Carta Bella Christmas Market Greeting Cards

Hello Crafty Friends! I’m making Christmas cards with a 12″ x 12″ collection called, “Christmas Market” by Carta Bella. The package contains papers that are more like cardstock. They are thick and have a beautiful texture! These cards have a very traditional layout and design.

I simply cut the 3″ x 4″ images apart and used the patterned cardstock that came in the pack for a mat for the cards. To step it up a notch, I also used some pearlescent cardstock and some mirror cardstock in silver and green. One of my favorite things to do when using a collection like this is to pull out some of my dies to see if I can create another layer with them or make corners for the images.I did this with three different die sets from my supplies. All the affiliate links are below the video. Enjoy watching…and here is an early Merry Christmas wish to you!

Affiliate Links
These links are FREE for you to use and I will receive a small portion of any purchases you make using Amazon and Share a Sale links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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

Pattern Paper
Carta Bella Christmas Market Collection: https://shrsl.com/39bfb

Dies
Spellbinders Small Die of the Month- Stacked Decorative Edges: https://shrsl.com/39ccs
Avery Elle Dotted Borders Die: https://amzn.to/36Ctcqj
Spellbinders Die D-Lites Reindeer Etched Dies 2018 Holiday: https://shrsl.com/39ego
Shapeabilities Lace Hearts Etched Dies: https://shrsl.com/39egz

Pens/Markers
Sakura Glaze Pens in Dark Colors: https://amzn.to/3z9rA3o
Wink of Stella Glitter Brush: https://amzn.to/3opeHvQ
Wink of Stella Glitter Pens: unavailable
American Crafts DIY Chalk Markers Medium Point, Gold/Silver: https://amzn.to/3nsItSX
Marvy Uchida Snow Marker: https://amzn.to/3FqNcLe

Other tools
Xyron Adhesive Eraser: https://amzn.to/3291sK9
Fiskars 12 inch Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/3kS1xs6
Glitter Washi Tape 3mm: https://amzn.to/3cohqC4 (Alternative to the glitter gold peel off border stickers)
Reverse Tweezers: https://amzn.to/3kKwG0L

Create an Elegant Notecard using Scalloped Symphony Notecard dies by Becca Feeken at Spellbinders

These two cards are so lovely and elegant. The gorgeous, intricate Scalloped Symphony Notecard dies along with the pearl paper makes them so. The cards look complex, but these dies and paper make it so simple to create this look. Just use the dies with the paper and glue them together, stamp and emboss a greeting….viola….you’re done! (Unless you want to embellish them with some pearls, which I did on the circular notecard you see below.

There are ten dies in this die set and they can be used in several ways. You can use the intricate dies to cut out the pattern directly from your card base or you can use it with the outline die to cut the shape out completely and layer it on a background that can be cut with the background die. Another choice is the center. You can leave the center in or cut it out with the center dies. So many choices and looks can be achieved with these dies.

I used Cricut pearl paper with the dies because they are so luxurious and beautiful. I have two packs of these specialty papers. One is the pastel pack and the other is the neutral pack. The orange color comes from the pastel pack and the cream color comes from the neutral pack. I apologize that these paper are hard to find. I’ve had them in my supplies for a long time and couldn’t resist using them for this project. They were perfect for it. BUT, I have included a link to an alternative below. To see a demonstration of how I made these cards, see the video below.

Affiliate Links
These links are FREE for you to use and I will receive a small portion of any purchases you make using Amazon and Share a Sale links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Adhesive
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3L EZ Runner Permanent Adhesive, Value Pack:
https://amzn.to/3c0Uvg4

Cardstock
Snowdrift Color Essentials Cardstock: https://shrsl.com/38knh

Dies
Scalloped Symphony Notecard Etched Dies from Sweet Serenade Notecards Collection by Becca Feeken: https://shrsl.com/38tp8

Ink
VersaMark for embossing: https://amzn.to/39k9uRz (see below for heat tool and embossing powder)

Stamps
Spellbinders STP-036 Build A Sentiment Clear Stamp Set : https://amzn.to/3H7kkt1

Pearl Paper*
I used the Cricut pearl paper neutrals and pastels paper packs. They are difficult to find online. I found something that appears to be similar, but there is no description about the type of paper except that it says it is pearlescent. It is the
Crafter’s Companion – 12 x 12 Pearl Paper Pad – Orange Sunset: https://shrsl.com/38nyk
Crafter’s Companion – 12 x 12 Pearl Paper Pad – Sage & Purple : https://shrsl.com/38tpy

Tools
We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform: https://amzn.to/3pmcItB
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS
Anti-static pouch: https://amzn.to/3cgrTk5

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 8.5″ Platform: https://shrsl.com/38b1y

Heat Tool for Heat Embossing, comes with 4 embossing powders: https://amzn.to/2LIstw2

Using Word Dies to Create a Focal Point on a Card

Today’s card features a focal point of words and floral elements that were created using the dies and stamps from Spellbinders. Two sets were used: Sweet Sayings Sentiments dies and Lyrical Layered Florals stamp and die set. The later being a color layering stamp set with coordinating dies. The great thing about today’s card is that it stretches my supplies because it was made using the leftover piece after die cutting the word hello for another card I made previous to this one.

First, I trimmed the leftover piece to fit on the front of my card, which you can see on the image above. Now, I had wanted to round the corners of this piece but I glued it down before I remembered to do that! Silly me. Oh well. I’ll describe how to fix that later. Next, I stamped the floral element using the color layering stamp set. Instead of inking the stamps with a stamp pad, I used the clean color real brush markers from Zig. They are watercolor markers and give that beautiful watercolor effect. The colors I used were two tones of pink and two tones of teal to match the colors of cardstock: light pink and light carmine with turquoise green and persian green. The cardstock I used comes from the Spellbinders color essentials cardstock in the colors Dahlia and Teal Topaz.

As I promised, I will now describe how I rounded the corners of the Hello Hello focal point after I adhered it. Since I couldn’t go back and cut it after I’d glued it down, I took a piece of the teal topaz in the same shape and size as the Dahlia Hello Hello piece and cut the corners of it. Then, I glued those pieces to the corners of the Dahlia piece. It give the appearance that the Dahlia piece has rounded corners.

Finally, to add some finishing touches, I used some self-adhesive peel-off stickers in gold. Those are the pretty little gold lines on either side of the teal topaz cardstock. The result is a very elegant, clean and simple card! I hope you give it a try.

Affiliate Links
These links are FREE for you to use and I will receive a small portion of any purchases you make using Amazon and Share a Sale links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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

Cardstock
Assorted Pack Color Essentials Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″ – 20 Pack: https://shrsl.com/387n0 ( I used the Dahlia and the Teal Topaz color from this pack)
Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock (for the card base): https://amzn.to/3ljFvfv

Dies and Stamps
Sweet Sayings Notecard Sentiments Dies: https://shrsl.com/38kmq
Lyrical Layered Florals Clear Stamp & Die Set: https://shrsl.com/38kms

Peel-Off Stickers
The ones I used are from Starform, a Dutch company. I can’t find them on Amazon so here is an alternative, https://amzn.to/3qhB3nw

Here is another alternative, but these look thicker than the ones I used.
Anitas Outline Peel Off Craft Stickers – Straight Line Borders Gold: https://amzn.to/3BWOoUm

You can also try these, they are a set of multiple colored stickers, some straight lines and some with decorative borders: https://amzn.to/3GXO4bK

Zig Clean Color Brushes
Colors Used: Light Pink, Light Carmine, Turquoise Green, Persian Green
Zig Clean Color Brush Pens: https://amzn.to/3bKg1VO

Tools
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2HkY02n
Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 8.5″ Platform: https://shrsl.com/38b1y
Teflon bone folder (it is supposed to not leave a burnishing mark or shine on the paper: https://amzn.to/2QYdHE5
Tool ‘n One (to remove pieces from dies and die cut shapes): https://shrsl.com/38b28
We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform: https://amzn.to/3pmcItB
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS
Westcott Sewing Titanium Bonded Fine Cut Scissors, 2.5″: https://amzn.to/3cQ1hqw
Marvy Uchida Jewel Picker (used to set center of flowers): https://amzn.to/3qXNodH

Faux Embossing with Spellbinders’ Lyrical Layered Florals and Sweet Sayings Notecard Sentiments Die Sets

Today I am doing some faux embossing. To accomplish this look, I’m using some word dies from Spellbinders by Becca Feeken called, “Sweet Sayings Notecard Sentiments.” There are seven word dies in this die set and I’m using the word, “Hello.” These dies have a beautiful font with pretty flourishes on the ends of the capital letters. For the floral element on the card, I’m using another set by Spellbinders and Becca Feeken called, “Lyrical Layered Florals.” This is a stamp and die set. It has the word, “Happy Birthday” and several floral elements that can be used with the coordinating dies.

As the name of the set suggests, some of the stamps are meant to be layered over top of one another so you get more definition than one stamp alone would provide. To take advantage of this, I used two inks for the leaves and two inks for the florals: one light and one darker color from the same color family.

TIP: If you don’t have two inks from the same color family, you can double stamp the 2nd and 4th layers to make it darker and appear to be a darker shade of the same color.

I chose a complimentary color scheme for this card in a red-orange and blue-green. Specifically, the color of the cardstock is Dahlia and it is from the color essentials cardstock from Spellbinders. You can buy it in a pack of assorted colors with 2 of each color or you can buy a pack of 10 of just that color. Since the cardstock is a red-orange color, the opposite of that is a blue-green. So, I wanted a blue-green ink. For the ink, I chose to use distress ink in the colors peacock feathers and stormy sky for the leaves and spun sugar and worn lipstick for the flowers, but you can use any ink you have.

After cutting out the word Hello several times, I glued it down to my card using Tombow Mono Liquid glue. Of course you can use double sided adhesive sheets or a Xyron sticker maker instead. It’s up to you. I wanted a repeating pattern design so I laid out the word diagonally from top to bottom in a staggered way and then filled in the gaps. It’s easier to understand if you watch the video below.

For the stamping, I used my precision press stamping platform. I do recommend using a stamping platform because these stamps are layering stamps and you may wish to stamp the image more than once in the same place. I used the Spellbinders color essentials cardstock in Snowdrift color to stamp on. Once the stamping is done, I used my Spellbinders Platinum die cutting machine with the coordinating die to cut out the floral swag and adhered it to my card. That’s it. A beautiful clean and simple card. Very elegant and pretty if I do say so myself!

Affiliate Links
These links are FREE for you to use and I will receive a small portion of any purchases you make using Amazon and Share a Sale links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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

Dies and Stamps*
Sweet Sayings Notecard Sentiments Dies: https://shrsl.com/38kmq
Lyrical Layered Florals Clear Stamp & Die Set: https://shrsl.com/38kms

Distress Ink
Stormy Sky: https://shrsl.com/38kn0
Peacock Feathers: https://shrsl.com/38kn2
Spun Sugar: https://shrsl.com/38kn4
Worn Lipstick: https://shrsl.com/38kn5

Cardstock
Assorted Pack Color Essentials Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″ – 20 Pack: https://shrsl.com/387n0 ( I used the Dahlia color from this pack) OR you can buy a pack of just the Dahlia: Dahlia Color Essentials Cardstock: https://shrsl.com/38knu
Snowdrift Color Essentials Cardstock: https://shrsl.com/38knh

Tools
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2HkY02n
Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 8.5″ Platform: https://shrsl.com/38b1y
Teflon bone folder (it is supposed to not leave a burnishing mark or shine on the paper: https://amzn.to/2QYdHE5
Tool ‘n One (to remove pieces from dies and die cut shapes): https://shrsl.com/38b28
We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Stamping Platform: https://amzn.to/3pmcItB
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS
Westcott Sewing Titanium Bonded Fine Cut Scissors, 2.5″: https://amzn.to/3cQ1hqw

As seen in the video, you can also use Zig clean color brushes. I showed the first floral element I created with these brushes, but I ended up using the distress ink instead. I included the colors here so you’d have a reference. Light Pink, Light Carmine, Turquoise Green, Persian Green.

Flourished Sonata Notecard Reimagined as a Slimline Christmas Card

Hello crafty friends. I’m so excited to share my project with you today because Spellbinders invited me to create a project with some of their new dies! They sent me the new beautiful die set by Becca Feeken called, Flourished Sonata Notecard from the Sweet Serenade Notecard Collection. Now, these dies can create four inch notecards if you use the score line insert included in the set, but I decided to use them at their full length to create a large slimline. The size of my card today is a bit bigger than a standard slimline as it is 8.5″ by 4.25″, so you may want to make your own envelope for it out of a 12″ x 12″ piece of paper or cardstock, which I demonstrate in the video below. If you are not into making your own envelopes, you can make the card 8.5″ x 4″ instead and use a store bought envelope.

The first card I made is pictured here and I chose to use blues with teals and a touch of purple. Feel free to use whatever colors you like, for example, white and silver is always so classy and reminds me of a wedding. The cardstock is from Spellbinders’ Color Essentials Cardstoc3k Assorted Pack. I used:

  • Cosmic Sky for the card base
  • Teal Topaz for the greeting and the middle layer of the Christmas tree (from Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree die set)
  • Waterfall for the card insert
  • Lilac Blossom for the bottom layer of the Christmas tree.

The Flourished Sonata Notecard dies can be used several ways. As shown above, I used the intricate die to cut into my front panel. There is an outer rim die that comes with it which will cut out the piece as well as a die to cut out the center of it too, but I didn’t use those on my first card seen above. You’ll see that in the second card. For this one, I also used the etched die set from 2020 called Kaleidoscope Christmas Treefrom the Sparkling Christmas Collection. This creates the layered Christmas Tree you can see in the center of the card above and below. The tree is adhered to the inside of the card as its outline is cut out of the front panel. Now, for the greeting, I used a third etched die set called, Season’s Greetings, Deer back from 2019, but available at Spellbinders now. To top it all off, I used some clear rhinestones on the Christmas tree. It’s fairly simple, really, and most crafters would find it easy to complete. Check out the video below to see the steps and my affiliate links for the products are beneath the video-they are free to use and any purchase you make helps me because I will receive a small percentage of the sale. Thanks for your support!

Now for the matching gift tags. I used the decorative frame rim and decorative frame top dies in the Flourished Sonata Notecard set to create the top layer on the gift tags. Don’t you just love the flourish on the top and bottom of that piece? The snowflakes and letters are dies from the August 2020 small die of the month club called, Sitting Pretty.” To coordinate with the card, I used the same colors of cardstock (Teal Topaz and Cosmic Sky), and cut them to 2.5″ x 3.5″ with my paper trimmer. The silver and white ribbon was something I had in my supplies…probably from Walmart.

Looking at the picture now, I think I should have added some clear rhinestones to the centers of the snowflakes! Small oversight on my part, which you can easily remedy on your own!

On to the next card. This one is a traditional red and green with some gold. I used the Pomegranate and Rainforest from the Spellbinders’ Color Essentials Cardstock Assorted Pack as well as the Mirror Gold Cardstock. This time, I used the Outer Rim die from the Flourished Sonata Notecard die set to cut out the intricate pattern instead of inlaying it on the front panel. I used some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid glue to adhere it to the front of the Rainforest card base. I used the same dies mentioned above to cut out the Christmas tree and the greetings. For the Christmas tree, I only used the top and bottom dies to create the layered tree. To finish it off, I used some self-adhesive pearls. The top pearl is smaller than the rest. I hope you enjoyed these projects! Affiliate links below.

Affiliate Links:

These links are FREE for you to use and I will receive a small portion of any purchases you make using Amazon and Share a Sale links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

ADHESIVES
Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive: https://amzn.to/37DhjRI
Scrapbook Adhesives with two refills: https://amzn.to/3hvCBVF
Scrapbook.com – Clear Double Sided Adhesive Roll – 1/4 Inch x 81 Feet – Permanent – 1 Roll:
https://shrsl.com/38b24

DIES
Flourished Sonata Notecard Etched Dies from Sweet Serenade Notecards Collection by Becca Feeken : https://shrsl.com/387mo

Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree Etched Dies from Sparkling Christmas Collection:
https://shrsl.com/387qa

Season’s Greetings, Deer Etched Die Set: https://shrsl.com/38b1x

Sitting Pretty – Small Die of the Month Club: https://shrsl.com/38b6x

CARDSTOCK
Assorted Pack Color Essentials Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″ – 20 Pack: https://shrsl.com/387n0
Mirror Gold Cardstock 8 1/2″ x 11 – 10 Pack: https://shrsl.com/38b1w

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

Fiskars Sure Cut 12 inch paper trimmer (comes with scoring and cutting blade):

Fiskars Sure Cut 12 inch paper trimmer (comes with scoring and cutting blade):
https://amzn.to/3fFmgxO

Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 8.5″ Platform: https://shrsl.com/38b1y
Teflon bone folder (it is supposed to not leave a burnishing mark or shine on the paper: https://amzn.to/2QYdHE5
Journey Scoring Board: https://shrsl.com/38b21
Tool ‘n One (to remove pieces from dies and die cut shapes): https://shrsl.com/38b28

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:

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