DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Inexpensive Christmas Cards

Hello again,

I am going over a quick project share here. I made most of my cards off camera, so I would not call this a tutorial. Anyhow, I wanted to share these cards I made using less than $5 worth of supplies. This would not include what I already had on hand, like my tools and card bases or twine and adhesive.

Using 2 pack of tags and 12×12 sheets found on clearance, I was able to make 11 Christmas cards but could have made MANY more. I had trouble working through this project at home where I was interrupted a lot with the pitter patter of my kids coming in to make their snack requests, etc ;p Either way I did make plenty of cards and came back to add more detail to them later. The full process can be found on the YT video available here.

I often hear my viewers saying they are not able to afford crafting supplies. I totally hear that and truly understand it. That is why I made this project using Christmas tags and paper found for less than $1 and things I had in my stash. I found that using twine made a big difference when adding detail or creating a more finished look on a more basic looking card. I have to remember that moving forward!

Below are some photos of the completed cards with the added details.

Some of the supplies I used are no longer available or are not purchasable online. Below are links to supplies and tool I used that can be found online. If I missed anything please let me know and I will be sure to add it!

SUPPLIES:

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White Cardstock for card bases 

Paper trimmer 12″

Guillotine cutter

Fussy cutting scissors Fussy cutting scissors

Bella Blvd Christmas ephemera

foam tape

Judikins Diamond Glaze

Elmer’s glue stick

Black and white twine

While it is always fun to purchase new and exciting supplies and papers, we should also remember that with a little creativity and some inspiration we can use what we have or use fairly inexpensive supplies to create beautiful crafts from the heart! I hope you all found this useful or helpful and see you all soon!

XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, mixed media, stamping, Video

Non-Traditional Christmas Cards

Hi all! Today I wanted to share ideas for non-traditional Christmas cards. We can always try new ways to use old supplies for differing holidays and occasions. It can be fun to play with non-traditional ideas to represent traditional things.

Here I use dimensional mixed media panels to inspire the creation of these atypical, grungy type of Christmas cards.  These panels were made using a gel printing technique and layered with stenciling, spritzes and white splatters.

They all have a similar layout. I blended Distress Oxide ink over my stamped images to create a soft colored look. I also diecut silver glitter paper to put behind the stamped image to provide more contrast. To add an accent the cards, I adhered a 1″ strip of vellum topped with a snowflake strip, punched out of a Martha Stewart punch. And finally, I wrapped and tied a black and white twine over the layered strip.

For the full process on techniques used in making these cards (except for the mixed media panels) please check out the YouTube video here.

Below is a supplies list for available items I used in this project:

Kraft Cardstock

Non-Stick Scissors

Paper Trimmer 12″

Guillotine cutter

Foam Tape

Judikins Diamond Glaze

Scallop circle die

Black and white twine

Silver permanent marker

Black permanent Marker

Paper Artsy stamps

White Gelly Roll Pen

Maps, Text & Ledger pad (similar)

Xyron Mega runner

Versafine Black Onyx ink pad

Acrylic block

Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry

Distress Oxide Salty Ocean

Blending tool

Silver glitter snowflake embossed paper

Double sided tape

Kraft paper (similar)

Martha Stewart Crafts Deep Double Edge Punch, Snowflake

Vellum paper

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