Delicate Handmade Christmas Card
This delicate handmade Christmas card may look hard to make, but the card design really was quick and easy to put together.
You may have noticed those delightfully elegant snowflake die-cuts… so beautiful! They were created using my Big Shot and the new Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies featured on Page 35 of the Holiday Catalog. They were cut from Whisper White card stock and layered along the edges of a Night of Navy card base using my Fine-Tip Glue Pen.
For the focal piece I decided to use one of the images from the Merry Little Labels stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount), which I stamped in Night of Navy ink and then punched out with the coordinating Everyday Label Punch.
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It might be hard to see in the photo, but I added Pearl Jewels to the centers of the snowflakes for some added texture and sophistication.
As we open the card we’ll find our Christmas card sentiment stamped in Night of Navy, along with a line of snowflakes. I mounted both stamps on the same clear block before inking and stamping so they’d be perfectly lined up. Both of these images came from the Snowflakes Sentiments stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount), and can be purchased in a bundle with the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies to save 10%, also (wood-mount or clear-mount).
I used one of the square Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to cut it out, and then a slightly larger Night of Navy square cut using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies.
After attaching some white card stock to the inside of the card I glued the card sentiment just above the center to leave room for writing underneath.
With the right tools you, too, can make this delicate handmade Christmas card for your loved ones.
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How to Make a Birthday Card for Fall
With Painted Harvest
Like it or not fall is on its way, and so it’s time to think about how to make a birthday card suitable for the season.
Painted Harvest, a gorgeous new stamp set featured on Page 49 of the Holiday Catalog, has the perfect images for fall. Combine this two-step stamp set with some shades of autumn for a very striking birthday card.
I started by stamping the solid flowers in Crushed Curry on Very Vanilla card stock, and then overlaid the detail stamp in Cajun Craze — two perfect colors for fall! The centers were stamped in Chocolate Chip ink and the leaves were stamped in Wild Wasabi and then Garden Green over top. The beauty of two-step stamps is you don’t have to be precise in your stamping, it still looks great any way you stamp it!
The color palette used for this handmade birthday card is shown below:
Here’s a tip: Sponge ink along the outside edges of the top focal piece. This eliminates the need to mount it onto another layer of card stock.
I also sponged the card sentiment in Garden Green ink after punching the right side using the Triple Banner Punch.
The birthday greeting came from the Rose Wonder stamp set. You can click on the thumbnail photo on the left to see another handmade card idea using the Rose Wonder stamp set.
I mounted all the layers using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and then added a bit of Burlap Ribbon to the sentiment for a little texture.
If you like this post showing how to make a birthday card, you’re going to love my next newsletter which goes out tomorrow. It features three tutorials using the Painted Harvest stamp set and the Painted Autumn Suite and much more!
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Make a Holiday Card for Christmas Card Sunday
If you’d like to make a holiday card that’s quick and easy, this might just be the one! You could whip out about 40 of these simple Christmas cards with one package of Whisper White Cardstock and a package of Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, with plenty of leftover supplies for other projects. After all, the designer paper comes with 24 12″ x 12″ sheets of paper patterns!
Add a special holiday sentiment and maybe a die-cut, and you’re set!
I started by stamping my Christmas card greeting at an angle on the focal piece in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. This came from the Hearts Come Home stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount) on Page 39 of the Creativity Delivered 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.
After cutting a strip from one of the musical paper patterns included in the Merry Music Designer Paper collection (Page 13 of the Holiday Catalog), I sponged the edges just a bit with the same ink. I then glued the strip of paper across the front and underneath the card greeting at the same angle, trimming off any excess on the sides using my Stampin’ Trimmer.
The adorable musical note was cut out using my Big Shot and the new Musical Instruments Framelits Dies which can be found on Page 25 of the Holiday Catalog, along with the Musical Season stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount) where the inside card sentiment came from.
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Handmade Halloween Card Using Graveyard Gate
I know we still have quite a bit of summer left, but fall will be here before you know it. Don’t wait until then because you’ll want to start thinking about a fun handmade Halloween card design for your kids, grandkids, or even to make Halloween invitations. Graveyard Gate might just be the thing for inspiring those spooky ideas! Be sure to pick it up with the Detailed Gate Thinlits Dies while you’re at it for the perfect finish to your card. You can grab them in the Graveyard Gate Bundle (wood-mount or clear-mount) and save 10%!
Here I made a card similar to the one featured in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.
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I used my Stampin’ Sponges and applied a few colors to some Glossy White Cardstock to create the perfect sunset — Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, and Perfect Plum — and then a bit of Tuxedo Black ink sponged around the edges. All the gravestones and other images were stamped in Tuxedo Black.
I used my Big Shot and the fabulous gate die for the exquisite gate die-cut. You’ll want to be sure to have the Precision Base Plate to cut it out with and the Big Shot Die Brush (and a little bit of patience) to help release all the little pieces from the die. It’s definitely worth the little extra work! And I’m sure I’ll come up with lots of ideas to use that die for when I have more time to play with it! 🙂
Do you make Halloween cards? Let us know in the Comments section. And thanks for stopping by!
First Birthday Mini Scrapbook Album
I promised to share pictures of the mini scrapbook album I made for my great-nephew’s first birthday, so here they are! There are actually a few photos I need to get to complete it, but you’ll get the idea. And I think it was a big hit!
I used chipboard for the basic bone structure of the book, but everything else came from my Stampin’ Up! supplies.
Check out the in-progress video below which shows the basic book before I decorated the album cover or added any photos:
You may recognize the adorable paper patterns that were used to create this mini album. They’re from the Birthday Memories Designer Paper collection, which you can find on Page 189 of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.
Be sure to check out the entire Birthday Memories Suite on Pages 68 and 69, too!
First you may be interested to know that I used my Big Shot and a couple of the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies to cut out a few images directly from the designer paper: the fox and the banner. They fit perfectly! The turtle and squirrel I just cut out using my Paper Snips.
You’ll notice some of the elements are 3D. I achieved that by using the framelits to cut out multiple layers and glued them together to build up the images. So easy!
Then there’s the beautifully detailed and coordinating stamp set images from Birthday Delivery. I stamped the banner with “It’s Your Big Day!” and used the “Happy Birthday” sentiment on the inside.
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The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch was used on a few of the tags which were tucked under the inside pocket. All the tags were punched near the top using the 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch, to which I added either some Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon or Pacific Point 1/4″ Stitched-Edge Ribbon.
The “Look Who’s Turning” and number 1 on the cover came from the Number of Years stamp set, a perfect set you can use for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or any milestone celebration. The Large Numbers Framelits were used to achieve the perfect cut and complete this mini scrapbook album.
Of course, you can make cute birthday cards, too! Click on the thumbnail to the right for more information on this kids birthday card.
Simple Homemade Birthday Cards Using the Daisy Punch
Make some cute homemade birthday cards using the Daisy Punch and a few other new Stampin’ Up! card making supplies.
This birthday card idea is super simple. For this basic card layout all you need is a framelit to cut an opening out of your top layer, a card sentiment that will fit inside the opening, and your Daisy Punch.
Patterns from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack make the perfect rustic, primitive backdrop. A framelit from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies was used to cut out the oval. Through that I stamped the greeting card sentiment which came from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.
Of course, the highlight of this quick and easy birthday card is the little daisy off the side of the greeting. I used Daffodil Delight Ink to stamp on Daffodil Delight Card Stock for a subtle effect. I punched it out using the Daisy Punch and then cut it basically in half with my Paper Snips. After curling the ends a bit I layered one on top of the other and affixed it to the right side of the oval opening using a Stampin’ Dimensional.
By the way, did you know we now have Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, too?
To complete the flower I then added a Clear Glitter Faceted Gem to the center.
They expect the Daisy Punch will be available again for order around the end of July, so stay tuned!
You can make homemade birthday cards or come up with some handmade thank you card ideas like the one on the left. Just click on the thumbnail photo to read more about it.
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The Daisy Punch Is On Back Order! Why You Need to Order It When It Comes Back In!
The Daisy Punch is on back order. It has been SO POPULAR, the demand for this punch hasn’t died down one bit. In fact, it’s so much in demand that it’s our highest selling punch in the last five years!
They’ve suspended orders of the Daisy Punch (and all associated bundles) until the next shipment arrives, which they expect to be by the 1st of August. They’ve assured us there’s a lot of these beauties coming in, but you’ll want to be ready to place your order as soon as they’re here just in case!
In the meantime, I’ll be showing you lots of beautiful ideas using this awesome punch, like the card shown on the left. Just click on the picture to read more about how this handmade card design came together and the supplies that were used.
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Kids Card – Easy Birthday Card Ideas for Kids Birthday Cards
If you’re looking for some easy birthday card ideas, here’s a cute kids card that’s quick and easy to make.
The stamped birthday greeting came from the Birthday Delivery stamp set and was stamped in Real Red. However, the real star of this homemade card is the adorable paper pattern that came from the Birthday Memories Designer Series collection. You can find both of these items on page 69 of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog (click the link to download a copy).
You can save 10% by picking up the Birthday Delivery Bundle, which includes the whole shebang, both the stamp set and the designer paper, along with the coordinating Birthday Friends Framelits Dies!
And those fun pop-up Balloon Honeycomb Embellishment accents just tickle me to no end! 🙂 I did use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to glue it to the card front just to be sure it stayed in place and didn’t try to fold back in on itself.
I used my Big Shot and an oval from the Stitched Shaped Framelits Dies to cut out the card sentiment, and then the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies to create the Real Red scallop layer underneath.
Of course, you can make so much more than just easy birthday card ideas. Use this darling collection to design charming gift bags and even delightful little scrapbook albums, too! Here’s a really quick video showing a mini album I’m currently working on for my great-nephew’s 1st birthday. Let me know what you think so far!
For another kids card idea just click on the thumbnail photo on the right.
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A mini scrapbook small enough to carry around in your purse or to keep handy on your desk to show off all those special photos, this adorable mini album would make a great keepsake for a new parent, grandparent, or newlyweds. Or how about a kid’s birthday party favor? It’s actually perfect for just about any occasion. It might be pint-sized, but it can really pack a whole lot of precious photos inside!
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How to Get More From Your Rubber Stamps
You can get more from your rubber stamps by looking at them in different ways. You aren’t always limited to using the images just as they are. Instead, try using only a portion of the design.
Today’s handmade card layout is a simple example of this idea. I wanted to make a thank you card, but I didn’t want the card sentiment going across the entire front.
The greeting came from Floral Phrases (which comes in wood-mount and clear-mount), but you’ll notice I’ve only used the last portion of that image instead of the whole thing. You can accomplish this by only inking up what you want with your Stampin’ Write Markers or inking up the image and then cutting out the portion you need with your Paper Snips. So simple!
Of course, Floral Phrases is not a new stamp set, but you may have noticed on pages 94 and 95 of the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog that we now have a whole collection built around it, the Fresh Florals Suite! It not only includes the stamp set and the exquisite Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies, but now has coordinating Fresh Florals Designer Paper, ribbon, and bows! Of course, the colors coordinate with the new 2017-2019 In Colors collection, which includes card stock and ink pads.
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Make Summer Cards With the Colorful Seasons Bundle
It’s so much fun to make summer cards with the Colorful Seasons Bundle, (page 147 of the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalog) but as I showed you a few days ago this collection is also great for Christmas Card Designs, too.
I can’t stress enough how much I LOVE those adirondack chairs! Aren’t they just the cutest? And there’s so much you can do with that die, too. I just cut off the “back” of a chair to create the little table shown here.
The gradient blue background that I used for the card sentiment is from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, part of the same Color Theory Suite. I stamped the saying in white craft ink and then embossed in white embossing powder so it would really stand out. Of course, the oval was cut out with my Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.
The glass of lemonade is also a stamp included in the Colorful Seasons stamp set and a framelit included in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (both included in the Colorful Seasons Bundle), but you might have noticed they’re each facing different directions.
How did she do that?
To create a glass with the straw facing the opposite direction, I first stamped it onto a piece of plastic (being careful not to let it slip) and then stamped that onto the card stock. I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to fill in where needed.) Then I cut it out using my awesome Paper Snips.
Cool, huh? You might have to practice a bit, but it’s fun when you know how! You can use wax paper for this technique, too.
Lounging outside on a warm summer day sipping lemonade… sounds perfect! Your friends probably think so, too. Use the Colorful Seasons Bundle to make summer cards your friends are going to love!
Another Christmas card design for Christmas Card Sunday
I used Colorful Seasons for today’s Christmas card design. It really is an all-around, all-season stamp set. You’ll have something for summer, fall, winter, and spring with this terrific collection.
You can pick up the stamp set together with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies in the Colorful Seasons Bundle and save 10%. Now, that’s smart shopping! 🙂 And when you combine them with all the other coordinating items in the Color Theory Suite collection, well, then you’ve really expanded your options.
I started by first stamping the snowflakes in VersaMark ink on white card stock and then embossing in White Embossing Powder. The feathery soft background was then created by sponging Pool Party ink over the top using a Sponge Brayer. I used a tissue to wipe off any excess ink from the snowflakes.
It’s the first time I’ve used a Sponge Brayer, and I found it to be quite effortless and easy to use and I like the results. It’s easier to get more of an even coverage than using just a Stamping Sponge, and since I wanted all-over coverage I preferred that. As you can tell, it didn’t result in perfectly even coverage, but I really think I prefer the finish it made. What do you think? I then layered it onto a slightly larger piece of Whisper White card stock to create the white border, and then onto a Pool Party card base.
After stamping the card sentiment in Pool Party ink onto white card stock I cut it out using one of the circles in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. You know how I feel about them. Everyone should have them! I actually feel that way about the Colorful Seasons Bundle, too.
The delicate Pool Party snowflake die-cut was created using one of the snowflake thinlit dies in the bundle and topped off with a creamy pearl.
Colorful Seasons can be used for more than just a Christmas card design. Click on the thumbnail photo on the right for another handmade card idea.
Make a Note Card
It’s simple to make a note card with Wood Words (wood-mount or clear-mount).
Such a clean and simple idea, you can make a bunch of these super fast.
The rooster was stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink, but I stamped off once to make it a little lighter. I then stamped the words over top in Basic Black ink… easy-peasy!
Check out the picture on the right and just look at all the cute images that are included in this set.
Here are the few supplies I used to make this note card:
- Whisper White Cardstock
- Basic Black Cardstock
- Wood Words
- Cherry Cobbler Ink
- Basic Black Ink
- Multipurpose Liquid Glue
I guess technically this isn’t a note card size but rather a full-size card, but I think it looks great anyway!
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Daisy Delight Handmade Thank You Card Idea
Here’s a fun handmade thank you card idea featuring the Daisy Delight stamp set (which can be found on p. 127 of the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog), the new Daisy Punch (p. 206), and the gorgeous Delightful Daisy Designer Paper collection (p. 189). You can save 10% by picking up the Daisy Delight Bundle, which includes the set of 16 stamps along with the punch.
I can never have enough thank you cards because I give them away just as fast as I can make them. How about you? I really like to have some extra on hand because they’re gone before I know it. 🙂
I decided to punch out three daisies to make the flower featured here, alternating the petals as I layered each one on top of the other. The 3/4″ Circle Punch and the 1″ Circle Punch were used to create the centers. I sponged a little Early Espresso ink along the edges before snipping all around the outside with my Paper Snips. I curled the petals of the flower under and the edges of the insides toward the center Chocolate Chip circle, which was stamped in Early Espresso ink.
I chose to stamp Calypso Coral ink for the card sentiment, which matches the designer paper pattern beautifully. The flag edge was created using the Banner Triple Punch on one end.
Here’s the sketch I used for this handmade card design.
For another handmade thank you card idea featuring the Daisy Delight Bundle and Delightful Daisy Designer Paper collection click the thumbnail photo on the left.