Thursday, December 8, 2011

Merry Christmas card - Christmas Card a Day!

Like the cards I've been showing. How would you like one of each? I'm having a giveaway of all the cards I've done tutorials on this month, just check out the details HERE.

Often I will hear people say that they would love to scrapbook or make cards but aren't creative or can't come up with their own ideas. I'm here to tell you that I hardly ever come up with my own ideas. Almost every card or scrapbook page I do started with an idea that I found either in the Close to my Heart catalog or online. Sometimes I even copy myself. What I've found is that I just need a spark of an idea from someone else then I am able to just change it to still be me. In the case of this card I saw a card from my crafting idol, Vicki Wizniuk, and I just loved the colors and the basic layout. Vicki puts a lot of time into her cards and I'm more of a simple cardmaker so you can see that I skipped a lot of what she put on her card (the lacy look, the big bow) to make it work best for cardmakers who like it easy. So, now that you know my secret, let's make this card.

The colors are juniper, twilight, sweet leaf and colonial white. Cut the card front with juniper cardstock 5 1/2" by 4 1/4" and distress with chocolate ink. Cut the twilight paper 5" by 3 3/4", distress and glue to center of juniper cardstock. Cut a piece of sweet leaf cardstock 4 3/4" by 3 1/2" and dry emboss lines in it 1/2 inch apart with your embossing tool and the groove in your trimmer. Sand with sandpaper to bring out the white core, distress and glue to center of the other two pieces.

Cut a piece of twilight paper 3 3/4" by 2", distess and glue about an inch and a half down from top of the card as shown.

Using your Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge to cut a circle 2 1/4" and a ruffled circle 2 1/2" using colonial white paper and juniper paper respectively. Use the Christmas Love stamp set's Christmas tree to stamp the image in the center. To make your Christmas tree really cool, ink it with sweet leaf, roll the edges in juniper and then in twilight before stamping directly in the center of your circle. Stamp Merry Christmas across the center of the tree using juniper ink. Attach to center of the twilight strip.

I cut a border strip on the cricut at 3/4", it makes a strip just a bit longer than the card but I just trimmed the edges after attaching. Use juniper paper for the strip and don't forget to distress with chocolate ink.

Add a couple of sparkles on each side of the Merry Christmas saying. If you want even more bling, add glitter to the Christmas tree too! The ribbon that I attached across the border came from a Creative Basics set for Wings paper awhile back. It's no longer available so find any sweet leaf, twilight or juniper colored ribbon and run it across the front of the border wrapping about a 1/2" to 1" around the back and glue down. Attach the whole card to a colonial white cardstock card base you've cut 5 1/2" by 8 1/2" and folded in half. If you like any of the supplies you see, just click on the link to buy!

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