Thursday, December 20, 2012

Best Wishes Christmas Card

This is my last Christmas card for the year.  Another of my easy cards that I'm so fond of.

I started with a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I folded it in half with the fold on the side.

The two images were placed on the card with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The two images are from Stamp-It Australia.  The Holiday collection to be exact.  I used the Best Wishes Script stamp and the Tree Whirl stamp.

I put the stamped card on a piece of scrap paper.  I used a stipple brush and a Faded Jeans Distress Ink Pad.  I pounced the brush up and down onto the ink pad to load it with ink.  I then pounced it on the scrap paper to get some of the ink off of the brush bristles.  

I then pounced lightly on top of the words on the card.  I wanted it to be a pale blue.  I repeated the steps.  Pounce on the ink pad, pounce off some of the ink, pounce on the card. 

I then brushed lightly back and forth over the words.  I swirled the brush over the snow swirl under the words too.

I switched to my green stipple brush.  No - the brush itself isn't green.  I have several stipple brushes.  I have one stipple brush for these color groups:  reds, blues, yellows, greens, oranges, purples, browns, and black.  This way, I find that it doesn't really matter which color of blue I'm using, I can use the one brush.  But if I were to use the brush first in yellow ink and then in blue ink, I get green color stippling first.  Now, back to green.  I used a Evergreen Bough Distress Ink pad.  I followed the steps as described above and colored in the pine trees in the image.

After I'd colored the main part of the card, I added more blue color on the sides and corners.  Please refer to the completed card at the top for the amount of extra color added around the card.

The last thing I did for this card was to add Crystal Stickles to the snow swirls.  The shimmer can be seen in the completed card.

The longest thing for this card is the drying time of the Stickles.  If push comes to shove, you could use glitter pens, or metallic pens for the shiny embellishment on the card without the extra drying time.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Baby Shower Favor

This week I am using The Boxer with The Ultimate Tool to make a baby shower favor.

I followed the basic technique instructions that came along with The Boxer.  I started with a 5 1/4" square piece of Luxury Centura Pearl Cardstock.  I placed this on the The Boxer and scored it at the 1 1/2" mark and all four sides.

I folded and creased all four sides.

Then, I cut small v-shaped notches in each corner.

I used a 1/8" paper punch to punch holes in the bottom of the box.

Next, I applied the Red Liner Tape and folded up the box.

I put the 1/4" round brass brads in the bottom of the box.  Then, I cut a 2 3/16" piece of patterned paper to fit in the bottom of the box to hide the brad legs.

I used a paper punch to create a handle for the favor.  I used a 1/16" hole punch on two sides of the box.  I used small, 1/8" brass brads to attach the handle to the favor box.  You could choose to line the entire inside of the box if you want.  Or, you   I chose not to because I didn't think they were as distracting as the large brads.

I used a punched out piece from the Morehead Luxury Hunkydory Card Collection.  I used Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach it to the front of the box I just made.

I was thinking about ribbon of some type.  What do you think?  Or maybe bows on the sides?

You can put candy in these boxes.  Or maybe nuts?  Mints?  You decide.  That's why I left the box empty ... I want you to choose.

You could use a larger punched out piece and a larger box and use it for a centerpiece.  You could make boxes of different sizes and put special prizes in them for door prizes.  With all the variety of paper crafts collections offered at Crafter's Companion, the uses are too many to mention here.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Tree Cards

I've created two cards this week.  I started with the same stamped image from the Stamp-It Holiday set from Stamp-It Australia.

Both cards start with the image stamped onto Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock with a green ink of your choice.  Now is where the imagination kicks in.

For the first card, I trimmed the card stock to 3 3/4" x 5".  I rounded the corners.  I used three snowflake punches.  I punched one in the top left hand  area of the card stock and the other two in the bottom right hand area.  I used Stickles applied in dots to the dots and star on the tree image.  The colors of Stickles used were:  Golden Rod, Lagoon, Magenta, Orange Peel, Purple, True Blue, Yellow, and Xmas Red.  (Note:  I didn't abbreviate the name ... they did.)  I set this to the side to dry.

When dry, I used Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach the card stock with the tree image to a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of coordinating green card stock.  I rounded the corners of that card stock too.

I found a piece of paper in my stash that was white with the same color green dots on it.    I ran it through my Ebosser  with an Embossalicious embossing folder.  I used a piece of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" card stock, folded in half (with fold on the side) for the card base.  I put tape on all of the front edges of the card.  I placed the embossed paper on the front of the card to attach.  Then, I turned the card to the back side, and used my scissors to cut away the extra embossed paper.  Please note that this embossing does not show up well in my photos because of the design on the paper.
finished card

closeup of decoration
The second card started with the same stamped image from Stamp-It Holiday set from Stamp-It Australia.  The tree image was stamped onto Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock with green ink.  

I used Rouge Liquid Pearls on just some of the dots on the tree.  I set it aside to dry.

I started working on the 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" green card stock card base.  I folded it in half, with fold the on the side.  I ran it through my Ebosser with an Embossalicious embossing folder.  I only embossed on the front side of my card.

When the Liquid Pearls was dry, I cut the tree out of the white card stock.  I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach it on top of a piece of scrap card stock that matched the color of the pearls.  I cut again, this time leaving a small border of the red around the tree.

I cut the shank off the back of a decorative star button.  I attached it to the top of the tree with Double-Sided Adhesive Foam.  The tree was attached to the card with the adhesive foam.

The sentiment on this card happens to be a sticker.  It could very well be a stamp or hand written.  Or you could even leave it off it you want.

finished card

closeup embossing and  detail
I hope you enjoy making cards as much as I.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.