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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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Paper Christmas Village

Hello friends! Smitha here today and I am making and sharing this adorable Paper Christmas Village with you! Let’s get started!Smitha_Katti_Christmas_paper_villageSupplies used:

You guys, this Toy Emporium Die Set is simply adorable!! Let’s assemble one today shall we?img_9352

You start by cutting the building shapes. You will need two of each to put the building together. I chose a soft blue color to go with my whimsical paper christmas village theme. img_9353

Add glue and adhere all the pieces. This comes together very similar to the Ginger bread houses.

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Die cut all the extra details next. I used two contrasting colors- a white and a darker teal cardstock today. You can add as many details as you like to this- there are many options included in the die set!

Like these tiny little wreaths. Aren’t these simply the cutest? Sorry for the zoomed in thumb photo, but I wanted to show the scale of these wreaths. 

I had so much fun building and decorating this Toy Emporium today! It is so cute!!!

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To put together my Paper Christmas village, I pulled out the DIY Paper Holiday Trees I made last year. I also added two Gingerbread Houses– I have a video showing how I put those together on my blog.

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And that’s it! Our little Paper Christmas village is all ready to be displayed and enjoyed. And honestly, this project came out way cuter than I had envisioned and I love it!Smitha_Katti_Toy_emporium

Let me know what you think of this Paper Christmas Village in the comments below!

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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Hand painted Ornaments

I’ve never painted my own ornaments before and was so surprised at how simple a craft this is! The results are unique and you have a one of a kind ornament to decorate your tree with in a few minutes!

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Start by removing the top of the ornament and keeping aside. We don’t want to get paint on it. Next, using the blender brush apply the darker shade of mousse towards the bottom of the ornament and then apply the lighter colored  mousse towards the upper area.

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The embellishment mousse dries very quickly and there is not really much of a wait time. I applied two coats of mousse per ornament to get this really soft, pearly look that is so unique and beautiful!

You can mix and match colors as required for your color scheme and create whole set of ornaments in an afternoon.

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And here is how my ornament looks all dried and ready! I purposely left the brush strokes visible, it gives an artsy boutique look and feel. I love how the two colors contrast on each ornament, but you could just one color per ornament if you want too.

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Here are the four ornaments I DIYed today. Which color is your favorite of them? I absolutely LOVE the gold one!

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I hope this tutorial inspires you to take a look at your ornaments and maybe even upcycle some old ones. Happy crafting!

Smitha

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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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Thanks for stopping by!

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DIY Place Cards

The Holiday crafting season has begun! Today I am making some pretty place cards that would be perfect for your holiday table!8.jpgSupplies Used:

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Using the Super Trimmer, trim cardstock down to 4 by 6 inches and fold to create place cards that measure 3 by 4 inches. This size is perfect to work with!2

Place stencil onto card front and center into position. Using the brush apply a thin (or thick!) layer of embellishment mousse. I like to generally apply a thin layer, this dries so fast and yet adds the right touch of shimmer to the card. 3

You could also alternately use the palette knife to apply the mousse over the stencil. This will give more of a mixed media look and texture to the place cards.

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Mix and match your mousse colors to create the perfect color scheme for your party!5

I love how simple it is to add a touch of texture and shine to these cards with the mousse + stencil action. 6

For the names, I die cut banner shapes using the Christmas banner die set and then lettered my guest’s name onto that. The banner shape makes the place card look so special!7

And that’s it! The place cards are ready for your party with friends or family!8

How have your holiday crafting plans been coming along? What projects have you completed already? Let me know in the comments below! Happy crafting!

Smitha