Banners for Christmas Scrapbook Layout

The combination of the Banners for Christmas stamp set and This Christmas Designer series paper makes a simple but elegant layout which you can make in no time.

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All of the embellishments on this page are made from the Banners for Christmas set.  There is a bit of fussy cutting for the candy cane and mistletoe, but the banner itself is a coordinating die.

The Details/Dimensions:

  • Cherry Cobbler is the 12″x12″ base page.
  • Centered onto the Cherry Cobbler is a piece of This Christmas DSP measuring 8″x12″
  • Centered onto that 8″x12″ This Christmas DSP is a coordinating piece from the This Christmas DSP collection measuring 5″x11″.
  • Two strips of the same DSP used for the 5″x11″ section measuring 1″x12″ are placed butting up against the 8″x12″ DSP.
  • The Candy Cane is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock. It was then hand cut following the exterior lines and leaving no Very Vanilla border. It is adhered to the project with dimesionals.
  • The Banner is stamped onto Early Espresso card stock using Whisper White ink and using White embossing powder to heat emboss (you could skip this step.  I just really like the raised look/feel of embossed images). The words Merry & Christmas were stamped & embossed the same way before finally cutting out with the coordinating banners dies and Big Shot.
  • The Greenery was stamped twice (you need 2) onto Very Vanilla card stock in Garden Green ink and colored with Mint Macaron & Cherry Cobbler markers.  It was then hand cut as close to outside lines as possible, leaving only a small Very Vanilla border.
  • 3 Garden Green photo mats size 3.25″x4.25″ are equally spaced.
  • Weave the greenery and the banner together and add dimensionals so it pops off the paper.

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You can see how I have woven the greenery around the banner. I even cut a few hidden sections to move them to other parts of the banner to make it look like there was more greenery-no reason to have all that work hidden under the banner..  You may wish to do this also to get the 2 you’ve made to provide a nice appearance.

Other than fussy cutting the greenery and candy cane it is an easy and quick project.  I know many people who hate hand cutting things, but I don’t mind if I’m not doing it often.  I believe the results with this are worth it.

Thanks for looking.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Joyful Christmas Card with Father Christmas Stamp Set

If you have a few more Christmas cards to make before you’re done, this Joyful Christmas card might be the card to finish off your list.

The focus of this Joyful Christmas card is the wreath made with the Father Christmas Stamp Set and the background embossed card stock with the Dynamic Cable Knit Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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After some basic stamping and coloring with markers, the images are finished in no time. The Layering Ovals and Banners for Christmas and matching dies complete the card front by providing a focal point and even more dimension to please the eye.

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Add the bag of gifts from the Father Christmas stamp set if you have a little more time to color and then hand cut.  For an added touch, which unfortunately is hard to capture on camera without an extreme close-up, use Wink of Stella on the gift bag and berries of the wreath to add some sparkle.

Texture. Dimension. Sparkle.  And it won’t cost extra postage to mail!

Happy crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Making kid friendly Christmas cards

In addition to the Christmas cards posted this week, I also made some kid friendly Christmas cards for my friends & family members who have little ones.  I am at least half way through the process of making this year’s cards which will be mailed.  That is pretty good progress for me.

Were you busy making Christmas cards or other cards yesterday during World Card Making Day?

During my productive card making day,  I even remembered this year to keep those cards which I am mailing from needing extra postage or hand cancelling.  So, they should be easier and less expensive to mail.  I’ll hand deliver some more embellished versions to those I see in person.

I have a lot of family & friends who have young children who have told me they really enjoy my cards.  I try to remember to send cards to which a child can relate to these families.  This creation with the Cookie Cutter Christmas reindeer fits that category:

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I think most children start singing songs about that cute red-nosed reindeer around Thanksgiving here in the USA.

Instructions to recreate this card:

  1. Card Base is Cherry Cobbler card stock (CS), cut to 4.25″x11″ and scored/folded in half @ 5.5″ (Going forward, score is on your left)
  2. Layer 1 is This Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) is cut to 5.25″x4″ Attach to the Card Base using Snail adhesive (or your favorite)
  3. Layer 2 is Very Vanilla CS cut to 3.75″x5″ and embossed using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder & the Big Shot. Attach to the DSP layer using Snail adhesive (or your favorite)
  4. Stamp the reindeer from Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle onto Tip Top Taupe CS with Stazon Jet Black Ink (or your favorite black) and punch out.
  5. Stamp the Banner & sentiment from Banners for Christmas stamp set onto Garden Green CS using Stazon Jet Black Ink (or your favorite black) and die cut using Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
  6. Punch a Cherry Cobbler CS circle from the Owl Builder Punch (use the largest circle in the punch)
  7. Attach banner and reindeer to the embossed card layer using dimensionals
  8. Attach nose to the reindeer using the Fine Tip Glue Pen
  9. Adding a shiny nose is important  (it is part of the song, after all) and can be easily accomplished with the Fine Tip glue Pen or replacing the Cherry Cobbler nose with Red Glimmer Paper. If you are already using the Fine Tip Glue Pen for the nose, I suggest adding to the eyes also.

Here is the inside of the card:

cookie-cutter-christmas-reindeer-card-insertI wanted to continue with things kids associate with Christmas for the interior of the card. Kids (and adults too) love treats; one of the most popular Christmas treats is the candy cane. Banners for Christmas, which was already used for the exterior card sentiment, contains a wonderfully large candy cane in the set.  Adding a few of the words from the same set, I created the insert or interior panel of the card.

Instructions for the card Insert:

  1. Cut your insert of Very Vanilla CS to 4″x5.25″
  2. Stamp the Candy Cane from Banners for Christmas in Cherry Cobbler Ink
  3. Line the sentiment words Merry & Christmas from Banners for Christmas so that the curves come close to mimicking those of the candy cane, then drop your acrylic block to pick up the stamps in that position.
  4. Stamp Merry Christmas using Stazon Jet Black ink (or your favorite black)
  5. Adhere insert to card base.

I believe some children & adults are going to enjoy this card this year.

If you have decided to make this or any other project I’ve posted and need supplies, you can shop online HERE.

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne