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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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Make a Last Minute Thanksgiving Card

Make a Last Minute Thanksgiving Card

In the spirit of my Keep It Simple Sunday, I want to show you how to make a last minute Thanksgiving card. I know many of you plan far ahead and aren’t like me. Running around at the last minute to get a card made for your husband at 5:30 in the morning. Golly, I DO this for a living! You’d think I would be more prepared!

Well I’m not. So I thought, why not combine a couple techniques I’ve shown you recently? They’re top of mind, close at hand, and quick and easy. So tadah, a card made in 6 minutes flat!!

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

There might be some familiar looking pieces here…like the leaf perhaps? The Vintage Leaves set is a classic for this time of year. You’ve seen me use it here already but with watercolour paper for a more subtle mixing of colour. This time, I stamped directly onto Shimmery White cardstock and embossed my ink for a shiny look. Very subtle sheen and quite pretty up close.

Rather than just stamp the greeting on the card and be done with it – which I admit would have been even faster – I stamped on a small strip of Shimmery White. I picked the darkest colour from my leaf, Cherry Cobbler since the greeting is pretty small letters so it would show up. The gold metallic thread and enamel shape add another touch of shine.

So if you also need to make a last minute Thanksgiving card like me, here’s how it goes together:

Ingredients

  • Shimmery White cardstock 1-5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, 1 – 3/4” x 3”
  • Gold metallic thread (about 12”)

Recipe

  1. Turn stamp face up and cover completely with Versamark ink
  2. Tap Crushed Curry, then Tangerine Tango, then Cherry Cobbler ink in several spots of the leaf
  3. Stamp onto Shimmery White card front and sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Heat.
  4. Stamp words on strip of Shimmery White and cut right edge into a banner (TIP: snip from the right middle edge about 1/2” into the strip, then snip from each corner to the end of your cut line to create a “V”)
  5. Wind metallic thread around fingers and place onto glue dot then onto card on top left
  6. Use Fast Fuse or Tear and Tape to adhere banner
  7. Attach Metallic Enamel shape

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

So even though there are a few steps, I still consider this a pretty simple card. Not a lot of layers, lots of clean space and simple embellishments. I suspect you may have these supplies hanging around your own craft room. But if not, here is everything I used.

Let’s take one last look (before I throw it in an envelope for the hubby!)

make a last minute Thanksgiving card

I do hope you’re a bit more organized than I am. However if you find you’ve got TOO much on the go and think it’s time to go grab a Dollar Store card, DON’T. This is an ultra quick and super easy last minute Thanksgiving card that they (he’ll?) appreciate even more!

Use Scrapbooking Supplies for Quick Cards

Use Scrapbooking Supplies for Quick Cards

Did you know you can use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards? My friend Leslie made me an ultra-fast, ultra-easy, ultra-nifty card using the Memories & More Color Theory card pack perfect for this time of year.

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

If you’re not a scrapbooker and haven’t noticed this card pack before, or glossed over them, like me (yup, guilty!) you’ll find them on page 192-193 of the annual catalogue. Why not take a closer look at what’s included in this particular pack?

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

52 3” x 4” pre-printed flat cards and 20 4” x 6” pre-printed flat cards – WOW! But that’s not all, you also get two cardstock sticker sheets and four printed acetate cards. All this for only $12.50. Think how many cards that works out to (about 72 plus with my calculations). When it comes to economical, these are right up there with my Santa Paws card earlier this week. I might have to agree these might be right at the top!

So let’s talk time. How many of us have LOADS of time to spend paper crafting? Not me…and probably not most of you. So when I say quick, I really mean it! There are only 6 steps, each taking about 10 seconds! It got even quicker when Leslie pulled out her pre-cut, pre-scored notepads and envelope for the card base. Here are her steps:

  1. Cut the double sided card (with leaves) to 3” x 4”
  2. Cut down a sheet of Color Theory paper to 3 1/4” x 4 3/4” (this one is in Crushed Curry)
  3. Stamp thank you in Memento ink on one of the leaves
  4. Adhere Crushed Curry Color Theory paper to top left of folded notecard
  5. Attach stamped 3” x 4” card to bottom right overlapping designer paper with dimensionals
  6. Swipe your Wink of Stella over a leaf or two to add a little sparkle

That’s IT! (Oh, and Leslie used the cut off strip of Crushed Curry paper on the flap of her envelope.  A fun way to tie it together!

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

Why not use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards yourself? If you’re a scrapbooker, try using them in a slightly different way. If you’re not, here’s where you can find some:

use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards

Simple, easy and timely. All the qualities of a fast and fun card. I’d say!

I do have to admit, I haven’t yet purchased any of the Memories & More Card Packs. But I’m going to be perusing those couple pages pretty closely…which one can I get the most use from for card making? Then I’ll be able to copy Leslie and use scrapbooking supplies for quick cards when I need to make multiples – or just when I’m running out of time!

Embellished Easy Watercolour Leaf Cards

Embellished Easy Watercolour Leaf Cards

Today I am building on a blog post from last week to show you how I made embellished easy watercolour leaf cards. I’ve heard from many of you how much you loved the colour blending in this card so I thought “Why not jazz them up even a bit more?”  I changed out just one of my ink colours and here’s what I came up with.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

The detail in the shiny foil leaf really creates a spectacular embellishment. Once again, it’s my favourite Seasonal Layers Thinlits put to work! Did you recognize that colour of foil? It’s the new champagne in the Holiday Catalogue. I missed the sheets the first few times I paged through it, so if you did too, take a peek at page 37.

Falling in between silver and gold on the colour scale, it’s just a gorgeous colour and I’ve used it to offset both gold and silver in my designs. For example, in this card, I think it pairs quite well with the silver embossed sentiment. But it also stands completely on its own too. Gorgeous any which way you look at it. See how it catches the light.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

I’ve set my detailed maple leaf on top of the new Leaf Punch also punched in champagne foil. I layered them so the detailed leaf didn’t completely overlap the solid punched shape. It adds more interest that way. The final touch is the small sparkly clear faceted gem.

As I was mailing my thank you cards last week, I wanted a fairly flat card so my cards went through the post easily. So I also decided to inset my leaves. (You might have heard this also called paper piecing.) I continued to use this technique on my embellished easy watercolour leaf cards too. Here’s how you do it:

  1. stamp your image and cut out with matching frame lit
  2. place cut out leaf onto cardstock panel where you want it positioned
  3. remove your leaf and replace with leaf framelit
  4. run through Big Shot
  5. adhere panel to the front of your folded card
  6. glue stamped leaf into the leaf cutout (I use liquid glue for this)

You may have a faint outline of the frame lit on your cardstock. However, it doesn’t really detract from the beauty of your card.

I gave this card a try with different coloured cardstock, copper foil sheets, and went back to my Tangerine Tango ink for the leaf.  The size of my watercoloured leaf determined whether I added that second detailed leaf on top since I didn’t want it to overpower the original stamped image.  See what you think.

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

Leave me a comment below to let me know which was your favourite combination!

I’ve listed everything to create these awesome fall greetings for yourself. If you don’t have something in your supply stash, simply click on an image to order it from my 24-7 online store to have it shipped directly to you!

embellished easy watercolour leaf cards

While my original watercolored leaf card can easily stand on its own, this is a good example how you can step things up just a bit. Take a moment and think about what you have to complement and add some pizzazz to your cards. It really doesn’t take a lot of time, or money and your embellished easy watercolour leaf cards will get you WOWS – guaranteed!

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