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

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