Christmas, Handmade Cards

Feeling Festive? Project Make

Welcome to my first Festive Project Make! Yeaaahh! I know it is a tad early for the “C” word but seeing as most of the Crafty Magazines have issued their festive editions – why not?

This is my first attempt at making a home made Christmas Card and I wanted to keep it as simple as possible.

Time:  15 mins

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Materials Required:

  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (or alternative)
  • A6 White Blank Greeting Card (15×10.5cm) / Envelope
  • Co-ordinating Coloured Card Stock for Background (14 cm x 9.5 cm)
  • White Card Stock (13.5 cm x 9 cm)
  • Christmas Themed Embossing Folder (freebie from issue 181 of #SimplyCardsandPapercraftMagazine)
  • Christmas Themed Dies (freebie from #PapercrafterMagazine October 2018 edition)
  • Sparkly / Holographic or Colour Co-ordinating with your background Card Stock
  • Adhesive
  • Double sided sticky foam pads
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen (or embossing glue / powder)

Step 1: Using your die cutting machine (with relevant plates used to emboss) emboss your piece of white card stock using the Christmas themed embossing folder. This embossing will give a 3-d effect to your card.

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Step 2:  Apply your Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle to the raised areas of the embossed card.

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Step 3:  Apply your embossed card centrally to the background coloured card stock using either glue or adhesive tape (it is easier to manover into position if you use wet glue).

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Step 4:  Again, using your die cutting machine, die cut your Christmas Sentiment and deer embelleshment using your chosen fancier card stock.

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Step 5:  Carefully adhere your sentiment (only the sentiment) to the card front, using wet glue, very carefully so as not to get glue on the front of the die cut.

Step 6:  Adhere your dee die cut to the card also, but this time using double sided sticky foam pads to give it a further 3-d effect.

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Step 7:  Adhere the whole lot to the front of your A6 card.

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Step 8:  Add a stamped Christmas sentiment image to the inside of your card if you wish.  I chose to leave mine blank for now.

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You are finished! Well done!

I made another three of these cards using different coloured background card stock and they all look effective in their simplistic form 🙂

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Tips:  Allow for your glitter pen ink and glue to dry at each stage of the project!

Altnerative options:

  • Round off the corners of your front and background card stock to give a slighty softer look (I like sharp lines!)
  • Instead of using the glitter ink, you may want to use embossing powder. Simply apply your embossing glue to raised areas of card front, apply your embossing powder, heat using your heat gun and ta da! (I’m not confident enough with embossing as yet!)
  • Mix it up by using different die cut embellishment(s) / position of sentiment, etc.  You could also colour the raised embossed areas with watercolour pens / paint / the possibilities are endless.
  • How about attaching a ribbon in between the front and background card sections and tie to give a lovely bow too?  Remember to use tape rather than glue for this or it may seep through your material!

Here is another variations of card I made on the same night 🙂  (Stamp set from Crafts Beautiful Magazine Oct 2018 issue.)

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Well, I hope this has helped inspire you to try out your first hand crafted Christmas card!

T x

 

 

Handmade Cards

Friendship Card Project Make

Smith’s Crafty Creations has been quiet lately so I thought I’d do a project make blog.

Today’s make (well, I actually made these a few weeks ago) is a Friendship Card which measures A6 size (½ A5). I made two cards from one A4 sheet of cardstock.

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Materials Required:

  • A4 White Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Double sided sticky foam pads
  • Colour Ink Pads of your choice
  • Floral / leafy Stamps of your choice (you can hand draw if you don’t have stamps)
  • Sentiment of your choice for both front and inside of card
  • Ink Blending Brush (or cosmetic sponge they work the same) I used finger tip sponge blenders
  • Pretty gems for embellishing
  • C6 envelope of your choice

Step 1: Fold the A4 card in half to make A5 size card, cut in two down the shortest length which will give you two A6 sized horizontal cards.

Step 2: Stamp some floral flowers around the bottom half and right side of card, alternating between two co-ordinating colours of ink. I used a freebie set of stamps from Magazine 178. of Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine. I used Hobbiecraft Ink Pads in the colours of Orange, Yellow and Dark Green.

Step 3: Stamp some leafs around your flowers.

**It does not matter if you stamp off of the page – I think this makes for a more natural looking handmade card.**

Step 4: Calculate how many 3D flowers and leaves you would like to add to your card and stamp in relevant colour, you can layer your stamping if you wish using different shades of that colour, etc. Blend ink slightly to give a more natural softer look.

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Step 5: Fussy cut your stamped pieces keeping as close to the outline as possible.

Step 6: Using your blending brush / foam / sponge blend in some ink, being careful not to apply it too dark – you want a subtle look, onto your cut shapes.

Step 7: Apply on top of original stamped images on the card, snipping away any overlapping sections.

Step 8: Choose and stamp your choice of sentiment in one of the colours used on the card. I can’t remember the make of the be beautiful stamp but it was purchased from McOysters Papercraft Store in Cupar, Fife.

Step 9: Layer your sentiment onto some hand / die cut shapes that will fit nicely on your card. (For the bottom layer I blended all three colours used on my card, then applied yellow as the second layer, and finally, basic white card stock was used for my stamp, all fussy cut by hand.)

Step 10: Apply embellishments of choice to add some extra prettiness to your card (I used basic self-adhesive pearl embellishments).

Step 11: Pick a sentiment and co-ordinating ink colour to apply your message to the inside of your card. I used a Dovecrafts Friendship Sentiment here which was purchased from The Range.

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Step 12: Pick a lucky recipient to receive your card! Make sure you take a photograph of your beautiful creation.

Note: For card number two I stamped on the top and the right side and placed my sentiment accordingly (pictured below).

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Tip: Why not stamp some of your envelope to match your card?