Christmas Cards the Pop and Shimmer

Christmas Cards Number 9 and 10

I saved these two cards for last because they are completely new techniques for me, and I used two brand-new die-cut card blanks from Hot Off the Press as the card bases. The first is one style of card that I have seen in several blogs, the Pop-Up Box.  The other is one of several Christmas themed “inside-out” card blanks: the snowflake design. It is a lot easier to start with a die-cut card blank than to figure out how to engineer them myself. I used Hunkydory Crafts previous cardmaking kits in making these two cards, with additional help from products purchased from www.paperwishes.com. Because these two cards are square-shaped, they will require additional postage if mailed. Envelopes are included in the die-cut card blank packages.

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Pop  up Christmas Card

Card Number 9: Pop-Up Box

flattened pop-up box cardOne of the side-benefits of Hunkydory Crafts luxury cardmaking kits is that you are very likely to have some extra die-cuts, probably small ones, left after making your cards.  You are also likely to have some unusual shaped die-cuts as well. I had a little plastic bag filled with small and unusual shaped die-cuts that I was not sure how to use. This motivated me to purchase the pop-up card base, since these little die-cuts would work well for decorating the sides of the box and for the “pop-up” section of the card. There were several small 2 to 3 inch sized die-cuts with adorable animal artwork, some were snowflake shaped, and some were circles. These die-cuts fit perfectly on the box panels. I also had some small snowflake die-cuts and a few small die-cuts with sentiments. I used some scraps of the Snowfall acetate (the card-blanks come with acetate, but I chose to use the snowfall since I had some leftover cut pieces) for the pop-up pieces in the center. I used some black Adorable Scorable that had a multi-color snowflake printed design that matched the colors of the small snowflake die-cuts. I also had a mauve-colored piece of Adorable Scorable that had a tone-on-tone tree print that coordinated well with the black. The directions for using the Hot Off the Press pop-up card are very easy to follow and it did not take very long to put this card together. The card folds flat for mailing, and measures 5 ¾ x 6 inches. I love how this card turned out, it is so playful.

snowflake die-cut cardCard Number 10: Inside/Out Snowflake Card

This is a really cute small card, it measures about 4 5/8 inches square. This card took a little more time to make because it involves popping out die-cut shapes. With each card is an additional piece of cardstock that has several die-cut snowflake shapes, and the front of the card has an additional die-cut snowflake that you can pop out to create a window. The card front has half of a snowflake die-cut so that the front of the card folds back on itself. The package also comes with a template you can use to cut out the center snowflake area. The largest of the die-cut snowflake shapes on the additional piece exactly fits over the die-cut shape of the card.

inside of snowflake inside out cardI had a piece of light-aqua and silver-foiled snowflake printed Adorable Scorable left over from the first Hunkydory kit from 2013. I thought this would make a beautiful card. I traced the pattern on the Adorable Scorable and have to tell you that it was not so easy to carefully trim away. Adorable Scorable is 350 gsm and quite sturdy; my craft knife had to work overtime on trimming out the shape. I do have to say that the snowflake print is gorgeous, and makes an excellent card. I used a silver metallic ink pad and a cosmetic sponge to apply silver ink to the large snowflake die-cut and glued it to the front of the card. I applied aqua ink to the snowflake die-cut that I popped out of the front of the card and placed it on the inside of the card so that it fit exactly within the window. Hint: use a glue stick, it allows you to make small adjustments in placement. I had a perfectly sized silver snowflake sticker that fit over the die-cut in the center. I added light blue rhinestones to small die-cut holes on the front of the card to give the card a finishing touch.  I used the “Let it Snow!” sticker from the black Christmas Words Dazzles set in the lower right corner of the inside of the card.

Well, I made my goal of making 10 different cards from my past Hunkydory Christmas card kits. I am now ready to make cards from my new kit, just in time for World Cardmaking Day on October 3, 2015. I am so excited and ready to craft!