Hello Card with Doodlebug Design “Love Notes”

So excited to share this adorable and bright card! There is a lot of texture on this card thanks to the 3D embossing folder from Altenew called, “Ribbon Waves 3D” and an old onion bag! “What?” you say. “An old onion bag?” Yes, you heard that right. I cut up an onion bag and ran it through my die cutting machine with some white cardstock. That’s how the “cross-hatch” texture was added to the hello panel on the card.

The adorable images are from a pack of 77 die cut shapes from Doodlebug Design Inc. called, “Love Notes” #6601. The greeting was created with a word die. The gold border is a metallic washi tape.

The adorable little birdies needed some glitter, so I used my glitter gel pens in black, yellow and orange to go over their eyes, beaks, and legs! Finally, I added some crystal nuvo drops in sugared almond for the flower centers, in morning dew for the hearts, and some Scrapbook.com pops of color in rose gold for the center of the rose. I love Scrapbook.com. They almost always have a FREE item with purchase. That’s how I got the adorable Love Notes Odds & Ends die cut shapes you see above.

Affiliate Links (These links are free to use and I will receive a small portion of any purchases you make using these links):

Doodlebug Design Love Notes Odds & Ends and other items: https://shrsl.com/36xom

Altanew Ribbon Waves 3D Embossing Folder: https://shrsl.com/36xon

Crystal Nuvo Drops Morning Dew: https://shrsl.com/36xot

Crystal Nuvo Drops Gloss Sugared Almond: currently unavailable

Pops of Color Rose Gold: https://shrsl.com/36xoz

Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://shrsl.com/36xp0 Or https://amzn.to/37DhjRI

Gold Washi Tape: https://amzn.to/3BkJQYA

Scrapbook.com – Decorative Die Set – Thank You Sentiments: https://shrsl.com/36xso

Gel Pens: https://amzn.to/3loQnMt

DaySpring Christmas Card Embellishing Part 3

For my final foray into embellishing commercial greeting cards, I decided to purchase these Christmas cards from Dayspring. DaySpring Christmas Shop Now Open! Free Shipping on U.S. Orders with Code CHRISTMAS through 10/11.

My idea to embellish this card stems from my desire to draw attention to the focal image on the card. It occurred to me to frame the baby Jesus. I tried lots of ways to do this (which you can see in my YouTube video below): die cutting the image out and popping it up with dimensional adhesive with a background of gold shimmer paper or mesh ribbon, using gold photo corners, and nesting square dies to create a square frame of gold shimmer paper.

Of course, I also wanted to add some sparkle and bling so I used my gold and silver Unibal gel pens to trace some of the light rays emanating from Jesus and added some dots to the word adore. In addition, I placed some clear gems above the light rays on one card, some Crystal Nuvo drops on another, and some pearls on a third. I hope you enjoy the video above.

DaySpring Christmas Cards

Here is a link to the supplies I used on these cards. They are my affiliate links, which are free to you and will earn me a small percentage of anything you purchase using them. Thank you for your support.

Affiliate Links

Dayspring Christmas Card Little Inspirations – O Come Let Us Adore Him – 16 Christmas Boxed Cards, KJV: https://shrsl.com/36qtz

Adhesive

Foam Adhesive Roll: https://shrsl.com/36kig

Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI

Dies

Spellbinders Nestabilities Square Dies: https://amzn.to/2IrBGUS
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 661597, Holiday Greens, Mini by Tim Holtz https://amzn.to/2DoY26p

Gems

Self adhesive clear gems in various sizes: https://amzn.to/2StLqpO

Pens

Unibal Signo Gel Pens in Silver, Gold, and White: https://amzn.to/367m59I

Zig Clean Color Brush Pens:
https://amzn.to/3bKg1VO

Tools/Other

EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS

Rhinestone Picker/aka Crystal Katana: https://amzn.to/3i8CIqY

Westcott Sewing Titanium Bonded Fine Cut Scissors, 2.5″: https://amzn.to/3cQ1hqw

Nuvo Drops in Bright Gold: https://amzn.to/3y5lGjg

Gold Classic Photo Corner Stickers by The Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby

Dayspring Christmas Card Embellishing Part 2

Hello crafty friends! I am back today with two more ways to embellish commercial greeting cards (links below). You can view the first post with more ideas here: https://greetingstar.org/2021/09/30/dayspring-christmas-card-embellishing/.

  • The first way is an old school way of dry embossing using a stencil and embossing stylus with a light board. There are two things I love about this technique: you can pick and choose which image(s) you want instead of using the entire stencil and you can put them anywhere on your project! This technique can be used on any project, not just commercial greeting cards.
  • The second way to embellish is adding an image or element from a die cut to the front of the card. Of course, you can add it to the inside of the card as well. If you are not a fan of altering the front of a commercial greeting card, then jazzing up the inside might be the thing for you :0) Now, you don’t have to use an entire die cut, you can cut out the part of the die cut that you want to use, which is what I’ve done here. I cut out the stable with Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus and left the rest of the die cut for another project.
  • I used my alcohol ink markers from Spectrum Noir to add some matching color to the die cut as well as the Wink of Stella glitter brush marker to add some sparkle and shine…after all Jesus is the light of the world!

The cards I’m using today are the In a Moment…Everything Changed J1479 Christmas cards from DaySpring.com. They are lovely and the folded card size measures 5 1/16″ x 7 3/4″. The message on the inside reads:

Jesus Christ—
He made each star and galaxy.
His birth fulfilled each prophecy.
His power made the blind to see.
His sacrifice set people free.
His resurrection proved to be the turning point of history.

The link for them is below the video. Enjoy!

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below at no extra cost to you!)

Adhesive /Tape*
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI
Scrapbook.com Mint Tape: https://shrsl.com/36suu

Christmas Cards *
DaySpring Chrsitmas Cards “In a Moment” 18 cards and envelopes: https://shrsl.com/36kj0
DaySpring Chrsitmas Cards “In a Moment” 50 cards and envelopes https://shrsl.com/36kj6

Get 25% off on all Christmas cards with code “CHRISTMAS” until Monday, October 11, 2021

Dies*
Echo Park nativity Silhouette Die AIM191041: https://shrsl.com/36sni

Light Board *
LITENERGY Portable A4 Tracing LED Copy Board Light Box: https://amzn.to/3iwUjbY

Markers *
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker TB4

Wink of Stella Glitter Brush: https://amzn.to/3opeHvQ

Stencils *
Hero Arts Stars Pattern Stencil SA019: https://amzn.to/2WmZaoa

Tools *
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS

Martha Stewart Embossing Stylus set: unavailable, but here’s an alternative: https://shrsl.com/36spu

Happy World Cardmaking Day

Hello Fellow Crafters. I made a couple of digital images for you to celebrate World Cardmaking Day! For those of you who love to color, this is a great image because there are so many areas to color. Below is the floral image and you can use it in your personal crafting. Please do not use it in your commercial endeavors. Enjoy and check out the video below for a demonstration on how to make a simple flower using Inkscape-a FREE professional quality vector graphics software. You can download it at http://www.inkscape.org.

DaySpring Christmas Card Embellishing

Hello! I’m so glad you’re here and I’m so excited to share with you some Christmas cards that I received from DaySpring. They asked me to add some personal touches to their, “In a Moment” J1479 Christmas Cards. So, thank you to DaySpring for this wonderful opportunity and thank you for visiting!

Embellishing ready made Christmas cards is a great time saver! Instead of having to start from scratch and do all the planning and design, all you have to do is break out all of your embellishing supplies. Things like silver or gold gel pens, rhinestones, liquid pearls or nuvo crystal drops, stencils, embossing folders, ribbon, stickers, and so much more. Anything that your imagination can think of! Take some time to look over the card and decide what you want to highlight or bring attention to.

Today, I chose to use four techniques to embellish the cards: stencils, stickers, rhinestones, and lights! To start, I used a “starburst” stencil to add some rays of light to the Christmas star at the top of the card with a silver gel pen. Take some time and look through your stencils to see if you have any that would help you add some defining or highlighting details to your cards. The word on the card was written with several flourishes, which needed some gems at the end to set them off. Finally, I decided to use some silver peel off stickers in the shape of hearts just to add some more shine to the card. When adding items to premade cards, be careful to follow the layout and flow of the card so you don’t upset the balance or overwhelm your viewer…and be careful to keep it in the same style.

For the second card, I chose to bring some actual light to the Christmas star. The chibitronics kit helped me with this. The kit comes with the copper tape, lights, and battery needed to make it as well as instructions. Although making a light up card might be intimidating to you, don’t let that stop you. It’s easier than you think and it’s so much fun for your recipient!

For the third card, I used my silver gel pen and a Hero Arts stencil called Stars Patterns Stencil to brighten some of the stars that were already on the card. That’s a good tip. Be sure to use what’s already on the card to guide your embellishments. Another one is to not overdo it. Too much can distract or overload your viewer.

For the fourth and final card, I chose to use another stencil called Christmas Joy. It’s from Echo Park’s new Christmas collection The First Noel. It is a Christmas star itself with rays of light all around it, but the rays are much shorter than the first stencil I used.

I hope you’ll give this a try and that you’ll have fun making them. It would be a great project to do with a friend or children! Enjoy the video below:

Affiliate Links

DaySpring Chrsitmas Cards “In a Moment” 18 cards and envelopes: https://shrsl.com/36kj0
DaySpring Chrsitmas Cards “In a Moment” 50 cards and envelopes https://shrsl.com/36kj6

Adhesive
Foam Adhesive Roll: https://shrsl.com/36kig
Double Sided Tape Adhesive Roll: https://amzn.to/3CSkRMu

Electronics
Chibitronics Kit: https://amzn.to/3FdyqZ9
Smaller kit with only white lights: https://amzn.to/3ojTGGg

Paper (for the gift card holder)
Echo Park 12 x 12 Paper Pack “Away in a Manger”: https://amzn.to/3onMB7U or https://shrsl.com/36mcy ( I used only 1 sheet from this whole pack)

Pens
Unibal Signo Gel Pens in Silver, Gold, and White: https://amzn.to/367m59I

Gems
Self adhesive clear gems in various sizes: https://amzn.to/2StLqpO

Stencils *
Hero Arts Stars Pattern Stencil SA019: https://amzn.to/2WmZaoa

Kaiser Craft 12 x 12 Celebrate Stencil with starburst: https://www.franticstamper.com/KaiserCraft–12×12-plastic-stencil–Celebrate_p_139328.html use at your own risk, I am not an affiliate with franticstamper
Here is an alternative: https://amzn.to/2YcbaK3

Echo Park – The First Noel Collection – 6 x 6 Stencils – Christmas Joy: https://shrsl.com/36ki1

Tools
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2HkY02n
Teflon bone folder (it is supposed to not leave a burnishing mark or shine on the paper: https://amzn.to/2QYdHE5

Rhinestone Picker/aka Crystal Katana: https://amzn.to/3i8CIqY

Crafter’s Square Cutting Mat 9 x 7: at the dollar tree

Happy Turkey Day Greeting Card

Recently, I purchased some fall card making supplies. I still have to get around to using them all before the season ends, but here is one for you. I purchased some dies, embossing folders, and stamps from Spellbinders’ new collection, “Fall Traditions” as well as other supplies which you can find linked below the video.

I simply used fall colored cardstock in red, brown, yellow, and green to cut out the parts of this adorable turkey. Next, I used some some Fun Stampers Journey stamps for the sentiment, which I stamped with Memento Dew Drop ink in rich cocoa. I hope you are inspired by this project to get creative and have fun making something!

Happy Turkey Day!

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below at no extra cost to you)

Spellbinders Fall Traditions Collection
https://shrsl.com/35rem

Adhesive
Scrapbook Adhesives with two refills: https://amzn.to/3hvCBVF

Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI

Dies
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Oval Dies: https://amzn.to/399gDDe

Give Thanks Coordinating Die Set: https://shrsl.com/35rg4

Ink
Memento Dew Drop Ink in Rich Cocoa: https://amzn.to/3z9q3tl

Paper
Vellum: https://amzn.to/2Xkxrow

Pens/Markers/Coloring
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens: https://amzn.to/3bKg1VO

Stamps
Give Thanks Stamp by Fun Stampers Journey (called Fall Thanks ATS on Spellbinders site):
https://shrsl.com/35rg1

Tools
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2WzlUhq

Tonic Tim Holtz STAMP PLATFORM: https://amzn.to/3C9QUr6

Spellbinders Platinum 8.5 Inch Platform Cutting Machine + Die, White: https://amzn.to/394vL5O

EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS

Snowman Christmas Card

Christmas is right around the corner, so why not start on making some Christmas cards, right?! There are some adorable snowman, Santa, and reindeer dies from Spellbinders that I had to get. Even though they were released a while ago, they were too cute to pass up. Below is the card with the snowman. I used plain white cardstock to cut the snowman out and colored the pieces with my Zig Memory System Scroll & Brush markers. Then, I created a mat for the snowman using some oval, scalloped dies and red and blue cardstock. The front panel was cut from some Astrobright Confetti Cardstock. To add some more interest to the front of the card, I stamped some snowflakes in blue ink.

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below at no extra cost to you)

Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock (for the card base): https://amzn.to/3ljFvfv
Astrobright Confetti Cardstock 65lb: https://amzn.to/3gjNERq
Core’dinations Chalk Core Cardstock in red and blue: unavailable

Dies
Die D-Lites Snowman Etched Dies 2018 Holiday: https://shrsl.com/34jc5
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals Large: https://amzn.to/3jOklW4

Ink
Memento Dew Drop Ink in Summer Sky: https://amzn.to/3gi2Wpy

Markers
Zig Memory System Scroll & Brush Set of 8 colors: https://amzn.to/37XzMaQ (Without the powder blue or island coral)

Zig Memory System Scroll & Brush in Powder Blue: https://amzn.to/3D2iBDp
Zig Memory System Scroll & Brush in Island Coral: unavailable

Sakura Glaze Pens in Dark Colors: https://amzn.to/3z9rA3o

Unibal Signo Gel Pen in Gold, Silver, and White: https://amzn.to/367m59I

Stamps
Honeybee Stamps Country Christmas Wreath:
https://shrsl.com/34jcl

Tools
We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform
https://amzn.to/3pmcItB

Rhinestone Picker/aka Crystal Katana: https://amzn.to/3i8CIqY

EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS

Birthday and Hello Cards

This year, I subscribed to a card making kit from Spellbinders. I’ve been very pleased with the kits and it has allowed me to make many cards to share with you. Below are two examples I made with the July 2021 card kit called, “Damask Daydream.” Of course, I do usually use my own dies to create frames, borders, or cut out sentiments. The glittered words below have much more sparkle in person. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Hot Air Balloon

Purple and Gold make this card so pretty!

Hello Card

The green background paper appears to be flocked, but it isn’t. In the video below, I added a additional outside frame around the pattern paper.

Affiliate Links for Happy Birthday Card

Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month Subscription
https://shrsl.com/2ti8z

Adhesive
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: http://shrsl.com/1xnef OR
https://amzn.to/2YqV5uA

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner Combo Value Pack, 28-Feet 2-Pack: https://amzn.to/3fZdRUZ

Dies

Hero Arts DC182 Butterfly Pair Stamp and Cut: https://amzn.to/3lZLbPu
Avery Elle Dotted Borders Die (for snowbank): https://amzn.to/36Ctcqj

Heat Embossing

Anti-Static Embossing Pouch: https://amzn.to/39DLibJ (You can make your own with a piece of cloth and corn starch. You just have to sew the pouch yourself and fill it with cornstarch)

Heat Tool for Heat Embossing, comes with 4 embossing powders: https://amzn.to/2LIstw2
VersaMark Ink for embossing: https://amzn.to/39k9uRz
Tidy Tray to catch embossing powder: https://amzn.to/3t1gBX2

Tools
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2HkY02n

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform
https://amzn.to/3pmcItB

Spellbinders Platinum 8.5 Inch Platform Cutting Machine + Die, White: https://amzn.to/394vL5O

Affiliate Links for Hello Card
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below at no extra cost to you)

Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month Subscription
https://shrsl.com/2ti8z

Adhesive
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: http://shrsl.com/1xnef OR
https://amzn.to/2YqV5uA

Dies**
The Stamps of Life Dotted Rectangles: https://amzn.to/3jZuoZY (This one comes with a word die too!) Or https://amzn.to/3jgcrGs

Tools
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2HkY02n

Spellbinders Platinum 8.5 Inch Platform Cutting Machine + Die, White: https://amzn.to/394vL5O

Rhinestone Picker/aka Crystal Katana: https://amzn.to/3i8CIqY (The pretty “pen looking” tool used to pick up the tiny golden circles and place them on my card)

Sparkle Everyday Card

Today’s card is lovely and elegant, if I do say so myself! The light purple colors of the pattern papers are highlighted with the gold accents. It is an easy to make card, requiring only the ability to use a paper trimmer to measure out and cut the paper to fit the card base. The paper an die cut shapes are from the Spellbinder’s Card Kit of the Month for July 2021 called, Damask Daydream. To see how this card is made, watch the video below.

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below at no extra cost to you)

Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month Subscription
https://shrsl.com/2ti8z

Memento Dew Drop Ink in Lulu Lavendar: https://amzn.to/3n0VNfs

Memento Dew Drop Ink in Bamboo Leaves: https://amzn.to/3i8L3uI

Tools
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2HkY02n

We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform
https://amzn.to/3pmcItB

Nicapa Standard Grip Cutting Mat (12×12 inch,3 Mats): https://amzn.to/30C3i26 (I trimmed these down to fit inside my stamping platform so it would hold my paper and cards in place)

Rhinestone Picker/aka Crystal Katana: https://amzn.to/3i8CIqY

Sterling Studio paint brushes: https://amzn.to/3zRCx9L (I used the 2/0 size)

MultiMedia Hello Card

The card for today uses patterned paper that is reminiscent of a multimedia project such as an art journal or collage. The effect, in my opinion, is always unique and interesting as well as beautiful. I used that theme to create the card using supplies from the Spellbinder’s July 2021 card kit of the month called, “Damask Daydream” as well as my own tools and supplies.

Multimedia is fun because you can play with your supplies and get your hands into it. Don’t be afraid to get ink or glue on your hands. Be a kid again and just have fun with it! As you can see from the video below that I used repetition in my design by having the die cut flower appear three times in a line on the card. This is a common way to create interest in your card. After die cutting the flower, I used some Nuvo drops in bright gold to add some shine to the flowers here and there. Of course, I used my fingers to add it because that is half the fun of making art-getting messy!

I hope you’ll choose to give this card a try and don’t be afraid to play around with what you have. Even if you don’t have the same supplies seen in the video, look around in your craft supplies and see what alternatives you can come up with. Most of all, have fun and be fearless in your creativity!

To see how I made the card, watch the video on YouTube, which you can see below. I’ve posted an additional video below the YouTube video showing how I decorated the inside of the card.

Affiliate Links
(I receive a portion of the sale on any purchase you make using the Amazon and Share a Sale links below at no extra cost to you)

Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month Subscription
https://shrsl.com/2ti8z

Adhesive
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: http://shrsl.com/1xnef OR
https://amzn.to/2YqV5uA

Other
Nuvo Drops in Bright Gold: https://amzn.to/3y5lGjg

Docrafts Anita’s Glitterations Borders Stickers, Gold: (very similar to what I used)
https://amzn.to/3yeMg9L

Paper Wishes Border Stickers alternative: (straight lines, multiple pages, multiple colors): https://amzn.to/2WfHI4I

Tidy Tray to catch embossing powder: https://amzn.to/3t1gBX2

VersaMark for embossing: https://amzn.to/39k9uRz

StazOn Ink for stamping on vellum and other non-porous surfaces: https://amzn.to/2W3KdqL

Embossing powder (assorted colors): https://amzn.to/39sBcMs

Heat Tool: https://amzn.to/3olLnpT (Similar to the one I used)

Tools
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2HkY02n

Spellbinders Platinum 8.5 Inch Platform Cutting Machine + Die, White: https://amzn.to/394vL5O

Paper
Vellum: https://amzn.to/3zcUejw