Sunday, December 21, 2014

A couple more Christmas tags

I have two further Christmas tags to share as well as the requested photo with the finished presents under our tree.

The first tag uses the Season of Peace stamp set.

The tree image was embossed in white, the background was sponged in three shades of purple using a torn paper mask to create the hills. For a touch of sparkle I added some rhinestone decorations. I inked the tag edges with dark purple and matted it on white. The name tag was made to match.

The second tag was made with Baroque Motives and an ornament.

For this one I embossed the flourish stamp in silver then randomly sponged a little purple over  the tag. The ornament was mounted with a little foam suqare and I added a silver ribbon bow and a large rhinestone. The little tag was sponged to match and attached with a small silver brad. I again matted my tag with white cardstock.

Supplies used as follows:
Cardstock: Recollections white
Ink: Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant - all SU
Stamps: Season of Peace, Boroque Motives, Tags Till Christmas - all SU, Rummage Alphabet - MM
Punch: Ornament - SU
Misc.: silver and white embossing powder, 5/8" silver organza ribbon, 1/4" purple satin ribbon, foam mounting squares, rhinestones, 1/4" silver brad.

And here are the promised tree and present photos.


Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Church Christmas Card

I send many of my Christmas cards to relatives living in Germany. It is very common there to have a church scene on Christmas cards. I do not currently have stamp set with any church images and therefore decided to try and create one with my punches.

It was actually easier than I thought and came together rather quickly. This would look great on a  starry night background, or a snowy scene. The church (or chapel) would also work well for wedding theme, maybe even for a baptism.

I tried to add a lot of detail to the church itself. I embossed the shingles on the roof tops, bricks on the building and even attempted a stained glass look on one of the windows. I backed my window frames with vellum that was coloured from the back with markers. The plain windows are just highlighted in yellow to create a lighted look.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Early Espresso - SU, Cherry Cobbler - SU, So Saffron - SU
Markers: Various SU
Embossing folders: Adorning Accents (roof) - SU, Brick - Tim Holtz, Lacy brocade - SU
Die: Apothacery Accents Framelits - SU
Punches: Large (wide) oval - SU, Decorative Label - SU
Misc.: 3 x 1/4" rhinestones, 1/2" silver ribbon, foam squares

Full punch art instructions below. Note my Photoshop (old CS) stopped working a little while ago and until I can afford to buy a newer one I'm struggling with Gimp. So please bare with me if the isntructions don't look quite as good as they normally do.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Asian Screen Card

I'm sure I've mention several times before, my daughter is very into Japanese/Asian art and design. She loves Sakura blossoms, dragons, Kanji... high on her wish list of items are currently both an old Japanese trunk and screen.

So when I saw the current trend of screen cards I immediately thought of making an Asian themed one for her. I have to say I am not fond of the 4 screen version that is really popular right now. Although it looks pretty standing upright, I do not like that the greeting ends up on the back of the card (I'm a little OCD). I therefore made this into a 3 screen card.

I used 1 full sheet of 8.5 x 11, folded into three's. Note it fits a standard business envelope:

The top was trimmed with a corner punch and I used a square die to cut away a portion of each screen panel to create "legs". At first I was going to leave the bottom square, but I found the "legs" were not as sturdy as I had hopped. I then added the trellis die and love how this turned out. Not only is it much sturdier, but it looks lovely.

My flowers are embossed in gold on the red cardstock (very classic Asian colours, black, red, gold).
Both the greeting and well wishes panels are foam mounted, the tassel was strung over one of the scallop points and secured with a glue dot at the bottom. I also added black rhinestones along the top border for a little extra bling.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Basic Black - SU, Versamark
Stamps: Art of the Orient  -SU, Friendly Phrases - Stampendous, Kanji Collection 3 - Stamp Workz
Punch: corner scallop - PB (I removed the corner guards so that I could punch a border)
Die: Square - Spellbinder , Lattice bigz - SU
Misc.: gold embossing powder, small gold tassel, 1/4" black rhinestones, 5/8" gold organza ribbon, foam squares

Up next I have one more punch art Christmas card. It's been a little hectic here so I'm still finishing the instructions.

Thanks for stopping by; hope to see you again soon!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Snowflake Christmas

With Christmas preparations I don't have much time today, but I though I'd quickly share these really simple and pretty cards I made last minute (I think I've now got everyone covered).

Thess come together really quick. I love the Northern Flurry embossing folder. It works so well on it's own, just add a greeting and a little sparkle/bling accent and you're done with great results.

On my second card I added a small stamped and die cut snowflake.

On both I used these little clear acrylic snowflakes I had purchased at the dollar store (Dollarama) again. Note they are a little bulky so not necessarily recommended for mailing unless you are willing to pay a little extra postage.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Marina Mist - SU
Stamp: More Merry Messages - SU, So Many Scallops - SU, Festive Flurry - SU
Embossing folder: Northern Flurry - SU
Die: Festive Flury Framelits - SU
Punches: Decorative Lable - SU, 1 3/4" scallop cirle - SU
Misc. Foam sqaures, rhinestones, acrylic snowflakes

Thanks for stopping by; come back soon for more paper crafting inspiration.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Silver Bells Christmas Card

Okay, I have to confess, I have one more note tag punch creation to share.
Strangely enough this idea popped into my head while shopping with my daughter. We were at the dollar store browsing the Christmas d├ęcor aisle. I saw these little bells and thought to myself, " I can make bells with the note tag punch.".

So, without further ado, here are my gold and "silver" bells:

As you can see by the instructions below, these are really quite simple to make. You can decorate them with stamps or small punch shapes, or simple emboss the foil. I added a bow and some "greenery" (PB pine branch), but there are many punches and dies that would work for a little seasonal accent.
I think these bells would also work really well for a wedding card. Maybe accent with a bow and some doves.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white, Bazzill green, gold & silver foil
Ink: Basic Black - SU
Stamp: Warm Words - SU
Embossing folder: Swirl baubles - Crafts Too
Die: Oval Framlits - SU
Punches:large pine branch - PB, , 1 1/4" square - SU (to create banner tails)
Misc.: 5/8" red organza ribbon, foam squares, 3 x 1/4" rhinestones

Full punch art instructions below:

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