Hello and welcome to my festive blog for November! The 20th of each month might well become a regular feature for me, I’ll see how I get on.
A desire to create Christmas Cards came over me, but I don’t have that many Christmas themed papers in my stash. I gave myself a challenge… to create a few Christmas designs only using my everyday paper packs. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and it’s amazing what some added glitter can do to add a touch of seasonal spirit! I’d like to share these cards with you, wonder which is your favourite…
A Stamp It Christmas!
Using a few stamps from both Stamp It! stamp sets, I came up with this foliage design on layered papers. I stamped each element and heat embossed with a clear glittery powder, onto some Distress It matts. Cut them all out, and layered with foam pads onto some glittered corrugated cardboard. This was then layered onto a red and green Distress It matt. I also used the brown paper pieces that came off my corrugated cardboard to add a bit of extra layering.
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An Enchanted Woodland Christmas!
This design is simple to create. Using the tree trunk paper, I blended some ‘lucky clover’ distress ink from the bottom up. Then heat embossed most of the paper with clear glittery powder to add a frosty looking sheen. Trim down and glue onto a 5 x 7 kraft card blank. Using another sheet of tree trunk paper, I fussy cut the trees and added this using foam pads. The I cut out the wonderful owl image and added this with more foam pads.
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A Cotswold Charm Christmas!
With this more clean and simple design, I first stamped the NOEL word using the upper case alphabet stamp set, with a dusky pink colour. Then I die cut three different sized circles from the ombre pink chevron paper. I also die cut a tiny ring from silver card to create the bauble loops. I also backed each bauble with a second layer of white card to add rigidity. Using my white pearl accents, I drew a branch across the card, allowing room for the baubles to hang. After drying, I pierced two pin wholes through the card blank to thread silver yarn at the point on the branch to take each bauble. Then tied each yarn through the bauble loop and into a nice bow. Fix each bauble in place using foam pads. I also added a plain white insert to my card to hide the workings inside.
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A Chalkboard Christmas!
This last design, I had fun decorating the brilliant bike image with tiny die cut flowers to look like poinsettias. I also added green pearl accents over the original berries to make it look more festive. Trim and glue this paper onto a white 5 x 7 card blank, leaving a gap at the very bottom. Using some off cuts from the Distress It matts, I cut out three squares with added ribbon and dots to make Christmas presents. Add these to the design with foam pads. The caption is heat embossed with red sparkly powder using the new Stamp It II font stamps. Cutting each word into a banner, and adding them to my card with foam pads. I then cut out a thin, wavy edges stripe of white card to give the illusion of fallen snow at the very base of the card. This was fixed in place with more foam pads and then white pearl accents drawn all over. Lastly I covered every spot pattern on the paper with a dot of white pearl accent, with additional dots here and there to brake up the regularity and give the card a snow blizzard effect.
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With a little imagination, it’s fun to craft festive or wintry cards with your everday papers. Give it a go!
Thank you so much for joining me!