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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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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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Sending Holiday Cheer

While it is not quite Thanksgiving, now is the perfect time to start making all those Christmas cards you send to your family and friends.  Mass production of cards can be intimidating but with a few tips and tools, you can crank out those cards and have some fun, too!

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Gather all your supplies and sketch out your card design.  To begin, cut all the cardstock and bases for the cards.  It also is a good idea to score the bases so that they are ready to fold when you are assembling them.   Then die cut all the pieces of paper and cardstock.  Using the assembly-line approach really helps to streamline the process.

Once all the paper is die cut, it’s time to stamp!  Using the stamp platform is the easiest and fastest way to stamp the sentiment.  It helps with perfect alignment plus if you don’t get a clean image the first time, you can stamp it again.

Now it is time to start assembling the cards.   Keeping a special pair of snips that are just to cut ribbon is important because the snips always stay sharp.  Here a piece of ribbon is used on the handle of the snips to indicate they are just for ribbon.

After assembling the cards, it’s time to add the Nuvo Glitter drops for the final touch.  Be sure you have plenty of space to put the finished cards out for the drops to dry a bit.

This stack of cards were fast and fun to create.  Having a nice stack of cards waiting for their addresses is a great way to start the Christmas season!

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Fun Fall Cardmaking

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We can all agree that the last few months of the year are a whirlwind of activity. During these hectic days it can be hard to get any crafting projects done, so I’m here with some tips for streamlining your cardmaking process while giving yourself time to get creative.

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One huge time saver is to gather up all of your favorite themed elements, in this case fall, in a box or tray for easy access throughout a particular season. This can be very helpful! If you do a little prep work at the beginning of the season, it makes it so much easier to sit down when you have a spare moment and dive right in.

The easiest way for me to work is to pre-cut a bunch of basic elements, such as card bases, tags, banners, or background layers. This helps me get the most out of my papers, and I can mix and match as I go to create a batch of coordinating cards all at once. The scalloped rectangles from the layering basics set are one of my favorite things to pre cut.

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For my first card I grabbed one of my pre cut rectangles and chose a leaf die that fit nicely in the center. Be sure to use a little tape to hold it in place before running it through your Tangerine machine.

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With a few quick snips on the guillotine I sized down some plaid paper for my A2 sized card, and applied several foam squares to the back of my leaf layer to make it stand out.

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Time to glue on a simple twine bow.

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Then add some Nuvo drops and you’re done! What a quick and simple card!

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The next card has a few more layers than the first. One cool feature of these leaf die sets is that you can make silhouettes or more complex layers all from the same set. I chose to do the wheat stalk in copper glitter and kraft papers.

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Once you have the two layers you can glue them together with the glue pen. It makes it so easy to get into all the tiny detailed areas.

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I found the perfect fall sentiment on a “cut apart” scrapbook paper page to serve as my central layer. I attached that to a plaid scalloped rectangle with some tape runner, then covered the back of the plaid side with foam squares. I am a bit of a foam square addict.

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Attach the wheat with a glue pen, add another simple twine bow and you’re done!

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On this last card I tried to break away from my usual symmetrical approach by angling the scalloped rectangle layer across the corner of the card. I decided on the placement, then flipped it over on my 6″ guillotine for a quick trim.

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I added another plaid layer to carry the theme through my final card and placed the angled rectangle over it. (No foam squares this time!) Then I treated a small area with my powder tool to prep for stamping.

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Using a Versamark pad I stamped “thankful” as a clear watermark, then covered it with Gold Enchantment embossing powder.

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I reached for my pile of assorted pre-cut leaf shapes to find one that fit the space perfectly, then added a simple bow.

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And of course, my finishing touch is two different colors of Nuvo drops to bring everything together.

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I hope this gives you some ideas to fit in a few quick crafting sessions before Thanksgiving arrives! Happy Crafting!

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Thankful Banner

Celebrate the thankful season with a simple banner to decorate your mantle with! 48.jpg

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First step, die cut a bunch of bunting shapes using the Tangerine machine and the Beautiful Bunting Grand Gala die set. Cut as many bunting shapes as you need to accommodate your word.

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Next, lets decorate each bunting shape with some stamping. I used the Tim Holtz Stamping platform to make quick work of the stamping. Once you mount your stamp correctly, you can easily stamp the same image on each of the buntings.

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I used the Henna Tag stamp and the Acorn brown colored ink to stamp the pretty design onto the bunting shape.

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I love how detailed this stamp is! And since we are using the stamping platform, if the image does not stamp perfectly the first time, we can easily restamp the image.

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Stamping a bunch of of images gets done super fast, thanks to the stamping platform action.

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That’s it~ How pretty does this thankful banner look along with the fall leaf banner, a previous project of mine I shared here.

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

Smitha

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Holiday Themed Birthday Card

Make your own pattern to create a great holiday themed birthday card! Using the stamping platform makes it easy to create any pattern easily!

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I started by trimming my cardstock to measure 4.25 by 5.5 inches to be my card front using the Super Trimmer. This is my current favorite trimmer, so easy to use!32

Mount your stamp onto the Tim Holtz Stamping platform, ink the circle and stamp. Then move the card base up or left by 1 inch and stamp again, this time with a different colored stamp. 33

Keeping moving the cardstock by 1 inch and stamping. Stamping and creating a fun pattern like this with two colors of ink is so much fun with this platform! You can mix and match stamps, colors and distances to create an unique pattern each time.

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Before you put away the platform, make sure to stamp a sentiment onto some white cardstock. I like to align  my sentiment to the bottom of the cardstock.

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Trim the sentiment and adhere onto the card beneath the stamping. And now you have a special one of a kind birthday card for a friend!38I 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 my friends!

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