Hello and Merry Christmas to you! If you enjoy crafting with paper, I have four Christmas cards for you today. I hope they bring you inspiration and ideas for your own cardmaking. I used some pattern paper from Echo Park called, “The First Noel.” I used very traditional layouts, but I made them stand out by embellishing them with frames and die cuts and special papers that sparkle and shine.
The Hero Arts nested rectangle and square dies were used to create 1/8″ frames for some of the cards. Spellbinders Elegant Twist Squares dies were used to create a mat for another card’s focal point. I have an old corner punch that does an inverted corner which I used for the focal point on one of the cards. These are hard to find so use any decorative corner die or punch you have on hand. The goal is to add some interest to the corners of the focal image. The Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die was used to create the poinsettia for one of the cards. Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bright Gold was used to add the dots on the center of the poinsettia. Pearlescent papers and holographic border stickers/foil tape and gemstones bring in some bling and glitz for these cards. Finally, gel pens, glitter pens and brushes, and glaze pens were used to draw attention to the elements on each card and highlight them. Enjoy the video below to see how I used all these tools to bring the cards together.
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Cardstock/Specialty Paper/Paper Pad
Echo Park The First Noel 6 x 6 pad: https://amzn.to/3dcNtVQ
Echo Park The First Noel Element Sticker Sheet: https://amzn.to/3y1bdGp
Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock (for the card base): https://amzn.to/3ljFvfv
Cricut Pearl Paper BOLD sampler: https://amzn.to/3dbt4k8
Tonic Studios Craft Perfect Autumn Maple 6 x 6 paper pad: https://shrsl.com/2klix
Gold Vellum: https://amzn.to/3ofdEBN (Comes in a pack of other colors too)
Crystal Nuvo Drops in Bright Gold: https://amzn.to/3dcbpJd
Spellbinders Elegant Twist Squares: https://shrsl.com/3ab2i
Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia: https://shrsl.com/3ab4q
Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle Dies: https://shrsl.com/3ab2l
Hero Arts Nesting Square Dies: https://shrsl.com/3ab4p
Echo Park Nativity Die AIM19104: https://shrsl.com/3ab4t
Inverted Corner Punch: https://amzn.to/3pg20pm (I’ve never used this brand. But it’s all I could find. It is quite expensive, so you could substitute any decorative corner die or punch you might have on hand).
GOCREATE! Adhesive Gemstones: https://www.craftprojectideas.com/products/clear-adhesive-gemstones/ (I am not an affiliate with this company)
Square Self Adhesive Acrylic Rhinestones: https://amzn.to/3EiuEMR ( I didn’t use this brand, but it’s all I could find that was similar to what I used)
Peel-off Border Stickers/LovefromLizi UK (Be prepared to pay international shipping, fees, etc.)
Gold Holographic Border: https://www.lovefromlizi.com/straight-peel-off-stickers-gold-holographic.html
Red Hologrpahic Border: (used on the poinsettia card)
Wink of Stella Glitter Brush: https://amzn.to/3opeHvQ
Wink of Stella Glitter Pen in Gold: https://amzn.to/3rvZoXa
Wink of Stella Glitter Pen in Clear: https://amzn.to/3xRBuH4
Unibal Signo Gel Pen in Gold, Silver, and White: https://amzn.to/367m59I
Sakura Glaze Pens in Darker Colors for Christmas: https://amzn.to/3dfyH0E
SAKURA Gelly Roll Classic Gel Pens, Opaque White Ink, Ass’t Tips 05/08/10, 6 PK https://amzn.to/31nJO5c
Fiskars Sure Cut 9″ Paper Trimmer: https://amzn.to/2HkY02n
Fiskars Sure Cut 12 inch paper trimmer (comes with scoring and cutting blade):
EK Success Craft Tweezers (reverse): https://amzn.to/3tFzPBS
Westcott Sewing Titanium Bonded Fine Cut Scissors, 2.5″: https://amzn.to/3cQ1hqw