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Brush Lettering Christmas Cards

Brush Lettering Christmas Cards

Brush lettering Christmas cards doesn’t have to be scary. In fact creating cards with your own hand lettered designs is one of the quickest way to add a personal touch to your holiday greeting. Beginners can master brush marker lettering super fast with a Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write marker, my preferred choice for those just starting out. Take a look at what you could make for someone special on your list.

brush lettering Christmas cards

See how the brush lettering takes centre stage? There are LOTS of other pretty elements to amp up this card, but it’s the large lettering, especially the “merry” that draws your eye. Am I right?

Brush lettering is made up of a series of repeating strokes and once you learn the strokes, you’re golden! I explain it fully in my Lowercase Brush online class with videos and lots of pdf’s to get you creating these trendy letters.

So why do I think Stampin’ Write markers are best for beginner brush letterers?

  • a bit firmer tip than some other popular brush markers means you have more control over the thick and thin parts of the letters
  • one narrow tip allows additional lettering, tidying up ends and shadowing
  • perfect colour coordination with papers, inks and embellishments you already own
  • inexpensive

brush lettering Christmas cards

You can see here how I’ve combined the Garden Green brush lettering with the Real Red cursive writing as I was brush lettering Christmas cards. I do this quite often – just like in my Lemon Lime Twist thank you card. There’s a few reasons for that:

  1. playing around with larger and smaller letters immediately attracts attention to your lettering
  2. brush letters tend to be larger and I don’t want my greeting to take quite as much room on the card
  3. having a coordinating colour adds interest
  4. I might be in a hurry (LOL!) and it’s a bit quicker to write cursive

Are you ready to give these letters a try for yourself?

brush lettering Christmas cards

Let’s talk about the rest of the card too. My background for my lettering is a very soft watercolour scrap I had left over. If you look closely you’ll see a mix of Lemon Lime Twist and Garden Green. That’s why I chose Garden Green for my large brush letters.

My embellishment comes from one of my favourite punches, Holly Berry Builder. The holly leaves are adhered with a glue dot to a looped piece of the mini silver sequins. Aren’t they pretty? Then I have a bright red berry and three rhinestones for some additional glitz. The entire matted piece is adhered with dimensionals to the embossed Holly background.

To make your own hand lettered greetings like this, here are the supplies I used.

 

brush lettering Christmas cards

When you start to letter, you’ll have so much fun! Names, greeting cards, doodling and envelopes are just a few ways you can play with this art form! When you’re ready to start, I’d be honoured to have you take a class with me. Make your own brush lettering Christmas cards and surprise your family and friends with your new skill!

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Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

When you’ve found the absolute best gift for a loved one, you want to package it in fancy Christmas gift boxes to make, don’t you? Today I want to show you an easy, yet oh-so-elegant box idea, that’s actually two bags fit together. Yup, you heard me right, two BAGS. I’ll tell you the secret below. But in the meantime, if you like glitz and glamour and sheen and shine, you’re going to flip over this beautiful gift box.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

I thought you’d like it. Doesn’t that copper have an absolutely gorgeous shine? The Year of Cheer designer series specialty paper has practically flown off the shelves this year and this piece is one of the reasons why. Not only is it incredibly shiny, it’s got a mix of copper and champagne foil with a lovely texture. The leaves and berries are just slightly debossed so the edges pick up the light. When it’s matched with the copper foil sheets and the ornate stocking, it’s a winning combination.

From cards, to bags, to tags and more, your holiday paper crafts will take on a totally over-the-top elegance.  But you’ll want to stock up now since the Year of Cheer paper is being retired 🙁 and will be gone as of January.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

Now I told you earlier, this box is actually two bags. Hard to believe, but there are two different bag sizes here made with the gift bag punch board. See what I mean?

fancy Christmas gift boxes to make

The thick Whisper White bag/box stands about 7” high and the smaller copper one is close to 3” high. You make them exactly the same way with the gift bag punch board and then the smaller one fits neatly right over the top to close your box. I tied my silver edged ribbon around the “join” to fancy it up even more. Pretty awesome.

If you haven’t seen the gift bag punch board in action, you might want to take a closer look. In fact, can you tell I created this festive gift bag also with it? It looks totally different doesn’t it? It’s amazing what variety you can build with this unassuming little tool.

Let’s take a closer peek at that tag.

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Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

I have a confession. My Christmas Stocking Thinlits dies had been sitting in my cupboard since last October – yeah October 2016. I know that never happens to you, right? But when I stumbled upon the nice pristine package this fall, I knew I had to christen it. I loved them last year when they made their way onto my order – and I still think they’re pretty spectacular a year later.

You have to admit that swirly copper stocking is one heck of a reason to rip that package open. It’s a pretty simple tag really. The stocking, a little bit of copper embossing and a strip of the Year of Cheer washi tape.

Here are a couple tips for your fancy Christmas gift boxes to make:

  • Decide how big you need your bottom bag to be first. Then the top should be about 1/3 to 1/2 the size.
  • Pick two coordinating patterned papers or one solid cardstock and a patterned paper for extra pizzazz.
  • Make sure to use a really strong glue to hold your box. I used Fast Fuse for mine.
  • If you pinch the top edges of the bottom bag/box just a little, the smaller top will fit even better.
  • Tie your tag to the bigger metallic ribbon with extra lengths of metallic thread. That way you can make double bows which are ultra pretty like I did.

When you’re getting ready to wrap your holiday presents, you will want to have one of these handy dandy gift bag punch boards close by. Whip up a bag, or a box in mere minutes that have extra special personality.

How about a last look at this bee-you-tiful set of boxes.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

 

As the gift giver, you’ll have fun creating with your special person in mind. As the lucky recipient, they’ll know exactly how loved they are. When you take the time for fancy Christmas gift boxes to make this holiday, be prepared for outstanding reviews – they might not even get to what’s inside!

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Make Cute Table Favours for Christmas

Make Cute Table Favours for Christmas

Today I want to show you a quick little video so you can make cute table favours for Christmas. Or you could use them for mini gifts and stocking stuffers too. They go together in less than five minutes so they deserve a spot in my Keep It Simple Sunday series. Here it is.

make cute table favours for Christmas

Or rather, here they are!  Aren’t they sweet? The bell hides a little Hershey’s kiss and are reminiscent of my Spooky Cat Hershey’s kiss treat holder except these ones just a smidge smaller and one sided only. They’re perfect for the festive season in bright colours and pretty patterns.

Before we get to the video here are a few tips as well as the ingredients to make cute table favours for Christmas just like this. There’s really very few items you need to whip up a batch of these cuties.

Ingredients

  • Whisper White thick cardstock – 3/4” x 3 1/2” scored at 1”, 2” and 3 1/8”

My top tips to create your bells:

  • Rather than stamp the bell images, I chose to run my paper through my Quilt Top embossing folder for added dimension. Do this before you punch them out.
  • Use thick cardstock for a sturdier bell.
  • If you usee patterned paper, make sure it is sturdy enough as well.  I glued mine to a multipurpose adhesive sheet and then to a piece of regular Whisper White first.
  • If the pattern on your designer paper needs to sit upright, make sure to punch the bell the correct way.  (I have some bells where the Christmas trees are upside down! LOL!)
  • You might want to use patterned paper for the holly leaves also just for added interest.
  • Get out your strong adhesive. I used Fast Fuse for mine.
  • You can use liquid glue; however there is additional wait time since you need to hold the chocolate kiss holder together while it adheres.

So let’s take a look at the video.

Now you know how to make these little darlings, here are all the supplies you might need to create them at home yourself. Simply click on an image to take you to my 24-7 online store.

Let’s take a last peek.

make cute table favours for Christmas

When you set your table for your holiday meal this year, add some pep and pizzazz with these sweet little kisses. Make cute table favours for Christmas just like these ones and you’ll be high up on Santa’s list for next year too!

Make a Treat Stocking for Dogs

Make a Treat Stocking for Dogs

If you’ve got a cute canine or two that lives in your home, does your To Do list right now include “make a treat stocking for dogs“? Rather than just the same old run-of-the-mill gift bag, why not stuff the cutest little dog-sized stocking you can imagine? One just like this?

make a treat stocking for dogs

Isn’t that the sweetest little gift wrapping idea? And wouldn’t your little Spot or Mollie or Rex have a ball tearing into it on Christmas morning?

My dog chews fit perfectly into the adorable November Paper Pumpkin stockings and there’s even room in the toe for another treat, like a ball or small squeak. The stockings are made of bleached muslin and have a super cute fold-down black gingham top. Here’s a quick peek if you haven’t seen how adorable these are when they’re made per the Paper Pumpkin instructions.

make a treat stocking for dogs

The kit arrived on my doorstep a couple weeks ago and I just got around to opening it last Monday. And as soon as I did, I HAD to make them up right away! I made 10 sweet little stockings in about an hour with all the supplies in the kit. Not only are they a great size for a gift card, (these incidentally were fantastic sellers at my market night last Monday! Not a one left!) it makes the cutest pet stocking for a canine friend. Here’s a closer up pic of mine decorated for my pooch.

make a treat stocking for dogs

Unfortunately this particular kit is no longer available but Paper Pumpkin comes along each month with an exclusive photopolymer stamp set and all the materials to make the projects. It also ships directly to you so you might want to check them out for quick crafting ideas.

Ask anyone…I’m a sucker for dogs. In fact, our canine child Holmes has become my number one buddy since I’ve been working from home full-time. So much so that I can’t take two steps out of my office without him glued to my heels in case I might be leaving him behind.

So of course there’s no way he can be left off Santa’s list either. This year, he’s going to get some dental chews disguised as yummy treats like these ones from the Red Deer Bone and Biscuit. Inside his hand-decorated stocking is a Bark dental chew and a Churpi Durka yak milk dental chew. A little more exotic – and much better for him – than rawhides! Bone & Biscuit is chock full of ideas for stocking stuffers for your pet buds. And they’re all way more nutritious and fun!

When you start to make a treat stocking for dogs, you might like to decorate it like I did. Don’t you think the Santa Paws stamp set is just begging to be used here? It’s on the holiday retired list so it won’t be around much longer so I pulled it out again before it’s gone for good. Rather than focus on cats and dogs like I did in my DIY special Christmas cat treats, I choose the single Santa poodle image here.  He’s got tons of personality and is just the right size to dress up this mini stocking.

He’s stamped on an extra white tag from the Paper Pumpkin kit in Basic Black ink and coloured with my AquaPainter and Real Red and Basic Gray inks. I used my FineTip glue sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter and a black rhinestone nose to add some glitz. And mounted on a black tag with an extra green leaf peeking out from behind, he was almost perfect. But I thought some words were needed. So I stamped the “Paw La La La La La La La” on a strip of white , attached it to some mini black sequins trim and used a glue dot to adhere it to the tag. The final touch was a small Real Red bow.

(TIP: to replace the Paper Pumpkin items, I would use Whisper White cardstock, my Leaf Punch and the Banner Triple Punch to create the tag.  Small stockings can be found in novelty and pet stores at this time of year which will easily fit goodies like these.)

make a treat stocking for dogs

Now I realize Holmes may not even notice the cute tag when he’s busy rooting out the goodies, but I know it will add some spark to Christmas morning. Here are the supplies I used to make the tag.

make a treat stocking for dogs

I’m sure you won’t be leaving your pet friends off Santa’s list either. And I’m also sure you’ll agree their presents deserve just as much – or even more – attention as the human ones you’ll be decorating. So while you’re busy decorating, why not add a touch of cute and make a treat stocking for dogs that’s just their size!

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Card Fold Technique for Cardmakers

Card Fold Technique for Cardmakers

Today I’m sharing my absolutely EASIEST card fold technique for cardmakers in this super classy Christmas greeting. Not only is is easy, it’s super fast so you can make a bunch of these and get them into the mail lickety split! Let’s see…

card fold technique for cardmakers

Wouldn’t you like to receive this with your holiday mail? Thought so. So I figure you could make this card in about 5 minutes, certainly less than 10! What about it makes it so quick?

  • Using foil snowflakes from a package
  • Decorating with a designer series paper strip
  • Embossing only one small greeting

Take another peek.

card fold technique for cardmakers

So I did say there was a fold technique for cardmakers in this card didn’t I? It might be hard to notice, but there’s really only ONE teeny tiny, ultra simple fold! The front panel of the card is folded back so one inch of the inside of the card is showing. That’s it! And although that might seem small, it’s one HUGE way to add variety and interest to your card making. Not only for you, but for your recipients too.  (If you’d rather not have a fold, you can achieve a similar look like on this pretty card from my Front and Centre Friday series made by my firend Lillian.)

Ingredients

  • Shimmery White cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4” AND 7 1/2”
  • Year of Cheer designer paper 7/8” x 5 1/2”

How do you make this card? Six ultra easy steps:

  1. Fold and burnish card along score lines with folding bone.
  2. Stamp greeting at top left near card fold and sprinkle with silver embossing powder. Heat.
  3. Cut foil snowflake in half, add a glue dot to the middle and place under the folded back strip of card so it shows to the left and you don’t see the edge.  (TIP: There are both silver and gold snowflakes in the package – so make some of each.)
  4. Use Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape to glue down folded back strip over top of snowflake.
  5. Adhere strip of patterned paper to front of glued down strip.
  6. Attach rhinestone in centre of snowflake.

Tadah! You’re done. Pop that into a Very Vanilla envelope and sit back to hear the rave reviews.

If you haven’t picked up a package of either the foil snowflakes or Year of Cheer paper, do not delay. They are on the Holiday Catalogue retiring list and when they’re gone, they’re really gone! Click on the images below to order yours now!

card fold technique for cardmakers

At this hectic time of year, you may think hand making your holiday cards is a pipe dream. Not so! Not only can you make them quickly, you can add a twist with a simple unexpected touch. Incorporate my card fold technique for cardmakers into your toolkit and you’ll always have fun cards to give to family and friends.

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