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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Deer Scene Bauble card

This card can be done with any Christmas scene dies you might have, I have used a deer scene die, but really any of them would look great, something like a hillside with trees, or a nativity scene, or a snowy village or cottage, anything like this would work.

This teal coloured one is the one I did the video on, but I had done a previous version with an ombre effect with pinks and foiling the background.  I did do craft foam between each layer, and it ended up being quite dimensional, so the one I used in the video I simplified quite a bit for teaching purposes, but it really depends on whether you are going to post it or not.

The background I have used a snowy stencil and have stencilled Deco foil transfer gel and then let it dry and then foiled it with Heidi Swapp teal foil with the minc machine. 

To make the bauble, I cut out 4 circle frames and 1 full circle using 4 consecutive dies from a die set, making each one larger than the one before, to give an almost tunnel effect. The last one is the background.  The first one was in white, one in craft foam, and the rest were in teal.  

I then cut out the deer scene also in white and glued the white circle frame over this and trimmed it around the frame.  Then glued this with onto a frame cut out of craft foam each remaining frame and backing together. 

The foiled background was trimmed down,  I then wrapped some gross grain ribbon onto the top of the background and down to where the bauble was to be glued. and stuck that down, then glued the background onto the card base with foam tape between to give some dimension.  Then the bauble was glued over the end of the ribbon.  A bow made out of the same ribbon to go on top of the bauble and that is the card finished.  I didn't want to spoil the clean look by putting a sentiment on it, I think it speaks Christmas all by itself.  

Here is the pink version that I had done as a prototype.

Here is the video of making the card, if you prefer to see full HD then watch the video here on You tube.

The materials I used to make the teal card are:
Card base and panel 14cm x 14cm
Simon says stamp Falling Snow stencil
Deco foil transfer gel
Palette knife
Teal Heidi Swapp minc foil
Minc machine
Bassil blue calypso card
Circle dies in 4 sizes
craft foam
Deer & tree scene die (aliexpress)
Quilled precision tip applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
Craft knife
Builders tape
Ranger non-stick mat
Double sided tape
teal ribbon
Bow maker 
Glue dot

Monday, 20 November 2017

Distress inked card with Poinsettia

I have another card which is fairly easy to make and can be made in any colour you want to, I wanted to have the ink colour and the embossed sentiment to be the same, and the only combination I had was red.

I inked the bottom corner to the halfway mark with Candied apple distress ink onto Tim Holtz water colour card, making the very corner the darkest and blending it out.  

I then stamped this beautiful script sentiment, it is an old wooden stamp that I have had for years, but it has stayed relevant and I love it, with versamark ink and red glitter embossing powder and then heat set it.  I then cut down the panel so that it was about 1cm smaller all the way around from the base card, and put some craft foam between the panel and the card base.

Next was to cut out a range of poinsettia from the Sue Wilson Poinsettia die set which comes with full flowers and outline flowers.  

I put them in a rough triangular pattern on top of the blended background, shaping each one slightly with my fingers to give them slight dimension and then glued them in the centres.  
Lastly I put a flatback pearl into each centre and that was the card complete

If you would like to see the video of me making the card then watch here, or if you prefer HD then click here.

The craft supplies I used to make this card were:
Card base 14 x 14cm
Card panel the same size with Tim Holtz watercolour card
Distress ink Candied apple
Ranger mini blending tool and sponge
Wooden stamp with Christmas sentiment.
Zing red glitter embossing powder
Versamark ink
Heat tool
Embossing buddy
Craft foam
double sided tape
Sue Wilson  poinsettia die from Festive collection
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
White flatback pearls in 6mm & 8mm
Craft knife

I think the red and white looks very striking, but equally it would look lovely in a teal or a purple or a hot pink, it doesn't need to be in traditional colours.  

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Shabby Chic Poinsettia card

I thought I would throw in another Shabby Chic card into the mix for my Christmas card series this year.  I am using some Poinsettias I had made for making last years cards, so decided to do a white cream and gold theme.  

I started off with two scrapbook papers, one is a Kaisercraft paper from the Sea Breeze collection called 'Sea' and I used the side that had a lovely pale wood grain.  The second paper is a Teresa Collins paper called Noel, I used the music paper.  I cut them down to layer them, and distressed the edged and then stuck the woodgrain paper down first, backed the music paper with some craft foam and then stuck that down as well.  

Next came the poinsettias, that were made with an old die set from Marianne designs, I used three different sizes I think. There are lots of Poinsettia dies out there on the market, so just use what you have.  For the foliage I used the Impression Obsession Pine branch die and the holly branch also by Marianne Designs.  

I wanted to use one of the chipboard frames I had bought from 'Make it Crafty' in Australia some time ago, so I painted two coats of Gesso to make it white.  
I glued this down onto the music paper and then started arranging the poinsettia flowers and the foliage until I was happy with how they were looking. 
I made a string double bow and then a cream ribbon bow and tucked them under the poinsettias.  

I also had a brass looking metal snowflake embellishment, but decided to foil it with some gold foil, so I used some deco foil transfer gel and ran it through my minc machine once the transfer gel had dried.  I also had a paper clay frame I had made with a silicone mold, so I rubbed a little gold buff-it around the edge of that to tie it in. 

Lastly I made a sentiment banner and tucked one end under the paper clay frame, and curved it over the other side of the frame and stuck it down on the card with a glue dot.  

I stuck three bling star/flowers, one on the centre of the snowflake embellishment and two on the card to finish it off.

I always like to put my shabby chic cards into a handmade box, to protect the flowers and to allow for the dimension.  It just makes them look a little more special.  

So I decorated this box again with some left over foliage and some smaller poinsettia flowers from last year, these ones were made with the Cheery Lynn Poinsettia strip die. 

Here is a video on making the card or you can view it on full HD on my You tube channel here.

The materials I have used to make this card are:
Handmade box and card to fit it.
Kaisercraft 12 c 12 paper from Sea Breeze collection
Teresa Collins 12 x 12 paper called Noel
Marianne designs poinsettia die
Marianne designs holly branch die  
Impression Obsession Pine branch die
Gold micro beeds
Snowflake stamp set for sentiment
Ayleens Tacky glue
Versafine onyx black ink
Ranger clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Metal snowflake embellishment
Deco foil transfer gel
Champagne deco foil
Cream satin and organza ribbon
natural hemp string
Frame silicone mold
paper clay
Gold buff-it
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
Cheery Lynn poinsettia strip die
Craftwise bling star flowers
Make it crafty chipboard oval frame
White gesso
Mushroom sponge
3L glue dots
double-sided tape
craft foam 
Tim Holtz distress tool

I hope you enjoyed the card, something a little different for a Christmas card but a style I particularly like, lots of components but really easy to put together for stunning results. 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Foiled snowflake card

This card is an easy easy card, but requires a laminator or minc machine and some toner activated foil.

I got some plain black snowflake clipart from the internet, (making sure they were copyright free) and made them various sizes and arranged them onto a document in a rough panel, printed them on a photocopier, or you can do it on a laser printer (it can't be an inkjet printer, as the foil doesn't work on ink). I then trimmed it down on the left side to where I thought it would look best on the card. (Just eye balled it)

I then cut out a piece of Minc foil in the hot pink that was the same size as my snowflake printout, with the coloured side up, I ran it through the minc machine.

I cut out a strip of some hot pink glitter card and put it down the left hand side of my card base, and trimmed it to the card base. 

i put a piece of silver foil washi tape down the left hand side of my foiled piece, and then stuck that down to the card base, overlapping the glitter card just very slightly, with double-sided tape, and then turned the card over and trimmed it to the card base.  

The sentiment is a Kaisercraft clear stamp called Mistletoe, I stamped this onto a scrap piece of card with versamark ink and then embossed it with silver embossing powder, put some craft foam on the back and stuck it to my card towards the bottom. I put a few iridescent stars dotted between the snowflakes just to fill in a few spaces.

Taadaa, the card is finished, very quick and easy.

Here is a video on how I made this card or view it on my video channel here.

The materials I used to make this card was:
5" x 7"card base
Snowflake clipart
White card for printing
Hot pink toner reactive foil (minc)
Minc machine
Hot pink glitter card
Silver foil washi tape
White irridenscent star sequins
Kaisercraft stamp set called Mistletoe
Versamark ink
Ranger silver embossing powder
Heat gun
double-sided tape
craft foam

Not all cards need to be complicated and sometimes it is just nice to do a really quick one, especially at Christmas when there is a hundred and one other things to do.  

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Snowflake Wreath Card

Welcome to the first of my Christmas cards in the Christmas Card series 2017

This first,  one I saw a card with a snowflake wreath in a Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine about a year ago. and thought it looked lovely, stored it away in my memory banks, and dragged it out of the depths for this years card series.  Their card was white a blue, I decided to do a silver and white one, as I think that colour scheme is very elegant, but really this card leads to any colour combination. For some reason I love snowflake cards.  They aren't exactly appropriate for Christmas here in New Zealand, as we have a summer Christmas, but I just love snowflakes, so I make them anyway!

I started out by doing my card base. I put some stick-it double-sided sticky paper on the whole front of the card base, and then went around and peeled just the bottom centremetre  or so and sprinkled some white glitter onto it and burnished it in with a piece of scrap backing paper.  This makes the glitter really stick into the stick-it paper.  I left the middle part of the backing paper on and put it aside to work on the front panel for the time being.

For this, I traced around a circle die, to give me some idea of where the wreath was going to be, so I could work out where to put my sentiment. (The front panel is about 5mm smaller all the way around than the card base).  I cut out the 'happy' with a die out of silver mirror card and backed it with craft foam so that it stood up a little.  I stamped the 'christmas' with versamark ink and then embossed it with silver embossing powder.  Once that was done I backed it with craft foam and double sided tape, I then stuck it down onto the card base after I peeled off the remaining backing paper, but I did go around the edges with some glue to make sure it stuck to the glitter around the edge if it.   

Now I could work on my snowflake wreath.  I had cut out lots of snowflakes using two snowflake dies I had, they can be any you have.  I cut them out of a variety of cards, silver mirror, plain white card, silver glitter card, holographic silver card and white glitter card.  

I then proceded to stick the snowflakes down around the drawn circle, alternating the two sizes and the different 'colours'. I only glued the very centre of each snowflake, as I wanted it to have a loose dimensional look.  I kept doing layers of them, until I was happy with how 'full' it looked. It ended up being about 5 layers.  

Lastly I made a organza double bow and stuck a pearl star embellishment into the centre, and that was the card finished.  


I have a video here on how I made the card.  If you wish to see the video in full HD then see my youtube channel at

The materials I have used are:
Card base 14 x 14cm
Card panel of 13 x 13cm
Stick-it double sided paper
Iridescent white glitter
Circle die
Paper smooches Christmas sentiment dies
Scrap of silver mirror card
craft foam
Kaisercraft stamp Yuletide
Ranger silver embossing powder
Versamark ink
Heat gun
Silver mirror card, holographic silver card, silver and white glitter cards, plain white card.
Snowflake dies
Quilled precision applicator bottle
Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue
double-sided tape
EK success tweezers.

I hope you enjoyed the first of my 2017 Christmas cards