If you're surprised about this, it's because you know I don't make many cards and have even been known to buy the Hallmark variety...Gasp!
I've always admired cardmakers who create spectacular pieces on such a small canvas. So, when I was invited to teach a card class at Urban Scrapbook, I thought, "Heck, yes! I'm going to give it a whirl!"
Using the new Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium collection and the Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosette Sizzix die, I designed 5 cards and thought I'd share a few of the details with you.
|The Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium paper pack...beautiful vintage papers!|
|On Santa's Knee|
|I used Fired Brick Distress Ink and the Prima Brick mask/stencil to alter the piece of kraft paper.|
|After embossing, I lightly inked the raised design with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.|
|...and inked the raised design again with Vintage Photo.|
|Close up of Wood Grain wall and wreath|
|Here is the Paper rosette die I used on each card|
|Distress Stains come in so many different colours and allow you to transform any piece of seam binding!|
The third card is named "Wishful Window" ....
|Off-white cardstock becomes swirly snow with a Tim Holtz "Swirls" embossing folder.|
|Voila! A lovely vintage blue ribbon is born!|
The fourth card is "Christmas Carols"...
|With a paint brush, add a medium thick coat of Crackle Accents and let dry completely, about an hour or more.|
The die cut elements are from the new Tim Holtz Festive Greenery Sizzix die.....
|I cut the pieces from off-white Bazzill cardstock|
|All the inked pieces and a small paper rosette are adhered to a piece of black cardstock and sprayed with Perfect Pearls "Heirloom Gold".|
|I love this Festive Greenery die...so pretty and versatile!|
|I wish my kids looked like this on Christmas day :)|
|TIP: Ink all the pieces before you assemble and layer into a tree.|
|Sookwang tape is the best adhesive to adhere the tree layers together.|
|Stack up your layers and adhere along the accordion folds.|
|Adhere the sides of the tree rosette pieces so they lie flat and you get a tree shape.|
|Side angle of flattened sides of tree.|
Fabri-Tac liquid adhesive by Beacon Adhesives is wonderful for this because it dries VERY quickly.
I also use Fabri-Tac as the adhesive for all the rosettes. Some people prefer a hot glue gun, but I'm not a big fan of burning off my fingerprints :)
Hope this inspires you to make some Christmas cards....or at least start your shopping :)
And my early Christmas present to you....if you comment on this post and are a "Follower" of my blog, you will be entered to win a kit to make ALL these cards!! I'd also love to hear which card is your favourite :) Thanks for visiting!