Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Stocking Shaped Card

Stockings are such a traditional part of Christmas. One of my fondest memories as a child is seeing the stockings hung on the fireplace mantel, and they would be filled with goodies on St. Nicholas' Day!
This card harkens to those traditional times and features Stampin’ Up’s Sizzix Stocking Die.
You can coordinate any of your favorite Christmas designer papers. This will be a card, so you need two pieces of the designer card stock run through the die. You will need to flip the design over when cutting the second stocking.

If your chosen designer card stock is 'busy,' you should cut a white paper insert on the stocking die, too.
Begin by adhering the heel and toe pieces onto the stockings.

Second, adhere the white insert onto what will be the inside of the stocking. 

Third, add one of the tops to a stocking, which will then be your guide for the second sock. It’s important that the two socks line up. The stocking should not exceed 6 inches from toe to top (to fit in a 6 x 6 inch envelope).

Fourth, add a small amount of glue along the very top of the inside of the stocking top, and stick the two pieces together. This will now work as a hinge for the card to open up.

Create any kind of tag for the stocking. This sample uses a die cut label and two coordinated Stampin' Up oval punches. 
The sentiment is stamped in SU Bravo Burgundy ink and a stamp from SU Best Yet set.
Punch two small holes in the top right corner of the stocking to insert and tie ribbon and adhered the tag.

Pennant Christmas Tree

This Christmas tree has been made using Stampin’ Up’s Perfect Pennant Die and Petite Pennant Punch to create three triangles of graduated sizes.
You can create the decorative edges on the three triangular pennants of the tree by using an edge punch of any shape. It’s easier to see what you’re doing if you turn the edge punch upside down. Line up the point of each triangle with the guide line on the edge punch. Repeat for each triangle and glue the tree together.
Use the SU mini jewelery punch to create a trunk with the brown cardstock.

The Merry Christmas tag is created using a SU Modern Label Punch and matching SU Movers & Shapers die. Merry Christmas is stamped in brown ink. Put the two coordinated pieces together. Use an eyelet tool to create holes and insert the eyelets.

Layer the card:
Ivory folded card – 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches
Chocolate Chip Cardstock – 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches
Red & Blue Design Cardstock – 4 x 5 1/4 inches
Polka Dot Red & Blue Cardstock – 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches –
**Be sure to edge with brown ink**
Chocolate Chip Cardstock – 2 3/8 x 3 1/8 inches
Light Blue Cardstock – 2 1/4 x 3 inches
Add Christmas tree.
Merry Christmas label is stuck with pop-up adhesive

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Joy of the Season!

Stamp Sets: Stampin' Up The Sounding Joy

Ink: SU Cherry Cobbler, SU Pool Party -- Naturally, you would change these ink colors to suit your chosen designer paper

Paper: SU Whisper White, SU Cherry Cobbler, Christmassy Designer paper

Accessories: SU ribbon, any edge punch

Begin by stamping the star (from SU The Sounding Joy) in SU Pool Party ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Then overstamp Joy in Cherry Cobbler.  Stick the trimmed Joy/Star onto designer paper and use an edge punch to create accent trims.

Create the background of the card by piecing together the two bits of designer cardstock, making one piece slightly bigger than the other. For example, the cards above have one strip 2.75 inches deep versus 1.75 inches.

IMPORTANT: Piece these together and then add the ribbon before putting them onto your folded card. This way, the ribbon ends are neatly tucked out of sight.

The ribbon between the two pieces serves several functions – it adds an extra dimension and also hides the edges.

A Festive French Fry Box

Does this gift box have a familiar shape? Picture it filled with French fries!

Now imagine it all dressed up for the festive holiday season and stuffed with candy or other goodies. It’s incredibly easy to make using the Sizzix Big Shot and die.

Using designer cardstock makes this project even faster, but of course, you can stamp and create your own design.

As you can see, the box has some embellishments, including a Christmas tree edged with gold ink and topped with a little gold jingle bell.

The back is embellished with ribbon and a dangling tag from the Stampin' Up Gifted set. The Noel tag is stamped in SU Bravo Burgundy onto SU Crumb Cake cardstock. SU circular punches (sizes 1.75 and 2.5 inches) are used to create the Noel tag.

A Circular Christmas

 Circles are a perfect way to create a wreath effect on your Christmas cards. So dig out your circle stamps and circular dies or punches and get creative!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Holly Jolly Christmas

I'm rubbing my hands together in glee because it's Christmas Card making class next week. Here are two cards we will be creating, along with their 'recipes.'

Holly Jolly Santa

Stamp Sets: Hoopla Holiday (santa) and Four the Holidays (Holly Jolly sentiment)

Ink: SU Cherry Cobbler (hat), black (sentiment and santa), and SU Craft White (swirls)

Paper: SU Cherry Cobbler, SU Whisper White, My Mind’s Eye I Believe

Accessories: SU Bigz Die Perfect Pennants (wreath circle), Sizzix Swirl Embossing Folder, White Felt, Velvet Ribbon

Directions: Stamp Holly Jolly Christmas  and layer onto Cherry Cobbler paper. Stamp santa onto Whisper White cardstock. Stamp hat in Cherry Cobbler onto Whisper White cardstock. Cut out both.

Stamp santa on felt to create outline; cut felt to make a beard and hat trim. Don’t cover up moustache. Don't forget a little round puff for the hat!

Cut wreath circle from Bigz die. Use white ink pigment ink inside the swirl embossing folder, dragging the colors over the high ridges of the folder. Place the red wreath into the embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot. Weave ribbon into wreath.

Put all your pieces togther. The background paper has been adhered to a 4.25-by-5.5-inch white card. The wreath and sentiments are on pop-up adhesives.

Dangling Ornament

Stamp Sets: Tags til Christmas (ornament) and Four the Holidays (Holly Jolly sentiment)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler (ornament) and black

Paper: SU Cherry Cobbler, SU Whisper White, My Mind’s Eye I Believe

Accessories: SU Ornament Punch, Velvet Ribbon

Directions: Stamp in the Holly Jolly Christmas and layer onto Cherry Cobbler paper.

Stamp ornament in Cherry Cobbler ink onto Whisper White cardstock and then punch out.

Put all your pieces togther. The background paper has been adhered to a 4.25-by-5.5-inch white card. The ornament and sentiments are on pop-up adhesives..