Foiled Merry Christmas in Red and Green

Foiled Merry Christmas in Red and Green

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This 5×7 inch card features digital paper/images I purchased on Etsy.  The Merry Christmas with Holly (LL 048 B) panel was a vector file from the Christmas/Winter collection by Lyrical Letters.  The background panel is image #6 from the Black Floral Papers digital paper pack by Chili Papers.

There is incredible shine as the light hits the card when you move it around.

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Etsy is a great place to find material suitable for foiling.  I usually put black and white digital paper (with a key word like Christmas or swirls, etc.) in the search bar, and a bunch of choices pop up.  I always check the terms of use for each file I am considering to see if it is for single use (I avoid these), personal use, or small commercial use (my preference).  What I like about these files is that once I own them, I can size them as I wish and use them again and again.  I purchased an inexpensive monochromatic (black and white) laser printer and print my own panels, but you can also have them printed at an office supply store that has laser printers.

I wanted to go with two colors for the Merry Christmas panel, so I put a scrap of plain paper over the holly leaves when I ran the panel through my mini minc machine with Gina K Designs/Therm O Web Fancy Foils – Red Velvet, and then I removed the mask and ran it through again with American Crafts Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Foil – Green.  (Once a portion of the image is foiled in one color, it will not react with foil of a different color.  The foil only reacts with exposed toner so all the previously foiled red was unaffected.)  This green foil was also used to foil the back panel.  These were matted on Gina K Cherry Red card stock and a Papertrey Ink white card base.

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Hanging Nativity Charm Christmas Card

Hanging Nativity Charm Christmas Card

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(inside:  Wishing you a Christmas season full of peace, goodwill, and joy!)

This project was made with the “Hanging Charm Pull Tab” die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

In addition to the pieces to create the card base, the die set also includes a few small dies to create some charms, but for this card, I found a small nativity die that fit in the frame perfectly.  It is called “Little Bits Nativity Christmas Die” from Taylored Expressions.  (The die measures 1 1/4 by 1 1/4 inch.)

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To create the die cut, I pounced Gina K Warm Cocoa ink onto brown card stock (from the Recollections “Coffee and Cream” heavy weight card stock pack) with a leaf stamp ( from the Tim Holtz “Falling Leaves” set) and cut 2 of them so I had a thicker charm with a front and back.

This is what the card looks like before the tab is pulled:

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The card stock is (the back of)  “A Christmas Story – Twilight Snowflake” by Reminisce, a sheet from the Love Nicole “Mistletoe & Holly” 12 x 12 paper pad, and Gina K Prickly Pear.  The A2 sized card base is the same brown that was used to make the nativity die.

The greeting on the front (which is hidden until the tab is pulled to pop up the frame) is from the “Holiday Frame” stamp set by Gina K Designs, and the inside sentiment is from “Christmas Blessings” by Our Daily Bread.  Both were stamped with Gina K Dark Chocolate ink.  I used a Spellbinders Classic Oval die to frame the greeting.

I used my crop-a-dile and some eyelets to create the hole on the charm and for the pull tab.  I accidentally grabbed 2 different tan colors for the eyelets (oops!), so I colored them with Copic Marker E47 so they would look the same.  The charm was hung with clear, nylon thread.  Some jute twine finished it off.

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The Modsquad Challenge this week is “Non Traditional Christmas Colors” where we are to use non traditional colors on our cards; no red, green, silver, or gold.  Anything else is good.

Over at the Die Cut Diva’s, the challenge this month is “Winter Time” where we are invited to share our winter-themed cards and projects.  In addition to the theme, all cards/projects must be made using at least one die cut or embossing folder (using any die cut machine including Cameo and Cricut machines).

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Nativity Box Card

Nativity Box Card

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This beautiful box card was made from an svg file from the “Yuletide Box Cards” svg kit from svgcuts and my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine.  A tutorial VIDEO is provided to show you how to assemble the pieces once they are all cut out.

I loved the sample shown on their site and decided to create mine the same way.   I used Cor’e dinations Bright White textured card stock, a Cuttlebug (Anna Griffin) Matelasse border embossing folder, and an adhesive rhinestone by Recollections.

There is room on the back for a stamped or hand-written message.  I used a stamp from the “Peace and Joy” set by Gina K Designs and stamped the sentiment in GK Moonlit Fog ink.  I created a frame around my sentiment panel with my We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board.

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This box card folds flat for mailing but is not a common size.  (The card measures approximately 6.25 x 5.75 inches when folded flat.)  The download includes an svg file to create a custom envelope and will require a trip to the post office to mail.  

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Gold Foiled Reindeer Card

Gold Foiled Reindeer Card

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The Merry Christmas Reindeer die is by Gina Marie Designs (retired?) and was cut from a toner sheet that I foiled with Gold Thermoweb Deco Foil.  To create the toner sheet, I created a solid rectangle and printed it on my laser printer.  After it was foiled, I carefully positioned the die in the center so I could use what was left of the rectangle as the mat behind the ivory panel.

The card stock I used is Warm Cocoa and Kraft from Gina K Designs and the ivory from the Recollections Coffee and Cream heavy weight card stock pack.  I used the Sizzix/Stampin’ Up Stripes embossing folder (retired?) on the panel behind the die cut.

Because the paper I use in my laser printer is only 32 lb. paper and not card stock, it is pretty flimsy so I cut another die cut from the Warm Cocoa card stock and layered them.  The added thickness really helps the die cut stand out and makes it look like a piece of metal.

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Paint Brush Santa Ornament and Card

Paint Brush Santa Ornament and Card

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As I mentioned in my last post, I have been creating holiday ornaments that can be used as embellishments on cards. The recipient can choose to either leave it on the card or can remove it to hang on a tree if desired.  I had seen these Santa ornaments on Pinterest and thought I’d give them a try.  (I used thinner paint brushes.)

Here is the ornament by itself:

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The ornament is attached to the card with a ribbon and can easily be removed.  Re-tie the bow, and the card can be displayed without the ornament.

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For my ornaments, I used:

For the card, I used:

I used my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board to create a box-like envelope that was then placed in a padded mailing envelope.  Unfortunately, these cards are quite bulky and will either need to be hand delivered or mailed as a package.

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