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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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Stamped Party Invite

Hello friends! Smitha here today and we are going to be creating a minimalistic party invite. It’s time to get ready to celebrate 2018!

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First, trim a 8.5 by 11 inch of cardstock in half, and fold to make a card. 

I started by stamping my sentiment “It’s party time” with a sticky ink and the poured gold embossing powder all over it. The Nuvo embossing powder in really fine and catches fine details neatly.

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I quickly heat embossed the sentiment, and love how crisp the lines came out!img_9362

Next, I repeatedly stamped the same sentiment to cover the card front. Using the stamp platform makes it easy to just slide and stamp over and over.

img_9363Smitha_Katti_gold_embossingFor the second card, I skipped the embossing and just stamped the sentiment repeatedly with a darker black ink. Simple, quick and I love the contrast!

After the colorful and glittery holiday season, I felt that going back to basic black and white would be a nice change. I love how these invites turned out!

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Thank you so much for crafting with me all year long! Happy new year to all of you friends! May 2018 be the year where all of your dreams come true.

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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Interlocking Gatefold Christmas Card

Hi Everyone!

Alexandra here again from Hedgehog Hollow; today I am going to show you a card that is super easy with the Deck the Halls dies but has a real WOW! factor; it also gives you some great dimension but is mail friendly; other supplies you will need are: paper trimmer, adhesive, foil cardstock, glitter and 12×12 cardstock; a full supply list is at the bottom…

Let me tell you how I made it, plus I have a complete supply list at the end for you too.  First of all you want to die cut your three layers, I went for alternate green foil and satin gold Tonic cardstock.  For each layer you want to use the outer wiggly piece the inner detail and the inner wiggly piece, except for the middle where I just used the outer wiggle and the detail as I wanted it to be a solid area in the same color, you could cut the wiggle too and put another color or element in there if you wish; make sure you save those piece out the middle as they would be great for other cards and beautiful to mount a square die cut or image on…

Next I cut some of the deep red from he country cottage paper collection to 5.75″ x 11.5″, I then scored this at 2 7/8″, and 8 5/8″ this created your gatefold base…

I then put some Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive onto my Essentials Easy Clean Mat and used a sponge to apply adhesive to one half of the large deck the halls die cut…

I then stuck this onto my card base…

You then want to do the same with your next smallest piece but this time apply your glue to the opposite side of the card and again with the centra piece to the same side as your largest piece…

Your pieces will now interlock like this…

Then I die cut the Merry Christmas from some white cardstock that I had applied double sided adhesive to…

I then peeled the release layer off the die cut and added Nuvo glitter…

I them used my sponge to apply some adhesive to the back and added it to the centre of the card…

There’s your finished project, you can display it interlaced or closed…

Here is a complete supply list so you can build your own…


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Thanks so much for joining me today, don’t forget to join myself and the rest of the DT girls regularly for more Holiday inspiration!

Happy Stamping!

Alexandra

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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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Making Holiday cards in bulk

Making handmade cards for the holiday season need not be daunting- you can easily make these cards in bulk and I will show you how I made these today!Smitha_Katti_holiday_card3

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Mass producing cards can be easy- if you create an assembly line. So first, we die cut all the things we need, I love the scripted Merry Christmas tree- and used green cardstock for the green tree shape and white for the words. When you have your die cutting machine out, die cut everything at once.

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Next, apply a thin coat of Nuvo embellishment mousse onto the tree shape. I like using the bristled brush to do this. Paint all the 3 tree shapes at once. img_9098

This adds a touch of shimmer to the tree that is beautiful and soft!

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Next, to add more glitter to the card, it is the holiday season after all, I used the Nuvo glimmer paste. I placed my stencil onto the card front and added a thin layer of the glimmer paste.

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Adhere the tree onto the card front. Attach the card front onto the card base. And the cards are ready!

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Do you make your cards at home? My favorite thing to create as a paper crafter has to be a card!

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I love the colors in this card! So festive yet modern. What are your favorite holiday colors? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!

 

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Happy Holidays!

Good morning!  Jess here with a modern and chic holiday card using a variety of Nuvo products!

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As I mentioned in my last post I’m enjoying getting to know all of these Nuvo products and my creations are mostly based on my experiments!  This time I decided to play with the aqua flow pens and see how they could be manipulated as a watercolor medium!

tonic1I started by adding a little Pure Platinum Embellishment Mousse to a Light Mist Spray Bottle, filled the bottle with water, and gave it a good shake to create a custom shimmer spray!  Look at that sparkle!!

tonic4Next I scribbled Aqua Flow pens in Evergreen Fern, Aqua Splash, and Fresh Green onto a piece of watercolor paper in no discernible pattern…

tonic2While it was still wet I spritzed it liberally with my custom shimmer spray…

tonic3And then set it aside to dry…I found that allowing it to dry naturally created the best results.  If I used my heat gun the pigment would crack a bit (a result of the embellishment mousse in the spray, I think).

tonic5It was hard to get a good photo of the dried result but I wanted to tilt it a bit so you could see the shimmer!  I did use a few pieces of washi tape to hold the paper down to my craft mat while it was drying.  Once it was totally dry I die-cut the Build a Wreath – Mistletoe Sprig from the shimmery cardstock using the Tangerine machine!  Isn’t it pretty?

tonic6Then I applied a layer of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss Simply White to the berries.

tonic8Next I wanted to create a very simple but striking background for my mistletoe so I turned to embellishment mousse and black cardstock.

tonic7I took the palette knife and literally just smeared a little Indian Gold embellishment mousse across the A2 panel of black cardstock.  I deliberately didn’t smooth down the mousse completely which left some interesting texture and dimension.  While the mousse and nuvo drops were drying I die-cut the Happy Holidays die from white cardstock three times and adhered them together with funky glue to create a thick chipboard-like sentiment.

tonic9And then I learned an interesting thing about the nuvo drops.  Apparently my die-cut wasn’t totally dry because the nuvo drops seemed to absorb some of the aqua flow ink and ended up turning a pale green.  I liked the end effect so I left it that way.  If I really wanted the berries to be white I could have added a second layer of nuvo drops on top but I like that they’re a little more subtle now!

toniccloseupFinally I simply adhered my sentiment and mistletoe sprig over the background with liquid funky glue!  This would be a very easy card design to replicate for a variety of occasions or you could mass-produce this card using different colors or dies!  I really love how it turned out and how beautifully all of the Nuvo products worked together!  I hope it inspires you to break out those Nuvo drops, mousses, and aqua flow pens and get crafty!!  Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful day!

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