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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

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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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Create Simple Red Green Christmas Embossed Cards

Create Simple Red Green Christmas Embossed Cards

Make a bunch of festive greetings quickly when you create simple red green Christmas embossed cards like this one.

Are you a traditional seasonal colour fan? This is the card for you.

Do you like a dry embossed look? This is the card for you.

Need fast, but fun card making? Then this is the card for you.

It’s classic and beautiful in red, white and green highlighted with just a little touch of shiny gold and a pretty ruffled ribbon. Take a peek and see what your preferred part of it is.

create simple red green Christmas embossed cards

It’s hard for me to decide my favourite colour combinations for the holiday season. What are yours?

Sometimes I love the look of frosty blues and sparkly whites like you saw in this card. Other times I like to go a little quirky with NON-colours like you see on this card. Today’s card goes back to traditional holiday colours of red, white and green, always a good bet at this time of year.

create simple red green Christmas embossed cards

The Watercolor Christmas set is wonderful for the happy greetings and fun little open line stamps.  I’ve been using it for a bunch of Christmas cards this year.  You don’t need to worry about colouring since these can stand all on their own with whatever colour of ink you choose!

While there are a couple more steps to this festive greeting, it fits in with my Keep It Simple Sunday series since I predict it will take you less than 10 minutes to make. Yes even with the oh-so-elegant embossed holly background and the fancy ribbon. What’s the secret? Two punches, some Fast Fuse and really minimal stamping. Let me tell you how you can make it too.

Ingredients

  • Whisper White Thick cardstock 4 1/4” x 11” scored at 5 1/2”
  • Whisper White cardstock 4” x 5 1/4” and scrap at least 2” x 3”
  • Real Red and Emerald Envy scraps (at least 2” x 3” each)
  • Emerald Envy crinkled ribbon – a piece about 9” long

Recipe

  1. Run piece of Whisper White cardstock through Big Shot using the Holly embossing folder
  2. Punch three Everyday label punches: one Real Red, one Emerald Envy and one Whisper White
  3. Stamp greeting in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and tree in Emerald Envy (NOTE the tree goes off the edge of the label)
  4. Punch one leaf from gold foil sheet
  5. Adhere your three labels together, offsetting and overlapping them so you can see both colours below the greeting label
  6. Put Fast Fuse on the backside of labels and attach gold leaf so you can see it come from the right
  7. Use Fast Fuse to adhere embossed panel to folded card (TIP: you can also use Tear & Tape or your Liquid Multipurpose glue. SNAIL is not strong enough to ensure a secure, long term hold.)
  8. Run a line of Fast Fuse about  1 1/2” long on bottom of card front just to the right of centre. (TIP: leave about 1” from right edge without adhesive) Lay ribbon on Fast Fuse so it extends to the left (NOTE the majority of the ribbon will not be adhered to the Fast Fuse)
  9. Put Fast Fuse onto middle front of ribbon over top of where it is adhered down to the paper then loop (or pleat) ribbon from the left onto only about 1/4” of Fast Fuse. Pleat again and place to the right of the first pleat on the next area of Fast Fuse. Pleat as many times as you can, ensuring ribbon adheres to the Fast Fuse.
  10. Attach dimensionals to back of labels and adhere over end of ribbon so you can only see it peeking out to the left.

create simple red green Christmas embossed cards

Now’s the perfect time to start to create simple red green Christmas embossed cards so they’re ready to pop in the mail in a few weeks. And here is everything you need to make some exactly like this one. Simply click on the image to take you to my online store to have your items delivered directly to your door.

Let’s take one more view.

create simple red green Christmas embossed cards

Your Christmas card making should be stress-free and fun! When you start with simple and clean colours, limit your stamping and add pretty details, your project will come together quickly and beautifully. Why not give this card a try and create simple red green Christmas embossed cards like this one?

DIY Snowflake Handmade Stamped Christmas Greeting Card

DIY Snowflake Handmade Stamped Christmas Greeting Card

My Keep It Simple Sunday project for today is a DIY snowflake handmade stamped Christmas greeting card. This is such a beautiful snowflake, I showcased it one other time a couple weeks ago on KISS day! Did you see it?  That one really focused on a square and fully centred image.  This one is a bit more quirky with a slighly off-centred greeting and snowflake.  Which one do you like better?

DIY snowflake handmade stamped Christmas greeting card

Dry embossing has got to be one of the quickest, easiest and beautiful handmade card technique around, don’t ya think? Who wouldn’t love to receive a card like this from you this year? And once you have all your paper cut, I bet this takes you even less than 5 minutes to put together. When you’re cranking out batches of seasonal cards (like maybe 50 or 70 or 100), you want them to be short on time and long on gorgeous!

Did you notice the colour I used here? It’s Rose Red. Not necessarily one you often see hauled out for Christmas, but I thought it worked really well for this guy. I am so tickled with the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set greetings. They’re big and bold and beautiful. Such a pretty almost-brush-markerish-lettering look to them…which you already know is my FAVE.

A couple stripes of the Year of Cheer washi tape and a rhinestone really catch the light. So your family and friend will notice it twinkling when it’s displayed by their Christmas tree! Let’s take a closer peek.

DIY snowflake handmade stamped Christmas greeting card

Before I get to how to make your DIY snowflake handmade stamped Christmas greeting card, here are my TIPS for you:

 

  • Use Thick Whisper White cardstock which will give you a super deep impression
  • Stamp your greeting FIRST! It won’t work after you’re done embossing. And seeing your words a little embossed too is half the joy of this card!
  • Run your washi tape to the back of the card and burnish it REALLY well with your folding bone so it sticks over the long term.
  • Use Fast Fuse or Tear and Tape on the embossed panel as SNAIL will not hold it securely. Too many bumps for the adhesive to stay stuck!

Ingredients

  • Rose Red cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”
  • Whisper White Thick cardstock 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”

Recipe

  1. Stamp greeting in Rose Red ink on middle of Whisper White cardstock slightly to the right edge.
  2. Run cardstock through Big Shot and Winter Wonder embossing folder with the image running off the left edge of the paper.
  3. Put two strips of silver washi tape along right hand side and run your bone folder on edges to adhere well.
  4. Adhere to folded Rose Red card.
  5. Attach rhinestone in centre of snowflake.

Now dust off your hands, plant a self-satisfied smile on your face at how quick this was and get ready to throw it in the mail!

There are really minimal supplies for this oh-so-pretty card. If you need anything, simply click on the image to take you to my 24-7 online store!

 

DIY snowflake handmade stamped Christmas greeting card

My Keep It Simple Sunday series is all about getting you creating gorgeous projects in a fraction of the time. Pick any idea you see in my series.  I guarantee you’ll be in and out of your craft room in a jif with a beautiful project completed!

And if you’re feeling you just don’t have enough time to make handmade projects like these, why not take a look at my 7 Incredibly Easy Steps to Steal Back Your Crafting Time? You’ll see how you DO have enough time. Soon your own DIY snowflake handmade stamped Christmas greeting card will be in the mail!

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BLENDS Make Cute Cards Even Cuter

BLENDS Make Cute Cards Even Cuter

Today I want to take an already sweet Christmas card and show you how BLENDS make a cute card even cuter! Rudolph has a special place in most of our hearts and today he’s getting a quick and easy bit of shading and dimension with Stampin’ Up!’s NEW alcohol inks.

Haven’t seen these yet? That may be because they’re not available until November 1st! But today I want to give you a sneak peek with my card and video. First let’s take a look at my card which is in my Easy Peasy Christmas Cardmaking Class at my friend Sue’s next week.

blends make cute cards even cuter

So, cute right? Snippets of red, white and brown for a festive greeting that take about 5 minutes to put together. Perfect for batch card making at this time of year. Before you get started on those though, take a gander at this version…

blends make cute cards even cuter

Now be honest, which do you like better? If it’s number one, don’t worry I’m not offended.  But I’m guessing the colour blended one might be the winner? I do think the BLENDS take Rudolph to an “I’m the cutest animated reindeer in the world” status! I want to give you a close-up of how seamlessly the colours blend into each other.

blends make cute cards even cuter

Almost professional, isn’t it? And you know what? I’m a BEGINNER alcohol maker user! That’s how easy these markers are to use!

You know, I never did get on the Copic wagon. Too many colours, too expensive, and I just didn’t have that much time to devote to colouring (sorry Copic).

Though you’ve probably figured out by now…I DO LOVE to colour. Don’t get me wrong – Copic’s are fabulous for lots of detail and colour blending and I’ve played with my friend, Leslie’s a few times – and ALMOST caught the bug! But it came down to three main things for me:

  1. They didn’t match Stampin’ Up!’s colour families,
  2. The dollar investment to accumulate a good colour selection was just too great, and
  3. I just don’t have that much time to learn the colour blending techniques with over 250 markers!

Now Stampin’ Up! has solved all my issues at one go. SU! exclusive colours in just 12 colours. Certainly enough to create a rainbow of options. But I want to get back to your KISS card, so keep your eyes on my blog. I’ve got a whole post coming right up to introduce you to the BLENDS.

I’ve got the recipe to recreate this card below like I always do for my Keep It Simple Sunday series. But before I get there, take a peek at my short video showing you how BLENDS make a cute card even cuter.

Ingredients

  • Real Red 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”
  • Chocolate Chip 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Whisper White 1” x 4”
  • Crumb Cake scrap at least 2 1/2” x 2”
  • Stampin’ BLENDS: Crumb Cake, Light and Dark, Cherry Cobbler Dark, Calypso Coral, Light, Bronze, Colour Lifter

blends make cute cards even cuter

Since it’s not Nov 1st yet, there are no links to the BLENDS. However I’ll update them on the 1st. In the meantime here is everything else to create this sweet card.

Let’s take a final peek at how beautifully blended these colours are.

blends make cute cards even cuter

If you’ve also been sitting on the Copic fence like me, BLENDS could be your answer. Professional looking results for a fraction of the cost! Easy and quick! Perfect coordination with Stampin’ Up! exclusive colours. In my next post I’ll help you through colour selection so you can see how BLENDS make a cute card even cuter for yourself!

Super Simple Three Step Snowflake Card

Super Simple Three Step Snowflake Card

If you’re in a hurry, today’s super simple three step snowflake card may be just the ticket. I absolutely know you’ll be able to make it in 5 minutes or less so it’s featured on my Keep It Simple Sunday. Two colours of cardstock, one ink colour and a sparkly embellishment are all you need for an elegant and wintry holiday greeting.

super simple three step snowflake card

Classic, beautiful and dramatic, it works for just about anyone on your holiday mailing list. Once again, I feature black and white like I did with this card. I hadn’t realized how much I tended to use these colours (or non-colours really)! They’re just so clean and to me, clean equals simple! Maybe you think so too.

super simple three step snowflake card

Don’t you just love the beautiful Winter Wonder embossing folder? It can completely stand on its own, even with a larger card like this one. See how easy this super simple three step snowflake card is to make for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • Basic Black cardstock 5” x 10” scored at 5”
  • Whisper White 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”

Recipe:

  1. Centre white cardstock in Winter Wonderland textured impressions embossing folder and run through Big Shot
  2. Stamp greeting in bottom right in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and glue to front of folded card base.
  3. Adhere medium clear faceted gem to middle of snowflake

super simple three step snowflake card

If you have another two minutes and want to get REALLY fancy, make a stamped inside too. The greeting is stamped in Tuxedo Black and Basic Grey for the snowflake (for a bit of variety).  I used a couple different sets here to finalize the card because I love the simplicity and font for this greeting.

super simple three step snowflake card

We sometimes think we need to get elaborate, piling embellishments and ribbon onto a couple techniques and a few colours, to have a beautiful card. NOT! This card is a fabulous example of less is more.

Here’s the few supplies to make it yourself.

super simple three step snowflake card

When I designed this card, it quickly became a favourite. So much so, it was one of my easy Holiday Open House make’n takes. That work table was tidy and finished up lickety split so I know how quickly it goes together.  Minimal supplies and a stellar embellishment are all it takes for a super simple three step snowflake card…why not try one today?

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