It's that time of the year, no not Halloween. It's time to start making my Christmas Cards. I have a huge family and it takes me a while to make enough to be able to give one to each part of my family and still have enough left over to give out to friends as well. On average, I make 60 Christmas cards each year, so I typically start in September or October to give myself time to get them all finished.
This year, I was having trouble finding inspiration and didn't like any of the 1st cards that I made, then I remembered that I had the Simon Says Stamp Merry and Bright (December 2016 release) card kit, which I received last year after I had finished making all my cards. This was a great opportunity to use it, so I got it out and immediately got to work. I love that Simon includes a page of examples and inspiration. I was drawn to 2 of the cards right away and decided to scraplift them. Once I made a few cards, I couldn't stop. I made 13 cards from this kit, and still have material leftover to make more.
I am always looking for new ways to use the products that I already own, so I watch a lot of videos and visit a lot of blogs to soak in as many new techniques and new ideas as possible. Every once in a while, I come across something that just wows me, and this technique did. I love it!!! As soon as I was finished watching the video, I pulled out my supplies and made these Thank You cards. My mind is full of other ways to use this technique and the supplies, that I already have, that I can use to make them.
I believe in giving credit to those I learn from. I found this video: Faux Textured Metal Paper on the Jennifer McGuire Ink blog (the link will take you to this specific video). She has some great stuff, so check it out.
The general steps to make these cards are:
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, and Blueprint Sketch
Perfect Pearls: Forever Blue
Stamps of Life: "Thank You" die, silver twine, silver sequins
My Favorite Things: Stitched Stackable Circles
Pause Dream Enjoy
Glitter 'N' Sparkle
Come and Get It
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends
Pile it On
Crafting by Designs
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie
I LOVE this card so much. I wish I could take complete credit for this card, but I can't. I got the idea from someone else, a year ago (sorry, I can't remember which blog I found it on), but just now had the chance to blog about it. I used 3 different stamp sets from Lawn Fawn, some foam tape, a transparency sheet, Distress Inks, Spectrum Noir Markers, and cardstock to make this fantastic box card.
To make the card, I used the same method that you would use to make a traditional box card. The difference is that I cut out the front of the box, replacing it with a transparency sheet, then used brown cardstock, to make the "middle insert" piece. Then it was as easy as stamping my little fish friends, coloring them, an setting the scene. To put the "box card" in an envelope, you just press it down, and it folds over, just like a traditional box card. I will admit, I tried to make an A2 size card at first, but all the pieces just didn't fit very well, so I increased the size. When flattened, this card fits in to a 5X7 envelope perfectly, though it does have a little bulk to it. You can see the thickness of the project, in the images below.
I hope you enjoy and that this inspires you to create something fantastic!
Blog Update: May 22, 2016
My "Best Fishes" box/aquarium card was chosen as a Party Pick on the PDE Linky Party Blog.
Lawn Fawn: Float my boat stamp & die set; Spring Showers die set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Spectrum Noir: PL3, LV3, IG4, CT4, CR8, DR4, Blender
Chalks: Craft-T Productions
Paper: Recollections Cardstock
As You See It Challenges
PDE Linky Party
Dream Valley Challenges
Aud Sentiments Challenge
Blog Update - April 28, 2016
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Lawn Fawn: Milk and Cookies Stamp Set, Stitched Circle Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Staz On Black, Stamps of Life Strawberry Ink
Paper: Forever in Time, Perfect Prints (Stars & Fruit) 6X6 paper pad; Kraft Cardstock, white cardstock
Other: Spectrum Noir Markers, Ranger Alcohol Inks, White Gelly Roll Pen, Clear Wink of Stella Pen, The stamp sets on the eggs were just a mixture of old stamps I had around my craft room, sorry I can't tell you the maker.
If You Give a Crafter A Cookie
Cute Card Thursday
Cards 4 Galz
I got the inspiration for this card off of another site. I would link it here, but I can't remember which one it was. I knew when I saw this quilting technique that I had to try it. I started by cutting out small squares using my stitched squares dies from Lawn Fawn, then cut each square in half making smaller triangles. Next I arranged them in the quilt pattern. I found this one online just by googling "quilt patterns" Next, I cut out a square big enough to fit my quilted pattern on, and glued all the pieces down in the correct order. I matted the quilt on another stitched square and then again on the bigger grey, stitched rectangle. The stamped image and the "Together" die cut are both from the Stamps of Life, and I thought they were fantastic and a perfect fit for this card.
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Squares and Rectangle Dies
Stamps of Life - Puzzle Sayings Stamp Set and "Together" word die (I believe this was from the Feb. 2016 Card Kit), Black ink, Grey and white cardstock
Paper - Scraps from my stash
Craftyhazelnut's Pattern Paper Challenge
PDE Linky Party
Sisters of Craft
Dream Valley Challenges
My name is JoNeita Kelly and I have been crafting for at least the last 20 years. I live in Cedar Park, Texas with my son, Dallas. I love to craft and to continue to improve my photography and editing skills whenever I have free time. What I love most is telling our story using pictures, it is the most important gift I can leave my family.
Former Design Team Member for Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog