Monday, December 11, 2017

Nativity Easel Card

Even though Christmas is just a few weeks away, I'm still making Christmas cards.  As you probably are aware, I like to make fun-fold cards.  A particularly easy one is an easel card, and I have just that for you today.

I wanted to use navy as the card base, but I don't have any heavyweight navy cardstock; so I used heavyweight white as the base and just used the navy as a mat layer behind this really pretty marbleized pattern paper.  I cut two pieces of white -- 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" and 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"; two pieces of navy - 4" x 4"; and two pieces of patterned paper 3 7/8" x 3 7/8".

I scored the larger white piece on the long edge at 2 1/8" and 4 1/4" . . .

. . . and folded on the score lines.

I then layered the two square panels -- one with white/navy/patterned paper and the other with just the navy/patterned paper.

It's important to use a strong adhesive to hold this panel onto the easel, so I placed three strips of Scor-Tape on the final small section of the easel . . .

. . . and adhered the square front panel.

I then cut my die-cuts from navy, silver and a scrap of red.  You'll notice that I cut several layers of the sentiment.  As the sentiment is going to act as the "bumper" for my easel, it needed to be thick.  The navy cardstock is quite thin (65#), and I actually have five layers there -- two of the Merry Christmas sentiments are double thickness.

Using a fine-tip bottle of liquid glue, I adhered the Nativity scene, bells and bows to the front of the card.  As you can see, I cut down the "hangers" for the bells.

After gluing all the layers of Merry Christmas together, I glued the sentiment to the inside.  Just an FYI, the die I used for this sentiment actually says "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," but I cut out just the "Merry Christmas" portion.

Here again is my completed card.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

CCEE1749 - Christmas Carols

Maryann is our CCEE Hostess for December.  She reminded us that we all love Christmas carols at this time of year and asked us to make a card inspired by any Christmas carol.  While it's not an old traditional Christmas carol, I always liked The Little Drummer Boy.

I invite you to visit the CCEE Stampers Blog to see if you recognize the Christmas carols which inspired the rest of the team.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Santa Scene Luminary

Last week I posted a photo of a luminary on Facebook that I had made using a CottageCutz Santa Village Scene, some white cardstock and vellum.  Several people asked me if there were instructions somewhere, and I had to admit that I had made it up as I went along.  I promised to make another one, take photos along the way, and write out the instructions.  Here is the one I just made.

For the outside of the luminary I cut the heavyweight white cardstock as follows:

1 piece - 4 1/4" x 10 1/2"
4 strips - (2) 1/8" x 4 1/4" and (2) 1/8" x 5 1/4"

And a piece of vellum 4 1/4" x 5 1/4"

I scored the long white piece at 1/8", 2 5/8", 7 7/8", and 10 3/8".

I folded on the score lines and burnished the fold lines to that they were very crisp.

Then I applied liquid glue to the back of the die cut . . .

. . . and centered it onto the vellum panel.

The 1/8" strips were then glued to the back of the vellum piece on all four sides.

Now came the tricky part.  I applied some liquid glue to the small 1/8" tabs on the luminary base and attached the vellum piece to each side.

As the glue was drying, I cut the panels to be applied to the outside of the luminary.

Blue - 5" x 4", (2) 2 1/4" x 4"
Patterned paper - 4 3/4" x 3 3/4", (2) 2" x 3 3/4"

I layered the patterned paper onto the blue strips and glued them to the outside of the luminary.

I found a package of four large tea lights in Michaels.  The best part about them is that the light can either flicker (one color) or change colors, depending which way you push the switch.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you try one of these luminaries for your holiday d├ęcor!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Santa at the Window

Today I used two coordinating CottageCutz dies, Window with Shutters and Window Christmas Friends, and a favorite embossing technique to create a Christmas card which was so fun to make.

To start my card I cut cardstock and patterned paper as follows:

Black - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
White - 4" x 5 1/4"
Patterned paper - 3" x 4 1/2"

One of my favorite embossing techniques is to ink up the embossing folder before placing the cardstock inside.  This Sizzix Bricked folder always works so well with this technique.  I inked it up with gray ink, inserted the white cardstock, and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  When you use a dye-based ink (such as Memento), the folder rinses clean under the faucet.

Next I die-cut the pieces from the coordinating dies, placing them on my sticky board to keep the small pieces from getting lost.

Using ink or markers, I added some texture to various die-cut pieces.

I wanted a window in my brick wall, so I laid the die-cut window in the center of the panel and drew inside the panes.  Then, using an Exacto knife, I cut the opening just outside the lines that I had drawn.

This photo shows the opening.

I placed some Scor-Tape around the perimeter of the window and cut a piece of acetate slightly larger than the opening . . .

. . . and, removing the protective paper from the Scor-Tape, I carefully placed the acetate over the opening.

I then glued the patterned paper in the center of the black card base.

I decorated the front of the card, gluing down the window frame and cornice and adhering the shutters and window box with foam pop dots.  After gluing the three flowers to the garland, I pierced the centers and added a yellow mini brad to the center of each.  I then glued the whole garland to the window box.

Before attaching the front of the card to the base, I had to construct Santa.  I used the illustration on the front of the packaging as a guide.  His head is attached with foam pop dots, which made it easy to place him on the front -- leaving his arm not glued down.  I then slipped the tree (on which I had applied some liquid glue) under his arm and pressed it down to hold it firm.  I had lined him up so that he would show through the window.

Because I had used pop dots on Santa's head, I needed to use thicker pop dots on the brick card front so that there was a bit of room between Santa and the window sheet.

I attached the brick card front so that Santa and the tree showed through the window -- and I was finished.

Be sure to check out all the wonderful Christmas dies on the CottageCutz website.  Dies used on this card are:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

CCEE1748 - Celebrate Babies or Weddings

For her last CCEE Stampers challenge this month, Joanne asks us to make either a baby card OR a wedding card.  We can choose.  I used the Watercolor Imprints technique for the background of my wedding card.

To make this card, I swiped some Ranger Distress ink (in this case, Worn Lipstick and Squeezed Lemonade) across a piece of watercolor paper.  After spritzing it with water, I laid down a doily stencil over the inked watercolor paper -- weighing down the edges so that it doesn't move.  When the ink dried, When you lift off the stencil, the design will appear on the watercolor paper.  Then it was just a matter of stamping the sentiment with Versafine black ink and adhering the CottageCutz die-cut silhouette.  I was really happy with the way this card turned out because watercoloring is not my forte, and I don't use watercolor techniques often.

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more baby and/or wedding cards.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Chicken Noodle Soup

CottageCutz/Scrapping Cottage has a brand-new release of Get Well dies which they debuted on Black Friday.  There are 12 dies in the release, and all of them are too cute!  The entire bundle are being offered at a special price, plus you can buy individual dies at a discount also.  My card today uses two of them, Chicken Noodle Soup and Get Well Phrase.

To begin my card I cut cardstock for the base:

Red - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Black - 4" x 5 1/4"
White - 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
Gingham patterned paper - 3 7/8" x 1 1/2"

I have found that sometimes it is much easier to cut all the various pieces of a die from white cardstock and then color them.  That is what I did with the Chicken Noodle Soup die.  The sentiment die was cut from black cardstock, which I had backed with a double-sided adhesive sheet.

Using the illustration on the packaging, I colored the various die-cut pieces with Copic markers -- with the exception of the soup can and the spoon.  These I colored with a silver Wink of Stella brush.  I didn't think it was necessary to color the entire soup can because only the top and bottom would eventually show.

Then I constructed the chicken, soup bowl, and soup can.

After I put my card together, I decided that the "CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP" didn't show up very well; so I used an XS Faber-Castell black pen to go over the words.  I was much happier with this.  I then added the three enamel dots.

I was really impressed with all the parts of this die -- down to the steam and the noodles!

CottageCutz dies used on my card are: