Christmas is coming!
Updated: Nov 5, 2020
My late mother, God love her, would always rail against stores that would put
up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving had passed. Nowadays,
Christmas decorations go up before Halloween! Horrors!
But, for card makers, Christmas cards have to be designed and created early, many I have noted, as early as July. I can almost feel her standing behind me, giving me THAT disapproving eye as I design my own for the season! Forgive me, Mom, I hafta do it! lol.
In the spirit of the season, I have a tutorial for you. I hope you enjoy the card and
I apologize for the glare. I have to sharpen my photography skills with foils.
The supplies I used for this card are all from Stampin' Up! and I have links below to everything I used, if you would care to make this happy sparkle card yourself.
All Measurements in Inches
1. Card Base: (1 piece) 8.5 x 5.5, score at 4.25 Mossy Meadow
2. Inside: (1) 5.25 x 4 Whisper White to line inside of card
3. Front: First layer: Brightly Gleaming DSP (Designer Series Paper)
(1) DSP 5.25 x 4, ornament pattern
(1) DSP 5.25 x 4 second pattern, stars pattern cut diagonally
(1) 5.25 x 4 Noble Peacock Foil, Blue
4. Glimmer Paper:
1. Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper scraps
2. Rose Glimmer Paper scraps
3. Sparkle Glimmer Paper scrap
This card would look beautiful with any of the DSP papers in this suite.
(Btw, the Brightly Gleaming Bundle comes with the stamps, 2 ornament punches, and the gorgeous DSP).
You will use the Glimmer Paper scraps to back the ornaments on the front (3) and to punch
out the small ornament for the inside. For the backing, punch or fussy cut (3) 1-inch circles.
1. 1 small ornament Brightly Gleaming punch
2. 1 1-inch punch
Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements:
1. 3 of the ornaments
2. 1 Large Star
3. 1 small star
1. Approximately 4 inches Gold Cord
2. Champaign Jewels
1. Multipurpose glue
2. Stampin' Seal
4. Versamark pad
5. Paper Trimmer
6. Bone Folder
7. Heat Tool
8. Stampin' Embossing Powder - Gold
9. Silicon mat
10. Fine tip glue pen or mini glue dots
I show the ribbon and Noble Peacock Basic Rhinestones, but didn't use them after all.
Glue the Noble Peacock blue foil down onto the Mossy Meadow card base. I punched a few small ornaments out of it first, making sure I had enough margin that it would not show.
I used Stampin' Seal to adhere it.
Next, I added the DSP I had chosen for the rest of the front panel, again with Stampin' Seal.
To that, I added the second pattern, cut diagonally. With the 5.25 x 4 piece of DSP, I set it with the corners on the cutting track to make the diagonal cut.
Again, using the Stampin' Seal and the Silicon Mat, I added the diagonal piece to the front, leaving just a little of the ornament paper peeping out to work extra interest.
Next, I added the Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements star to the front.
At the top of the image, you can see other elements, plus the punched out
1 inch circles to back the foil ornaments.
Using the glimmer paper (Rose, Sparkle and Balmy Blue) I glued them to the back of the gold elements. This is a little fussy, I used a small glue dot under the top of the ornament, and added Multipurpose glue with a fine tip glue bottle to attach the glimmer paper. It is a little fiddly, and I had to sit something heavy on them till the glue held. Then, I strung the ornaments on the gold cord. The first card I made with this, I used silver thread, but it was not very noticeable. However, this cord is thicker, and I needed to go back and shorten my cord about 0.75 of an inch. It also helps, because of the natural fraying, to add a little glue to the tip of the cord and make a point with the cord before you thread the ornaments on. I did this to both ends. You can also, if you don't want the ornaments free floating, to either tie a little knot in the cord by each ornament or put a small dimensional under each one.
Before I added the ornaments to the front, I finished the inside of the card.
For this, I took the small punch out of the small ornament and glued the small star onto it and placed it on the bottom right with a glue dot. I added a Champaign Jewel to the center.
I used the sentiment from the Snowflake Wishes stamp set. I stamped the sentiment and snowflake sparkle with a block with Versamark and added Stampin' Embossing Powder in Gold.
I attached the cord with a dot of glue on each end and added 2 large Champaign Jewels to each side of the cord. I also added a 5th large Champaign Jewel to the center of the large star. You might need to add a drop of glue under the jewels, since the cord is a little more robust than the silver thread I used the first time.
I love how the ornaments dangle from the cord, reminiscent of the garlands we used to hang in our windows for Christmas. It sparkles when it moves, thanks to the foil elements and jewels.
I hope you like this card and enjoy making it, or a version of your own! I'd love to see them. Don't forget, if you send this out, put a piece of heavy cardstock to protect the Jewels from catching on the Post Office's machines.
There are links below to everything I used in this card's design.
There were a couple items that were retired, so I have put up what I think would be fitting substitutions. The Noble Peacock Foil, 1 inch circle punch, and Sparkle Glimmer Paper have been retired.
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Thank you for stopping by, be safe and well! Hugs, Paper Thyme.