12 Days of Xmas Cards Day 11

So, not snowflakes, not trees, what do we have today?

Today we have abstract harlequin pattern cards! I am in love with these and would have made a million more, but I was running out of gems in the same colour/size and the stitching was a tiny bit time consuming. After a lot of extremely technical calculus (measure the card and divide each side by three) I made a pattern that I drew on lightly in pencil, then stitched over using a light beige thread. I then glued gems on all of the corners. I love how unique and elegant it looks.

Two more days!

xoxo

A

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12 Days of Xmas Cards Day 10

As promised, here are some more snowflake cards.

Let’s start with the left one. As you can see, its the same little wooden snowflake as I have scattered in the background. I bought a big pack of those at Michael’s. For this one, I used silver embossing power on the edges, and left the middle nude. I fussy cut some snowflakes from that paper pack I got. I also used a tiny snowflake punch on some silver paper. I used silver thread to stitch lines of varying lengths and patterns. I popped one of the fussy cut snowflakes on foam to match the dimension of the wooden snowflake. Since I had a limited amount of cut apart snowflakes, I was only able to make one card like that.

For the card on the right, I did an experiment using teal Heidi Swapp Color Shine on the wooden snowflake. It turned out very shiny, but I still wanted to emboss the edges. I also used the paper that I sprayed the color shine onto the snowflake on to punch more blue ones. I used silver glitter tape to “ground” the snow lines (cloud? sky?). I didn’t love the teal snowflake, as pretty as it was, so I also only made one of this card.

We have three more days of cards left, and they are neither snowflakes, nor trees. Come back to find out what else I made.

xoxo

A

 

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12 Days of Xmas Cards Day 9

Today, no more trees. Instead we are doing my second favorite thing to do on xmas cards- snowflakes!

I am enamored with these! If they were not so time consuming I would have made a million more. To do this, I made a snowflake design in Studio to fit on my cards, and printed it out. I taped the print out to some cardstock and used a pin to make holes at all the ends and angles. I then used embroidery thread to stitch the snowflakes. Easy and simple, however if you’ve ever done hand stitching, you know how long that takes.

More snowflakes tomorrow!

xoxo

A

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12 Days of Xmas Cards Day 8

As promised, here are more tree cards:

Let’s start at the bottom right- I made a cut file of tiny stars in the shape of a tree. Super cute, right? But it took forever to cut and then poke out all the little stars. I really liked the look however, and I had just bought some Heidi Swapp gold texture paste and I thought that the cut file would make a perfect stencil. So I ran an acetate page divider through my Silhouette to cut the stencil. Then I used the gold texture paste to make the trees. So much fun, and it looks amazing. The top right card I used some Heidi Swapp color shine on a makeup sponge to make the tree green, and the bottom left I just added some splatters.

The top left card- I had the idea to have a shape and fill it with embellishments. I used a leftover piece of cardstock that I had cut a tree from for something else, and I glued it to some more cardstock, and I went to town filling it with gems, sequins, and enamel dots. I liked the end result but it wasn’t my favorite so I didn’t waste energy and materials on making more of something I’m not thrilled about.

Tomorrow we get a break from trees. Tune in to find out what I’m doing instead.

xoxo

A

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12 Days of Xmas Cards Day 7

It’s day 7 and here we have some more tree cards.

I love these, I really like how they turned out. I took a free tree cut file from My Shiny Studio, scaled it down and cut some from rectangles of white cardstock. I then used silver embossing powder on the inside lines and around the edges. I backed the open space with green paper, added star tops, sentiments and gold splatter. The last touch was some stitching around the edges with gold thread. Super fun.

More trees coming tomorrow!

xoxo

A

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12 Days of Xmas Cards Day 6

Hi! It’s day 6 of Christmas cards. We are moving away from shakers and back into trees.

I love doing trees on cards. And here is where I stray a bit from my pattern paper pack to add some green from my stash. I’m really happy to see that the fringe trend is going strong, because I love the look.

And the other cards couldn’t be easier to assemble- ripped vellum for snow, hand cut triangle for trees, stars glued on tops and a sentiment.

Join me again tomorrow!

xoxo

A

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12 Days of Xmas Cards Day 5

Last post I mentioned being inspired by my shaker cards to make more shaker card.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how these turned out. However I only made 4 because I was low on vellum and the cutting/assembly was kinda time consuming. The one missing from the picture I had made into a get well card. I posted that on instagram a little while back. Instead of xmas wishes I wrote Rx Get Well Soon. And I didn’t use xmas colours of sequins/glitter inside.

To make this, I found a mason jar cut file for free at Get Silvered, and I cut several layers. I cut an outline in white cardstock, an outline in chipboard, and a lid for every card. I also cut the whole shape in vellum. Lastly I created my own print and cut file for the label that was basically a rectangle that fit inside the jar with a slight down curve on the top and bottom, with the sentiment. I gold embossed the lids, and assembled the jars- chipboard/vellum/cardstock/lid/label. I flipped the jar over, filled it with glitter and sequins, applied liquid glue all around the edge, and then lowered the card onto it.

Shaker cards are so much fun. I definitely didn’t spend too much time playing with the ones I made.

xoxo

A

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12 Days of Xmas Cards Day 4

I had a friend over for cards making one day and she loves glitter. So of course my entire apartment was covered in glitter by the time we were done, including the toilet. And the cat. I decided to show her how to responsibly glitter a card without making the recipient hate you for receiving a glitter bomb.

These are super quick, easy and really neat. I love shaker cards. Just glue a sentiment to your paper, cut a piece of vellum to cover it, sew around 3 sides. Then fill it with a variety of sequins and glitter. Sew up the top and you’re done! And the recipient of your card gets to enjoy playing with the glittery card without fear of glittering everything. I would have made more but I ran out of vellum. These cards also inspired an idea for another set of cards, come back tomorrow to see them.

xoxo

A

 

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12 Days of Xmas Cards Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of cards. Sooo many cards!! Two different styles of cards today.

The HAPPY holidays one- I LOVE them, I love the design. But they are SO much work with those itty bitty stars. I traced out the words in pencil and drew over them in glue and places the sequins one at a time. Super simple but time consuming. And when you have 50 cards to make, you’re not going to fuss over a design that takes forever.

The other two- I created this cut file inspired by one from the Cut Shoppe. I cut it out and realized how easy it was to lose those tiny little word insides from the way I joined them (eg- between the S and the t in Christmas). And of course I love no waste cards so I used the negative for one card and backed it with pattern paper and the other one I just glued the words to the pattern paper. A few stars and gold splatter to decorate completed the cards. But I didn’t make more than 2 because of how easy it would be to lose the little pieces unless I went really slow, and really who has time for that?

Join me tomorrow for even more cards.

xoxo

A

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12 Days of Xmas Cards Day 2

Let’s get right to it!

These guys were pretty simple and quick- ribbon or twine for the trunk and washi tape and sentiments for the branches. Then some star sequins for decorations and gold splatter. Super quick, easy and cute. The one with all the sentiments, they are popped up on little foam dots. The longest part was glueing all those tiny stars, but I streamlined my process by just making a bunch of dots of glue where I wanted stars and used a pin to pick up and place them in the glue.

Join me tomorrow for day 3 and more cards!

xoxo

A

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