

All that was left from the Christmas Robins set was one piece of Adorable Scorable with a matching printed insert and a handful of small-die-cuts. The color scheme is red and blue, and this set is one where I had previously made two cards using larger Christmas Robins die-cuts. I chose to let the Adorable Scorable cardstock be the main focus, and made a heart swing card from a template from Hot Off the Press, rather than trimming the cardstock and gluing it to a heart swing card die-cut card base. This was a little more challenging because I don’t have a lot of strength in my hand and it was a little time consuming in cutting through the thick Adorable Scorable, but I think the effort paid off, I let the paper do the talking on this card.

open heart swing Christmas cardI cut a heart-shaped piece of red suede paper to frame the front heart swing portion of the card and a narrow strip of the red suede for the spine of the swing mechanism, I matted the red suede heart on dark blue printed paper and cut a slightly larger heart out of a medium blue paper for the inside of the swing mechanism. I used some silver swirl stickers for accents on the top right and left of the card and a third swirl on the bottom of the heart focal on the front. The small die-cuts I used all have silver foiling and three of them have printed sentiments: “Sending Christmas Joy!” Merry Christmas,” and “To the Lovebirds at Christmas.” The remaining die-cut is heart-shaped and has an image of a gift printed on it. This is a simple card, with most of the work coming from cutting out the heart-shaped swing mechanism of the card. The heart-swing template is available at www.paperwishes.com: http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4107422.

New Christmas Cards from Past Kits

Part One – Cards 1 and 2

One of the best things about writing a personal crafty blog is that I get to showcase the latest things that I made, and the reading audience can choose to read my blog or not. I don’t have to feel guilty about the glassy stares from the non-crafting population. There is a chance that someone may be inspired by what I made. I hope so; I certainly am inspired by the cards made by others that I find on Pinterest or other crafting blogs. There are a lot of talented card makers out there.

two deer Christmas CardIt’s time for me to start making Christmas cards for this year. I am continuing with the tradition of making my cards from Hunkydory Crafts premium cardmaking kits. This year I have chosen the 2015 Winter Wishes one, which is ironic because I live in the desert and snow is very rare. These kits are fabulous, they are perfect for beginning card makers and they add that extra “wow” factor for the more experienced crafter.  The marvelous thing about these kits is that there is always stuff left over. If you are not familiar with Hunkydory’s products, the main claim to fame is their foiling, and the special coating they put on their cardstock which allows you to score and crease without cracking. Seriously, this is true, I have scored many a piece (and embossed) of Adorable Scorable and the results are wonderful.

My challenge to myself before I start dipping into my new kit was to make 10 different kinds of cards from the leftover pieces from kits I purchased over the past two years.  Today’s blog is showcasing two cards made with leftover pieces from the first Hunkydory Christmas kit that I bought in 2013.  It is the Festive Splendour luxury cardmaking kit. All of the kits that I am using pieces from are no longer available for purchase, but some of you out there may have the same kits, or may find inspiration about what I have chosen to make. The difference between the first Christmas card kit and the others that I have purchased is that the first kit came with printed paper inserts, which matched the Adorable Scorable cardstock. The materials in this kit went a long way, and I still have stuff left over.

Red Dress Card

red dress Christmas cardThis is the reason that I bought this kit, I fell in love with the sexy red dress artwork. I have made 5 cards from this set, and sold 2 of them in my Etsy shop. This year’s card is the last of the bits that I could put together. What I had left was a small die-cut of the red dress, a couple of small die cuts, which I did not use in this card, and a die-cut greeting “Have a wonderful festive Season,” and a portion of the paper printed insert that has the mirror image of the cascading poinsettia artwork on the dress die-cut.

dress card insideI made an A2 (4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches) card using a white card blank. I layered red suede paper with silver ornament Dazzle stickers for the background and used foam pads to layer the dress and greeting die cuts. I trimmed the printed insert portion to fit the inside of the card, and put a strip of red suede paper with a silver border sticker on the left side of the image, which just skimmed the edge of the sentiment “Have a Magical Christmas.” This gives the inside greeting a little more visual interest. Here is a link to a previous blog that I wrote showcasing the two cards that I sold in my Etsy store: https://prettycolorful.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/sexy-red-dress-christmas-cards/

Deer Card

two deer Christmas cardThe second card is one that has a little different background story. I made a Christmas card for my brother and sister-in-law in 2013, and a large framed Christmas card last year.  I think that I made another Christmas card from this set as well. When I made the large card (which I put in an 8 x 10 matt) I used a piece of printed Adorable Scorable that was a large version of the die-cut on this easel card. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the big card before I mailed it out. Hunkydory usually has at least one piece of Adorable Scorable in their kits that has a large image. You can certainly frame these or even use them as a background in a scrapbook page.

two deer easel card inside

I had a coordinating piece of Adorable Scorable that had a foiled border, and a piece of the matching printed paper insert. I layered the die-cut pretty much as it was printed on the die-cut topper sheet, gluing the silver foil frame on a 5 ½ x 5 ½ inch piece of the Adorable Scorable, and used foam squares to lift the images up from the background frame. I used a 5 ½ x 10 inch piece of dark green cardstock as the card base. I glued a 5 ½ square piece of the paper on the inside and used a piece of the foiled border on the bottom. I used the small die-cut of the deer as the “stopper” and added green pearl accents. I put a large black “Noel” sticker on the inside for the sentiment.

I highly recommend buying Hunkydory Crafts luxury cardmaking kits. As you can see, you get a lot of bang for your buck. And you have leftover bits and pieces that you can find all kinds of interesting creative things to make.

Links:

www.paperwishes.com

http://www.hunkydorycrafts.co.uk/

Compass Birthday Card

It is always a challenge creating a masculine birthday card. Since I have brothers and a nephew, I’m constantly scratching my head to come up with something that they won’t refer to as “sissy” or “girly.”  I have seen many posts and comments from other crafters who are looking for masculine card ideas. Every once in a while someone puts out a wonderful masculine scrapbooking or cardmaking kit, and they usually sell out fast.

I have been enjoying some of the mustache-themed stickers, stamps and artwork, but it doesn’t necessarily work for all guys, especially teen-age boys. Skater images work for the younger males, but not so much for a 50-something man.

compas birthday card

I gave myself a challenge to make a birthday card that has a masculine feel just by digging through my stash. If you have been following my blog, you know that I’m a fan of Hot Off the Press’s products. I love their paper; it is 80 lb. and is not too light or too heavy. I usually do a collage when I make my cards and many of the papers on the market are just too heavy for this technique. I also love their Dazzles stickers, which are solid-colored stickers that have an embossed look, and can be placed on all kinds of surfaces, not just paper.

The inspiration for this compass card came from Hot Off the Press’s Trail Blazer Foil Paper Tole.  I went through my stash of stamps and Dazzles stickers to come up with a phrase that would work with the compass artwork. I chose “Follow Your Own Path” from the Gold Petit Dazzles, and used some arrows from the Trail Blazer Scrapbooking Dazzles. I dug around through my paper stash and found a rusty-orange wood grain print paper with an arrow border (I had no clue what to do with this paper until now) and thought that these would work together. I had some kraft A7 card blanks, and inspiration for a masculine card. I found some plain chocolate-brown paper and some mustard-colored paper that has a small hound’s tooth pattern for the background for the compass artwork.  Paper tole is a layering technique (also called decoupage in some areas) where you build a dimensional image by layering the artwork on foam squares. I created a large banner from the rust paper and matted it on a brown tone-on-tone paper for the inside and placed a black “Happy Birthday” sticker and a crossed arrow sticker.

This might be a good card for someone who does a lot of hiking and camping, perhaps Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts, or navigators. I also thought that this effect would be good on paper that has a map printed on it.

compas card inside

Products Used:

I subscribe to a couple of Hot Off the Press’s Personal Shopper kits: Premiere Dazzles and Paper Tole; the Paper tole kit is bi-monthly and the Dazzles kit is monthly and they are only $12.99 each, including shipping. There are also other Personal Shopper kits if you are interested, there is a link on the main page of their website: www.paperwishes.com.