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Wonderful Holiday Cards

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It certainly is the most wonderful time of the year! Today I’m mixing colors and textures to create a fun and retro Christmas card. Let’s get started!

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To start, I stamped this cute gingham stamp across my plain white card with a red dye ink. I stamped about 12 cards in total.

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When those were all done, it was time to add the second layer, my Wonderful sentiment. For this layer I decided to do heat embossing with Nuvo Gold Enchantment embossing powder. I stamped this layer right on top of the gingham background with Versamark ink.

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I poured my powder over the design, then set aside so that I could heat several cards in a row. As long as you get your embossing powder on right away, you can take your time before heating it.

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Metallic powders are the most fun to watch as you heat them. The transformation is so bold.

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For my tiny sentiments I pulled out my beloved typewriter. I typed the phrases over and over until the page was full. Then trimmed them down with my mini guillotine.

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I can’t resist a scalloped edge, and this foil tape was just perfect with the red gingham.

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I used tape runner to adhere the green paper trim, ribbon, and type written sentiments. My Tim Holtz mini snips were the perfect thing for trimming any extra bits for a clean edge.

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Looking cute so far, but I wanted a few more finishing touches. I used Nuvo adhesive to attach a couple of snowflakes, then completed the look with some Nuvo Drops. Now I’m ready to spread Christmas cheer with a little snail mail!

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Happy Crafting!

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A Gingerbread House Card!

Hello friends!  It’s Debbie here today to share a fun Christmas card with you today.  I think nothing says Christmas more than a gingerbread house.  Whether you make it with dough or paper, they are just so cute and a favorite of mine.    You can make beautiful gingerbread houses using the Dimensional 747e Gingerbread House Die Set.  But there is more you can do than just make dimensional  paper gingerbread houses.  Using the Gingerbread House Die set, it’s easy to create this cute card!

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This is the die set I used to create my card.  The 3d gingerbread houses you can create with this die set are super adorable.  But I love to use my supplies in more than one way and decided a card would be super cute!

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This card measures 5 x 7″.  To create the base, you need to cut the kraft cardstock to 7 x 10″.  Score and fold this and set it aside until you are ready to build your houses!  Cut a few strips of white cardstock to 3 x  6 1/2″.  Using the Tim Holtz Mini Rotary Cutter and the glass mat, cut the white strips to look like hills and valleys.    Vary the hills and valleys so that they aren’t the same.  You will need three strips like this.

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Now it’s time to die cut the gingerbread house fronts.  You will need two whites and one from kraft cardstock.  Then you will need to die cut the detailed fronts of the houses.  You will need one white, one red and one kraft.  Be sure to cut away the 4 strips along the sides and the bottom rectangle.  Those pieces are when you make a 3d house.  For this card, we won’t use those.  Also cut some small strips of cardstock to use along the edges of the houses.

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Adhere the strips of cardstock along the edges of the houses using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  This is also a good time to adhere the gingerbread man and the trees into place, too!

 

 

Now it’s time to adhere a strip of the white cardstock and a house.  Starting in the left top of the card base and ending at the right bottom corner.  Once everything is adhered into place, add the Nuvo drops to the houses, gingerbread man, tree and to the white hills and valleys.  I also added the Nuvo White Blizzard to the top of the houses and to the white strips so that its was sparkling and looking a bit like snow.  Add the sentiment in the top right corner to complete the card.

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I really love how this card turned out.  The 5×7″ sized card works really well for this and I love the size!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Gilded Reindeer Ornament

Hello friends! I like to add a new ornament each year to our tree, and this year I decided to DIY it. I’m so happy with how this Gilded Reindeer Ornament turned out, and you can recreate this with a few easy steps listed below.

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First step, die cut the Reindeer shape from Kraft brown cardstock. This die cut in itself is so beautiful and intricate, you could use it to decorate any number of holiday crafts!

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I die cut 5 shapes and glued them all together to make it thicker and sturdy.

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To add the gilding, apply glue to the areas you want the gold to adhere. I added a thin layer of glue to the antlers and in some other areas too.

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Once the glue is tacky, add the gilding flakes on top.

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Burnish the flakes into place with a dry brush. Brush gently at first and then firmly to remove all the excess gold flakes.

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Add the reindeer to a clear ornament with a little fake snow at the bottom and presto you have a special ornament ready for your tree!

What are you crafting for the Holidays this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!

 

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Holiday Gift Wrap with Dainty Bows

Hi Everyone!

Alexandra here from Hedgehog Hollow; today I am using the dainty bows dies to create some gorgeous gift wrap for the holiday season and beyond…

I have a post over on the Hedgehog Hollow blog with all my gift wrapping tips, you can find that by clicking here.  Let me show you how I created the bows with the Tonic dies; I cut the larger die in the red foil Tonic cardstock and the small bow I cut twice from the Tonic satin gold cardstock.  There’s a great variety of inserts for the bows or you can leave them plain, you will need to run it through twice like the picture below once with the detail on either side; I also cut the tails from the respective cardstock but I decided not to use these later on.

I then curled the bows with my bone folder so that they had a smoother bend in them…

Then I added some glue dots on my larger bow on the tabs and assembled as follows…

For the gold one I trimmed the tabs down and fold them in as I secured them with glue dots…

A top tip I found was when weeding the die cuts put all the pieces you remove with your brush or craft pick in a coffee filter, I brushed the die cuts over the filter and then it was easy to get them all in the trash rather than on the carpet!

Now we are ready to add them to our gifts, I have these that I have pre-wrapped from my HH blog post.  I used a glue gun to add a dab of glue on each one and pressed it onto my ribbon…

Now your gifts are complete don’t they look amazing? They are super simple too!

I have included a full supply list for you below:


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Thanks so much for joining me today, be sure to check back regularly to see more holiday inspiration from me and the rest of the DT girls!

Happy Stamping!

Alexandra

 

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Santa Gift Tag

A fun holiday craft for this Christmas season is this Santa Gift tag! All you need to do is die cut paper and glue in place! Easy as that.

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Inside the packaging of the die, there is a really handy guide explaining what shapes are what. Using that guide, it’s easy to figure out what colors you need. After that it is pretty quick to cut out all the paper pieces to make the Santa. img_9109

Adhere the paper pieces to form the Santa. This is so easy and the Santa turns out super pretty! One word of advice, make sure to keep all of your little paper die cuts together in a little dish or something to make sure you don’t loose anything.

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To add a bit of dimension, I added two small drops of Nuvo black drops for the eyes. Such a simple step, but adds so much drama!

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And that’s it! The Santa tag is ready to be used- I added it on top of a gift and it looks so cute! You can easily mass produce these and add them to teachers gifts or gifts for the family!Smitha_Katti_santa_tagSmitha_Katti_santa_tag3

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial today and getting ready for the holiday season with some crafting of your own. Happy crafting!

 

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Woodland Christmas Gift Tags

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I love wrapping gifts almost as much as I love giving them. There is no better way to take your gift from ordinary to extraordinary than a fabulous gift tag! Today I’m working with traditional colors and a woodland theme. Let’s get ready to gift!

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I started by gathering up a bunch of tags in various styles that fit my color pallet. If you’re anything like me, you probably have a stash of blank tags just waiting to be used. My first tag is very simple to make, but has gorgeous detail. I used the snowflake die from the Mr & Mrs Claus buildables set.

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I glued them in place with a Nuvo pen and trimmed the edges with my mini snips. Of course I had to add Nuvo drops for a finishing touch!

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For my next tag, I used the bird from the Festive Signpost set. This is the smallest die I have ever worked with. He doesn’t require much paper, so I used leftover snippets from my latest projects.

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With the help of my Nuvo Glue Pen and some tweezers, this little bird came together. I used a pen to fill in the dot for his eye.

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I decided to cover the rest of the tag in Nuvo Gilding Flakes, a technique I repeated on several other tags.

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I love to use red and white bakers twine whenever possible. It compliments the tiny mushrooms perfectly! I tied a simple bow around the mushroom stems, then twisted and curled the ends of the wire. I attached a strip of green paper to the bottom of the tag so that the glittery legs of the deer would stand out better.

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A few Nuvo drops to the back of the deer and now this doe has become a fawn!

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Now that I have a whole batch of tags ready, I better get to shopping for some gifts to put them on! How about you? Have you checked off your Christmas list yet?

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Holiday Shaker Card

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Who can resist a fun interactive card? Today I’m sharing a mess free way to send someone a glittery greeting. Let’s get started!

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Start by cutting down two pieces of cardstock. One for the outside layer to run through your Tangerine, and the other to stamp the image for inside of the snowglobe.

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I traced the circle cut out lightly in pencil to make sure I placed my alpaca stamp correctly when lining it up on the stamp platform. I stamped with black ink and filled him in with colored pencils. (Check out my instagram page, @mycraftedstudio, for a time lapse video of the coloring process!)

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The plastic dome comes with an adhesive backing, but you will need to apply glue to the top side to attach to the card.

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I wanted this to look like a snowglobe, so I carefully measured the circle and through several attempts and tiny tweaks I was able to create a base with my Silhouette Cameo. Once perfected, I attached it to the card with my Nuvo glue pen.

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Now it’s time to get glittery! I applied tape runner to the bottom of the alpaca paper to hold it in the correct place while adding the snowglobe filler.

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I used two different sizes of snowflake confetti mixed in with the white glitter.

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Place tape runner around the remaining edges, peel off the adhesive backing from the plastic bubble, then smooth your paper over everything to adhere. Now moving on to the outside of the card again. I cut a small strip of mint cardstock and treated it with my powder tool before using my Stamp Press.

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I used Versamark ink to stamp Joy, then covered with Nuvo embossing powder.

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Apply a couple strips of tape runner and adhere to the front of the card, leaving a little of the white background peeking through the bottom.

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To get my Nuvo drops even, I measured and made tiny pencil marks.

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It was easy to place the drops right over my pencil marks. Once those dry you’re ready to shake all day!

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Happy Holidays!

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