Reindeer Ornament and Card

Reindeer Ornament and Card

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(inside:  May the joy of Christmas warm your heart)

I thought it would be fun to create holiday ornaments that can be used as embellishments on cards. The recipient can choose to leave the ornament on the card or can remove it to hang on a tree if desired.  (The tricky part was to come up with a card design that worked both with and without the ornanent!)  I came up with a few different ornaments/card designs.  This first one has a yarn and die cut reindeer ornament.

Here is the card without the ornament:

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For the A2 card base, I used Recollections Brown heavy weight card stock from the “Coffee and Cream” pack .  The patterned paper was from the Recollections “Cozy Lodge” Christmas paper pack (retired?) and a piece of “Wooden Fence” (#154484) by The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby).

The greeting is from the “Coffee Cup Tags” stamp set from Hero Arts, and the inside sentiment is from the “Joy of Christmas” set from Art Impressions.  These were stamped with (and all the edges were sponged with) Gina K Dark Chocolate ink.  The greeting panel was cut with dies from the Spellbinders Classic Ovals large and small sets.

And here is the ornament by itself:

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The ornament was made with a cut file called “Cute Reindeer Christmas” (design ID# 104632) by Studio Ilustrado that I purchased in the Silhouette Store.  I used more of the  Recollections Brown heavy weight card along with Kraft card stock.  The pieces were cut multiple times and layered.  I pounced Gina K Warm Cocoa ink with a leaf stamp (from the Tim Holtz “Falling Leaves” stamp set) all over the face and antlers and then inked the edges.  I think they kind of look like wood with the texture and thickness.

For the body, I wrapped yarn (Lion Brand “Heartland – Sequoia #126) around heavy weight card stock that I had cut with Spellbinders Circle dies.  I also used a rusty bell, 7mm wiggle eyes, a 10mm pompom, and some jute twine.

Here is a curly version I made with twelve, triple-loop bows glued on the yarn-wrapped body panel.

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The head was attached to the body with a brad. This spot of metal “sticks” to a hidden magnet behind the greeting piece making it easy to attach or detach the ornament as desired.

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This ornament was inspired by this project I found online.

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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Birds of a Feather Center Step Card (and a few more scenic cards)

Birds of a Feather Center Step Card (and a few more scenic cards)

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Over the years, I have purchased quite a few 12″ x 12″ paper pads and packs.  Usually, I buy them for a sheet or two that I need for a particular project, and then the rest of it gets filed away and forgotten about.  I recently pulled a bunch of them out and found some great pieces that made nice card panels.

The above 5″ x 7″ center step card was made with paper called “Birds of a Feather” by 7 Gypsies.  The printed panels were matted on Gina K Faded Brick card stock and a heavy weight ivory card base.  I love the pattern and rich colors on this paper!

To create the greeting, I used the “Thank You 2” die by Cheery Lynn Designs and black card stock.  The background paper was so busy which made it difficult to see the die cut by itself so I created a banner for behind it from Gina K Faded Brick card stock and ink, a leaf stamp from the Stampers Anonymous “Falling Leaves” set by Tim Holtz, and the Banner Triple Punch from Stampin’ Up.  (As you can probably tell from a few of my recent posts, I am loving the “texture” created when you stamp a tone-on-tone image randomly to cover the card stock panel!)

Here is the template for a 5×7 inch center step card:

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I had several sheets of this paper so I made a few more without a greeting so they would be suitable for a variety of occasions and ready to go as needed.

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Here are a few more step cards I came up with using paper from a pad called “Lake Life Is Best” by Paper House.  (The Father’s Day stamp is from a set called “Father’s Day Innies & Outies” by My Sentiments Exactly.)

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These cards practically make themselves; the scenic paper does all the work!  I kind of feel like I’m cheating, but I have SO MUCH paper like this (with a large pattern or scene), and using it on this step card design is a great way to put it to good use.  And you can add as much or as little to the scene; I think it always looks “finished” and awesome.

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Photo Sympathy Card

Photo Sympathy Card

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(I made this card in May and am just posting photo now…)

Sadly, my Aunt Carol passed away on this past Mother’s Day after battling cancer for the past few years. Her never wavering positive attitude and fighting spirit was truly inspirational.

She and my uncle and cousin loved Gettysburg and went there often.  I made this card for them with a photo (used with permission) of a Path near the Virginia Memorial in Gettysburg National Park (photo by Marc Andre).  They recognized the scene immediately and said it was one of their favorite spots.

I knew I wanted to make a Gettysburg themed card for them and thought this scene would be the perfect backdrop, but I was not quite sure how to incorporate it into a card design.  I didn’t want to cover the image, so I opted to keep the card simple by just embossing the beautiful sentiment and frame over it.  The frame is from the “Inspiration Mosaic” stamp set (one of my favorites) and the sentiment is from the “A Beautiful Life” set which are both by Gina K Designs.  The images were stamped with versamark ink and heat embossed with Gina K gold embossing powder.  The photo panel (photo printed on white card stock) was mounted on Gina K Honey Mustard card stock.

My Aunt was a fellow card maker, and I enjoyed sharing my hobby with her.  She will be missed.

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Autumn Leaves Note Card

Autumn Leaves Note Card

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In my last post, I showed how I created a subtle, tone on tone pattern using a leaf stamp and ink that matched the card stock.  For this project, I used the same technique but stamped a different color ink on the card stock.

This time, I used Gina K Faded Brick card stock, Gina K Dark Chocolate ink, and the same leaf stamp from the Stampers Anonymous “Falling Leaves” set by Tim Holtz (shown below).  As on the last card, I randomly and repeatedly stamped the image (overlapping) until the whole panel was covered.  (If you overlap a lot, the card stock will get darker and the leaves will be less defined.  Overlapping less allows more of the card stock color to show and allows you do see the leaf images better.)

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(I used the stamp on the bottom right corner.)

I used Gina K Dark Chocolate and Color Mates Light Caribbean Coral card stock for the mats and card base.  A Strip of Recollections Shimmer Card Stock (bronze) was embossed with the Darice “Fall Leaves Background” embossing folder.

The leaves were cut from the stamped Faded Brick card stock (same as background panel) with a die from the “Oak Leaves” die set by Gina Marie Designs.  I used glue dots just up the centers of the leaves so the edges could be curled up a touch.

Brown hemp was the finishing touch.

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Layered Thinking of You

Layered Thinking of You

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This project features a layered greeting panel cut with the Gina K “Fabulous Label” die set.

To create the pattern on all of the Gina K Honey Mustard card stock, I used a leaf stamp from the Stampers Anonymous “Falling Leaves” set by Tim Holtz (shown below) with Gina K Honey Mustard ink.  I just randomly and repeatedly stamped the image (overlapping) until the whole panel was covered.  This leaf image worked well because it was not completely solid and allowed for a nice mix of ink (heavy and light) and open space.  The “tone on tone” stamping makes the pattern very subtle.

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(I used the stamp on the bottom right corner.)

To create the paper for the little leaves around the greeting, I repeated the process above but with Gina K Faded Brick card stock and Charcoal brown ink.  Once the panel was stamped, I used a small Recollections Oak Leaf Punch (5/8 inch) to cut out the leaves.

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The burlap paper was store bought, but it was an unmarked piece from my scrap box so I don’t know who made it.

I added a bit of texture to my project  with the “Fall Leaf Background” embossing folder by Darice.  Once that panel was embossed, I lightly ran the Honey Mustard ink pad over the surface to darken the raised areas a bit.

The edges were inked with Gina K Charcoal Brown ink.

In addition to the Honey Mustard panels, I also used Gina K Pure Ivory card stock.  The label die set does not have a die to create the ivory mat around my embossed panel, but if you cut the (ivory) die cut up the center and position the two halves beyond either side of a whole (embossed) piece, it creates the matted edge along both sides as shown in this video HERE (at 6:20 mark).

The greeting is from the “Framed Greetings” stamp set (retired?) by Gina K Designs and was stamped with Gina K Charcoal Brown ink.

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