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

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

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Christmas Planning with a Fun Blackboard Menu

by Neva Cole

Blackboard Menus are popular at many eating establishments, so I decided to make one of my own for Christmas parties that I hold in my home during the holiday season

Blackboard menus are popular at many eating establishments, so I decided to make one of my own for Christmas parties that I hold in my home during the holiday season. I host at least one party every year, and may even get in on the neighborhood progressive dinner this year! Creative Medium, a little glitter and two stencils quickly made this menu board very festive! The Creative Medium will hold fine particle embellishments like glitter or beads. The Iridescent Green Creative Medium shows up fabulously on the black background, and the Gold Creative Medium adds a touch of metallic elegance. The menu is written in colored Crayola chalk that was sharpened with a child’s large pencil sharpener.

This fun and easy project is a great way to enhance any party! Enjoy and thank you for stopping by!

Supplies

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  • Sierra Pacific Crafts – 12” x 12” Chalkboard Tile
  • Stencil Girl –Three Trees stencil
  • C-Thru Stencils – 3/4” Swash Bold Italic alpha stencil
  • Art Institute Ultra Fine Glitter – Christmas Red
  • Crayola Chalk
  • Pencil sharpener for large pencils

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Fun and Easy Solution to Add a Festive Vibe to Your Celebration

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

 The napkin rings are full of bright red color, combined with the gold wires and stars to bring a festive and glamorous air on your table.

Setting the table for Christmas can be a big part of this special occasion and having a handmade decoration that also serves a purpose makes it even better. These napkin rings are full of bright red cheer, combined with gold stars, they bring a festive and glamorous air to your table. Vertigo sheets make it easy to craft a functional and beautiful item for your holiday table.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut the Vertigo sheet in 3 pieces of 2 x 6 inches

Vertigo Sheet with the StazOn Blazing Red
Step 2

Using a sponge dauber color the Vertigo Sheet with the StazOn Blazing Red. Let it dry and place a coat layer of StazOn Studio Glaze in Claret. Finish with an additional layer of the Blazing Red.

Die cut a star in the center of the Vertigo cutting and punch little stars on the rest of it.
Step 3

Die cut a star in the center of the Vertigo piece. Punch little stars around the larger center star.


Step 4

Glue metallic stars on the Vertigo sheet.


Step 5

Cut wires of 4, 5 and 6 inches long pieces. Bind them together in with extra wire. Using jewelry glue, set some metallic stars and some Vertigo punched stars on the top edges only of each wire.

Glue the long edges of the Vertigo cuttings to form a tube. Add the wires near the large die cut star.
Step 6

Glue the edges of the Vertigo strips together to form a tube. Adhere the wires near the large die cut star.

Step 7

Roll your napkin and place in the napkin ring. It’s festive enough to be placed at the center of each place setting!

Supplies

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  • Star shape punch
  • Star shape die
  • Gold star embellishments
  • Jewelry wire – gold
  • Jewelry glue
  • Pliers

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Learn How to Make Marbled Paper with Delicata Inkers

by Roni Johnson

I wanted to share a throwback background technique to a time when I just started scrapbooking and making cards. There weren’t a whole lot of paper choices out there so we became inventive and made our own. One of my favorites is marble paper. This technique is quick, easy and very addictive. Best part, it can be made using a few items you’ve got around the home.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Cut cardstock to the desired size. You’ll need lots of cardstock pieces because this technique is like potato chips–you can’t make just one. Find a non-porous shallow pan with at least 1-inch sides. Apply a small dot of removable adhesive to the back of a piece of cardstock and attach cardstock to the center of the pan.  Add 3-4 drops of one or more colors of Delicata pigment ink along the edges of the pan.


Step 2

Drop in 3-10 marbles (or any small ball), try to find marbles or balls of varying sizes. By using different sizes you’ll be able to create a variety of different patterns. Pick up the pan and tilt it this way and that letting the marbles roll through the ink and over the cardstock.


Step 3

Continue rolling until you’re satisfied with the design.


Step 4

Remove the paper and repeat steps 3-7 as many times as you’d like. Once you’re finished you’ll have a whole pile of wonderful designs just waiting to be used. The results can be used on a variety of projects, everything from scrapbook pages, cards, tags, mixed media projects, place cards and more!

Supplies

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  • Delicata Inkers – Rose Gold, Emerald Green, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Pink Shimmer, Champagne, Golden Glitz, Silver, Cosmic Copper, White Shimmer
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  • Cardstock
  • Shallow Bakers Pan
  • Marbles

 

See How to Make Your Own Shimmery Eclipse Scrapbook Layout

by Neva Cole

the Great American Eclipse Scrapbook Layout with Delicata ink

I will admit, the Great American Eclipse truly lived up to all the hype and expectations. We are fortunate to live very close to the zone of totality and were able to enjoy an experience of a lifetime! There were many amazing photos taken on this date, and I was able to take a few myself. I am surprised that my totality photo of the corona resembles the others taken across the United States. Knowing I would create a scrapbook layout to commemorate the event, I planned ahead and had everyone sign on a section of white cardstock. Totality was so stunning I wanted to create the same look and feel of nature and the new Delicata Ink colors were absolutely perfect! This is a super easy background to create for your own eclipse photos, or the technique could be used for any layout that needs an ethereal sky backdrop!

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions

Goose Bumps bottle and gently take the clear texture medium over the top half of the Bristol Board
Step 1

Trim Strathmore 100lb Bristol Board to 12” x 12”. Bristol Board is absolutely the best for this technique as it will stand up to a heavy application of Ink Potion No. 9 and ink blending with Jumbo Daubers. Remove the spray applicator from the GooseBumps bottle and gently tap the clear texture medium over the top half of the Bristol Board. Set aside to dry.

Apply Delicata in Champagne with a Jumbo Dauber
Step 2

Mist the bottom section of the paper with Ink Point No. 9. Apply Delicata in Champagne with a Jumbo Dauber.


Step 3

Repeat with Ink Potion No. 9 and Delicata in Pink Shimmer. It is starting to look like a sunrise!

Delicata in Sapphire Blue
Step 4

Mist the top portion of the paper and ink with Delicata in Sapphire Blue. If one area is a bit darker than desired, add a bit of Ink Potion No. 9 to the craft mat and pick up with the Jumbo Dauber. The smooth surface of the Bristol Board is very forgiving and allows the inks to blend beautifully. Notice the GooseBumps will now resemble the stars that were visible during totality!

Delicata in Black Shimmer
Step 5

Determine placement of journal block and blend Delicata inks accordingly on the section of Bristol Board that was trimmed off the original size. Print journaling directly on the Bristol Board. For my layout with the signatures, I gently blended the inks over the signatures. We used a permanent pen so the ink did not bleed. Ink the edges with Delicata in Black Shimmer. Ink a section of black cardstock with Delicata Black Shimmer, this will give just a hint of shimmer to match the rest of the layout. Die cut the title and adhere. Adhere your selected eclipse photos and sit back and admire and remember this event of a lifetime!

Supplies

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  • Strathmore Bristol Board 100 lb
  • NASA Eclipse glasses
  • Quicktuz—Indigo alphabet (retired)

 

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Create Beautiful Things with New Delicata Rose Gold

Create Beautiful Things with New Delicata Rose Gold

Rose Gold Handmade Necklace by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

My first thought when seeing the new Delicata Rose Gold inkpad was that this color needs to be placed on a piece of jewelry. Large rings covered with the ink giving the impression of metal crafted in a necklace was something trying the ink beyond paper. A porous material to work well with the Delicata ink is a lightweight modeling paste (clay) that can hold a piece of jewelry and keep the metallic effect of the Delicata ink.

To form the rings, I cut the modeling paste using two round cookie cutters in different diameters and then pressed the sides to form oval shapes. When the modeling paste dried, using a sponge dauber, I applied Delicata rose gold ink on all sides. When all the rings were ready, I cut aluminum flat wire forming jump rings to bind the large ones together. Finally, I added some extra sparkle with small rhinestones.

Supplies

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  • Lightweight modeling paste
  • Round cookie cutters
  • Flat aluminum wire
  • Rhinestones
  • Pliers
  • Brown leather cord

Creative Girl Tag by Renee Zarate

Tags are always a nice option in the event that you don’t want to attach a card to a gift. This tag is glittering with the new release of Delicata Rose Gold ink and highlighted with Delicata Emerald Green ink as well. The butterfly is also made with the Emerald Green but was watered down with a spray of water so it can behave just like water colors for a beautiful difference.

Select a black cardstock tag and a stencil. Tape a stencil down with painters tape on top of the black tag. Using a large sponge dauber, apply the color in the open area of the image using Rose Gold Delicata ink. Dry with a heat tool.

Using Delicata Emerald Green ink, stamp script on the side of the image; dry with a heat tool. Add green around the punched hole at the top of the tag. Outline the figure with a white pen. Ink the edges with the Emerald Green ink. The Delicata ink can be watered down by placing some on the craft sheet and spraying a little bit of water on the ink. Then the ribbon can be pulled through the water color, also the die cut butterfly can be dipped into the water color solution. Air or heat dry the ribbon and butterfly. Add ribbon to the top of the tag and glue the butterfly onto the girl image. A message can be written on the back using a white gel pen if desired.

Supplies

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  • Dina Wakley Stamp
  • Black tag
  • White gel pen
  • Ribbon
  • Sizzix Tag die
  • Tiny staples
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Heat tool