Monday, April 11, 2016

Christmas 2015 - still catching up

July - December 2015

Christmas is my favorite theme for card making. 
I start sometime between July and August 
and work on my cards until early December.  I generally design
at least 5 different cards.  I get bored after I make 25 cards of one
design. I make about a 100 cards each year.  I
know, try obsession.  Once I started sending out handmade 
Christmas cards, I couldn't stop.  It gives me such joy to make
these cards.  I hope you enjoy them and get some ideas for
next year.  Keep coming back and I will be posting as I design and 
make the cards this year.  Here goes.....

Ornament Card

This was the first card I designed in 2015.  I saw a 
similar card on Pinterest and had to CASE this card.
I did make some changes to the card and not many.
I used SU Real Red cardstock for the card base and embossed 
the front about 3/4 down  with SU Lacy Brocade embossing folder.  
SU Whisper White was used for the front layer 
and the inside of the card.  Both were edged 
with SU Early Espresso ink using a sponge. 
SU Early Espresso cardstock was used on the 
front to frame the white square.  The sentiment
on the front of the card was stamped with 
SU Real Red using SU Greetings of the Season stamp set.
The ornament was die cut with the Big Shot using
SU Holiday Ornaments Framelits set
and SU Candlelight Designer Paper.
Cut 3 ornaments and fold in half.  Then put together to 
create a 3-D ornament.  Use a silver wire for the hangar
on the ornament.  Use SU piercing set for the
SU Ornament Keepsakes stamp set
and pierce holes around the ornament.

Front of the card and envelope

Inside of the card.  Used a small ornament from 
the SU Ornament Keepsakes stamp set and 
stamped with SU Real Red ink.  The sentiment
from the SU Joyful Christmas stamp set (retired)
was stamped using  SU Early Espresso ink.

The front of the envelope using a die cut 
ornament and the same sentiment
from the front of the card.

Snowy Trees

I made this card at an Archiver's class before
they closed their Orem store.  I decided to give 
away cards I had made and kept as samples.  There
is no need to hang onto cards, so I sent them out
to special people.

I  added the SU Festival of Trees stamp, fir tree
and SU Snow Swirled stamp, Season's Greetings
to the front of the envelope.

This is the inside of the card.  I added the SU Whisper White
cardstock, the silver tree, and the sentiment from the
SU Ornamental Pine stamp set and embossed in silver.
I think this card is simply beautiful.

Hanging Ornaments Card

This is another card I made at an Archiver's class.  
This card used different techniques.  First, if you look 
close you will see the front layers and the card base
corners are all punched out with a corner punch.
The ornaments are colored in using Copic Markers and
three of them have clear crystal to give them a glazed look.
This is a fun card.

The front of the card and envelope.  I added the 
blue ornaments using SU Ornament Keepsakes stamp set and 
SU Soft Sky ink.  The sentiment is from DeNami.

Again I finished the inside of the card with a blue
ornament from SU Ornament Keepsakes stamp set.  The sentiment is
stamped in SU Real Red ink using  the SU Snow Swirled stamp set (retired).

Merry Christmas Trees Card

This is another card I made at an Archiver's class.
I loved this card so much, I bought the
Hero Arts Merry Christmas Trees stamp set
and have used the embossing technique over and 
over again on a number of different cards and using 
different stamps.

There was a lot of embossing on this card. The sentiment
was embossed and both trees were embossed.  The
smaller tree used a lettuce green embossing powder
with gold embossing powder.  They were put on separately
and then embossed.  Colored rhinestones were added
to the green tree.  The background layer was cut
out using a die and the Big Shot.  The trees were 
fussy cut.  I embossed the envelope using the same
technique on the tree and stamping the sentiment
with gold metallic ink.

This is the inside of the card.  I added the white cardstock
and again embossed the small tree on the inside.  I stamped
the SU Snow Swirled sentiment in versamark and embossed it with gold 
embossing powder.  This a simple and beautiful card.

Do You Believe Card

Yes, another card from an Archiver's class.  This card 
was made using Tim Holtz Stamps and paper.  The stamps 
were huge and fun to use.  The Santa was stamped in
black and then colored in using Copic Markers.  Notice the 
angled cuts on all the papers, it gives interest and texture
to the card.  I really liked adding the black twine in the front.

The BELIEVE and 25 were also stamped and 
added to the collage of the front.  It was hard to
part with this card.

The inside papers were already there from the class.
I added the red flowers from SU Wondrous Wreath stamp set.
The sentiment is Printworks Spirit of Christmas  stamp.
I BELIEVE, do you?

Snowman Card

Another Tim Holtz card.  He is so creative, I 
can never get enough.

This card is made from Kraft cardstock both as the base
and front layer which is backed with a red layer.  The
snowman is stamped with craft white ink.  Isn't he cute?
There is a small square patterned paper on the right.
One corner is folded up and stapled with mini staples.
Then the December calendar was added.  On top
of it all is the metal ornate piece.  I did the inside
of the card and somehow didn't take a photo.

The front of the kraft envelope.  I stamped the DeNami snowflakes 
and  De Nami snowman family in white craft ink.  The simple
sentiment is stamped in black.

The back flap of the kraft envelope.   Again, the
DeNami snowman family and snowflakes.  This card went 
to my niece and her family.  She loves snowmen.

Reindeer Noel Card

Yes, it was a Tim Holtz card class at Archivers.  This
is the third of four card we made in this class.

This is the front of  the card and envelope.  There
were two layers of designer paper added to the Kraft 
cardstock.  The green paper was the full front, with the
white, green and gold paper as a square covering about
3/4 of the green paper. On top of that, a thin kraft paper
was added with a red reindeer stamped on it.  The edges were
slightly torn and one corner folded up and glued in place.
The SU Noel sentiment from the
Greetings of the Season stamp set was stamped in
craft white on the green paper.
 A red flower was added on the left side
between the reindeer and sentiment.
The front of the 
envelope was stamped with
a holly stamp and the Noel sentiment.  

This is the inside of the card.  I used the holly stamp in top
right and bottom left corners.
The DeNami Joys of the Season sentiment is stamped in black.

Peace, Love, & Joy Card

Okay, this card still hasn't been sent out and it was the
fourth card in the Tim Holtz card class.  So, I had to share it with you.  
This is such a beautiful card.  
The photo doesn't do justice to the card.

This is the front of the card and envelope.  Again,
we used designer paper as the front layer.  It was 
backed with a dark brown layer on top of kraft
cardstock as the card base.  The sentiment was
stamped in a brown distress ink, I think Walnut Stain.
The circle on the left was a white layer on which we stamped the 
moon and tree scene using stamped off technique
to give the muted look.  It is layered with copper cardstock.
It is a circular metal branch that highlights the circle.
A green ribbon was added on the bottom of the card.
On the envelope, I stamped the fir tree from the
SU Lovely as a Tree stamp set.

I kept the tree theme on the inside of the card using
the fir tree from SU Lovely as a Tree stamp set.
 The sentiment is stamped in brown using
Wordsworth "Now the Lord" stamp.       
  This card is so serene and beautiful.
I love Tim Holtz.  Did I say that already?

These next two cards were actually made in 2014.  I didn't 
take photos of my Christmas cards in 2014 because I was late in 
getting them sent out.  I learned my lesson, take the photos as 
I make the cards.  I had extras of these two cards and did
send them out to new people on my card list.

Comfort & Joy Card

This square card was made using SEI designer paper.  The 
holly leaves on the paper are felt.  It is so fun to rub this
paper. It is stamped with SU Ornaments Keepsake stamp
set and cut out with the SU Holiday Ornaments Framelits.  
The sentiment is SU Comfort & Joy stamp set and stamped in 
SU Real Red.

December 25th Collage Card

This card was mostly made by cutting paper or using 
my Cricut to cut out the Dec 25 and red frame.  The 
holly was cut out with Quickuts.  I really like doing
collage and it was fun creating this card.  Don't 
you love Christmas and all the fun ideas for cards?
I do.

Joyous Wondrous Wreath Card

Okay, back to the cards I actually designed in 2015.
This is the second card I designed.   I fell in love with
SU Wondrous Wreath stamp set and Wonderful Wreath Framelits.
I will probably use them over and over again.  There
are so many ideas and ways to design and create 
beautiful cards with these tools.

I decided to use traditional colors of red and green for 
this card.  The card base is Real Red.  I used a dark 
green cardstock from my stash as the back layer on
the front.  SU Whisper White is the main front
layer whic is embossed with polka dots.  
I used SU Old Olive and Garden Green ink
to stamp the wreath.  I used SU Real Red for the berries.
Then I die cut the wreath.  I stamped the bow for the
wreath in SU Real Red and die cut it out.  
I stamped the Amuse Stamps "joy" in SU Real Red in the middle of
the white front.  I added SU dimensionals to the
back of the wreath and placed it around the word joy.
Then the bow was added to the wreath using a SU dimensional.

This is the inside of the card.  I put the Su Whisper White
cardstock to pop out the sentiment and small  flowers
from the SU Wondrous Wreath stamp set and stamped
in SU Real Red.

This is the front of the envelope using the sentiment
and small  flowers from SU Wondrous Wreath
stamp set with SU Real Red ink.

Poinsettia Tag Card

This card was inspired by my SU Demonstrator,
Rebecca Fellows.  She had made a Poinsettia Tag
the previous year that I really liked.  The tag on this
card is slightly altered from Rebecca's.  The photo doesn't 
give justice to this card.  This is my third design.

This is the front of the card and envelope.  The card base is 
Bazzil Evergreen cardstock and is a 5 by 7 card.  The red layer is
SU Cherry Cobbler and edged in SU Early Espresso.
The green banner tag is made from SU Candlelight 
Designer Paper (retired).  The next tag is made from
SU Crumb Cake cardstock, edged in SU Early Espresso.
The SU Joyful Christmas sentiment is  stamped in
SU Early Espresso.  

The Poinsettia is stamped twice with 
Versamark ink and embossed with clear  
embossing powder on 
SU Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  One full Poinsettia 
is used on the bottom.  The top Poinsettia is only
the center fussy cut out.  Actually, all the Poinsettias are 
fussy cut.  Where is the die?  I've gotten so spoiled.

Then using a sponge, I lightly added SU
Early Espresso ink to the center and some edges
of the Poinsettias.  Using SU dimensionals, add the smaller
Poinsettia to the larger one.  Add gold dots in the middle of the 
small Poinsettia.  Set aside to dry.  

Stamp three Poinsettia leaves with Versamark ink 
on green cardstock(from my stash) 
and emboss with clear embossing powder.  
Fussy cut out and glue to the 
Poinsetta however you like.  Place on the top
of the Crumb Cake tag.  Add red and white twine
to the double tag.  Glue or tape the tag on the SU
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock angling the Crumb
Cake tag to the left.

Sorry for the side perspective on the card.  It
does give you a different viewpoint.

Side views are so weird and it does get the 
creative juices going when something unusual happens.  
The Poinsettia leaves and the DeNami 
Joys of the Season sentiment
 are stamped in SU Old Olive.  The SU Wondrous
Wreath flower is stamped in SU Cherry Cobbler.

The sentiment from SU Joyful Christmas
 on the envelope is stamped
with SU Old Olive ink and the SU Wondrous Wreath 
 flowers are stamped in SU Cherry Cobbler.

Peaceful Tree Card

This card was CASE'd from Connie Stewart.  She
is famous for her flash card designs.  This card was on 
Pinterest and I basically copied it with minor 
changes.  It was such a pretty card in beautiful blues. 
There were also fun techniques used in making
the card.  This is my fourth design.

This is the front of the card and envelope.  This 
card uses SU Whisper White and Soft Sky cardstock.
It uses SU Soft Sky and Smoky Slate inks.

The card base is SU Whisper White.  Then there
is a 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 SU Whisper White and Soft Sky 
cardstock.  On upper right of the Whisper White cardstock
using the Soft Sky ink, stamp the SU Festival of Trees 
Polka Dot Tree.
Using the Smokey Slate ink and the Polka Dot stamp
from  Festival of Trees fill in the polka dots on the tree.
Just below the tree start to tear the
Whisper White cardstock to create 
a snowy hill for the card.  Set both of these pieces to 
the side for now.

On the Soft Sky cardstock, using the Smokey Slate ink, stamp the 
floral tree from the Festival of Trees stamp set in the lower right corner.  
Do this about 1/2 from the bottom and leave a 1/4 inch on the
right side.  Punch this tree out using the SU Tree Punch.
Set the tree and Soft Sky cardstock aside for now.

On the Whisper White card base stamp a variety of snowflakes on the
right side of the front in SU Soft Sky ink.

On the Soft Sky cardstock using the Polka Dot stamp
from Festival of Trees and Soft Sky ink stamp the whole
cardstock to create the image of falling snow.  Then using
Smokey Slate ink, stamp Peace on the top left corner.

Now take the Whisper White cardstock with the tree stamped on it.  Place the
Soft Sky cardstock on top with the tree showing through the
punched out tree shape.  Make sure none of the white shows
on the bottom or side.  Glue or tape together.

Take the white cardstock you tore to create the snowy hill.  Place it how you
would like to best create the hill effect.  I did it going down from
the left.  I am left-handed and that may be why.  Try it both ways to make your own
design.  Glue or tape the snowy hill to the Soft Sky cardstock.

Put SU dimensionals on the back of the Soft Sky tree and add it to
the left side of  the card on the snowy hill.

Stamp snowflakes on the inside of the card and stamp your sentiment.
I plan to use this technique using different tree stamps and
colors for the different seasons of the year.

Winter Woodland Card

This is my fifth and last design.  I loved
making this card.

This is the front of the card and envelope.  The
card base is SU Soft Sky cardstock.  The frame
layer is SU Early Espresso.  The top layer is
SU Whisper White.  It is embossed using the
SU Woodland embossing folder.  I inked the
embossing folder with Soft Sky to create the
sky in the background.  Then I stamped
the trees with SU Garden Green and the
fir from SU Lovely as a Tree stamp set.  Using
SU Real Red and the bird stamp from
SU Festival of Trees stamp set, I stamped
the bird on a branch on the embossing folder.
Then I put the paper in the embossing folder
and ran it through the Big Shot.

And a beautiful scene is created.  I then highlighted
the birch trees with SU Crumb Cake ink and a q-tip.

The Casual Fridays Snowy Sayings sentiment
from the SOA Holiday Box
is stamped in SU Early Espresso on
Whisper White cardstock and framed in Soft Sky.

The envelope carries the theme with the sentiment,
the fir tree, and the red bird.

This is the inside of the card.  Whisper White
cardstock is used.  The fir tree is on the right side
stamped in Garden Green.  The sentiment from
SU Ornamental Pine stamp set (retired)  is also stamped in Garden Green.

This card can be used as a Father's Day card, a birthday card, a thank you card,
a sympathy card, and the list goes on.  You just change up the theme and sentiments.

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