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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!

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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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.

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