C4C – 419 Opposites

This week’s Challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges is to make a card with the theme “Opposites” such as black/white, mirror images etc.

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I chose to make my DT card black and white.  Obviously!

This is a really easy card to make.  The background is a Silhouette Studio file called “Fern Artisan”.  This file gives you two mat cutting files.  One is the mat that has the fern cutouts (in my card the top black mat).  The second one is a plain mat.  You can make these files any size.  However, if you don’t own a Silhouette Cutting machine you could use a set of nesting dies and cut out with black cardstock the third to the largest die.  Then put some “leaf or vine type” dies over the black mat and run through your machine to get this same effect.   Below is a picture of the negative from cutting the Silhouette file.  I’ll more than likely use that on another project!

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The Steps:

I needed enough room to add the daisies that I wanted to be the main feature because daisies make me “Smile”.

Step 1. Size the over daisy overlay file to measure 5.5″ square.  The plain mat file you will size to 6″ square and cut from white cardstock and another plain mat sized to 6.5″ in black cardstock.  Adhere the layers together as shown in pictures.

Step 2:  I used this die from Elizabeth Craft Designs to make these cute daisies:

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Cut the over lay piece 3 times from white cardstock.  Cut the daisy silhouette pc. from Velum 3 times.  Adhere the white over lay pcs. of the vellum silhouette pcs. Cut the pc. that is the daisy center from black and white polka dot paper or cardstock 3 times.  Cut the stem pc. 6 times from white cardstock (glue 2 together to end up with 3 stems).

Step 3:  Glue the daisies and their stems as pictured.  I put a foam dimensional dot underneath each daisy center and then glued down one edge of each flower.  I added a black and white polka dot organza bow.

Step 4: Cut the “Smile” sentiment out of white cardstock with this die set and adhere to card as shown:

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I know your time is valuable!  Please comment and follow I love to read them.  Heck sometimes they’re the brightest spot in my day!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Recollections:  Foam Adhesive Circles

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michaels:  Ribbon

 

 

 

 

C4C – 418 Sketch

 

I love a sketch challenge.  With all the excitement this past year with Oxide Inks I’ve been wanting to do one of those backgrounds.  However, I don’t own them. I did just get some Yupo paper.  I first read about this paper in Cardmaker Magazine.  Basically, it’s a sort of plastic paper.  This is my first experience with it, so I’m not an expert but here’s my experience.

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Because of it’s “plastic like” surface it doesn’t absorb the ink.  So you have a lot of time to move the ink around.  There are many videos on making your own background or designer paper.  What I did was first choose several ink pads of colors I love together.  I dabbed some ink on a non porous mat of all the colors.  Then I squirted the mat with water from a spray bottle.  I took a large pc. of plastic wrap and wadded it up to wrinkle it and then opened it up and laid it on the ink.  Then I turned the plastic over and laid my Yupo paper over that plastic wrap.  But I needed it to have more color so I added more ink directly on the Yupo and sprayed with water.  I discovered that because the ink stays wet for some time I could take a straw and blow the ink where I liked it!  Then you have to wait for it to dry.  You could probably speed it up with a heating tool.  I didn’t.

Here’s how I made this card:

Step 1:  Make your background using the technique above with your choice of colors.  The picture below shows one of the ATC’s I made with this technique and Watercolor Paper.  It’s interesting to me how much more vivid the colors are but no moving around time:

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Step 2:  I bought this beautiful stamp from Hero Arts called Leafy Vines.  This is a rubber cling stamp.  I used teal ink and my Misti and stamped over my dry background.

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Step 3:  Cut two lamp posts from white cardstock with this die set:

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Cut a little pc. of pale yellow cardstock to put between the two lamp post pcs. to mimic light and glue all together.

Step 4:  From these two die sets cut the 3 little butterflies from 1011 – Garden Notes – Bugs and Butterflies and the large butterfly from  out of white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.  On the large butterfly overlay pc. I went over the coloring with Glitter Pens.

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Step 5:  Cut four of the 2nd to the bottom bead dies from this die set 1168 – Bead Strings 1 out of purple cardstock:

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Step 6:  Stamp the sentiment on cream cardstock and cut out with the 2nd smallest from the set on the left.  Cut out of lavender cardstock the 3rd smallest die in the set on the right:

 

Step 7:  Create the base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ pc. of  Soft Sky cardstock in half.  On one half score at 6″ on the long side.  Fold into a book fold and trim to 6 x 7″.

Step 7:  Assemble the card.  In the below pictures are all the elements of the card.

Cut the Yupo background to 4.25″ x 5.5″.  Frame it with the purple “Bead Strings”.  Add two strips of the Peel Off silver stickers with the bottom one at 1″ from the bottom of the base card.  Next adhere the Yupo background to the base as shown putting the lavender circle under the upper right corner.  Adhere the largest butterfly on the top right corner of the background mat, then the sentiment circle.  Next adhere the “lamp post” to the lower left as shown.  The last step is to add the tiny butterflies as shown.

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That’s it!

Thank you so much for taking a look and I hope you will try this fun technique!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish Cardstock 12 x 12 Sky Blue,  Clear Double sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Dies R Us – Kids Cards!

I decided to enter the current challenge at Dies R Us which is “Kids Cards”.

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The image I chose for this challenge is one called “Peaceful Easter” from The Paper Shelter.  I fell in love with this sweet image of innocence:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Download, size and print the image.  If you’re new to digital stamps,  the greatest reference on many things about using digital images is from a website called Kit and Clowder.   This is a company that teaches coloring with Markers and Pencils.  They also have areas on their website that have an amazing amount of information on all things coloring!  The below photo shows how I always print out an image that I buy in both the black and white, and color version on one page that I keep in a binder.  It also has the image that I colored with PrismaColor Premium Pencils. 

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After I colored the stamped image I created the background with stencils and PanPastel’s then trimmed the finished image to 5 x 7″ with the stamped image centered:

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Step 2:  Cut 2 rectangle mats that measure 5 x 7″.  One from Designer cardstock and one from white cardstock.  From the Die set below on the right 1113 – Stitched Ovals, center the second to the largest on the Designer cardstock and run through your machine.  From the same die set, center the third to the largest on the white rectangle.  Save the Oval mats for another project because you will use the rectangle mats with the oval cut outs.

2016-11-26-17-11-25Step 3:  Adhere the white mat to this layer. Then, on top. the Designer layer.  The photo below is these 3 layers and the beginning of step 4:

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Step 4:  Cut from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers, all the decorator items as follows:

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Cut the grass, eggs, bunnies and fence once.  Cut all the Holly Hock pcs. to assemble the holly hock on your card directly and build the plant from the stem up as the picture in step 3.

Step 5:  Assemble the Holly Hock on the left as shown then add the fence, bunnies and eggs on the bottom.

Step 6:  Create a base card by scoring a 8.5 x 11″ at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold and trim down to 5.5 x 7.5″.  Adhere the assembled front to the base.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  Please follow and leave a comment.  I love to read them and answer any questions.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish Cardstock White,  Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sissix Big Shot Plus

 

Rubber Ducky Day!

Again, who knew there was a “Rubber Ducky Day”?  Well, it’s today!  The challenge this week over at Crazy4Challenges is to put a duck or some other feathered friend on your project.  If you’ve been following, then you know I’m crazy for “The Paper Shelter”.  All through the Holiday Season I was using digital stamps from this company on many of my cards for Christmas.  This “Duck” image is called “Most Adorable Duck“.  I’ve been taking classes from Alyce at Kit and Clowder and applying the great technique’s I’m learning.  Alyce’s  mantra is “Practice, practice, practice”  Note: Whenever I get a new digi stamp I print both the black and white and the colored version.  I then usually copy the artist’s coloring the first time I color an image.  It helps me see where the artist’s light source is coming from:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Size, print and color the image.  I used Prismacolor Premium Pencils.

Step 2:  Cut out the colored image with Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1116 –  Stitched Circles:

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Apply 250.5 Diarylide Yellow PanPastel with a make up sponge to the edges and blending into the center.

Step 3:  With the largest die in the below set 1254 – Entwined Circles cut one pc. with light blue cardstock:

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Step 4:  From the die set below cut 1 of all 3 of the smaller pcs. from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers :

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Step 5:  Cut both small butterflies 1011 – Garden Notes – Bugs and Butterflies from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.

Step 6:  The card assembly.

6A:  Make a base card by cutting a pc. of 12″ x 12″ White Soft Finish Cardstock by Elizabeth Craft Designs in half and scoring one half at 6″ along the 12″ side.

6B:  Cut a pc. of designer paper with the largest die from the below set:

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6C:  Adhere this pc. centered on the white card base.

6D:  Adhere the “Duck Image Circle” centered as shown, then the light blue “Entwined Circle”.

6E:  Add the “cattail die pcs. and butterflies” as shown.

That’s It!

Thank you so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us over at the “Crazies” challenge.  We can’t wait to see what you create.

Other Products Used:

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Michael’s:  Designer paper

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

C4C – 416 Tags for Christmas!

Hi friends!  I hope you had a great Christmas!  This week’s challenge is to incorporate a tag or tags on your project.  My grandchildren are all either teens or adults now so I usually give them money for Christmas.  I had purchased Elizabeth Craft Designs 960 – Tags and More 7 – Vine but hadn’t used it yet.  So I made these huge tags as gift holders for the Grands!  Below is a photo of the backs.

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I have fallen in love with The Paper Shelter’s digital images for Christmas.  These two are called “Santa’s Family Selfie” on the left and “Snowmen Selfie” on the right.

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Print out the two digital images on cardstock that is appropriate for what ever medium you will use to color them.   I got a bargain on Amazon for Prismacolor’s Premier 150 count color pencils.  Both of these I colored with my new set.  I watched some lessons over at Kit and Clowder and applied those techniques I learned for these two adorable images.

Step 2:  From and 8.5 x 11″ 110lb. cardstock cut two long rectangles that measure 8.5 x 4″.   Cut two more long rectangles from Designer paper the same size.  Put one white rectangle on top of one designer rectangle. Cut the top of each of these 2 sandwich rectangles with the die pc. that cuts the top edge from the set below.  TIP:  Leave the layers together and run through your cutting machine again removing the previous die and adding one of the  “hole” die pcs.  Use the “hole protector” pc. and cut 4 red hole covers.

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Step 3:  Cut two of each of these dies from green card stock:

Add red/gold glitter dots as shown.

Step 4:  I created the humorous sentiments on my computer, printed them out on light brown cardstock and cut them out with the smallest die from this die set.

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Step 5:  Assemble your tag as shown.  On the “Snowmen Selfie” make a frame from light brown cardstock and square nested dies by nesting two dies and running through the cutting machine.  The size of the two square dies would depend on the size of frame you need to frame your image.  I wanted it to look as if animated snowmen were looking into a window and coaxing my granddaughter to come outside.

Step 6:  Decorate a letter size envelope.  I used this stamp set and a Misti on the flap side:

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I also added some die cut stars and snowflakes I had in my stash.  Adhere the envelope to the back of the tag with ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm.  Add glitter lines all around the outside of the envelope.

That’s it!

  These are so fun and easy to make and could be used for cash, gift cards and checks.  A great quick way to make the “gift and card all in one”!

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish Card Stock,  Clear Double sided Adhesive 10mm

Michael’s: Ribbon

Sissix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4C 415 A clean and simple Holiday Card

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This week’s challenge over at Crazy4Challenges was to pick any one of the sketches above from the yr. 2017 for your card layout.  It could be any theme or colors.  I chose C4C369.  Do you see the mistake I made?  In my haste to get this done on time I glued the silver flourishes down going the wrong way for the sketch!  OH NO!  Well, we all make mistakes.  Once I was able to start breathing again, I decided I was just going to go with it.  Even though they would have looked so much better the right way.

I’m confessing this to you because we are our toughest critic.  The person who receives this card will never even see that there’s that mistake.

So let’s make this cute Christmas Tree .

The Steps:

Step 1:  This one is so fun because it combines two die sets not intended for each other.  With the below die set, use just the pine bough pc. and cut a bunch of these.  I just kept repositioning the die over two layers of white cardstock until I had cut out that die 12 times netting me 24 of these.

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Brush, on all 24 of these, with clear Wink of Stella.

Step 2:  With the below die set 755 – 5 Part Pine cut all 5 pcs. of this tree from white cardstock:

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Step 3:  Now start gluing the “pine boughs” over the 5 tree layers but only glue the top of the pine boughs down.  That’s what makes the tree more 3D:

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Once you have all 5 tree layers covered the way you want it, then glue the 5 tree layers as shown above.

Step 4:  Cut the two flourish pieces from this die set using silver mirror cardstock.

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Step 5:  Using the largest die from this set, cut a square from white cardstock:

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Then using the below embossing folder, emboss this white mat:

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Step 6:  Using the third to the largest die in the below die set cut a rectangle out of red cardstock:

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Emboss this red rectangle with this folder below:

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The below are the main elements for this card.  The little silver star is one I had in my stash:

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Step 7:  Make the base card from heavy white cardstock that measures 11″ x .5″ and score on the long side at 5.5″.  Fold and trim to a 5.5″ square.  If you’re going to stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card then this is when you should do it.

Step 8:  Adhere the White mat to the base card leaving a 1/8″ on all sides.  Adhere the Red mat onto the white mat as shown.  Then adhere the completed tree.  The flourishes next and I added a Red/silver Glitter Dot from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

That’s it!  Pretty easy and I could also see this tree technique in green or a combo of white and green.

Thanks so much for taking a look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4C 414 Color something!

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Below is the inside of this card:

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This week’s challenge over at Crazy4Challenges is to color!  I just recently bought some digital stamps from The Paper Shelter.  This little stamp is called “Snow Angel”and I fell in love with her!

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This is also a 3D scene card but only 2 layers:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Digital stamps can be printed out in any size.  I knew I wanted to make a multi layered card so that it would look like this little Snow Angel was out in the woods under a blanket of fresh falling snow.  Print out the image in the size that will be in ratio to the other elements (trees).

Cut 8 trees from this die set:

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You can cut two layers of cardstock at a time with these dies.  Glue two trees together to end up with four trees.  I need them early in the project so I can audition other things in relationship to this die set!

Step 2:  Color the Snow Angel with Copic Markers:

Step 3:  Create a background for the scene.  First, cut the printed and colored cardstock down to 5.5″ x 7″.  I used a stencil by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Cloud and Grass” to create the sky using PanPastels 520.5 Ultramarine Blue:

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Then using a white gel pen, I made little circles to look like snow:

Next using Copic N0, color the snow mounds in, accenting the artist’s lines and making the illusion of snow mounds in the forest:

Next using a product called Snow Writer add this dimension to the colored snow mounds and on the circles and some lines that the artist drew.  Immediately shake Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter Cool over all of this product:

 

Step 4:  The “trees” in the above die set have a built in embossing effect that suggests the dark lines on a birch tree.  With Copic liner pen .3,  I went over these embossed lines.

Step 5: Adhere two of the trees to both sides as shown below but leave some of the small branches not glued.  This gives you some options of tucking other items under them:

Step 6:  Stick a piece of white cardstock to Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive that measures 4″ x 2″.  Take the backing off of the adhesive and shake Silk Microfine Glitter Cool over this entire adhesive pc.  Shake off the excess and polish with your fingers.  Using the “Snow Flake”  from this die set, cut twice placing the die cutting side down on the glitter side of this pc. Tip: Cut off the excess glittered cardstock for each run through of the “snow flake” and the other dies you’ll run through your die cutting machine using this glittered cardstock.   I added ECD Glitter Dots Transparent/silver to the center of each snowflake.

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Cut two of the smallest snowflakes from this set: 757 -Snowflakes by Elizabeth Craft Designs using the same technique as above (I cut off the circles)

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Cut (out of white cardstock) and color the two birds from this set with Copic Markers:

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Step 7:  Make the second layer, the frame.  Cut a rectangle from heavy white cardstock that measures 5.5″ x 7″.  I had to improvise this step so I placed the third largest of this die set with the shortest side placed on one side of the rectangle eyeballing an even margin from the edge on those three sides.  Run it through your cutting machine.  Keep the mat that it cuts for the inside sentiment as I did.  Next, slide the die to the opposite side and run through the machine again.

Step 8:  Make the base card by scoring a 12″ x 12″ pc. of Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Dusky Sky at 6″.   Fold over and trim to 6″ x 7.5″.   Cut a rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5.75″ x 7.25″.  Adhere this rectangle to the “Dusky Sky” base card centering as shown with ECD double sided adhesive 10mm.  Next adhere the stamped first layer to this white rectangle also centering it.

Step 9:  Lay the “frame” layer from step 7 and lay it on top of this stack. Cut the last to trees in half dividing the two trunks. Adhere the  two tree halves that were the left trunks to both sides as shown with Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue.  Now that you have both layers almost finished you know where you want the “snow flakes and birds”:

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Step 10:   On the underside of the frame layer add foam dimensionals like this:

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Pull the backs off the foam and carefully place exactly over the stamped Snow Angel layer.  They should be exactly the same size.

Step 11:  You can either stamp a sentiment or do what I did for the inside sentiment.  I used the white mat that was cut from step 7 and  these two die sets:

Brush the outer edge only of the white mat with Wink of Stella Clear.  Cut “Merry Christmas” from silver mirror cardstock.  Cut two flourishes from the same ECD Dusky Sky cardstock as the base card.

That’s it!

I hope you’ll give making a 3D card yourself.  They are so fun to create.  But it’s not necessary for the challenge.  We hope you will show us what you do for this weeks challenge.  You inspire us!  Add 3 Blue/Silver Glitter Dots to both of the Flourishes.

Other products used:

Beacon’s Kids choice glue

Michaels:  Dimensional foam adhesives

Joanne Crafts: Silver Mirror cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

A 3D Christmas Scene Card – C4C 413

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Diorama cards are becoming very popular.  They’re fun to make and only your imagination holds the limits to how many themes there are!  I’m sure there are many ways to create the layers but this tutorial is how I do it.

First decide on your theme.  I’m working on Christmas cards now and that’s what this week’s challenge is over at Crazy4Challenges.  The finished card measures 5.5″ x 7.5″ so all the elements have to work within that space.  I find when your goal is to create a scene, sometimes it’s easier to stay within one manufacturer because typically they are the correct ratio to each other.  Especially, what I call “scene builder” die sets.  Because I own more  Elizabeth Craft Designs products that are in this category, this entire card is from this company’s products with the exception of the sentiment tag on the top.  It can be the outside of a greeting card or frame it in a “shadow box” frame.

This finished card measures 5.5″ x 7.5″.

 I always have a theme in mind before I do anything.  In this case I wanted to make a country home all decorated up for the holidays.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Out of heavy weight 85lb – 100lb white cardstock 11″ x 8.5″ score at 5.5″ along the long side.  Fold and trim to 5.5″ x 7.5″.  This is the base card.  I stamp the sentiment for the inside at this point because I use the Misti Stamping tool.

Step 2:  Cut a rectangle out Designer paper that will be the background that measures 5″ x7″.  Adhere this to the front of the base card with a 1/4″ border on all four sides.  I had a designer pc. from JoAnne Fabric and Crafts that is blue with white glittery snow dots.

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Step 3:  Also from heavy weight white cardstock cut two rectangles that measure 6.5″ x 7.5″.  Using the die set below center the largest die on one rectangle and the second largest on the other.

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Run these two rectangles with dies through your cutting machine.   Make two score lines the length of the 7.5″ sides at 1/4″ and 1/2″.  Fold inward to create the two frames.  The frame with the largest window will go on top.

Step 4:  Cover two strips of white cardstock 6″ x 2″ with double sided adhesive.  Cut one of these strips with the tree edge of this set and the other with the middle wavy one:

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Pull the backing pc. off of the double sided adhesive and cover both pcs. with Silk Microfine Glitter in Warm Diamond from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Cut two more of the same size white cardstock and cut both with the wavy edge from the same set.

 

Step 5:  Cut out all of the pieces from the below die set from white cardstock and color with Copic markers and PanPastels.  Cut 3 little pcs. of yellow cardstock to glue behind the windows and heart in the door.

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Step 6:  From the set below cut out of both green and white cardstock the 3 smallest pcs. from the set below:

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Step 7:  Cut out of white cardstock 4 of both the tree pcs. in this set (there’s a die that is an additional branch)  I didn’t use the leaves:

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Step 8:  Start the fun assembly part!  On your base card with the attached background paper attach the white plain and glitter borders to the background.  Assemble the “house” and add to the card as shown.  Alternate the “pine tree” white and green layers and add to this layer with dimensional foam dots. I forgot to take a pic of just the first layer by itself.  This picture below is the second layer, laying on top of the base card:

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Step 9: Lay the smaller window layer over the above layer and glue one of the Birch trees to both sides as shown above.  Don’t attach this layer to the card yet.

Step 10:  For the last layer I used these three die sets:

Cut and color the fence and snow décor for the fence and do the same with the snowman.  (Assemble them.

I added another 2″ white cardstock strip that I glittered the same way as above.  Then I glued the last two trees, the fence and the snowman.

The little snowflakes are a decorator die pc. from another ECD set but at this posting I don’t remember which one.  I already had them from another project. (TIP:  when ever I’m making a project that requires some little pc. like this snowflake I make a bunch of them so that they’re ready for another project and I store them in little containers like these below:)

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The last step is to create the sentiment.  I used a set I bought from one of the shopping networks last year on their Craft Bonanza by Diamond Press:

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I stamped the “Warmest Wishes” with clear embossing ink and used Gold Metallic embossing powder.  I cut the embossed sentiment out with it’s matching die.

I added Gold/clear glitter dots peel off stickers from ECD to the snowflakes and one on the sentiment.  I also added two tiny ones to the stamped snowflakes on the inside of the card.

The last thing you do is adhere the layers together.  I used Clear Double sided adhesive on the backs of layer 2 and 3.  I added dimensional dots also.

-I realize it seems like a lot of steps but it goes fast and it’s so fun to create these little scenes.

 

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below.  And we would love to see a Christmas card that you’ve created!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4C 403 Sketch Challenge

It’s the 3rd week of September which means it’s time for a sketch over at Crazy4Challenges!

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As soon as I saw this month’s sketch I thought of something with a window.  But, it had to be a small window to fit within the sketch.  I chose this one from Spellbinders:

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The Steps

Step 1:  I cut one first out of a pc. of scrap yellow paper see how it would look and where I could cut it to make it a square.  Then I used it to determine where I needed to cut the window hole in the card.

Step 2:  I cut a rectangle the measures 4.25 x 5.75.  After determining where the square hole should be using the yellow scrap window pc. as a guide I taped the 2nd smallest die in ECD 1118 – Stitched Squares to cut a square hole.

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Step 3:  Run the step 2 piece through your cutting machine sandwiched into this Brick Embossing folder by Darice:

2017-08-29 12.00.15Step 4:  Cut the window from the same blue cardstock as the base card.  Trim the top off.  Now glue the “window pc.”  over the square hole as shown.

Step 5:  I just love this little happy Kitten from Frantic Stamper Inc.  Cut and color one of these Kittens.

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Step 6:  Choose a scrap pc. of floral paper similar to the one pictured below that I used and cut a 2 x2″ square from this paper.  Cut a piece of Transparency Film (2 x 2″ sq.).  Glue the transparency film square behind the window and then glue the finished “Kitten” behind the transparency, then the 2×2″ square floral paper behind the kitten.

Step 7:  With the 5th largest or 4th smallest die depending on how you count, cut a yellow circle with 1116 – Stitched Circles.  Glue this circle as the last pc. behind the Floral pc.  Glue the window stack so that the upper two corners meet the upper edge of the circle!  This leaves a little more room at the bottom for the branch of birds. (The stack from top to bottom:  window, film, kitten, floral, yellow circle.)

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Step 8:  Glue the window sandwich onto the left side of the Brick embossed pc. as shown. You want the left window edge to be even with the left side of the Brick embossed pc.  Trim off the excess yellow circle.

Step 9:  With white cardstock, cut just the branch pc. from the below die set by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Color with Copic markers then trim off the two top branches and glue under the window.  Trim off where needed.

2017-03-15 14.27.24Step 10:  Using white cardstock, cut 3 of both of the birds from this die set By Susan and color with Copic markers:

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Step 11:  Cut the tiny ivy from another set by Susan below out of green cardstock.  I veined the ivy with Susan’s Flower shaping tool kit.  Now glue the 6 finished birds and some ivy leaves onto the branch as shown.

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The Ivy Leaves were cut from this ECD die set by Susan:

2017-08-29 13.43.23Step 12:  Make a base card by scoring a piece of blue cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold at the score and trim to a finished size of 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the Brick and window piece to the base card.

Step 13:  Cut 4 of the straight ropes from this die set out of white cardstock:

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The ropes are almost the same size as the long sides of the “Brick” wall pc. so start with the top and bottom and glue a rope to the edges.  Trim as needed.  Now glue “ropes” to the two sides.  Because I chose to use the branch for the banner and the “birds” for the 6 x’s, I didn’t really have a place for a sentiment, but this card needed one badly.  So I used this die from Lawn Fawn:

hello-by-lawn-fawnI cut it once from white cardstock and once from blue cardstock.  This gave it dimension as well as a shadow so you could see it better but it wasn’t in your face so to spea k.  Glue the two together with the white on top but slightly offset as shown.  Then glue the pc. to the front of the card.

The inside was made by creating a sentiment on my computer, printing it out and cutting it out of ECD’s 1174 – Dotted Scallop Rectangles.  Then I added a sun and the little bird that were honestly left overs from another project.

That’s It!

I know this seems like a lot of steps but they’re all easy, quick steps.  Thanks so much for taking a look.

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided adhesive 10m

Beacon Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

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