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Last Minute Cards With Patterned Paper

December 7, 2017

Last Minute Cards With Patterned Paper - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, welcome back!   My whole family was sick, and I’m behind on my card making.  Then my husband added a few more names to my Christmas card list at the last minute.  Anyone else feeling a little bit frantic?  I’ve got lots of last minute cards to share with you, and they all start with patterned paper!

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I love using patterned paper for last minute cards.  It’s inexpensive, beautiful, and it gives your card a starting point.  I’m using my paper for backgrounds, but you can always fussy cut an image for a focal point, as well.

This paper today is Gifts of Gold (with foil) by The Paper Studio.  It’s 6 x 6, the perfect size for A2 cards.  Some of the designs are foiled, and I focused on those for a little extra punch, since the rest of the cards will be pretty simple.

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There are 3 sheets of each design, so I removed the foiled sheets from the pad, and die cut the sheets using my Big Kick.  If you don’t have dies, you can easily measure and cut the sheets to 4″ x 5 1/4″, but I love the decorative edge.  The sheets on the left were cut with the Postage Edge dies, and on the right I used Stitched Rectangle dies.  Both are from Simon Says Stamp.  If you have a repeating design, like the stars on the left, try to center them in the die before you cut, so the design looks balanced.

I’m using premade card bases to speed the process along.  Many times I make my own card bases, but I don’t have enough on hand today.  Plus, they come with matching envelopes, so that will help me get these in the mail faster, too.  And you’ll notice that all of the cards have a pretty clean and simple design.  When you’re in a hurry, keep it as simple as possible!

Last Minute Cards With Patterned Paper - Colorful Encouragement

For this card, I attached strips of black satin ribbon to the card with tape runner, and tucked the ends behind the panel.  I die cut a gift tag using the Stitched Traditional Tag STAX from My Favorite Things.  These dies are now retired, but there are many similar options available.  I stamped Merry Christmas (from Hero Arts Merry Christmas Messages) with Versamark, and heat embossed it in gold.  Finally, I attached it to the card base with foam tape, and topped it with a ribbon bow. Note:  Attaching ribbon can be a bit of a pain.  I recommend either Be Creative Tape or a hot melt glue gun, so the bow doesn’t fall off in the mail.

I’m using very little foam tape.  The flatter the card is, the better it looks after a trip through the mail!

Last Minute Cards With Patterned Paper - Colorful Encouragement

I had one sheet of gold foiled cardstock from Recollections, so I die cut a deer (from Tim Holtz) and attached it with tape runner.  Next, I stamped Winter Wonderland with Lawn Fawn Yeti pigment ink, and let it dry before cutting it down with my paper trimmer.  I attached the sentiment with foam tape, and added a few red gems for interest and color.

Last Minute Cards With Patterned Paper - Colorful Encouragement

This card could not be simpler.  I heat embossed an ornament from Inkadinkado’s Christmas Silhouettes in gold on white cardstock.  Then I fussy cut it, and attached it with foam tape.  Done!

Last Minute Cards With Patterned Paper - Colorful Encouragement

For this card,  I die cut 2 wreaths from green glitter cardstock, using the Joy Wreath die by Catherine Pooler.  The word Joy comes with the wreath, and I die cut it from red velvet paper (I love that you can buy velvet paper – so cool!).  I attached everything with liquid glue.  You could add gems if you wanted, but I think this card is busy enough!

Last Minute Cards With Patterned Paper - Colorful Encouragement

For this card, I die cut a piece of cardstock with the smallest Postage Edge die, and added Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink with a Mini Ink Blending Tool.  I added Chipped Sapphire Ink around the edges.  When it was dry, I stamped my carolers and the stars (from Catherine Pooler Designs Here We Come A Caroling stamp set) with Versamark ink, and heat embossed them in white.  The carolers looked like they were floating, so I used a Ranger Emboss It pen and a ruler to add a line under their feet, and heat embossed it, too.  I masked off the back of my card base, and rubbed my Blueprint Sketch ink pad on the front, to add a pop of color.  This is an easy way to add more color, and it matches perfectly!

I love that the foiled paper already has a sentiment printed on it, so I didn’t add one to the front.  On the inside, I used the same stamp set to add, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

Last Minute Cards With Patterned Paper - Colorful Encouragement

And this card is my favorite.  First I attached my foiled panel to the card base with tape runner.  I used layered square stitched dies to cut a window through the front of my card, and stamped my manger scene inside the card.  Then I used two of the layered dies, centered inside each other, to die cut a frame for the window.  I heat embossed O Holy Night on a scrap of the same cardstock, and trimmed the ends to look like banners.

I hope you enjoyed this post!  If your Christmas cards are done, these designs are also great for thank you cards.  What do you do to make the holidays easier when you’re feeling frantic?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

 

 

 

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Stamped Scene Card

December 1, 2017

Stamped Scene Card - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, welcome back!  I’m back with a card that uses up some of those stamps in the set that never seem to get used.  Many times, I have a card in mind when I buy a stamp set, and then I run out of ideas.  But I challenged myself to use the Hero Arts’ Winter Scene stamp set in as many different ways as I can.

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I used a torn piece of printer paper to mask off the bottom of my paper, and added color with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and a Mini Ink Blending tool.  Then I die cut it using layered circle dies from Darice.  I’m making two cards today, so I need two snowy scenes.

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I fitted the circles back into the piece of cardstock, so they don’t shift around in the stamp positioner.  Now I can stamp both scenes at once.  I stamped the trees with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, so it matches the sky perfectly.  You either need to let it dry, or speed up the process with a heat tool.  It needs to be very dry for the next step.

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I stamped the tree and the house with Versamark ink, and added white embossing powder.  Then I melted it with my heat tool.  If the project isn’t completely dry, the powder sticks to everything.  I stamped the animals with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, and let them dry.

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Oops!  I should have stamped the snow when I did the rest of the heat embossing, but I was excited to add the animals.  I stamped the snow that comes with the Winter Scene stamp set, but it doesn’t cover the whole sky.  So I used a Ranger Emboss It pen to add a couple extra dots to the edges.  Much better!

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I cut a piece of silver shimmer cardstock down to 1″ x 9/16″, and a second strip to 1″ x 7/16″.  I attached it to the back of the ornament with tape runner.  Next I used 2 strands of silver thread to add a hanger, and attached it with foam tape.

Stamped Scene Card - Colorful Encouragement

For a background ornament, I die cut more circles from cardstock, and applied Hickory Smoke Distress Ink with a Mini Ink Blending Tool.  I stamped Inkadinkado Snowflakes all over the ornaments with more Hickory Smoke.  After that dried, I used the ice stamp from the Winter Scene Stamp set to add a snow cap to the top and bottom of the ornament with Versamark ink.  Then I heat embossed it in white.

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I die cut a panel from teal cardstock using Postage Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Because I want the sentiment in the lower right corner, I positioned the panel in the upper left corner, so it has room to stamp evenly.  I heat embossed it in white, and I’m ready to pull the whole card together.

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I attached the snowy ornaments with tape runner, and the scene ornaments with foam tape for dimension.  Finally, I attached the strings to the back of the panel, and adhered the whole thing to my white card base.

I’m planning to send these cards to family in California.  They’re pretty flat, so they go through the mail nicely.  Are you done with your Christmas cards yet?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

 

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Rotational Stamping With A Stamp Positioner

November 21, 2017

Rotational Stamping With A Stamp Postioner - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you’re joining me today!   This card was inspired by Kristie Goulet, an amazing cardmaker, and a Dream Team member at StampNation.  If you’ve never seen her cards, you’ll enjoy them.  They’re always simple – and striking!

I saw a card she made a couple months ago, with rotational stamping.  I’ve seen the technique before, but it usually involves finding the center of your paper, drawing lines, stamping carefully . . . and I just kept putting it off because it seemed like more work than I wanted to do for a simple card.

But then, I discovered templates for the MISTI – where have these been my whole life?  There are four templates, and videos to show you how to use them.  This makes the process so easy, I couldn’t wait to get started!

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I’m using the octagon template today, and I fitted it into the bottom right corner of my stamp positioner.  Next I laid my snowflake stamp on the template, and positioned the end of the stamp in the center.  This stamp is from Inkadinkado, but use whatever stamps you have.  I closed the door of my stamp positioner, and it picked up the stamp.

I die cut a panel of watercolor paper with the Rectangle Stitched Dies from Simon Says stamp.  Then I adhered it temporarily to the template with tape runner.

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I double stamped my snowflakes with Festive Berries Distress Ink.  Next I rotated the template, and cleaned the stamp so I could add the next color.  I stamped with Abandoned Coral, followed by Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed.  Make sure to clean the stamp each time you switch colors.  And as you turn the template, you build your design, with no measuring or guides to follow.  I love this technique!

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The rest of the colors I used were Lucky Clover, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet.  I enjoyed this so much, I made a second version, using just Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean.  You could also stamp the whole thing in one color.

Rotational Stamping With A Stamp Postioner - Colorful Encouragement

There was a circle in the middle where all the colors touched, and I wanted to cover it up.  So I stamped a sentiment on a scrap of cardstock, and heat embossed it.  Then I added it to the panel with foam tape.  I wrapped a piece of black twine around the panel and tied a bow, then attached the panel to the card base with more foam tape.  I trimmed the end of the paper into a banner, like I did here.  A few gems added a little bling to the card.

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I stamped this sentiment on piece of cardstock with Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink.  Then I trimmed a piece of blue cardstock a little bit larger, and attached the mat with tape runner.  I added both pieces to the panel with foam tape, and added a little shine with adhesive gems.

Are you done with your Christmas cards yet, or are you just getting started?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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Double Spirelli Card

November 13, 2017

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by!  My husband and son have been fighting colds, so I haven’t been getting as much done as I’d like to.  And we’ve also had 3 days of gray skies and rain.  So to fight the gloom, I have a bright sunny card to share with you!

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I made the card on the left months ago, and I was blown away at the response I received.  When I made the card on the right, I had several requests for a tutorial, and here it is!

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I’m working on watercolor paper today, because I’m using Colorburst, and you use quite a bit of water.  First, I added some Perfect Pearls powder to a Mini Mister, and filled the rest with water.  Then I misted my paper generously with water and added the Colorburst.  I’m using Alizarin Crimson, Orange and Lemon Yellow today.  When the powdered pigment hits the water, the color explodes across the page.  Keep adding powder and water until you’re happy with the result.   If you don’t have Colorburst, you can use watercolor, ink blending, or any medium you want.

Once the paper was dry, I die cut it with a Postage Stamp Edge Die by Simon Says Stamp.  You can see the shimmer left by the Perfect Pearls.  And the die cut on the right is the Spiro Doily from Catherine Pooler.  I’ve wanted to make this card for awhile, but the die hasn’t been available.  But it will be in Catherine’s store on November 14!  If you don’t have this die, any doily die would work.

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

I fed the string through the holes in the die, and worked my way around the circle, skipping the same number of holes each time.  It’s not easy to do that, when you don’t know how much string you’re going to need.  But you get the benefit of my troubleshooting (and my wasted string!).  I used 8 feet of cotton string to make this design.  If you’re using some other kind of string or thread, you may use more or less.

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

After I unwound my doily, I marked the holes I used.  Then I marked the center of my Colorburst panel, and attached my doily with tape runner.  I used a awl to poke small holes through my panel from the back.  Can you see the holes?  I went around the center, and also made another ring using the scallops on the outer edges.  I could remove the doily at this point, but I left it attached to add stability to my card.

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

Now you can see the double ring of holes in my panel.  Poking the holes made it easy to line up my sentiment, which is also by Catherine Pooler Designs.  I stamped it with Versamark, and heat embossed it in white.

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

Next I added a strip of tape runner to the doily and pressed the end of the string into the adhesive.  I threaded my needle with the string, and went through the first hole I marked.  Then I came down through the hole I marked with a 2.  After that, I continued to work my way around the circle, like I did above.  The only difference is this time I’m going through the panel as well.

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

When the design was complete, I went under the other strings and pressed the end of the string into the adhesive before trimming off the excess.

Double Spirelli Card - Colorful Encouragement

The first circle is done, but I want to make this extra special.  I cut off another 8 feet of string, and started another circle, using the larger ring of holes.

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After the second ring was complete, I added foam tape around the edges to support the panel evenly, and attached it to my card.  I could add sequins or other embellishments, but it already has lots of shimmer from the Perfect Pearls.

Now that I’m comparing this card to the first version, I can see that designs are slightly different, even though I used the same doily and string.  It’s fun to play around with string placement and see how that effects the design.

Will you try this technique?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

 

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Cross Stitch Card

November 6, 2017

Cross Stitch Card - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for coming by today!  I’m back after fighting a cold over the weekend, and it’s really good to be crafting again!

Cross stitch is really popular with card makers these days, and Paper Smooches even makes a die that cuts out all the tiny holes.  But I don’t have the die, and really, you don’t need it.  All you need is a piece of graph paper, and something sharp for poking holes through your paper.  I found a awesome website that lets you print out graph paper in several different sizes, so your project can be any size you want!  For the card above I used this paper here.

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I laid my graph paper over my panel, to see how much room I had to work with.  Then I started sketching.  If you search for simple cross stitch patterns, you’ll be amazed at what you find.  They have patterns to make anything!  The hearts were my own design, but I found the snowflakes here, and the lights were inspired by a bracelet, found here.

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Once I chose my design, I taped my panel behind the graph paper with Post It tape.  Make sure you use a heavy weight paper to keep your stitches from tearing out of your card.  I’m using watercolor paper today, and I die cut it with the Postage Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp.  Next you’ll need something sharp to poke holes in your paper.  An awl would be perfect, but a safety pin or a thumbtack would work fine, too. I’m working on a mouse pad, so I can  poke holes without creasing the paper.

Here you have two options:  pierce all the holes, or only the ones you need.  If you don’t enjoy counting stitches, I highly suggest the second choice!  I did one of each, and it saved me so much time by only poking the holes I needed.  My holes were a little uneven, but it doesn’t really matter too much.

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I’m using DMC six strand embroidery floss, and I’m only using 2 strands at a time.  You can use more to give your stitches a fuller look.  I started on the left side, and made 5 diagonal stitches across the holes, and then 5 more going the other way to complete the x.  The only other stitch I used is the backstitch, on the snowflake card below.  You can learn about other kinds of stitches here.

Cross Stitch Card - Colorful Encouragement

Whoops, almost forgot my sentiment!  This is from the Here We Come A Caroling stamp set by Catherine Pooler.  I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed it in clear.  Okay, back to stitching.

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I finished stamping all of the lights, and glued down a piece of black cording to connect them.  I guess I could have stitched the cord, too, but I like the dimension it gives to the card.  Now you could stop right here, but the card feels unfinished to me.

Cross Stitch Card - Colorful Encouragement

I stamped a few pine boughs at the top of the panel, and added lots of gems to the lights, and berries to the boughs.  You’ve got to have lots of bling at Christmas, right?  Then I attached it to my blue card base with foam tape, because the stitching keeps the paper from laying flat.

Cross Stitch Card - Colorful Encouragement

For the second version, I used this paper and this pattern, and it filled most of my panel.  You can see I poked all of the holes, and I like the look, even if I did get lost once.  Hey, I’m still a beginner!  I added sequins and beads for a little shine, and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Have you ever tried cross stitch on a Christmas card?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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