Create Cute and Simple Window Decor for Christmas

by Elina Stromberg

Create Cute and Simple Window Decor for Christmas

If snow is not yet covering the ground, and you’re only hoping for white Christmas, it’s just the right time to hang snowflake decorations in the window. This fun upcycling project will take you into the Christmas mood and the best thing is that you’ll probably have all the needed supplies already in your stash. These snowflakes are quick and simple to make, and they’re also the perfect DIY project for children impatiently waiting for Christmas!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + drying time

Directions


Step 1

Die-cut or punch circles from clear plastic packaging.

trace snowflake lines with a silver irRESISTible Pico Embellisher
Step 2

Print or hand-draw snowflake images on paper. Place plastic circle on the printed image, and trace snowflake lines with a silver irRESISTible Pico Embellisher.


Step 3

Set aside to dry.


Step 4

Create chains of circles by connecting 3 or 4 snowflakes with white sewing yarn.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Clear plastic packaging
  • Circle dies (Sizzix) or a strong circle punch (Fiskars)
  • White sewing yarn
  • Scissors

Learn to Make Handmade Ornaments with StazOn Ink

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Using Vertigo sheets, I made window ornaments that allow light to go through them both day and night in reverse way. Enjoy Christmas decoration colors when you are in home from the daylight coming from your window and filtered via the Vertigo sheets, while you share the same decoration during the night to look from outside when light comes from your home.

Level: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Start by printing the template for the shapes provided in the pdf in the supplies list. Cut the Vertigo plastic sheets to the template shapes.


Step 2

Cover the Vertigo sheets shapes, first with the StazOn Studio Glaze color and when it dries, cover with the matching StazOn ink pad.


Step 3

For the star shape 2 layers of color are used of StazOn Studio Glaze Gold.


Step 4

Use the Stipple Brush No 6 and the Delicata emerald green to make strokes following again the shape of three and the way branches should look. Let it dry. Repeat on the other side.


Step 5

Use a star die to open space in the round Vertigo sheet shape and then, stamp designs with VersaMark and heat set the Imagine’s verdigris color embossing powder.


Step 6

For the heart shape use white embossing powder, for the yellow use green.

Punch a hole and pass ribbon through it to easily hand them on windows.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Viva decor Peacock feathers stamp set
  • Heat gun
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Star die

Create a Beautiful Mountain Landscape with Stamps

by Neva Cole

Create a Beautiful Mountain Landscape with Stamps

This is a scene I truly would enjoy gazing upon Mount Hood in the distance with a few deer peeking out through snow covered evergreens. I get to see deer in my yard on occasion hiding among the trees, and I can see mountains in my home town, just not out my front window! So, this is a fantasy scene created just for our Winter Window challenge. Learn how to make your own window frame using a wood grain stamp, Tear It! Tape and Kraft cardstock to surround a multilayered outdoor landscape.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 90 minutes

Directions


Scribble Memento Markers on craft matStep 1

Stamp foreground images in StazOn Saddle Brown on white cardstock and die cut. Scribble Memento Markers on craft mat along with a spritz of Ink Potion No. 9 and watercolor images.


use Memento Markers in Pistachio and Olive Grove in the foreground and Danube Blue for the sky.Step 2

Stamp Mount Hood image in StazOn Saddle Brown on 5” x 6 ½” Bristol Board card base and watercolor. I choose to use Memento Markers in Pistachio and Olive Grove in the foreground and Danube Blue for the sky. Most of the foreground will be covered.


Stamp woodgrain image in Memento Rich CocoaStep 3

Stamp woodgrain image in Memento Rich Cocoa on a 3” x 11” section of Kraft cardstock. The image is not designed to line up, so I used a Memento Dual Tip Marker to draw in lines to finish the look.


Step 4

Trim Kraft cardstock into ¾” strips and score the back 1/8” from each edge. Die cut the center from Kraft cardstock trimmed to 5” x 6 ½” to make the supporting window frame.


Step 5

Apply Tear It! Tape to all four sides of the base frame. Fold edges of each section back on scored lines trim to fit the frame. Adhere each section to create window frame.


Step 6

Arrange and adhere die cuts to create desired scene. The background images are adhered directly to the card base, the middle images have one layer of thin dimensional foam adhesive, and the foreground images have two layers of thin dimensional foam adhesive. Take care to avoid adhesive around the edges where the frame will be placed. Trim images that overhang the scene.


Step 7

To add a bit of shimmer to the scene, color snow sections on mountain with Versa Marker and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder. When I view snow-covered mountains from a distance they seem to have a bit of a glimmer.


Step 8

Add bits of Radiant Neon Amplify! on the scene to mimic a light covering of snow in the foreground, and a snow topped mountain in the background. Heat to cure and puff up the Amplify! Adhere frame over the scene. Add any finishing details that inspire you!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Bristol Board
  • Cardstock – white, kraft
  • Rainy Day Stamps – Mount Hood Large (Vintage)
  • Heartfelt Creations – Woodsy Critters stamp & die set, Woodsy Wonderland stamp & die set
  • Unity Stamp Company – Grainy Background
  • Elizabeth Craft Design – Stitched Rectangles
  • Fine tipped paint brush

Star Light Star Bright Holiday Card

by Jowilna Nolte

Star Bright Celebrate This Life Holiday Card by Jowilna Nolte. This beautiful Christmas Card celebrates with a bright gold star and a green background.

Working out of my comfort zone this month with the color green! But boy did I enjoy myself using all these amazing rich colors in this papercrafting project. Look at the effects you can achieve by combining different shades of greens together for a striking background.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minute

Directions


On smooth white cardstock add at least four shades of Tsukineko's dye inkers in green.Step 1

On smooth white cardstock add at least four shades of Tsukineko’s dye inkers in green.


Mist the ink drops with water to make the different colors bleed and run into each other. Make sure to cover the entire sheet of cardstock.Step 2

Mist the ink drops with water to make the different colors bleed and run into each other. Make sure to cover the entire sheet of cardstock.


Step 3

Use a heat gun to dry the inked background. Add more colors and repeat the process as need be. The ink will lighten slightly when dry.


 Embossing Folder by Anna Griffin
Step 4

Use a decorative embossing folder to add texture to your colored cardstock. Here I used an embossing folder by Anna Griffin.


Use Brilliance DewDrops in Pearlescent Ivy to lightly ink over the embossed areasStep 5

Use Brilliance DewDrops in Pearlescent Ivy and Pearlescent Thyme to lightly ink over the embossed areas. The shimmering inks will add a slight shine to the raised areas giving it a beautiful effect.


add gold shaded areas using Delicata Golden Glitz using your finger
Step 6

Stamp circles and texture using the Dina Wakely stamps (or stamps of choice) and VersaFine Onyx Black onto white cardstock. Dina Wakely stamps offer textured designs which you can see in the script in the photo above. Cut the circles out and brush with shades of green acrylic paint. Leave the stamped circles to dry for a while and then add gold shaded areas using Delicata Golden Glitz using your finger. Remember to use only a small amount of inker at a time on your finger – less is more in this case.


Step 7

Stamp sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black and decorate to match the mixed media style. Finish the design by arranging the embossed card panel as the base, then circle stamps, and top with the stamped sentiment and embellishments in the style you wish.

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock – white
  • Anna Griffin – Embossing Folder
  • Carabelle Studio – stamp
  • Dina Wakley – stamp
  • Diamanté – stars, mini clip, etc
  • Spray bottle

Share Some Love With Cardmaking

Love is the topic of the day! Renee and Tenia have two great projects that respond to our challenge in November – Heart Felt.

Heartfelt Card Love Rocks by Renee Zarate

Life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns, there are times when we can send a friend or loved one a little reassurance that we’re thinking of them. By using Memento inks and a few drops of water we can create a one of a kind heartfelt card.

Using small daubers apply different contrasting colors of ink to a gesso primed piece of scrap paper. Apply droplets of water to the paper and blot with a kitchen towel.

Measure the panel to desired size, this panel was cut to 4 ½” to 6 ½”, use a cutting tool to trim to size. Cut a piece of black card cardstock ½” larger than the panel, this will be the mat. Ink the edges of the panel with Paris Dusk Memento ink. Stamp hearts on pieces of scrap paper and cut out. Stamp phrase at the bottom of panel. Adhere the hearts to the panel using pop dots on the smaller heart to elevate it adding dimension. Add additional mark making stamping for interest. Use Tear It! Tape to adhere the panel to the black mat and then onto the blank card.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Strathmore 140 # Mixed Media Paper
  • White Gesso
  • Dina Wakley – Collaged Hearts stamp
  • Snapping Monsters – Wonder Girl stamp
  • Paper trimmer
  • Heat tool
  • Cardstock – Black
  • White blank card
  • Kitchen paper towels
  • Water spray bottle
  • Scissors

‘Love You’ Watercolored Rose Card by Tenia Nelson

Tenia here from Jazzy Paper Designs with a watercolor card using Imagine and Tsukineko products. I love this large rose as the center image and the contrasting “love u” sentiment that compliments it. Here are some tips on how I created this lovely card.

Stamp and heat emboss the large rose onto watercolor paper.  Create mask and stamp and heat emboss stem of the rose onto watercolor paper. The black embossing powder is a perfect compliment to the watercoloring technique. Watercolor image using red and green Memento markers. Lay down some of the ink onto an acrylic block and lift with a waterbrush.


While you are finishing up the watercoloring, add splatter onto image panel with the remaining ink in the waterbrush. Stamp the “love u” sentiment onto Kraft cardstock and cut out with scissors. Adhere sentiment onto card along with washi, sequins and sticker stitches. Adhere image panel onto cardbase with another other finishing touches you prefer.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Altenew – Sketchy Rose Stamp Set
  • Cardstock
  • Canson Watercolor Paper
  • SRM Press – Sticker Stitches
  • Washi Tape
  • Sequins
  • Aquabrush
  • Acrylic Block (for watercoloring)
  • Adhesive

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Make a ‘Thanks a Latte’ Hand Painted Card

by Jowilna Nolte 

Make a 'Thanks a Latte' Hand Painted Card

Create a beautiful shimmering coffee colored background for cards using a few essential inks from the Imagine and Tsukineko stable. Work on a piece of recycled cardstock and create a fun checkered effect.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions


Step 1

Use a medium-sized paintbrush and paint a criss-cross pattern onto a piece of cardstock using Truffle All-Purpose Ink. Leave the painted background to dry naturally.


Step 2

Once the All-Purpose Ink is dry, use a larger paint brush and paint a layer of Creative Medium in Shimmer over the background. Leave to dry to reveal a gorgeous shimmer effect.


Step 3

Stamp your “Thanks a Latte” sentiment and coffee cup onto smooth white cardstock using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Trim into tag sized strips.


Step 4

Attach the stamped sentiment onto the background card using a heart-themed brad. Finish off the look by adding another smaller brad and small diamanté.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today! If you liked this cute and quick tutorial then please comment below or share!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardstock – White, Recycled from photo packaging
  • Brads
  • Diamanté

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