Double Feature! Easy Embossed Christmas Cards.

Double Feature! Easy Embossed Christmas Cards.

Hello my wonderful followers! I hope you are having a very merry holiday season. I have been swept up the in the glitter and making and have finally come up for a little break! I spend all last weekend making thirty handmade holiday cards to get out in the mail. My studio of course now looks like a mini tornado hit and the cats have been covered in glitter for days. I’m sure you can relate! It’s a wonderful time of the year. Now since I have been tucked away making things for family I have been a little behind in sharing some latest treats with you. That’s why today you are getting a double feature. Both of these card sets have aired on my Youtube in the last week, so if you want to get my most recent videos you can head on over there and hit subscribe and the bell icon and you will get notified when new videos hit there, before they hit the blog. (Youtube Channel)

Now on to the glitter! First up for you I have a set of really cute whimiscal cat cards. Any of you that have read my profile know I’m a rescue cat mom and when I saw this stamp at the Technique Junkies booth at Stampfest in July I knew I had to have it for Christmas. I paired it with some whimsical stencil background and voila! A Christmas card that is sure to make anyone laugh this holiday season. 

You can see how I made thes cards in my video here: Embossed Christmas Cat Cardswhimsical 

Here are some still shots: 

These were 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ cards with a piece of 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ scrapbook paper applied, and the image was stamped on 3″ x 3″ watercolor heavy stock paper. 

At the bottom I will post all the supplies used for both card sets. 

Now, this next set was made assembly line style for a really quick holiday pick. I used a premade card blank, then one piece of scrapbook paper and one embossed stamp so it took maybe ten minutes to make six. A great way to make an elegant, kraft paper style, gold embossed “Season’s Greetings” card.  One tip I will share is that after making thirty cards this year I am definitely getting one of those tape guns next year. The sticking of the double sided tape did slow me down a bit. 

You can watch the process video on these cards here:  Gold Embossed “Season’s Greetings” cards. 

Here are some stills for you: 

Now these cards were 7″ x 5″ with 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces of scrapbook paper, and the black cardstock was the size of the stamp plus half an inch so about 3″ x 3 1/2″ ish. 

Below I will list all the supplies used. I hope these two designs will get those creative juices flowing this holiday season. All you need is some cardstock, bits of scrap paper and one stamp and you can have a lovely set of embossed cards. Thanks for stopping by and happy making!

Embossed Cat Cards Supply List: 

Embossed Season’s Greetings Card Supply List: 

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Quick Watercolor Holiday Greeting Notecards

Quick Watercolor Holiday Greeting Notecards

Hello!

I missed you all during the November month. The holidays have been creeping up and as I’m sure you all know life has just gotten so busy! I wanted to pop on my blog today to share with you a super easy way to make a mass grouping of holiday notecards. All I used to make these cards were premade card blanks, one stamp set, Dina Wakley scribble sticks, and archival ink. By limiting supplies it kind of helped me hone in and produce more quickly. There are so many great stamp sets out there nowadays and so many supplies we can use, streamlining can help you narrow in and batch your cards.

For this set I used:

  1. White cards that are 3 1/2″ x 5″ from Amazon
  2. A Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz “Scribbly Christmas” stamp set.
  3. Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks (set 2)
  4. Black Archival Ink
  5. My Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp platform
  6. some generic watercolor crayons from Michales
  7. ….and lots of Christmas Music

Tip. Stamp using archival ink to ensure the ink won’t bleed when using wet medium and ensure your cardstock is heavy duty. I also made sure I did all the stamping first so by the time the last card was stamped the first was dry and ready for the watercolor.

You can follow along as I make them in my video:  Easy Holiday Notecards

I have a few sets for sale in my etsy shop: Holiday Notecards

Below are some still shots for you:

This is a great way to use your favorite stamp set to make some custom cards for this holiday season.

 

Here are the supplies I used to make these cards:


 

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Thanksgiving themed shadow box using Tim Holtz Idea-ology bits

Thanksgiving themed shadow box using Tim Holtz Idea-ology bits

Hello,

Well, October has left us and fall is here in full swing with smells of cinnamon, pumpkin, and thoughts of turkeys and stuffing. Now that the creepy and whimsical have been taken down my home is looking quite bare. I have a few fall items but usually, enjoy the break until it’s time to deck the halls for Christmas. Thanks to one of my youtube followers I started thinking about this in-between time. We always see a lot of Halloween decor and lots of Christmas but very little Thanksgiving. Therefore I decided to try and make a few Thanksgiving/fall themed bits during November.

My first share for the month is a shadow box. One of Tim Holtz’s vignette boxes. The idea blossomed from a bit of burlap fabric I found on clearance at the end of last season. I thought it would make a lovely fall backdrop for a shadow box. Now during Thanksgiving, we give thanks and for me, it’s all about family. That’s why I chose “Family” as my word to center around. With a few bits from the Idea-ology line, I whipped up this little centerpiece at 5″ H x 4″ W x 1 1/2″ deep.

You can see my process video here: Thanksgiving-themed shadow box

This piece is for sale in my etsy shop: Thanksgiving-themed shadow box

Here are some close-ups for you:

As you can see the fall and Thanksgiving is a great time to gather our Idea-ology bits and keep that glimmer going in our homes through the holiday season.

You can find a list of supplies below:


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Halloween Skull Handmade Card

Halloween Skull Handmade Card

Hello,

Today I am back with another card making share. I am really starting to get into the swing of making handmade cards, and I can’t wait until the Christmas season to share some more makes with you. The glitter will be flowing!

Today’s card used:

  1. A premade “craft” paper card and envelope from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) (5″ x 7″)
  2. I cut a piece of mixed media white paper down to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  3. I cut two pieces of scrapbook paper. One at 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ the other at 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ for layering.
  4. First I coated the top half of the paper with Distress Oxide in Wild Honey, that was a little yellow so I went around the edges with some Carved pumpkin distress Oxide.
  5. I then took out my Dylusions skull stencil and Black Soot Distress Oxide and added skulls to the top half of the page.
  6. Next, I glued down the two pieces of scrapbook paper, first the wider piece, then the narrower piece. I used glue so I’d have a little wiggle room to ensure they were even.
  7. I then edged the whole paper once dry in the Distress Oxide, Black Soot.
  8. I then ran the Black Soot across the scrapbook paper edges a bit to darken them.
  9. Next, I pulled out some washi tape with skulls and placed that across the center between the pieces of scrapbook paper to add a little extra whimsy.
  10. I then used dimensional foam dots to place the skull as if it were sitting on the line of the scrapbook paper.
  11. I then glued down my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween word chip “from regions beyond”
  12. I used dimensional foam dots to place the background I made onto the card after I edged the face of the craft paper card with the black soot.
  13. Voila! A quick Halloween card, ready for some swap mail

You can follow along to my video on my Youtube channel: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Ephemera Skull Handmade Card

Here are some photos of the card:

Thanks for following along. I hope this will inspire you to look at your scrapbook paper in a new way. Don’t be afraid to get in there and tear it up to create some great layering techniques.

Happy Halloween!

Below are the supplies used to make this card:


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Target Chipboard Halloween Artist Trading Coins

Target Chipboard Halloween Artist Trading Coins

Hello,

Well the month of October has come and is almost over in a blink, but before it is I wanted to slide in just a few more Halloween crafts. This project today is Artist Trading Coins, a recent trend replacing or shaking up the use of ATCs, artist trading cards. I was at Target having a look in the Halloween section and I found a canister of these cute whimsical chipboard stickers and I knew I just had to make some trading coins out of them. I used mixed media paper cut into 3″ circles. I painted each background then added Dylusions shimmer spray, embossing or glitter depending on what influenced me from the sticker. It was a lot of fun and an easy way to add one new item to your collection and use up other supplies on hand. Now thru the end of October, if you make a purchase in my Etsy shop, one of these cards will go with the mail until they run out. I still have a few treats from my 7 days of Halloween left.

You can watch the video here: Halloween Artist Trading Coins

Here are some photos of the coins close up:

The canister I found in the “kid” craft section end cap at target had several hundred pieces of chipboard stickers. It’s a great way to have take-home gifts or treats if you are having a Halloween party this year.

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

 

Below is a list of the supplies I used to make all these coins:




 

 

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7 Days of Halloween Day 7- Dollar Tree Skull Makeover – Sugar Skull Art

7 Days of Halloween Day 7- Dollar Tree Skull Makeover – Sugar Skull Art

Hello,

Well it is here the last day of my 7 days of Halloween. It has been such a treat to share so many fun projects in a row with you guys. I will still have other videos and posts throughout the month, but these 7 days were just to help get those creative juices pumping.

For today’s share I took a Dollar Tree creepy skull and turned it into a sugar skull. It was very simple and a great project. If you are having a party and want a fun craft project this would be it. With just a little prep work everyone would leave with a project they love and can keep in their Halloween collection.

What you need is:

  1. A plastic skull (Dollar Tree) or store of choice
  2. A light grain sand paper
  3. Krylon Colormaster Paint + PRimer with curable covermax technology White/Flat (Find at Michaels or hardware store)
  4. Some good detail brushes (Smaller tips)
  5. Black Acrylic Paint
  6. 4 to 5 of your favorite craft paint

 

Here is what you do:

  1. Grab a box and mask and in a well-ventilated area spray your sugar skull, give it one coat and walk away for an hour or so, come back and give it a second coat to get the base and areas you missed. I think for my one skull I may have used what feels like a 1/4 of the spray can. *Note: it is a good idea to give the skull a bit of a rub with the sandpaper first to help the spray paint stick.

2. Once you skull is dry bring it inside. (I let mine sit overnight to ensure it wasn’t tacky- Florida humidity)

3. I looked online to get an idea of colors/patterns I may like to incorporate into my skull.

4. I used black acrylic paint to do the outlines of all the shapes I wanted. I colored the eye sockets in black, the nostril area in black. I did black lines around the teeth, then added my shapes around the skull.

5. I then used the black lines as paint by number and picked four of my favorite colors and began filling in all the shapes. I chose Dylusions paints because of their vibrancy and they worked really well over the spray paint.

6. The acrylic dries very quickly making for an easy make and take craft project.

To watch the process video and see step by step how I made the skull you can check out my youtube channel:  DIY Dollar Tree Sugar Skull

Here are photos of the finished skull:

Alright, folks, it’s time to stock up on those Dollar Tree Skulls before they are gone for the season. You can also paint your skull black and use bright colors if you like using the sticky jewels you can make a bedazzled skull, there are just so many options with a little spray paint and imagination.

Thanks for joining me for my 7 days of Halloween! Happy crafting!

Here is a list of the supplies I used to create the skull:

A Dollar Tree Skull

Krylon Colormaster Spray Paint in Flat White


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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