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Inspirational Carols Greeting Cards

Inspirational Carols Greeting Cards

Do you love inspirational carols greeting cards for Christmas? If you’re like me, the traditional carols where we know the words by heart are one of THE best parts of the Christmas season. I don’t know about you, but Christmas carols have been piping out of my iPod for weeks now (much to the dismay of my husband). I think it’s NEVER too early to crank up the holiday tunes and sing along.

So if this sounds like you too, look no further than today’s card for an idea that combines your love of carols with your love of paper crafting. I’ve created it with patterned paper, the detailed star die and bold green and black colours.

inspirational carols greeting cards

Don’tcha think this one would be perfect for the men on your holiday card list.? Do you recognize the sentiment carol? It’s the first two opening lines of the classic We Three Kings (you’ve got the tune whispering in your ear now don’t you?).

I think the mix of fonts on this greeting is absolutely beautiful. Contemporary yet classy at the same time with those two little flourishes. I’ve stamped it in Versamark ink then heat embossed white powder for a shiny raised greeting that just POPS against the black panel.

inspirational carols greeting cards

This detailed star from the Starlights Thinlits is just breathtaking. I cut it in clean and crisp thick Whisper White card stock with the Precision Base Plate.  With all those little nooks and crannies, the precision base plate makes cutting it a breeze.  And to get all those intricate bits out, the Big Shot Die Brush makes your life SO much easier.

I tried the star first just by itself on the black panel. But it just didn’t have enough OOMPH. Then I added another layer in the Merry Little Christmas designer paper on an Old Olive strip. I picked this pattern since it had diamonds and stars so was a super complement to the star shape itself.  I was pretty happy adding just that little touch and didn’t play around any further.  Finally just a large rhinestone in the star’s centre is enough to add some sparkle.

inspirational carols greeting cards

Of course our carol isn’t only two lines long. But it would’ve been a mite bit difficult to get the whole song onto a stamp. But what we do have is the final line of the carol to perfectly coordinate and complete the inside of our inspirational carols greeting cards.

inspirational carols greeting cards

I’ll be honest. The ENTIRE reason I bought this set last year when it debuted was because of that gorgeous swoosh. Yup, one image alone was enough to add it to my shopping bag! It just speaks the word “magic” to me. But I tell ya, once I had the whole set, the other images and greetings have seen some ink too!  One of my most pinned projects earlier this year was this card also made with the Star of Light set.

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inspirational carols greeting cards

So now it’s time to turn up the Christmas tunes and get busy! Hum or sing along to your favourites while you create some inspirational carols greeting cards for the folks on your holiday list this year.

Craft Faux Silver Foil Finishes with a Heat Embossing Tool

Craft Faux Silver Foil Finishes with a Heat Embossing Tool

Have you tried to craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool? If you love the look of shiny metallics, I’ve got a secret to share with you for a fast and fun technique.  Then look no further than foil paper, your embossing powder and heat tool to create awesome results like this.

craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool

See that silvery shine?  Isn’t it beautiful? And let me tell ya, it’s even more gorgeous in person!  I’ve got all the steps to get such an awesome silver foil background which reflects just like metal. (check below for the steps and my secret “reveal”)

And the textured marble surface I created with embossing powder just BEGS to be touched (in fact I’m so geeky I JUST did that myself after I typed those words!) I chose basic black, red and white colours to really showcase the swirled silver foil and one large bold greeting.  I’m really loving these colours for the holidays this year.  In fact this card, and this special gift package are the perfect match don’t you think?

craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool

In fact it’s hard to see here, but my greeting is embossed too. Only this time with a shiny black which also catches the light when you pick up the card. Just one more way to surprise friends and family with your card creations. The large sentiments from the Carols of Christmas set is a perfect stand-alone greeting when it’s framed with the two largest Lots of Labels dies. For classic, exactly-matted frames, this one’s my favourite to pull out. The two black rhinestones fit on each end and add the final glistening touch to your card.

So now let me tell you how easy it is to craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool. I haven’t used many of my background stamps lately and sometimes forget how quick and easy they are to use. This Marbled one was a MUST HAVE when I saw it in this year’s Annual Catalogue. Did you think the same thing or did you miss it?  Take a peek at this innocent little sample in the top left corner that did it for me:

craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool

It’s on page 182 of your Annual Catalague.  I think it’s just so cute and pretty and I NEEDED to know how to get that fabulous background.  (Am I the only one that happens to?)  I thought at first it was designer paper, but was so excited to see it was a background stamp.

Take a closer look at how the texture it creates on the silver foil is so touchable!

craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool

Here’s how I used it on my card today.

  1. Ink your Marbled background in Versamark ink and lay your 3 3/4” x 4 1/4” silver foil panel silver side down on top.
  2. Lay a clean piece of plain white bond paper over top and smooth with your hand being careful to not move the panel piece. (TIP:  This stops you from getting ink on your hands.)
  3. Remove bond paper and carefully lift up the edge of your piece of silver foil.
  4. Sprinkle with clear embossing (yup, that’s not a typo – my SECRET is to use CLEAR!) powder and heat with your heat tool.
  5. Let it cool slightly and you’re ready to add it to your card.

I did try exactly the same background with my silver embossing powder too, but I really prefer this look with the clear. It seems to just sit on top and become part of the silver foil and there’s no two silvers competing for your attention. The silver powder to me almost looked a bit too “overdone”.

Give it a shot yourself to see what I mean with everything you might need to create this card yourself.  Simply click on each image to take you right to my online shopping store to have it shipped directly to you.

craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool

Christmas is the season of glitz so the more ways you can add sheen, shine and glitter to your paper crafts will be much appreciated by the recipients. But don’t limit yourself to only Christmas. Change up the greeting for a thank you or happy birthday and you’ve got a classic greeting fit for guys and gals alike.  That’s a fantastic way to get more versatility from the items your already own.

So now my secret’s out, when are you going to add textured embossing to craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool to your own paper crafting toolkit?

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Oh So Pretty Zentangle Stampin Up Christmas Cards

Oh So Pretty Zentangle Stampin Up Christmas Cards

Today I’ve got oh so pretty zentangle Stampin’ Up! Christmas cards for you! If you’re like me, you can’t look away when you see black and white combined with a bold, bright colour. Am I right? It’s almost like the shiny object thing, isn’t it? Our eyes are immediately drawn to the bold intricacies of the zentangle patterns framed and enhanced with colour and a few embellishments.

So if you love Zentangle and Stampin’ Up! too let me share some of my hints to design absolutely stellar cards with framelits and stamps for the festive season.

zentangle stampin up Christmas cards

Well, a bit unexpected yes? First there’s non-traditional Christmas colours. Then there’s a non-traditional holiday shape. And my shape isn’t centred – not on the black panel OR the card itself. Plus it’s a whole lotta minimalist too.

That’s one of the BEST things about combining zentangle with Stampin’ Up! supplies and tools. You really don’t need to embellish them since your zentangle art is the starring act! Your stamping (if you even want to add any) plays the supporting character, just like Snoopy in Charlie Brown’s Christmas! In fact, if you remember my snowman and other designs from last year, there’s not a stamped image or greeting to be found!  You can see I did the same with this thank you card.

Rather than go totally “sans stamping” today though, I used greetings and embellishments to amp up the WOW factor. Let’s take a closer look at those.


zentangle stampin up Christmas cards

So, not a lot but certainly enough to tie the entire card together.  Let me tell you a bit more about them.

  1. First I stamped and embossed the small diamond shape from the Eastern Beauty set three times for a little copper whimsy.
  2. Next I added the Christmas greeting, also embossing it, but this time with shiny white to coordinate with my white background in my tangle.
  3. Then I wrapped metallic copper thread several times around the edge of the black panel, overlapping it in the centre middle and moving out the sides as it wrapped around the bottom and top. (I think I’ve got about 8 wrappings here.)
  4. Lastly I mounted the entire panel onto a strip of Whisper White then onto my Crushed curry panel.

zentangle stampin up Christmas cards

So do you want some of my hints to make stunning zentangle Stampin’ Up! Christmas cards?

  • Tangle a full 8 1/2 x 11 sheet so you have lots of patterns (and zentangle real estate) to choose from.
  • Photocopy your zentangle art onto Whisper White cardstock with your home printer. (I used thick cardstock so it had a bit more body.)
  • Pull out a bunch of dies – Christmas and otherwise – and your Big Shot to batch cut your shapes.
  • I absolutely adore using the Large Numbers and Letters for my zentangle cards.
  • Play around with the placement of the dies to get a good mix of patterns in your shape.
  • Use a bit of washi tape or your Magnetic platform to hold your shapes in place when you start to cut.
  • It’s true, some dies won’t work as well as others, but I’ve found this to be the case with only a few sets.
  • Don’t forget to test our your detailed dies too. There’s lots of opportunity just DYING (yup, bad pun intended!) to be used!

Here’s everything I used to make a card just like this one.

Let’s take a last peek at this oh so pretty card.

zentangle stampin up Christmas cards

Whether you’re new to zentangle or a seasoned tangler, you can frame and enhance your art by pairing up your designs with easy-to-use-dies for beautiful projects. I’ve got lots of how-to’s for tangle patterns on my zentangle patterns Pinterest board.  Be sure to check them out. Plus I’ll keep my zentangle Christmas cards coming for more inspiration for you – keep your eyes on my blog!

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Why I Love Handmade Non-Traditional Coloured Christmas Cards

Why I Love Handmade Non-Traditional Coloured Christmas Cards

Today I want to tell you why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards. Tell me, if you had to guess the number of red, white and green cards you received last year, what would you say? Probably more than half right?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of traditional colours. After all, Santa would look a little funny in a pink suit. But isn’t it a super feeling to get a little unexpected surprise in your envelope? So why not think about making your own with a different colour palette like I did here?

why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards

Well? Would you send a card this colour? Or is it a bit too “soft” for you? I admit, it’s completely different from another non-traditional coloured card I shared last year. Maybe that’s why I like it so much – it’s not every day you see powder blue stockings hung on the fireplace. This one brings to mind Victorian decorations don’t you think?

What are my favourite things about non-traditional colours?

  1. they will be unexpected
  2. my cards will stand out from the normal Christmas colours
  3. I can create a certain “feeling” if I want
  4. colour coordinating keeps paper crafting fun
  5. creating with non-traditional colours keeps me inspired
  6. I come up with new combinations I can use for non-holiday projects

But how about we take a closer look ‘cause I’ve got a lot going on with this card, even though it doesn’t really look like it because there’s really only ONE colour!

why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards

First, I paired the snowflakes on the stocking with the Softly Falling embossed background. If you don’t have this embossing folder, get it! Not only is it superb for snow like you see here, it works for celebrations, birthdays, even sympathy and thank you’s. Really just about anything. It’s one of the most versatile embossing folders we have and one I reach for over and over. Did you know the Christmas Stocking thinlit is on sale this week? At 30% off, it’s a fabulous deal!  But only until November 26th!

why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards

Then I glitzed up the stocking with some Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper I repeated for the background. One small strip is all you need to take your card from pretty to spectacular! I’m sorry you can’t see this card in person. It really is stunning. The light catches the glimmer and it sparkles just like the moon on newly fallen snow. Another little touch is each of the snowflakes has a dot of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. They invite you to touch them and mirrors the glimmer paper.

why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards

The last touch is a perfectly matted greeting, one of my all time favourites. Isn’t it a beautiful script for “Christmas”? Being a calligrapher, I know it was created with a pointed pen, one of my three “go-to” lettering styles when I pull out my ink and nibs. And I love how the little flourish at the bottom is so whimsical. I repeated the Soft Sky ink to maintain the card’s softness. A quick whiz through the Big Shot with the second smallest layering ovals and a stitched shape oval in bright Whisper White and it’s done.

Some tips as you try out some different colour combinations:

  • Stick with some traditional images, like my stocking or presents. Because they’re familiar your card will immediately say Christmas even if your colour doesn’t!
  • Think about sticking with only one colour like I did here. The simplicity will make it WOW all on its own.
  • Make sure your colours work with each other. For example, Crushed Curry would have looked out of place here!
  • Pick colours and images that suggest a “coordinated feel”. If I had chosen to add a dark purple topping for the stocking, it would have looked too heavy for the card.

So now you know why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards. Do you wanna make one for yourself? Here is everything I used and they would love a place in your craft room too!

 

why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards

When you get a card in colours out of the norm, your greeting will stand out from the rest. Not only because it’s unique and handmade, but because you’re willing to go out on the “coloured limb”. Every year designers come up with new and trendy colours for the holiday season. Take a peek at those and maybe you’ll also be saying “why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards”!

DIY White Gold Foil Christmas Gift Tags

DIY White Gold Foil Christmas Gift Tags

How about some DIY white gold foil Christmas tags to decorate your boxes and bags this holiday season? Today I challenged myself to create a beautiful festive tag with minimal tools and supplies. But what my real challenge was to create my tag in the least amount time! Why? Because I know how busy you are! So rather than focus on stamping or a technique, today it’s all about my Big Shot and dies, well one die to be honest. Let’s see if I succeeded. What do you think?

DIY white gold foil Christmas gift tags

There’s nothing quite like the glam of shiny gold is there? And here you get TRIPLE the FAB in your foil tag, the gorgeous Year of Cheer washi tape and the shiny gold ribbon. Since I’m showcasing these tags on my Keep it Simple Sunday series, you absolutely know these are fast and fun! I designed and created this tag in about 5 minutes (as I was running out the door actually LOL!). And take a peek a little further in my post and you’ll see another two coordinating tags. These took just a teeny bit longer for a stepped up version!

So I figure as soon as you have my recipe, you can make at least double that number in the same time!

DIY white gold foil Christmas gift tags

So do you recognize the die? It’s the Celebration thinlits. Have you noticed this guy on page 213 of the Annual Catalogue? Or you might have thought it was only for birthdays or weddings maybe? Well I’m on a mission to help you get the MOST life out of your paper crafting tools, so…I don’t think so! There’s tons of winter holiday fun in this cute little powerhouse die! Take a look at the 14 dies and thinlits included with it.

DIY white gold foil Christmas gift tags

What do you get? Not just one tag…there’s really three full sized ones in here! Mix and match and layer them for gorgeous little works of art. The most obvious choice for multiple uses is the solid tag, which really is one of this die’s best features. It’s the perfect size at 3 1/8” x 2 3/16” so it’s big enough to see easily but it doesn’t cover up the pretty wrapping paper on your gift. And do you know how you double up ribbon sometimes and you have to practically get out your binoculars and needle to loop it through the hole? Well, my gold ribbon went through like a charm (and even my 3/8” metallic edged ribbon ran through easily)!

But that’s not all. Take a look at the super cute trio of presents! They’re part and parcel of one tag and easily cut out with one run through the Big Shot. Even better? There’s a matching set of presents to cut separately like I did here. And isn’t the striped tag and cake both adorable?  Then there’s some confetti and a banner and ribbon, a party hat and some candles.  An all round die you’ll use for years!

Now I wanted a quick project today so I didn’t dress up my tag too much. However, you could SO glam it up even more with the ribbon die or the decorations or the banner. (I couldn’t resist playing a bit more so I’ve included two other ideas below!) But in the meantime take another peek at my super quick DIY white gold foil Christmas gift tag.

DIY white gold foil Christmas gift tags

Ingredients

  • Gold foil sheet – piece about 3″ x 3 1/2″
  • Whisper White Thick cardstock – piece about 3″ x 3 1/2″
  • 1/8” gold ribbon – about a 7” piece
  • Year of cheer washi tape – piece about 4 1/2″ long

Recipe

  1. Place tag with presents die on piece of gold foil sheet and run through Big Shot.
  2. Cut out full tag from Whisper White thick cardstock (TIP: you can run both of these tags through at the same time.)
  3. Wrap washi tape around bottom of presents and glue onto full white tag
  4. Attach three basic rhinestone to present bows.
  5. Fold ribbon in half and poke folded edge through the tag hole from the front.  Pull it about halfway through. Then open up your fold and pull both the ribbon ends up and through it.

See? Pretty darn easy! It might take you 5 minutes the first time, but once you’ve made that one, you’ll find the others go together super quickly! Here is everything you need to make a tag just like this one.

So how about a stepped up version?  Or would two of them be even better?

DIY white gold foil Christmas gift tags

This one has a full tag die cut from gold foil paper and the presents cut from the Year of Cheer specialty designer series paper glued to the bottom. I added the “for you” from the very sersatile Labels to Love stamp set in gold embossing powder and punched it out with the 1” circle punch.  Then I tied it onto the tag hole with gold metallic thread (yeah, that’s a teeny bit fiddly – but you have to admit, a very pretty result!). And right here’s where you can see the 5/8” gold metallic edged ribbon threaded through. The single rhinestone completed it perfectly.

DIY white gold foil Christmas gift tags

My last version has a full tag cut from the Year of Cheer paper and the presents from plain Whisper White. I wrapped the gold washi tape around them and heat embossed the “for you” in gold. Once again I used basic rhinestones to fancy up the presents. This time I threaded the 1/4” gold natural trim for my ribbon.  So three quick tags all coordinated made lickety split!

 

DIY white gold foil Christmas gift tags

All of these tags took about 20 minutes to design and create. And I think they’re much prettier than ones you can buy! Add your own personal message to the front or back and you’ve got a gorgeous DIY white gold foil Christmas gift tag that will be appreciated almost as much as the gift it adorns.

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