Make Plans for the Perfect Christmas Card

by Elina Stromberg

Snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards Shapphire Blue.

Busy Christmas card season is soon here! I envy those efficient crafters who start making their Christmas cards early enough, so that they can create beautiful, diverse card designs for each receiver. I usually start too late, and in order to complete the task on time I must choose only one or two designs that are easy and quick to do even in larger quantities. However, simple does not mean that the cards need be boring, quite the contrary! A wow-factor must be included, and even if time may be running short, I still take time to carefully plan the card design.

Each year I make a few extra cards that I keep to myself. I want to keep record of the card designs I have used, as my cards must never be replicates of the previous years’ designs. Making a couple of test rounds before starting the actual card making project has proven to be a wise choice, too. Whenever I want to come up with a new and fresh design idea, I like to start with making several samples. For me that’s the only way to see what works and what doesn’t. This is especially true when including new media, new color combinations, new supplies or new techniques. A few pieces of scrap paper keep this endeavor an inexpensive choice for testing! I’ll switch to higher quality card bases when I’m ready to go into production.

This year my Christmas cards will most probably have a snowflake background; snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards. For my sample pieces, I sprayed two sheets of white mixed media cardstock with blue Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Those shimmering cold blue colors gave just the icy look and feel I needed! I mixed the colors with water, dried with my heat gun, and cut the sheets into smaller sample pieces. I even punched one sheet with a tag punch and a set of gift tags was made on the same go.

For sample #1, I applied Metallic Silver Creative Medium through a snowflake stencil. On sample #2, I stamped different small snowflakes with Sapphire Blue Delicata ink and for sample #3, I used the same snowflake stencil with the Sapphire Delicata ink and a Stipple Brush.

I continued testing on punched gift tags: #4 is heat embossed with white embossing powder, and #5 with silver.

For tags #6 and #7,  I used the previous techniques once again, as I wanted to see how they work on small backgrounds.

For tags #8 and #9,  I die-cut snowflakes from glitter paper and glued them down with On Point Glue. #8 is misted with Original GooseBumps Texture Spray, and #9 outlined with ‘Wedding Dress’ white irRESISTible texture spray.

Now the only tricky part is to choose which pattern or texture to use for my Christmas cards. As much I liked the stamped and die-cut images, I think I will go for the stenciled Metallic Silver Creative Medium. The shimmering silver just looks so cool on the shimmering, icy blue background!

From here building a card design that could be both time-friendly and very personalized will be easy and fun! Enjoy!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Mixed media paper
  • Water mister
  • 13Arts Studio – Snowflake stencil
  • Snowflake stamps
  • Scissors
  • Tag punch

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Are You Ready for Christmas Cardmaking?

by Martha Lucia Gomez

On this project, I used Delicata and Memento Markers with two different stamping techniques. I divided the making of this card into two steps. It's a simple process and so fun to make!

Are you ready for Christmas? I started my holiday creations using different colors and this year the Rose Gold is trending so I used it to create the background of my card.  I thought it would be fun to color the wood grain texture created by the embossing folder. On this project, I used Delicata and Memento Markers with two different stamping techniques. I divided the making of this card into two steps. It’s a simple process and so fun to make!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1-hour + dry time

Directions

Ink the upper side of the folder directly with the Delicata ink pad. Pass the sandwich as usual through the die cut machine
Step 1

Put rose gold paper inside of the folder. Ink the upper side of the folder directly with the Dark Brown Shimmer Delicata inkpad. Pass the sandwich through the die cut machine. Remove the embossed cardstock and paste the embossed layer over a card base once dry. (You could get a similar look using brown paper and Rose Gold Delicata!)

 watercolor paper and Memento Markers in two different colors
Step 2

For this step, I used watercolor paper and Memento Markers in two different colors. Secure the stamp over a Misti stamping tool. Use Memento Marker to color the different parts of the image. Stamp over the watercolor paper. With a paint brush or aqua painter, create a distress around the leaves of the wreath and in the center of the berries. Cut the wreath using a cross stitch die cut circle. Add texture over the wreath using White Radiant Neon Amplify and activate with the heat tool to create the puffy effect. Stamp a sentiment on the center of the wreath using Delicata Ruby Red. Paste the wreath over the decorated base and finalize the decoration adding a tiny bow.

This project was very enjoyable to make and can be a great way to start off holiday cardmaking!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Misti stamping tool
  • Cardstock – rose gold, dark brown
  • Watercolor paper
  • Waterbrush
  • So Suzy Stamps – Wreath and Peace Stamps
  • Stampin’ Up – Wood Embossing Folder
  • Bakers Twine
  • Gina Marie Designs – Circle Cross Stitch die cut

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Set Aside Some Time to Make Your Holiday Planner

by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a super fun planner page made with Imagine and Tsukineko products. It is September and it is perfect month to get ahead start on holiday planning. So what better way to do holiday planning than to start with creating a holiday planner page?!

Directions


Step 1

Punch holes in cardstock using Crop-O-Dile.


Step 2

Add various holiday colors with Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays onto cardstock. I chose Christmas colors with Lady Bug, New Sprout (light green) and Desert Sand (soft gold).


Step 3

Stamp letters spelling “holiday” and add letter stickers spelling “plans” onto white cardstock.


Step 4

With a Memento marker color in the large holiday letters with Dandelion.


Step 5

Add washi tape and sticker stitches onto page.


Step 6

Stamp the fun santa claus image and color with Lady Bug in Memento (yes it matches the Fireworks color). Add googlie eyes — of course! Since there are plenty of planner stamp sets out on the market, you can continue to set up the goals and to-do lists in the following pages as you wish. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Supplies

Imagine
  • Memento Inkpad – Tuxedo Black
  • Memento Marker – Lady Bug, London Fog, Dandelion
  • Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray – Lady Bug, New Sprout, Desert Sand
Other
  • Avery Elle Stamp
  • Technique Tuesday – Dear Santa Stamp Set
  • Googlie eyes
  • Washi Tape
  • Sticker Stitches
  • Letter Stickers
  • Crop-O-Dile
  • Websters Pages – Planner

 

What a Beautiful World with Delicata

What a Beautiful World with Delicata

You Make the World Beautiful Handmade Card by Alison Heikkila

Hello! In August, Imagine introduced 6 new Delicata colors, and today I am using some of them. I absolutely LOVE these inks. They have the most beautiful glimmer to them. My card uses stamps from the Hero Arts “You Are Loved” stamp set. I love this set because of all of the beautiful messages it has, but also because a portion of the proceeds goes to an anti-bullying campaign.

This card is easy to make. I started with the globe by stamping Smooth Bristol Paper with VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black and embossing. Color the globe with 2 different Brush-Tip Fantastix and apply the Emerald Green Delicata Ink for the land and Sapphire Blue Delicata Ink for the ocean. Heat set with heat tool.

On a piece of vellum, I stamped the sentiment with Ruby Red Delicata, heat set and diecut with a large frame. Then I swiped Champagne Delicata Ink across black cardstock in a horizontal arc. From here it is all about putting all the pieces together. I added sparkly washi tape, stars from the same stamp set with Celestial Copper Delicata Ink, the globe and irRESISTibles Pico Embellisher in Shimmer.

Just look at all of that fantastic shine!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Hero Arts – You Are Loved Stamp Set
  • Stampendous – Fitted Frames Set B
  • Queen & Co. – Washi Tape
  • Glue Dots
  • Black foam square adhesives
  • Strathmore – Smooth Bristol Paper
  • Cardstock – black
  • Vellum

Change the World using Rose Gold by Neva Cole

Change the World using Rose Gold by Neva Cole

Personally I really like Rose Gold, my iPhone just happens to be this color! It was fun to create a card that features this fabulous color. To highlight the Rose Gold color, the card is a clean and simple design. The images are stamped in Delicata Rose Gold and Black Shimmer first to help determine the placement of the line of pressure embossed dots. The dots were inked using a Fantastix Brush point and the Delicata Rose Gold ink. The base card is inked with crumpled aluminum foil and Delicata Rose Gold. The top panel is adhered and the simple but sophisticated card is ready to be sent to a friend!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cream cardstock
  • Unity – Love Brings You Home stamp set
  • Cuttlebug – Daisy Borders embossing folder
  • Aluminum foil
  • Corner rounder

Sending Big Hugs Using Delicata Rose Gold Ink

by Nadine Carlier

Big Hugs Card by Nadine Carlier ic

All the new Delicata colors are truly stunning but I have to admit, I think the rose gold is my favorite. I love the gold shimmer it has mixed with the soft rose color. I also added Imagines gold embossing powder as accents to my card to really make it pop

Watch my video tutorial below to see how I created my card. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Make a Beautiful Congrats Card with Delicata Rose Gold

by Elina Stromberg

Make a Beautiful Congrats Card with Delicata Rose Gold

Creating beautiful cards does not necessarily require having lots of different special tools. Of course, crafting tools are handy and make many project steps easier. But sometimes, even if you are surrounded with all the latest crafting gadgets, it’s nice to go back to the basics and create something beautiful using just the simplest supplies.

This card design is super easy to make, and the result looks beautiful. Kids will learn the decoration technique in a flash, so maybe these cards will be the theme for your next creative family afternoon together?

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Fold a piece of paper in half and draw half of the heart on one side
Step 1

Fold a piece of paper in half and draw half of the heart on one side, making sure that the inside of the heart is in the fold. With the paper folded, cut the half heart shape that you just drew.

Using the eraser end of the pencil and Delicata Rose Gold ink
Step 2

Place the heart in the middle of the card front. Using the eraser end of the pencil and Delicata Rose Gold ink, stamp tiny circles around the heart mask.


Step 3

Place the self-cut heart stencil over the previously masked heart. Mist the heart with clear GooseBumps texture spray. Remove stencil and let air dry.


Step 4

Die-cut the sentiment letters twice, using pink and dark blue cardstock. If you don’t have a die-cutting machine, stamp or hand-draw the text and cut out. Press the bottom half of each letter on clear VersaMark embossing ink. Dip the letter in gold embossing powder. Heat set the powder with a heat gun. Press the upper half of each letter on Rose Gold Delicata ink. Let dry. Glue the decorated pink letters on dark blue ones. The dark letter will appear as a shadow, creating a 3D impression. Glue the letters on the card front. Mat the card front on pink cardstock, attach to card base using double-sided tape.

Optional Version posted on September 1st. Decorate the card with stitches: Place the heart shaped stencil on the card front, punch stitch marks around the heart. Sew with straight stitches, using pink embroidery yarn.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Pencil
  • Copy paper
  • White card base
  • Scissors
  • Two-sided tape
  • Heat Gun

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