Batch making Christmas Cards

batch-christmas-cards

This year i had a go at batch making Christmas cards and envelope.

Hi there, how are you. Did anyone turn around this week and say “good grief it’s December and I’m not ready!” I have to say it happens to me every year. Most people make their Christmas cards in July or August but me, nope always leave it till last-minute.

Usually I make a few different designs because I get bored doing the same thing over an over. This year I wanted to see if I could design something simple that could be set up and made really quickly. They needed to be easy to post and I wanted to switch the design slightly for hand posted cards for close friends and family. (So clean and simple with possibilities)

I fished about in my stash and found Clarity deer stamps I hadn’t yet used (I buy this stuff and forget to use it, seriously!) Thinking they would look good in a forest setting I had another rummage around but all I could find was some smallish tree trunks from the back of a magazine. These would have to do.

Stamping-jig-set-up

This is the little jig I set up to place my stamps. There’s a crease at the top and bottom to place the card.

After setting everything out I made myself a little stamping jig (fancy name for two bits of scrap paper and some masking tape). Set the deer, tree trunks and sentiment in place on acrylic blocks, and off I go.

They came together so easily. Stamped and embossed in next to no time. I even made some envelopes out of a spare roll of paper and stamped a little deer on those too.

deer christmas card close up

This is a close up of the batch made Christmas cards shining nicely in the sunshine.

To change it up I added a clarity forest mask, it has an inny and outy (mask and stencil?) just what I needed. The trunks were stamped through the outy and I blended the shadow around the inny, ribbon and gems added because it’s Christmas so why not.

deer-christmas-card

With a little more work and the aid of a stencil I get a different look with a similar design.

deer-christmas-tags

A few of the Christmas tags made with the mishaps and waste.

There were a few mishaps and practice bits and I turned those into tags, so everything matches.
Nothing much to do now hopefully but buy and wrap the gifts, I may make some gift toppers like the ones I made last year just change the colours to match the paper.

I’m really happy they turned out so well and now I can get on with really enjoying the festive season. Hows every one else doing, are we all getting there?

Thanks for stopping by today, take care and as always have fun x

 

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Last Minute Crafting From last Year

merry christmas tagsHi there. How are you.

Christmas is over, I know, these are the last minute things I made. You know the bits you have to make because there weren’t enough tags for example and that last minute card you thought you had made and given to some body else!

The tags were made as easily as I could. Snowflakes all cut with a tiny circle die from an old Christmas card from last year (I save any thing I think will be useful). Die-cut a sentiment from red card. White card embossed with a Swiss dots embossing folder. Blue card cut into squares. The corners of the squares were rounded.

The white embossed card is cut into slightly smaller squares than the blue and matted on top. The merry Christmas glued down and the snowflake stuck down with a small piece of foam tape for height. I used blue yarn to tie them.

Village Scene Christmas Card2The card is almost the same as the one I posted here. The differences were the gold card instead of silver and the colour differences in the backing paper and houses.

That’s the end of Christmas. The tree and decorations have all gone back to live in the attic for another year.Just enough time to breathe a little, then start all over again.

For Christmas new dies and crafty stuffs were given (big thanks to all gift givers) so now I get to have fun making things with new stuffs, yay.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read. Till next time have fun xx

Dies used:
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Festive Collection – Snowflakes
FREE Merry Christmas die
Spellbinders – Nesting Circles
DoCrafts Xcut Build a Scene Cutting Dies – Village
Embossing folder:
Swiss Dots

Snowflake Gift Toppers

Snowflake Gift ToppersHi there. How are you. I’m not panicking yet eeep!

This week I have been making gift toppers, lots of gift toppers. The big wrap is coming and I wanted to get everything ready.

I used white gold and silver card plus some items from my recycling box (old wrapping paper and coloured envelopes from a recent birthday.) No point in throwing that stuff out when I can use it.

To start with I die – cut lots of snowflakes. The snowflakes were folded along the centre and the “arms” (if that’s what they’re called?) it gives them a little more dimension and shape. I stack them biggest on the bottom to smallest on top and the colours alternated so they stand out better. They are glued in place and put aside to dry.

The bases of the toppers in the first picture is a spellbinders Persian Motifs die cut in white card. The little stack of glued snowflakes are then added to the top.

these were the simplest to make and the largest. I also made some with smaller bases.

Blue Concertina Gift ToppersThe base of the second set were made out of a piece of wrapping paper cut with a spellbinder strip die and a peace of blue envelope that had been folded into a concertina in line with the points of the die – cuts and cut at roughly 1 1/2 inch lengths diagonally so they are pointed at one end and straight at the other.

The two strips were layered on top of each other and glued into a circle which in turn was pushed down into a small rosette about 3 inches in size. To stop them from pushing back up again I glue a small circle of card on the bottom and weigh them down with a small coaster till they dry.

The little stack of glued snowflakes were again added to the top.

Craft and Gold Gift ToppersThe third set were made from a craft coloured envelope cut with the same spellbinder strip die made into a rosette, a gold/silver die from the same set(Persian Accents), and a paper poinsettia on top. I explain how to make the poinsettias here, the only thing changed are the colours.

I put little gems in the centre to finish them off, cos you have to have bling at Christmas, that has to be a rule doesn’t it?

That’s another thing off the list of jobs to be done. I always think I’ve started early enough and it just gets away from me but “determined” is the word, have to get my head down and get on with it!
Thanks for stopping by, till next time, have fun x

Dies used:
Sizzix Bigz Die – Tattered Poinsettia
Sizzix Movers and Shapers – Mini Cardinal & Poinsettia
SpellbindersVenetian Motifs
SpellbindersPersian Accents
Spellbinders– Create a Flake #4
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Festive Collection – Snowflakes
Embossing Folder used:
Craft Concepts – Budding vine
Spellbinders– Create a Flake #4

Christmas Reindeer Tags

reindeer gift tags
Hello. How are you?

The day is getting closer and this year I’m trying to get the prep done a little earlier. I don’t want to leave everything till last minute like I usually do.

I’ve made some gift tags with an owl die I had free with a magazine. I thought they would make cute reindeer faces.

All of the shapes were cut out with dies and stuck down with PVA glue. The antlers were cut with a snowflake die chopped into three parts.

The base shape is spellbinders labels#4 gold ( labels#4 is one of my favourite shapes) in silver mirri card. Most of the backgrounds were paper made to test different colours and embossing powders, some silver, clear and white all with various blue inks blended on them. I used part of it in the village scene from the previous post. When the paper ran out I used a piece of wrapping paper.
blue snowflake tagThis is what the paper on the tags looked like before I covered them up. This one is clear embossing powder on white card blended with blue ink.

I used cotton yarn instead of ribbon for the ties because I didn’t want to cover the words up then threaded small paper beads and tied knots onto the ends to stop them pulling through.

So they kind of look like reindeer right? Maybe if you squint and look at them sideways? I may make others I’ll have to see how many more I need, or maybe i’ll leave some plain like this for the more serous members of the family but really who doesn’t love reindeer?

Anyway thanks for stopping by and getting this far. Till next time, have fun x

Dies Used:
Spellbinders – Nested circles
Spellbinders – Labels#4 gold and Labels#4
Stamps Used:
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder w/Stamp – Snowflake Background Set
DoCrafts Xcut A5 Cutting Die Set – Snowflakes
FREE Cute Creatures die
FREE Merry Christmas die
Inks Used:
Distress Ink – Faded Jeans, Broken China, Shaded Lilac
Clear Embossing Ink

 

Swirly Recycled Gift Tags

Swirly recycled gift tags

Hello there.
How are you.

I have been rummaging around in my recycling box for inspiration and guess what? I found some.

These tags were made from a tea bag box. The dies I used were free on a magazine and I use them so often because I can see exactly where I’m cutting and position them to fit the design perfectly.

I really love the swirly patterns and they diddn’t cost a thing.

Thanks for stopping by today. Take care and have fun x

 

Butterfly Tag

Butterfly Tissue Tag

Butterfly Tissue Tag

A lovely tag made with oddments and leftovers found on my crafting table.
Hi there. How are you?

I was sitting at my table in a blurry haze.(The weekly trip to the opticians continues and is the running joke here at the moment). I couldn’t decide what to do, so I started to tidy up. Usually this clears not only the table but also seems to clear my head too.

I found tags, unused die-cuts and bits of kitchen roll that had been used to clean stamps and mop up ink

Then as they made their way to the bin, hoarder me suddenly popped up and said noooo surely you can make some thing out of these!

Hoarder me is normally best ignored. I have far too much tat as it is but this time she could be right, hmm…

Out came the P.V.A glue and the butterflies were stuck to the tag and the kitchen roll glued on top. The tissue was had some colour from the inks but I added a little extra watercolour and picked out the butterflies in red and yellow.

For a touch of sparkle I mixed a drop of gum arabic with a drop of water and some mica powder. The gum arabic binds the mica and stops it rubbing away when you touch it. To make sure though I gave the whole thing another coat of P.V.A.

I finished the tag off by backing it with a piece of pink card, I even found some ribbon for the hole. Normally I wouldn’t bother with ribbon because the tags I make are used on gifts and I like to match the ribbon with the gift wrapping but this was pretty so I went with it.

Considering it was made from all the tat on my table I’m really pleased with how it turned out. The colours turned out well and it is quite tactile.

That’s it for now. Thanks for stopping by, till next time, have fun x

Dies Used:
Sizzix movers – and shapers Flower and Butterfly Set
Sizzix – Tags #3A A

Butterfly Tag

Butterfly TagHi there. It’s spring and I need a rest from winter so today I have been playing with nice bright colours and you can’t get much more Spring like than yellow and green.

It’s pretty simple really, a die cut tag blnded with yellow ink and stamped with green swirls.

A butterfly was stamped twice, first directly onto the tag and again on to some white card. They were both coloured with alcohol markers.

The second butterfly was cut out, shaped over a pen barrel and glued down directly over the first stamped butterfly.

I found some curly ribbon in my box that matched the colours just to finish it off.

Thats it for now, till next time, take care and have fun x

Inks used:
Distress Ink – Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade
Docraft – Tiny green cube
Stamps used:
Artemio – Arabesque
HobbycraftButterfly
Dies used:
Sizzix Bigz Die – Tags

Poinsettia Gift Topper

Xmas Bow

Hello. I hope everyone is well rested and having a happy New Year.

Instead of putting the usual shiny bows on this years gifts I decided to make something a little different. I have lots of very good card lying around but gift toppers are fleeting and once used are destined for the rubbish so I decided to raid the recycle bin and found some old packaging to fit my needs.

I used a die to cut out some poinsettias out in varying sizes and ran the shapes through an embossing folder. There were a few issues. The white card was only coated on one side and after embossing became a little fragile. The problem was fixed by painting a little PVA glue onto the back and letting it dry. The PVA made them a lot stronger and easier to mould into shape at the end.

With some leaf dies cut leaves out of silver card left over from another project and embossed them with the same folder. This is my favourite embossing folder, it can be used so many ways, for male or female items and always adds just the right amount of texture.

To assemble I used small circles cut from various boxes. Spread out the leaves then from the biggest to smallest poinsettia bending and manipulating them as I went. A small gem in the centre to finish.

I’m really pleased with the way they turned out and for almost no money too. I’m also pleased with the photo, sometimes the lighting is off and everything is dull and lifeless but for the first time it all worked beautifully. I know I shouldn’t be patting myself on the back but it just makes me so happy.

Till next time take care and have fun.

 

Inks used:
Distress Ink – Broken China
Dies used:
Sizzix Movers and Shapers Mini Tattered Leaves Set
Sizzix Bigz Die – Tattered Poinsettia
Embossing Folder used:
Craft Concepts – Budding vine