Copper Nativity Easel Card

Copper Nativity Easel Card

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This card features the beautiful “Nativity Forest” die from Tutti Designs (Tutti-570).  The die cut was cut from “Copper” card stock from Cardstock Warehouse’s Starstream Collection and backed with a piece “Chiffon Vintage” printed card stock by Bo Bunny (#12CV838).  That was then matted on Gina K Designs Ivory and a Cranberry Tart base.

Here is the inside:

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These stamps are from the “City of David” and “Christmas Joy” stamp sets (both retired?) from Gina K Designs.  I heat embossed them with versamark ink and Hero Arts Copper embossing powder.

You can see the shine of the copper card stock better in this photo:

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The die cut is about 3 7/8″ square so I was able to double mat it for a 4 1/4″ square card when folded flat which allowed me to use an A2 size envelope (with a little extra room on each side).

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Practicing for the Big Night – Wiper Card

Practicing for the Big Night – Wiper Card

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Here’s another holiday wiper card…

For this one, I used a digital image called “Once Upon a Star Santa” from Sassy Cheryl’s Illustrations. (I think all her images are adorable!!)  A flying reindeer appears when the card is pulled opened.

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The reindeer is from the “Reindeer” stamp and die cut set (#657780) from Hero Arts/Sizzix (retired).  He was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, cut with the included die, and colored with Copic markers (T2, T4, E43, E44, and a colorless blender).

The Santa image is available as both a line art image and a colored image.  For this card, I used the line art image but CASED Chery’s colors.  I flipped him to be facing towards the left and colored him with Copic markers :  hat, pants, and fur – R46, R56, R59, G24, G29, E43, E44, 0; jacket – C3, C4, C5, C7, 0, E47: Boots – T2, T3, T4, C7; hair – T0, E42; Skin – E50, E21, E13; reins – E23, E25, E27, E29).  It has been a while since I did any coloring, and I really enjoyed it!  I used my Silhouette software to trace and cut him out.

The greeting die cut is the “Festive Mini Expressions – Ho Ho Ho” by Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions.

The patterned paper is from a digital file called “Snowy Paper” by SBDigitalDesigns that I purchased on Etsy.

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This A2 size card has room on the back for a handwritten or stamped message and folds flat for mailing.

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If you care to see the instructions on how I made this wiper card, you can check out my previous post.

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Gel Medium and Stencils (with foiling, heat embossing, and glitter)

Gel Medium and Stencils (with foiling, heat embossing, and glitter)

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I tried some foiling with gel medium for the first time.

I applied the gel medium to my panel with a palette knife through a stencil and allowed the gel medium to dry.  Then I placed a piece of transfer foil on top (of the dried gel medium) and ran the panel through my minc foiling machine.

Here is another foiled sample:

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A similar effect can be achieved with embossing powder instead of the foil.  While the gel medium is still wet, you sprinkle on the embossing powder as you normally would if you were stamping, shake off the excess, and then you allow the gel medium to dry.  After it has dried, you heat set the powder with a heat tool.

Here is a sample panel done with embossing powder:

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While the gel medium is still wet, you could also apply loose glitter (instead of embossing powder).  Once the gel medium dries, shake/brush off the excess.

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Holiday Card with Texture Paste and a Stencil

Holiday Card with Texture Paste and a Stencil

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In a recent post, I shared a card I made where I added color to white texture paste so it matched my patterned paper.  For this card, I left it white.

The stencil I was using was a bit shorter than the card front so I cut the finished panel in half, placed the smaller pieces at the top and bottom of a layer of scrap card stock cut to the proper size, and covered the gap with a strip of red card stock and printed ribbon (Celebrate It RIbbon #81347-2017-03 from Michaels).

The kraft, red and white card stock is all Recollections.  The greeting is from the Sizzix “Christmas Tree Flip and Fold” die set.  I cut the flags with my “Banner Triple Punch” from Stampin’ Up and added a round paper clip to match the shine of the silver glitter on the ribbon.

Made another sample with the split in a different position on the card…

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Santa’s Ride – Wiper Card

Santa’s Ride – Wiper Card

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I saw this sheet of patterned paper of a snowy night scene, and I immediately thought it needed Santa flying over head!  I added the moon with Santa in his sleigh to the pop-up mechanism tucked inside the 5″ x 7″ double z-fold card base to create a wiper card.  When the card is “opened” Santa appears with the moon.

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This 12″ x 12″ paper was in the “Evergreen Cabin” Paper Pad by Craft Smart (at Michaels).

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The greeting is the Festive Mini Expressions Stacked Merry Christmas (CEDME014) by Creative Expressions.  The Santa die cut was a portion of the “Ho Ho Ho Square” (#590-ZZ) from Impression Obsessions.  (I cut off the Santa and two reindeer from the rest of the die cut.)

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To make the 5″ x 7″ double z-fold card base, I started with an 8″ x 7″ panel (from the top of the patterned paper) and scored it at 5″ and 6 1/2″.  The shorter panel (from the bottom of the patterned paper) was 8″ x 3 3/4″ scored at 1 1/2″ and 3″.  I previously made an A2 size wiper card and included instructions on how to make it in that post.  This card is made the same way but with larger panels.  The wiper/pop-up panel started out as a rectangle (same as in my instructions), but I added the circle die cut to it and trimmed the part of the rectangle that was showing around the circle.

There is plenty of room on the back for a stamped or handwritten message.  This card folds flat for mailing.

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