Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Whimsical Christmas Tree

Glitter and more glitter!!!  I fell in love with the Tim Holtz heart/wing sizzix die about a year ago and have used it for quite a few different holiday cards.  I wanted to do a whimsical card and decided to include the wings with the Christmas tree -- something fun as well as different!  The background paper is a copper glitter design, the tree is a rectangle I cut by hand from another glitter paper, and the wings were die cut from champagne-color glitter paper.  I used a SU border punch for the scallops around the tree edges.  I used a  Fiskar star punch on copper glitter paper for the top of the tree and embellished it with a SU tiny jingle bell for some added whimsy.  The soft suede taffeta ribbon was attached using a tape runner prior to pleating the ribbon.  The SU white velvet ribbon give the card a little bit of texture and old-fashioned feeling.  I used dimension dots to lift the tree off the top of the card to give it some height.  The verse was stamped using soft suede ink and cut by hand.  I added two tiny gold-color pearls along each side of the verse for a little more elegance.
The teddy bear in the background is one I designed for my fall craft shows this year -- he is just so darn adorable!

Stocking card

Once again, my teddy bear is holding up my Christmas card -- isn't he just adorable???
This is a card I made at a Stampin'Up! stamp camp the end of September.  The new SU snowflake embossing folder was used on the green mat -- beautiful effect!  The stocking was stamped and then punched out using the new SU stocking punch as were all the silver glitter pieces.  This is the brand new silver glitter paper from SU -- absolutely breathtaking!  Such high quality, almost looks like little diamonds floating on the paper.  Well worth the little bit extra cost of this paper!  A tiny jingle bell and bakers twine finish off the embellishments of this card.  Cute and simple yet elegant!

Snowman pop-up card

I used the new Inky Antics Penguin stamp set for this Christmas card -- I think the grandkids will love it!  The printed cardstock was used for the inside of the card (looks like little snowflakes falling from the blue sky) -- like the effect this has on the snowman!  The card front mats were made from two coordinating glittered cardstocks and a red ribbon with silver glitter circles for that little bit of bling.  Watercolor pencils were used for the penguins, snowman hat, and branch along with a blender pen to soften the colors.  The penguin on the front was attached using dimensional dots to give it a little lift off the paper.  This one was time consuming -- but definitely worth it!!
The teddy bear in the background is one of my creations from this past fall craft season -- love him!

Baby It's Cold Outside!

What a fun card to make!  I used glitter background papers and added a champagne-color glitter ribbon where the papers met to give it some "bling"!  Soft suede ink was used for both the front and inside of the card, including the distressing along the torn edges of the stamped girls image.  I highlighted areas of the girls using chalk to give it a muted color -- like the way it looks!  Dimensional dots were used to lift the stamped image off the front of the card.  I then used a new Tim Holtz die cut for the evergreen boughs and holly leaf; a circle punch was used for the holly berries.  When it was assembled, I used glitter glue and sprinkled mica flakes to give the card an old-fashioned look.  Really like this one!

Old Lamp Post Christmas Card

Here is the favorite card I designed (so far!) for this Christmas season.  I used the new Tim Holtz old-fashioned lamp sizzix die, a retired Christmas Verse from Stampin'Up!, a few different glittered papers for the background, and then highlighted the entire lamp post with mica flakes to give it an old-fashioned look.
I ripped the right top corner of the background paper and distressed the edges using soft suede ink.  I then added a complimentary piece of cardstock in the area that was exposed...  The light from the lamp was cut from gold vellum, so it gives a soft glow to the look of the card.  The holly leaves were die cut from a printed green paper and then distressed.  The holly berries were die cut using red velvet paper -- really looks nice and elegant!
I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do!  Oh -- the teddy bear holding up the card is one of my own creations that I sold at local craft shows this fall -- isn't he just adorable???!!!