Saturday, December 17, 2011

Merry Christmas card - Christmas Card a Day!

First I want to share a link to the card I was inspired by, thanks to Terri for posting it!

This is made for a clear card, if you haven't tried these cards you are really missing out. They are so unique and truthfully, super easy to use for an even more spectacular card than you are used to seeing. There is a trick to using them that's important. Most glue's will show through so you have to be clever in where you are placing your paper. I'll show you what I mean here. First of all, everyone of our cards has a protective film on both the inside of the card and the outside. You need to remove this before starting so that your card is perfectly clear as you begin. Use your fingernail or a glue remover to pry up the edge. Once off, you can start layering your paper. Some people like to work back to front, other front to back. On the first piece I laid down here I worked front to back by putting a piece of Wings pattern paper cut 3" by 4 1/4" down with Tombow on the inside of the card, see how I have it open? Distress it first with garden green ink and use Tombow glue to attach. Make sure it's straight.
Now turn the card over and put a piece of sweet leaf cardstock cut 3 1/4" by 4 1/4" on the BACK of the card behind the pattern piece. Be careful to not put your glue too far to the edges so it won't show through the front. This is how you cover all the glue on a clear card. Don't forget to distress that piece with garden green ink too.
Now, for the front of the card I'll show you the back to front method. I'm putting the mat on first. Cut sweet leaf cardstock 2 1/2" by 3 1/2" and distress. I glued it only in the middle, not too close to the edges and placed it on the inside of the FRONT of the card. See the glue?
To cover the glue, cut a piece of colonial white cardstock 2 1/4" by 3 1/4", distress and attach to the front of the front of the card, right over the sweet leaf mat. Now, the glue is covered again.
Now cut a strip of sweet leaf cardstock 5 1/2" by 1 1/4" and distress. Attach it to the BACK of the front of the card behind the white and green pieces. Cut a piece of pattern paper 5 1/2" by 1" and add a ribbon across it, glue at least 1/2" of the ribbon behind it to hold it securely and prevent fraying. Attach to the front of the front side of the card, centering it on the long mat strip.
Stamp Merry Christmas from the Holiday Cheer set in garden green ink at the top of the white paper.
Cut a couple of snowflakes from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge in colonial white and sweet leaf. I cut mine 2 1/2" and 2 1/4". If you don't have that cartridge, use any snowflake decoration you might have and attach under the Merry Christmas.
Use a rhinestone brad on the front of the card. I wiggled the tines of the brad back and forth til they fell off so I could just glue it to the front of the snowflake with liquid glass. I also colored it in with a green Sharpie marker, something you can use on both our sparkles and opaque embellishments. That's it, not much paper, not much time, just remember to COVER THE GLUE!


  1. Sooooo pretty! I have been wondering how people use those clear cards. Now I know! :D