Nov 202015

Sleigh Ride Ornament Card (2)The Sleigh Ride Ornament Card uses some of my favorite dies.  Notice there is no stamping on the front of this card-only the die cuts and embossing.

I am traveling and visiting family for the next couple of weeks so I don’t have my usual photographic tools available.  Therefore, my lighting is not the best to show off this beautiful card.

The sleigh and ornament topper are done is the Silver Glimmer Paper.  Also the “joy” is die cut from the Silver Glimmer Paper.  I used the “enjoy” thinlit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and just cut off the “en”.

Vellum card stock is used over the Soft Sky card stock of the ornament and “joy” .  Both pieces of vellum are embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder as well as the Whisper White background.

I hope you enjoy the Sleigh Ride Ornament Card and will try going ink free.

Oct 302015

Christmas cardInside cardThe Christmas Landscape Card is all about the inside 3D window scene.  The front of the card is a mountain and trees view, but the inside of the card looks through the window, complete with drapes, showing the decorated Christmas tree.

The card was inspired by a friend of mine whom I have featured before here on my blog.  Linda Campbell is such a talented paper crafter.  She showed me a similar design and I had to try it myself.

Look back at my post a few weeks ago to see another example and more details about creating the landscape on the front of this card.

The card is made with a 5 1/2″ X 11″ piece of card stock.  You can create your scene on the inside middle panel.  The panels are separated with 1/4″ lines so when folded you have a 3D look.  The card folds flat to fit into a standard medium envelope.

Linda's card front_wm Linda's card inside 3D_wm Linda's window inside_wmThese are photos of Linda’s card showing the 3D effect of the inside panels.  I also like her front door and will have to try that technique as well.

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Oct 212015

Christmas card Christmas card insideThinking of You at Christmas Card is my new favorite.  I love the green and gold together.

Today I thought:  I have been using silver on my Christmas cards and want to try using the gold.  The gold doily was perfect for the sketch.  The gold is carried throughout the card with gold embossing on the holly and the sentiment.

The front sentiment is inked with VersaMark and gold embossing powder added.  The inside sentiment and holly are inked with Mossy Meadow and gold embossing powder added.  It is hard to see this in the pictures, but it gives a shimmer the card.

The leaves of the holly were colored with Old Olive marker, blotted off and then heat set again.  This brings out the gold over the Mossy Meadow ink a bit more.  I colored the berries with Cherry Cobbler markers before stamping the holly.  Using this technique instead of VersaMark gives a bit more color without completely covering it up with the gold emboss.

Thinking of You at Christmas Card didn’t take to long to make and I will probably be repeating this for my own set of Christmas cards.

Pop over to i Love Card Sketches to see other examples using this week’s card sketch.

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Oct 192015

Christmas CardTime for Tinsel Christmas card is designed for a card sketch challenge.  I enjoy using card sketches to start the creative process.

What do I do next when designing a card?  Once I have a general idea of the shapes I want, I look to colors.  I knew I wanted to use Silver Glimmer paper snowflakes and to me that means a cooler color scheme such as the blues.

Actually unless I have a specific theme such as Christmas or a birthday or get well wishes, I choose the sentiment based on the room I have available.  Silver snowflakes usually mean Christmas or winter so those are the stamp sets I look for in my stash.  Sometimes I will have a specific message I want to include and then I choose the layers to match the size and shape of the sentiment.

If I were to re-make this card, I might add some texture to the blue layers – maybe some small polka dot embossed pattern.

I would love to know what aspects of the card do you plan first or last.  Please leave your comments below or Email Me with your suggestions and share your card design.

Oct 142015

Christmas card iLCS50Today’s JOY Christmas card is another creation by Linda Campbell.  She contributes to the designs for i Love Card Sketches.

This week marks our 50th sketch at i Love Card Sketches.  We’re so excited!  So, we decided to have a contest.  Everyone who submits a card using this week’s 50th sketch will be entered into a drawing.  On Sunday, October 18th we will randomly draw for one winner.  The winner will receive a three-month subscription to Papercrafts Toolbox.  Be sure to submit your e-mail address when submitting your project so we can contact you if you’re the winner.  And you can enter as many times as you’d like!  If you are already a member at Papercrafts Toolbox, not to worry, we’ve got you covered!

To get a peek at more creations using this card sketch or to upload your entry, visit i Love Card Sketches.





Sep 182015

Christmas CardToday I tried a sponged landscape to create the Peaceful Pines Christmas Card.

This background doesn’t need layers of card stock.  Masking is the key to creating the illusion of depth as well as using different colors of ink.  See the supply list below for colors.  First create a torn edge of card stock to use as the mask.  I also created both a positive and negative mask for the moon and the trees.

You create one section at a time, sponging on colors and covering the section just finished as you move up the card.  After I stamped the trees and sponged them, I went over the entire card front with dabs of Whisper White Craft ink and blended with a sponge.

The tree in the foreground is stamped in Mossy Meadow onto Whisper White card stock and then cut out with the coordinating framelit.  I added a small star to the top of the tree and outlined the tree with Dazzlin’ Details.  I added Dazzlin’ Details to the tree star and the stars in the sky.  I wish the picture showed off the subtle sparkle better.

The finished landscape is glued to Night of Navy card stock and then that is glued to a Whisper White card base.

The sponge landscape background takes is a little time consuming for mass production.  But, if you like to sponge and create this type of landscape background, the Peaceful Pines Christmas Card gives you some ideas for creating a few of your Christmas cards.

Sep 112015

Christmas cardA swing card for Christmas – Wishing You Christmas Joy is the message on the inside.

Christmas cardMaking a swing card like this is made so much easier when using the Circle Card Thinlits.  All the measuring and cutting is done in one run through the Big Shot.  Then you just need to complete the embellishments.

Fancy Foil Vellum is added to the left front panel and I cut a few of the snowflakes out with circle punches and added them to the swing and to the right panel.

To create a few of the elements I had to mix and match.  For instance, I only used the sleigh and horse and not the whole edgelit.  Inside the swing, I used the Night of Navy marker to ink just the “wishing you” from one stamp image and just the “Christmas” from another stamp image in the Versatile Christmas set.  The “joy” is cut from the “enjoy” thinlit from the Mini Treat Bag set.

Be creative with your stamps when you don’t have quite the right message or image you want.

Visit here every Friday for more Holiday ideas, tips and tricks.

Sep 012015

Christmas CardIntroducing the Holiday Catalog today!  There are so many wonderful products.  Just take a peek.  You will love it all!

To celebrate I am offering this Christmas card making tutorial absolutely FREE during the month of September when you place an order of $25 or more in my Online Store.

Take a nostalgic step back in time as you look through the window at this welcoming Christmas scene complete with Christmas decorations and a warm and inviting fire.

You will be able to recreate this lovely handmade Christmas card for to share with others.  To receive a complete PDF tutorial with a supply list, cutting, and step-by-step instructions, all you need to do is place an order of at least $25 in my store.  You will receive your PDF tutorial within 24 hours.

Or you can purchase this tutorial for only $2.95 by using the Buy Now button below.  After purchase you should be taken to a link to immediately download your PDF tutorial. Please contact me if you have questions or a problem.

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Aug 282015

Christmas CardToday’s Wonderful Moments Christmas Card highlights another beautiful bundle in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.

The Perfect Pines Photopolymer Bundle includes 3 sizes of tree framelits as well as decoration options.  Here I have used the “dots” or “ornaments” coordinating framelit to decorate the tree with golden ornaments.  The top tree is cut from Always Artichoke card stock.  Another tree is cut from Gold Foil using the same framelit without  the “ornaments”.  When the two are layered together you get a beautiful little tree with golden ornaments.  I used an embossing stylus to help the gold pop to the front.

The background is stamped lightly with a couple of trees from the Peaceful Pines stamp set which is part of the bundle.

The frame is created with the new Boughs & Berries Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the center is cut out with one of the framelits from Cards & Labels Framelits.

The Wonderful Moments Christmas Card uses a very traditional color scheme.  You can see more holiday projects here every Friday.  Follow Paper Crafts Obsession on Facebook so you don’t miss the upcoming holiday projects.

Supplies used from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog online September 1st:

Peaceful Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set
Perfect Pines Framelits Dies
Peaceful Pines Photopolymer Bundle which includes the Perfect Pines Framelits and the Peaceful Pines Photopolymer stamp set.
Boughs & Berries Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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