Green and White Poinsettia Christmas Card

The post today is about Green and White Poinsettia Christmas Card.

Following the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown the challenge this week was to do a previous challenge from 2016. I went back through the year and looked at lots of challenges and noticed that the challenge from March 12, 2016 had few players but the colors were Green and White. I like those colors together.

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Years ago I purchased the original Personal Cricut cutter. Over the years I’ve collected cartridges and upgraded the machine. For Black Friday 2016 I was able to get the Cricut Explore Air for the low price of $92.98! Because the new Cricut has a free online software I’ve been able to do so much more!

With the Cricut and all of my cartridges now linked to the software I was able to create the Green and White Poinsettia Christmas Card. I pulled in the images that I wanted to use and sized them for the front of my card. The poinsettia is from Joys of the Season Cartridge Even adding additional layers to the poinsettia since I knew that I wanted more dimension.

Green and White Poinsettia Christmas

What I really love about this machine is I get to chose what I want to cut. Choosing images for my projects is so much fun and makes each project unique.

To get the additional color and dimension I used Glitter and Glitter embossing powder. The glitter was simple holiday glitter that came in a multi pack. The embossing powder is clear with glitter. For the background I used the Filigree stamp from Stampin Up. Do you have a go to item in your studio? Well this is one of those go to items for me.

If you haven’t used a stylus tool to give dimension you really should. Flipping the flower over and pushing the stylus on the flower petals gives the flower texture. Each flower got this treatment, including the leaves.

Green and White Poinsettia Christmas Card

Once all of the texture was applied I used a direct to paper technique and applied versamark ink to a few of the flowers and the corner pieces. Then sprinkled the glitter embossing powder over the flowers, heated. When the flowers were done I then used a Zig two way glue pen to add glitter to the leaves.

Merry Christmas was stamped and embossed in Gold. Then layered onto a piece of green cardstock that had glitter applied around the edges. I also used a corner punch to add a touch of elegance.

This Green and White Poinsettia Christmas Card turned out beautiful. It is an elegant card I know anyone who receives this card will truly appreciate the work that was put into the card. They would treat it like a small work of art.

Green and White Poinsettia Christmas Card

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How to make a Christmas Card with Tattered Angels and Brutus Monroe

How to make a Christmas Card with Tattered Angels and Brutus Monroe.

Using the Sketched Holiday stamp – Poinsettia and glimmer mist on a few die cut outs to make a beautiful Christmas card.

In the video I show you how to make the red and green card. But swap out the colors of the glimmer mist and glitter and you have a whole new look.


What I love about this design is that I was able to die cut several of each element. Then spray with the Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels. Next apply glitter and assemble.

How to make a Christmas Card with Tattered Angels and Brutus Monroe

Very simple project that can be altered to fit the dies or lack of dies you may have. You could even hand cut the shapes. The key is spraying with Glimmer Mist and over stamping with the Sketched Holiday stamp then applying the glitter for that pop.

The idea came to me because of the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. This week it was about your stash and using glitter.

Knowing I had lots of glitter that was calling to be used I knew this was a simple project that I couldn’t pass up.

What made this fun for me was changing the colors around on the different cards but using the same shapes. I’m kind of partial to the pink and purple card.

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Then I did the same technique and made it with Sapphire Blue Glimmer Mist and Moss Glimmer Mist.

 

How to make a Christmas Card with Tattered Angels and Brutus Monroe

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How to make a Christmas Card with Tattered Angels and Brutus Monroe

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How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT

Today its about How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT.

I’ve been following the 52 Christmas Card Thowdown blog for almost two months. I love the prompts and it gives me cards to create. If you haven’t check them out be sure to do so today.

How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT

For this challenge the idea was to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card. Looking through my ephemera I remembered I had several old Christmas cards. I knew one would be perfect for this post on How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT. Finding the perfect one I printed it with my inkjet printer. Feel free to use this image for your own card.

How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT

Next using my Cricut I cut out the snow globe image. The image was cut as three layers. Top layer was the white area where Santa would reside, second layer is brown and then the bottom layer was black.

Pulling a piece of textured green cardstock from my stash that I knew would be a perfect card topper. One of my background stamps would be perfect for this project, the Stampin Up Filigree stamp with some gold embossing powder.

Used a crop a dial corner rounder to round the corners of the green textured cardstock and the white card base.

Tim Holtz distressed ink – broken glass was used around the globe to give that “glass” look and feel.

How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT

A Stampendous Sentiment – Have a Merry Christmas was used on the base of the snow globe. Don’t forget that you can mix and match your stamps. Find the one that works for your project.

Gold Ribbon from my stash was used on the base of the snow globe. I thought it gave it a nice gilded gold look.

Many years ago I went on an eBay shopping spree and picked up over 300 little puffy iridescent snowflakes. It seems that even though I feel like I’ve used a lot of these little guys there isn’t an end to the supply.

Of course I have to add sparkle to projects some how.. On this project I used Tulip fabric paint. I found this trick several years ago when buying the glitter paint for a much lower price and it seems to work great on paper projects.

A few self adhesive rhinestones were used in the centers of the snowflakes.

Here is a video of the whole process as sometimes I forget some of the steps when I write it all out. lol

 

This card turned out wonderful, if you don’t mind me boasting. I love the texture and feel of the card. It makes me think of old days gone by when things were a much slower pace.

How to make an Old Fashion Christmas Card 52CCT

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Joy 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

For this project I bring you Joy 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. The challenge this week was to use bright green and red.

Joy 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Looking through my stash of paper I found the perfect sheet of green and red card stock. Next I decided that I wanted to cut the word Joy with my New Silhouette CAMEO® 3. I’m really loving this cutter! I used the Samantha Font in Italic and cut at 1.75 in. tall.

Knowing that I wanted texture I dug through my embossing folders and found the large Cuttlebug swiss dot folder. Ranger Holographic Glitter embossing powder will help the dots stand out on the green. Next I found a wonderful diamond stamp from B-Line stamps and my VersaMark stamp pad.

Joy 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

I had a huge role of black and white ribbon so I knew that would be perfect accent. This would be attached to a white strip of paper that had a boarder punch from Martha Stewart.

Self adhesive rhinestones are the perfect final touch to add a little bling.

Of course there must be a saying on the inside. I used a stamp from Stampendous: May Your Family Enjoy a Special Season filled with Love Joy and Peace. I really like that sentiment, don’t you?

Joy 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

This was a quick card to make, in fact I have enough supplies from the two 12 x 12 card stock pieces of red and green and the one 8.5 x 11 sheet of white that I went ahead and made ten.

My hope is that you are inspired to create. That it doesn’t take a lot of fancy work to create cards. Although I may have used fancy tools, there are other things that could be used instead.  Anyone can create beautiful cards, you just need to know how.

Joy 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Have questions? Feel free to ask, I have a plethora of useless knowledge that I’m willing to share.

Here is a video of the whole process.

I got listed in the Honourable Mentions for this card.

52 Christmas Card Throwdown November Sketch

This post is about the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown November Sketch.

52 Christmas Card Throwdown November Sketch

If you haven’t checked out the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown site, you should!  Lots of beautiful Christmas cards made every week.

For this project I used the Brutus Monroe Sketched Holidays poinsettia image. The image was embossed in the Sterling Embossing powder from Brutus Monroe.

Watercolor pencils were used to color the poinsettia image. Acrylic paint watered down was used to paint the green areas.

A while back I picked up a 12 x 12 pad of Christmas paper and that is what I used for the background.

I used Tim Holtz Distress ink to go around the outside of the card and the background paper.

For the happy holidays stamp it was embossed in silver. Watered down acrylic paint to give a watercolor effect. The mat was colored using Tim Holtz Distress ink. Then raised with pop dots.

Decided that the corners should be rounded with my crop a dial on the Happy Holidays and then only one corner of the poinsettia images.

Of course I have to had some sort of bling to my projects.

This was a simple card to make and I thought it was perfect for this 52 Christmas Card Throwdown November Sketch.

Make sure you check out all of the other cards created. Follow along by joining. I love seeing all of the beautiful creative cards.

52 Christmas Card Throwdown November Sketch

Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

This post is all about Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. The current weekly challenge is to go back and choose a previous challenge. Looking back through the challenges was fun. It was a hard decision but I finally found one that I wanted to use, from the May 2016 challenge.

Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Digging around in my stash of dies I found the label or note die from Stampin Up and an old Star die from Sizzix. I knew that these would be perfect for this project.

Thankful that I have a stash of chipboard in my studio, I die cut one of each. Using acrylic paint I covered the star until it was coated to my liking. Once the paint was dry I then sprayed with Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays – Zest – Brutus|Monroe and a gold/copper Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels.

When the spray dried I used the MISTY to help with positioning the poinsettia from the Sketched Holiday Set – Brutus|Monroe. Stamped with the Brutus|Monroe embossing ink, then gold embossing powder.

A technique I like to use, take a Zig two way glue pen and go around the edge of the star, then dip into gold embossing powder. Heat the powder until it shines gold.

Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Time to tackle the label or note die from Sizzix. Because this is for the Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and I have decided to use more than one die. Taking the Mini Chalk Ink pad Suede from Brutus|Monroe I went around the edge.

I just love the Tissue paper from Canvas Corp Brands, found in a mixed media pack. Tearing a strip and using white glue I glued a strip at a diagonal on the label die. Then filled the corners with additional strips. Sprayed with Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays – Zest and a gold/copper Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels, I love the shimmer it adds.

Reapply the Mini Chalk Ink pad Suede around the edges and between the strips. While the ink is still moist on the paper dip into gold embossing powder and heat. This really makes such a beautiful background, makes me think of a gilded box that has aged.

Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Tied a bow out of a cream and gold ribbon. Don’t forget to shop in the Christmas ornament isle the next time you go out. That is where I found the little gold and glitter stars. Using three of the stars and a glue dot I placed these at the top point of the star with the ribbon glued with white glue. The star was layered on top of a small strip of burlap, then the label. Last I used a gold embossed napkin.

This is a very elegant Christmas card and I feel that it was perfect for this Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.

Here is a video of the process.


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Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

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Embossing 52 Christmas Card Thowdown Challenge

Today’s post is Embossing 52 Christmas Card Thowdown Challenge. This challenge comes from the blog 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. The challenge this week is Embossing – dry or heat.

Embossing 52 Christmas Card Thowdown Challenge

For this project I decided to use a Snow flake stamp from PSX E-1953 as the focal image. The Merry Merry Christmas stamp is from Annette Allen Watkins C628. Embossing folders were used to give texture to the paper, these were from Cuttlebug and The Paper Studio. The silver and the holographic embossing powder are from Ranger. Used versaMark stamp pad as my embossing ink. Stickles are a great way to add glitter dots and that is what I used on the Holly Leaves on the embossed paper. It was an accident that I found the crystal snowflake charms at Hobby Lobby – Christmas by Bead Treasures. I got a ton for less than $6.00. I’ll have these snowflakes for years, or until I get on the 52 Christmas Card Thowdown design team. lol

Walking down the craft paint isle gets me into trouble. I usually try to avoid that isle because if the paint is on sale I will load up on way too many! How can you resist this paint? It’s usually less than a $1.00 and these come in so many colors! For this card I used Americana Holly Green craft paint. It was the perfect color for the holly leaves.

Embossing 52 Christmas Card Thowdown Challenge

The top note die from StampinUp! was used for one of the layers. I really like this die and have used it a lot in the years that I have had it in my stash of tools.  I’m so thankful that I found the Tim Holtz Vagabond machine on clearance at JoAnn’s a couple of weeks ago. This machine is getting a workout and was well worth the $90 I spent!

What I like about this card is that the top blue layer could be made over and over and used as a ATC or a gift tag.

There is a video of the card making below:


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Embossing 52 Christmas Card Thowdown Challenge

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Holly Jolly Christmas

It’s a Holly Jolly Christmas greeting card.

I stumbled upon the 52 Christmas Card Thowdown and there are 5 challenges to become a member of the design team.  Two of the projects are done, this is number three, Christmas Critters.

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For this theme I decided to pull out the Brutus Monroe stamps from the Oh, Deer set, under the new releases. This stamp set is super cute and I thought it was perfect for a Holly Jolly Christmas card.

Other items used: Close to My Heart saying – Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Holly Pond – Tree. Tim Holtz Distressed Inks, White Glitter paint – the kind used for t-shirts and glitter. I love adding googly eyes to cards, it makes then so much more fun! Hobby Lobby had a package of tiny Santa Hats and I knew one would be perfect for this card.

Making this card was a lot of fun. Used masking to get the background. Backgrounds are fun when you can make it look like it was all a planned part of the scene.  The card looks like it was professionally planned with the background all in place.

Using a bit of ribbon gave some glitz to the card. The bird holding the ribbon I felt gave it a nice touch. As if the Christmas Critters were working together to have a Holly Jolly Christmas. Don’t you agree?

Holly Jolly Christmas

Since this is my third card for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown it’s getting to be fun and at the same time a challenge. I look forward to the challenge each week. Wondering what will be the new challenge assignment. What is also great is seeing all the cards created by other artists. Go check out all of the cards for the challenge. There are lots of great ideas every week!

Hope you enjoy my card for this challenge. And have a Holly Jolly Christmas too!

~ Linda

Holly Jolly Christmas

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Today’s post is Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. Because I’m making cards in the hope that I get selected for next years 2017 52 Christmas Card Throwdown design team.

 

The goal of this project was to use a select color palette. Grey, soft blue and soft green.

 

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

I decided for this challenge: Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, I would use the Brutus Monroe Sketched Holiday set and the Brutus Monroe Holiday Sentiments. Other items I used, Brutus Monroe Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling as well as the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays Tattered Angels grey Shimmer Spray as well as some bling, to make this card.

What I found ironic was I had just completed my project for my next blog post for Brutus Monroe the night before and when I went to the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown website and saw that the colors were the same as I had already been using, I knew this would be a piece of cake! lol

For this project I wanted to make the card stand out from the rest. Using layers and embellishments I think I took this card up a notch. The card isn’t complicated, but it does take a little bit of time to put it together.

Started with stamping the image and embossing. My go to paper is Accent Opaque digital 100 pound in white. This cardstock is heavy and makes great card foundations as well for elements.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Colored the image with the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays. Used a paint palette, just spray a couple of times. A simple small paint brush helps get into those small details. The embossed lines help keep the color inside the lines. What is nice about using the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays in this way, is they dry fast.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Cut out the poinsettias and then went around the edges with a grey marvey marker so that the edge would have a finished look. Many times I forget this step. It’s a great way to make your cards look more polished.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Knowing that I wanted more grey I substituted the Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling and applied a nice coat to a piece of paper. Make sure you put the lid back on your embossing powder before you heat set. The powder will fly everywhere and leave a big mess. Trust me I know from experience!

Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling

 

To make an element to add to the card I used a Punch Bunch fern shape. Here is a tip for you. If your punch isn’t working correctly try punching aluminum foil. Punching through the aluminium foil helps sharpen the cutter.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Here is a close up of one of the finished flowers. Love how the little rhinestones shine and sparkle.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

The finished card with all the supplies. Doesn’t this look beautiful on the silver tray?

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

I did create a video of the whole process so you can watch how the card was made.

 

Even if I don’t make it on the design team I think I’ll keep the site book marked so that I can use the design prompts to help me in designing cards in the future. It is fun making cards for the Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. Have you used a website for inspiration? Do you have a favorite site that you like to visit? Please feel free to share it with me.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown
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