The Twelve Days of Christmas Mantelscape

Nancy Walker is back as today’s Guest Designer, showing us how to create this stunning Twelve Days of Christmas Mantelscape.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Mantelscape

By Nancy Walker

Since Karen Burniston joined forces with Elizabeth Craft Design, I have been excited to see what she designs next. I have followed her designs for years, and these new wafer-thin dies are a dream! I have been delighted that all shapes needed to make a complete card with various levels of mats and focal points are included in the die sets. This makes storage a dream. The Accordion Fancy Label die has become my favorite. There is no end to what can be done with this set. And now—a scene for your mantel!

THE MANTELSCAPE CARD

1. Choose a set of coordinating stamps. This project uses a stamp set based on the Twelve Days of Christmas from the familiar old song.

2. Cut number of panels needed for the stamp set from patterned paper. This project uses a 6” square pad of various coordinating Christmas cardstocks. It is acceptable to use all the same paper patterns or one or two coordinating ones.

3. Using one of the dies from the set that will be the correct size for the images chosen, cut these into squares from heavy white cardstock. Bristol board or hot press watercolor paper takes water media and markers very well without much bleeding.

4. Stamp images on white cardstock, cut close to the size of the die chosen. Note: the title for this piece was too large to use a smaller die, so an extra panel was cut from the hot press watercolor paper and trimmed off so it fits flush with the pivoting fancy label inside the panel.

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5. Stamp images in black or heat emboss with black fine detail powder. If using water media to color the stamped images, heat embossing will allow more control with the watercolor. Alcohol markers were used to color these images, so a black ink that is suggested for use with alcohol markers was used.

6. Color all images and cut with chosen die.

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7.  If using one of the smaller dies, and there is another larger one that can be used for a mat, cut mats from solid cardstock that coordinates with the panels.

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8.  Using Distress Inks and an Ink Application tool, add some warm color to the edges of the colored panels. Then switch to a clean applicator tool and edge each colored panel and each colored mat in gold ink. Then use a metallic gold paint pen to draw a controlled edge around each mat. Hint: cut a small slit in the applicator tip, prime the pump, and run the pen around the edge with the paper inserted into the slit. It will not be perfect, but it is an easy way to accomplish this task.

FINISHED STAMPED AND MATTED IMAGES:

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FINISHED PANELS, READY TO ASSEMBLE:

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ASSEMBLE THE MANTELSCAPE

1.  Adhere each finished matted image to panels onto pivot area in the middle.

2.  OPTIONAL: If the chosen cardstock is “wimpy” as much printed cardstock is, add a reinforcement panel on the back. Since this is a large piece, it will need reinforcement. Smaller projects will be fine without them.

3.  To make a reinforced panel, cut a panel out of either coordinating cardstock or plain white. This project uses white and then each panel is stamped with a background Christmas words stamped in green and then sprayed with gold glitzy spray to match the gold on the front. This way the center won’t be too heavy and can be trimmed down as shown here:

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ASSEMBLY

1.  If a smaller accordion fold card has never been made, it would be good to practice on some plain panels to get the idea. Following instructions with the die (or online at one of the excellent YouTube videos by Karen Burniston and Els van de Burgt showing you how to assemble an accordion card), practice along with the person teaching on the video.

2.  Remember to lay out the panels with the “wing” on the right. Adhere some double sided adhesive on the front of each flap or wing and on the front of the two little tabs that will connect the center panels. Now “exercise” that flap and the tabs a little by turning them up at the fold line and then flattening them back out.

3.  Put adhesive on all flaps. Begin with the first panel and add the second panel to the flap, adhering the flap to the back of the next panel on its left side. Do not put the second panel flush with the fold line. It needs a little “wiggle” room so it can open and close. Repeat this method, assembling the first four panels. Then repeat this for each of the next three panels.

FIRST TWO PANELS WITH FLAP (OR WING) JOINED TO NEXT PANEL:

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4. Decide if the mantelscape needs to begin with a mountain fold or a valley fold and then fold each group accordingly. This project begins with a valley fold on the outer frame panels so that the title page shows up better when on the mantel. The inner panels will be a mountain fold over the valley fold. Once that decision is made, take each center on the little pivot points and “exercise” them once.

5. The pivoting centers of each panel fold the opposite way, so take the first two panels and adhere the tabs to the back of the next pivoting panel. That will put the centers in the “mountain” fold pattern. Tape the next center panel going the opposite way as shown in the photo or the directions from online. See next photo.

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6.  Do this with all the rest of the panels already put together. It is better to make 4 smaller versions of this project than to add one at a time. { To quote a favorite teacher, “Ask me how I know.”}

7. Now merely join the first section with the second section via the flaps and join the tabs the same way on each previous section. Repeat with the next two sections, and finally join the two large sections in the middle.

8. Be very careful when handling this many sections at the same time. It is better to keep the section being worked on folded as best as possible while joining the next panel. Be aware that the pivot area is the most fragile part of this panel, so do not put too much stress on any of the pivot points.

9. Once totally assembled, it can be pressed gently in a single stack to “set” the folds. Remember to alternate mountain and valley folds. When the outer panel is a valley as seen above in the sample, the center panels come forward and are joined together. The next folded area will be coming forward in a mountain fold, while the center panel will go towards the back in a valley fold. This is an excellent pattern for a decorative piece.

10. A project like this can also be used on the center of a table by finishing both sides with images. Reinforcement will not be necessary if two panels are combined for this method.

MIDDLE SECTION OF TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS:

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END SECTION OF TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS:

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SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs – 

771 – Accordion Fancy Label

506 – Transparant Double Sided Tape – 6mm

Others – 

Twelve Days of Christmas stamp set – Stampington & Company

Memento ink – Tuxedo Black

Copic Sketch markers

Cardstock: red, green, white

Hot Press Watercolor paper – Fabriano

Distress Ink and Ranger Ink Blending Tool

Delicata Gold ink

Gold spray mist

A Snowy Christmas Card

ECDJackiesChristmasSnowflakewmHi Everyone,

It’s Frances here today with another Christmas card to share. I live in Australia where it is summertime for Christmas. I would be very surprised to see any snowflakes, especially since we don’t even get snow in wintertime where I live. Even so, I still love creating Christmas cards that use snowflakes. Maybe it will cool us down a little;).
Here is how I created my card:

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1. Cut a piece of Red Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz that measures 3 3/4 inches x 5 inches. Layer the Shimmer Sheetz onto a sheet of Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Transparent Double Sided Tape and trim off excess tape.

2. Place Red Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz into Snowflakes Embossing Folder and emboss.

3. Use a sanding block to sand the raised snowflakes to reveal the white core of the Shimmer Sheetz.

4. Layer the Red Embossed Shimmer Sheetz to white card that measures 4 inches x 5 1/4 inches. Cut a piece of Dark Green card that measures 4 1/4 inches x 11 inches. Sscore at 5 1/2 inches and fold in half so it measures 4 1/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches. Adhere Shimmer Sheetz panel to card front.

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5. Cut a piece of white card and a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet that are approx 2 3/4 inches x 5 inches. Remove the release sheet from one side of the tape sheet and set it aside upside down on your desk (shiny side up). Adhere the Double Sided Tape sheet to the piece of white card.

6. Choose one of the Jackie’s Christmas Dolls in Oval Peel-offs (shown: The girl in fur-cuffed dress and a jaunty Santa’s hat) and place the oval and an extra hat sticky-side-up on the release sheet set aside in step 5.

7. Take your white card and place it with the adhesive side facing down onto the release sheet with the peel-offs on it. The peel-offs will lift from the release sheet and stick to the adhesive on the cardstock.

8. Turn your card so the release sheet is now on top. Take off the release sheet and make sure not to touch the images on the adhesive.

9. Cover the adhesive with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and polish with your finger to maximize the sparkle. (Els’s video explaining this technique is HERE) Color images with alcohol markers as shown or in your preferred palette.

10. Cut around oval and Santa hat peel-off. Adhere Santa hat on top of the one in the oval using foam tape.

11. Cut white oval using the main die from the Oval Accordion Card. Adhere oval to card front as shown. Adhere colored peel-off oval in top using foam tape.

12. Using the Merry Christmas Stand Up Helper die, cut the words 3 times from white card. Trim each piece at the bottom, leaving the bar that connects the letters. Stack and glue the three so the greeting is as thick as chipboard. Adhere the greeting to the lower left hand corner of the card front.

13. Cut a piece of white card 3 1/4 inches x 6 inches and adhere to a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet the same size. Die cut three snowflakes using the Snowflakes die set. Remove protective backing from the front of each snowflake and cover snowflakes with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish with your fingers.

14. Layer the 3 snowflakes, using foam tape for dimension between them. Add a Glitter Dot Peel-off in Transparent/Gold to the center of the top snowflake, and to the buttons on the girl’s dress. Adhere snowflake to the lower left hand side of the card so it overlaps the oval.

To Decorate the inside of the Card:

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15. Roughly trim around the negative girl in oval peel-off image which remains after using the peel-off for your card. Peel off any excess black peel off sticker that may be around your image until you just have the image as per photo above.

16. Cut a piece of Sticker Transfer Sheet approximately 3 inches x 4 1/2 inches. Remove the protective backing and place the tacky side of the Transfer Sheet onto the negative shapes/ Burnish with the bowl of a spoon or your fingers and carefully lift the Transfer sheet checking to ensure that all of the pieces lift at once. You can see Els’s video using this technique HERE.

17. Now move the Transfer Sheet with negative shapes attached to it over to the card. When it is in the right spot, place it down onto the card and rub the front of the Transfer Sheet to release the pieces onto the card. Carefully lift the Transfer Sheet to check and makes sure all of the negative image pieces are now on the card. (Don’t remove the Transfer sheet till all pieces are in place).

18. Stamp the sentiment on the left hand side of the card. Layer this panel to the inside of your card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs – 
Snowflakes (757)
Merry Christmas Stand Up Helper (939)
Accordion Oval Card (772) designed by Karen Burniston
Snowflakes Embossing Folder (E126)
Jackie’s Christmas Dolls in Oval Peel-Offs in Black (2587)
Transparent /Gold Glitter Dots (7018)
Red Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz (SS 0226)
Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter (639)
Transparant Double Sided Tape Sheet (502)
Transfer Sheet (600)
 
Other – 
White Card
Dark Green Card
Black Ink Pad
Verses – Vertical We Wish You Stamp
Sanding Block
Foam Tape
Glue

Rubber Ducky Spinner Card

Hi, Karen Aicken here with today’s project. As promised with my last post, I have an interactive Spinner Card to share. These cards are also referred to as Slider, Penny Spinner or Penny Slider Cards.

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I chose to use  the adorable Rubber Ducky die, cutting it out of both patterned paper and white cardstock. I adhered the pieces together so they would be nice and sturdy, then inked the edges. Rubber Ducky slides along the track, spinning around as he goes. His jaunty bow is from the Balloons die set.

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1.  Cut a 6 x 4-1/2″ panel  from white cardstock. Using the clouds from the All Seasons Tree, cut three from the top area of this panel and add a strip of blue patterned paper behind the openings. Ink the cut out clouds and attach over their openings with a double layer of foam tape. Using the Outdoor Edges die, cut a strip of blue patterned paper 6 x 2″ and attach it to the bottom of this panel lining up the bottom and side edges. On the back side of this decorated panel, pencil a line 1″ from the bottom edge.

2. Use the Tab Accessory Die that comes with the Tags and More 2 – Deco to create your track. Cut one from the center, then slide the tab die over to the left and cut again. Continue in this manner until you have your slot/track cut all the way across, leaving 3/4″ uncut on either side.  Just remember to overlap your cuts each time you move your die. Trim any uneven edges as you don’t want your slider mechanism to catch.

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3.  Create a 6.5 x 5″ top fold card from white cardstock. Adhere a 6-3/8 x 4-7/8″ panel of yellow patterned paper. Cut a 6 x 2″ strip of the same blue patterned paper as on the front ‘water’ area of your decorated panel and attach it to the yellow patterned panel. You want it to be seen through the track on your decorated panel for a seamless look.

4.  Create your penny mechanism by adhering two round adhesive foam tape circles together with a penny on either side. Add a piece of foam tape to the outside of one penny, which is how you will adhere the Rubber Ducky. Insert the back penny through the track in the center of the decorated panel, bending the panel slightly so it fits in. Test your mechanism to be sure it freely rolls along the track.

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5.  Attach the Rubber Ducky to the foam tape on the front penny, then add foam tape to the back of the decorated panel Do not add any tape along the track area as you want your penny mechanism to have lots of room.

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6. Attach decorated panel to the folded card and have fun sliding and spinning the Rubber Ducky!

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7. Use an orange fine point marker or pen to write words above the curve at the water’s edge as shown. Option: Use rubber stamps and stamp the words BEFORE adding tape to the back of the panel and before attaching the panel to the card front.

Spinner Cards are so much fun, both to make and receive. Kids love them! The spinning element can be just about anything and the track can be vertical or diagonal as well as horizontal. Some examples: A balloon floating straight up into the sky, a Karen Burniston Character running up a hill and tumbling back down!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

920 Rubber Ducky

781 All Seasons Tree

914 Outdoor Edges

 952 Tags & More 2 – Deco

 726 Balloons

Other Supplies:

White card stock

Yellow patterned paper – Bo Bunny

Blue patterned paper – MME

Two pennies

Foam Tape

Soft Gel Snowflakes Christmas Card

Card Front

Designed by Mary Dimercurio Prasad for the Elizabeth Craft Designs DT.

I made my own stencil for this card. I used Soft Gel (Gloss) and Silk Microfine Glitter for a background that’s both shiny and sparkly.

Making the Card

1. Cut an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of white cardstock in half to create two pieces 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Fold one in half for a card base. Cut a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of blue cardstock in quarters (i.e. four 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch pieces). This will be your snowflake background base.

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2. To create your stencil, use other half of the white cardstock; lightly draw lines 1 3/4 inches apart across short part of sheet (3 or 4 rows should suffice). Cut with two smallest Snowflakes dies in an alternating pattern across sheet using lines as guides (keep the snowflakes). Spray back of sheet with Easy Tack or other removable adhesive as per manufacturer’s instructions. This helps the small edges to stick down when applying the gel medium.

3. Using removable tape, tape the edges only (1/8 inch max) of one of the blue pieces of cardstock to a craft sheet or to scrap paper. Line up stencil over blue cardstock as desired and gently press down all edges. Use a palette knife to apply gel medium evenly over stenciled snowflakes.

4. While still wet, lightly sprinkle Silk Microfine Glitter over snowflake areas. I used a combination of Silver and Cool Diamond. For a subtle look, use very little. Carefully peel off stencil. Allow the stenciled sheet to air dry.

5. Erase any pencil lines visible on white snowflake die cuts. Glue 4 or 5 matching layers together to form thick snowflakes (cut more if necessary); make two of each snowflake.

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6. Die cut 6 Merry Christmas words from black cardstock; line up and glue all 6 copies together to form a thick stack for each word. Run some temporary adhesive across a piece of scrap paper. Stick the stacked words onto the temporary adhesive, holding the words securely in place. Now tap an embossing ink pad over the words to completely cover them with ink. Add silver embossing powder and use a heat tool to melt and cure the embossing powder. Repeat for a thicker coat. Peel words off of the temporary adhesive. If any edges are sharp or jagged, hold the word with tweezers and re-heat to get embossing powder to dome nicely.

7. Die cut two white banners.

8. Once gel has dried completely on the blue cardstock snowflakes, cut 1/8 inch off each side (final size 4 x 5 1/4 inches).

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9. Adhere Merry Christmas, one word per banner (refer to the photo above). Temporarily place them on blue background as shown; mark edge with pencil and trim to fit. Adhere with foam taoe for added dimension.

10. Adhere snowflakes to background as shown, trimming excess. Use dimensional tape to adhere to white card base.

Note: If you are gentle with the stencil you can use it again and again on other sheets of blue cardstock. If it gets damaged, make another one.

Supplies

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

  • Cardstock in White, Blue, and Black
  • Easy Tack or other removable adhesive (spray recommended)
  • Soft Gel, Gloss (Golden)
  • Palette knife
  • Removable tape (Painter’s, Washi, or 3M Scotch Post-It tape)
  • Embossing powder in Silver
  • Embossing ink pad
  • Heat tool
  • Foam tape

 

A Christmas card using the Evergreen Pivot Card!

Hello Kelly Booth here. I make several Christmas cards to send out every year so I need to keep them as simple as possible to get them all finished. The card I have to show you today could easily be duplicated and made as multiples.

 Here is the card I will be doing today!

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 The card opens up to reveal a cute little Snowman!

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1. Cut a piece of white cardstock 4″1/4″ by 10″ 1/2 and score at the center of the long side at 5″ 1/4″.

2. Place the Evergreen Pivot Card die on the scored fold, lining up the nubs on the die on the fold, and run through your die cutting machine.

3. Using the Snowflake Embossing Folder emboss each side of the card lining it up on the top and leaving an un-embossed edge at the bottom. See photo below:

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4. With a piece of white cardstock about 4″ by 5″, cut 1 large, one medium and one small tree using the decorator dies found in the Evergreen Pivot Card set. Place the three trees in the snowflake embossing folder and emboss. Place the trees on each tree on the card using foam tape or pop dots for dimension.

5. Cut a strip of white cardstock 2″ 14″ by 10″ 1/2″ and two strips of Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Double Sided Adhesive the same size. Sandwich the piece of white cardstock between the ECD Double Sided Adhesive by removing the backing and adhering it to each side of the cardstock. Remove one side of the backing and pour Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter over it. Polish well with your fingers and shake off the excess. Fold this piece in the center so you know where your fold is.

6. Take the rolling hills die from the Outdoor Edges set and place on one side of the fold and run through your die cutting machine. See photo below:

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7.  Place the die on the opposite side so the cuts meet and run it through again. You should now have a thin rolling hills strip that has ECD Double Sided Adhesive on the back. Don’t get rid of the negative as you will be using this piece a little later.

8. Remove the adhesive backing and place this at the bottom of the inside of the card staying away from the Evergreen Tree cut out.

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9. Take the negative side of the rolling hills and place it on the outside of the card in the same place. Trim off the excess.

10. Stamp Happy Holidays in Aqua on white cardstock. Using the large decorator die and stitched die from the Lorna Label Pop Up, cut out the sentiment so the label is a vertical shape. (Scroll back to see the photo of the front of the project.)

11. Stamp the inside sentiment in a small piece of white cardstock first using Aqua Ink for the wishing you a Merry and Bright, then stamp Christmas below in red. Cut this out using the same dies as used for Happy Holidays, but this time cut it so the label is a horizontal shape.

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12. Using foam tape or pop dots place the Happy Holidays label on the front to the right of the tree. Again using foam tape or pop dots place the Merry & Bright greeting to the top right of the inside of the card.

13. Stamp, color and fussy cut the little snowman. Use foam tape or pop dots to adhere him to the lower right hand corner on the inside of the card.

14. Take two small scraps of white cardstock and add a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Double Sided Adhesive to the front and back of each piece. Remove one layer and on one pour over True Red Silk Microfine Glitter and on the other Solar Gold. Polish well with your fingers and tap off the excess.

15. Using the Red glittered scrap, die cut some ornaments using the ornament dies included in the Evergreen Pivot Card set. Remove the adhesive from the back of each ornament and place ornaments on the large Christmas tree.

16. Using the Gold piece, die cut four stars. Remove the adhesive backing and place one star at the top of each decorator tree (Important: Not the trees that pivot!). Place the 4th star in the hand of the little snowman.

Your card is now finished and ready to mail! Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment if you have any questions. Hope you have a great day and thank you for stopping by the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

 E126 Snowflakes Embossing Folder 

912 Evergreen Pivot Card

914 Outdoor Edges

915 Lorna Label Pop Up

639 Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

614 True Red Silk Microfine Glitter

638 Solar Gold Silk Microfine Glitter

508 Transparent Double Sided Tape 64mm

Other Supplies:

Snowman Stamp (Paper Smooches)

Sentiments (Simon Says Stamp)

Copic Markers

Foam Tape or Pop Dots

Scissors

Die Cutting Machine

 

 

 

 

Z-Fold Evergreen Pivot Card

Hello my crafty friends, it’s Raquel Mason here today. I wanted to try something a little different with my card today, so I used non-traditional colors and made a pivot card into a
Z fold pivot card. Let me show you how I made this fun card.

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1.  Cut a piece of pink cardstock at 5.5 x 12, score at 4″ and 8″.

2.  Lay the Evergreen Pivot Card die alignment nubs on the 8″ score line and die cut. See photo below.

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3.  Die cut the pieces shown in the photo below.

From Evergreen Pivot Card: (1) pivoting portion only from polka dot paper, (3) stars from red polka dot paper and (1) in each size of the three companion trees from green cardstock. Keep the trees in the dies and emboss them using your embossing sandwich then use a marker to trace over the open areas.

From Tags & More 1 – Lace: cut a piece of pattern paper at 3.25 x 4, use the tag die to die cut on both the top and bottom of the pattern paper, and (4) decorative corners .

Cut a piece of pattern paper at 2.75 x 5.5 and score at 1 3/8″.

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4.  For the front of the card, cut a piece of pattern paper at 4 x 5.25. Thread 6″ of ribbon through the holes on the Tags & More 1- Lace die cut from step 3 then adhere to pattern paper. Fold excess ribbon to the back of pattern paper and adhere panel to center front of card. Tie a bow with leftover ribbon and adhere to the bottom of the tag. Adhere all four decorative corners.

5.  From Jackie’s Christmas Dolls in Circle Peel-offs, place doll, holly, tree and reindeer peel-off onto white cardstock that has Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape Sheet on top. Remove release sheet, cover peel-offs with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and polish glitter with your finger. Color with alcohol based markers then cut out images. Follow Els’ step by step instructions for this technique HERE.

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6.  Use foam tape to adhere Jackie’s Christmas Dolls image from step 5 to front center of card.

7.  Adhere the 2.75 x 5.5 piece of pattern paper from step 3 behind the pivoting portion of the card. Tip: add glue on the card base between the pivoting portion of the trees not on the pattern paper from step 3. See photo below.

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8.  Adhere die cut pieces from step 3 and peel-offs from step 5 to card, use photo below for placement.

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I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and feel inspired to try it out yourself.

Happy Crafting,

Raquel

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies – 

912 Evergreen Pivot Card

951 Tags & More 1 – Lace

503 Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet

2586 Jackie’s Christmas Dolls in Circle Peel-Offs in Black

641 Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

Other Supplies – 

Cardstock and Patterned Paper – Stampin’ Up! and My Minds Eye

Old Olive Striped Organdy Ribbon – Stampin’ Up!

Season’s Greetings

IMG_1434-1Hi Everyone, it’s Jackie Smith here with todays’s post. With Christmas around the corner,
I decided to make a winter scenic card using the Evergreen Pivot Card and Glitter Deer
Peel-Offs.

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1. Cut card base from brown cardstock 6″x 12″. Score and fold in half. Place Evergreen Pivot Card on the score line as in Karen Burniston’s video seen HERE.

2. Cut purple paper 6″x 12″. Score and fold in half. Repeat step one place the Evergreen Pivot Card on the score line and die cut. Cut out tree pivot portion. Adhere inside of your pivot card from step 1.

3. Cut 2 strips of green patterned paper 3/4″x 5 1/2″. Adhere to top of card. Add Transparent/
Gold Glitter Border Peel-Offs.

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4. Cut snow (4 times) using Outdoor Edges die from White Velvet Adhesive sheets. Sponge 2 snow edges with Ultramarine blue PanPastel.

5. Cut 3 Christmas trees using companion dies from Green Metallic Shimmer Sheetz. Embossed with Bark Embossing Folder. Sponge embossed areas with black StazOn ink pad. Adhere using pop up dots. Cut 2 more Christmas trees using green patterned paper.

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6. Adhere the 2 sponged snow edges from step 4 to the inside of the card as shown. Place 2 Deer Peel-Offs op top, one on the left and one on the right. Adhere the 2 green trees cut in step 5 as shown. Adhere the other 2 snow edges on top. Add Snowflake Peel-Offs with one Purple Glitters Dot in the center. Place holly stickers as shown.

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7. For the front of the card, cut green patterned paper 6″x 6″. Place Evergreen Pivot Card on the edge of paper with the green side up. Die cut PopUp insert. Cut Evergreen Pivot insert completely using scissors. Adhere with Elizabeth’s Transparent Double Sided Tape. Add Transparent/Gold Glitter Border Peel-Offs.

8. Place tag sticker. Adhere using pop up dots. Cut Season’s Greetings from Black Velvet Adhesive Sheets. Lay on sticker. Adhere holly stickers and cardinal die cut as shown using pop up dots. Add Purple Glitter Dots Peel-Offs on berries.

SUPPLIES: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs – 

914 – Outdoor Edges

912 – Evergreen Pivot Card

945 – Season’s Greetings

E120 – Bark Embossing Folder

7076 –  Gold/Silver Glitter Deer Peel-Offs

8530 – Silver Snowflake Small Peel-Offs

7010 – Transparent/Gold Glitter Borders Peel-Offs

7018 – Purple Glitter Dot Peel-Offs

SS 0213 – Green Metallic Shimmer Sheetz

405 – White Velvet Adhesive Sheet

406 – Black Velvet Adhesive Sheet

506 – Elizabeth’s Transparent Double Sided- Tape 6mm

Other – 

Cardstock and patterned paper – Winter Song – Christine Adolph for Creative Imaginations, Early Esspresso – Stampin’Up

StazOn Jet Black – Tsukineko, Ultramarine Blue – PanPastel

Paper trimmer, Scor-it tool, Pop Up Dots

 

 

 

Shimmer Sheetz Faux Hinge Bangles

Shimmer Sheetz Faux Hinge Bangles

By Judi Kauffman

Judi Kauffman’s Shimmer Sheetz Bangles were such a hit on the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop that she decided to make a couple more. They’re smashing!

Thank you for inviting me back. I did decide to make another pair of bangles. I used the same embossing folders, Shimmer Sheetz, paint and inks as the ones I made for Handmade Holidays. There is a link to the instructions at the end of this post.

There is only one difference – The faux hinges.

Here’s how to make them:

Put Elizabeth Craft Designs’ NEW Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheet on the back of a 2” x 5” piece of alcohol ink-altered Shimmer Sheetz.

Die cut pairs of hinge shapes to decorate the bangles at each “seam” on the bracelet where two strips of Shimmer Sheetz join. The die, which has the look of hardware but could also be used as a label, is part of the Tags & More 2 – Deco set (952).

There are four pairs of hinges on each side of the wider larger diameter bracelet, two pairs on each side of the narrower, smaller diameter bracelet. (If you make a bracelet with only ONE strip of Shimmer Sheetz instead of two strips as shown, you’ll need half as many hinges.)

IMPORTANT TIPS:

The new tape has a strong hold and thin release sheet. It’s a must-have for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz with the tape already on it.

You will need a metal adapter plate. Place the following inside your machine’s usual cutting sandwich – metal adaptor plate, Shimmer Sheetz face up, die template face DOWN so the cutting side is toward the metal plate.

This is a super simple project. I hope you’ll give it a try!

Be sure to make some bangles for yourself as well as for gifts. I always wear two or three at a time and they always garner oodles of compliments. They’re definitely show stoppers.

The link below will take you to the tutorial where there are complete instructions:

Handmade Holidays 2014

Shimmer Sheetz Bangles

http://ecraftdesignsblog.com/2014/11/handmade-holidays-day-2/
SUPPLIES

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

SS0218 Fire Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz or color of choice

KB103 Trendy Tiles 2 Embossing Folder or folder of choice

502 Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Sheets

952 Tags & More 2 – Deco

803 Metal Adaptor Plate

Other –

Unpainted flat-sided wooden bangles (DIY Bangles)

Alcohol inks in assorted colors

Acrylic paint, iridescent acrylic glaze, clear acrylic sealer

Paint brush

Sanding block

 

 

 

Christmas Tag Card

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Hi everyone,

It’s Frances here. As you can see by the photo above, I’m sharing another Christmas card. There are so many different ways to use the new Tags & More dies that I just need to keep playing with them. For my card today I have used Tags & More 2 – Deco to create a card with a fold at the left side.

Here is how I created my card:

1. Cut a piece of red card so it measures approx 7 1/2 inches x 7 inches (we will be cutting this down so it doesn’t need to be exact). Fold the card in half so it measures 3 1/2 inches x 7 1/2 inches.

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2. Position the main tag die from the Tags & More 2 – Deco set so that the left side of the die is beyond the fold line so it doesn’t cut the fold when die cut. Hold in place with some low tack tape and run through your die cutting machine.

3. Use your trimmer to trim down the right hand side of the card so the edge is level with the part of the tag which was cut by the die.

4. Open your folded tag card up and position the decorative overlay from the Tags & More 2 – Deco set so the hole in the overlay lines up with the hole in the tag and the tag shape of the card. Run this through your die cutting machine.

5. Trim the bottom of the tag card so it measures 6 5/8 inches.

6. Open your folded tag card up and place the front of the card into the Sprigs Embossing Folder. Position the card so that the embossing does not cover the decorative top part of your tag card. Emboss using your die cutting machine.

7. Highlight the embossing on the front of the card by sponging over Galaxy Gold Brilliance Ink.

8. Die cut a diamond shape reinforcement from the Tags & More 2 – Deco set from green card and adhere this over the hole on the front of the tag.

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9. Cut a piece of white card and a piece of Elizabeth’s Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet that are approx 3 1/4inches x 4 inches. Remove the release sheet from one side of the tape sheet and set it aside upside down on your desk (shiny side up). Adhere the Double Sided Tape sheet to the piece of white card.

10. From the Christmas Ornaments Sceneries Peel-Off Stickers remove the Bird Ornament, two Holly Sprigs and the Ribbon. Place your pieces sticky side up onto the release sheet that we set aside earlier.

11. Take your white card and place it with the adhesive side facing down onto the release sheet with the Peel-Offs on it. The Peel-Offs will lift from the release sheet and stick to the adhesive on the card stock.

12. Turn your card so the release sheet is now on top. Take off the release sheet and make sure not to touch the images on the adhesive.

13. Cover the adhesive with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and polish with your finger. You can see a video Els created using this technique here. Color your images as desired.

14. Cut out all pieces and attach to the middle section of the card as per photo at the top.

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15. Cut a piece of white card which is approx 3 inches x 3 1/2 inches. (TIP: I always cut my card slightly bigger than I need so I can trim down when the card is covered with glitter so any blemishes around the edges of the card can be removed.

16. Lay a length of 10 mm Elizabeth’s Transparent Double Sided Tape diagonally onto the white card as per first photo above. Next lay a length of 3 mm Elizabeth’s Transparent Double Sided Tape next to the 10 mm piece so it is butted up close. Add an additional length of 3 mm Double Sided Tape next to the first piece. Then lay a piece of 6 mm Elizabeth’s Transparent Double Sided Tape next to the 3 mm piece. Continue placing the tape onto the card until it is completely covered. Trim excess tape off around the edges of the card. (TIP: You may want to remove some of the excess tape from the edges while you are laying out the tape to make it easier to lift off your work surface when finished cover completely with tape)

17. Randomly remove the protective backing from the covered card and then every third piece of tape after that, being careful not to touch the adhesive you are uncovering. When you have removed the backing from the tape for the first color, cover the adhesive with Soft Green Silk Microfine Glitter. Brush off any excess glitter from the card, and polish the glitter on the card before continuing to the next step. (TIP: For Silk Microfine Glitter projects, Elizabeth Craft Designs recommends that you work with the lightest colors first, then the darker ones. This is not a rigid rule but usually produces the crispest and most accurate results. (Remember, if any of the glitter colors get mixed together during the process of polishing one color and then another, keep a separate jar for the random mixture and use it for interesting and unexpected textures.)

18. Remove the protective backing from every third piece of tape next to the Soft Green pieces and this time cover with Forest Green Silk Microfine Glitter. Repeat steps as per step 17.

19. Remove the remaining protective backing from the tape on the card and cover with True Red Silk Microfine Glitter.

20. Trim card so it measures 1 1/2 inches x the width of the tag. (You may want to attach the striped glittered card to the tag and trim off excess width). Reserve any extra striped glittered card for the inside of your card.

21. Use black lines from the Black Lines Peel-Off Stickers to embellish the glittered card. (TIP: Look at your glittered piece and if you have areas that may not have been glittered select these areas to cover with the Line Peel-Off Stickers.

22. Use the Black Ribbon Fantasy Peel-Off Stickers along the top edge of the striped glittered card.

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23. Cut a piece of white card that will fit inside of your tag card 3 1/8 inches x 13 inches. Adhere the leftover piece of striped glittered card to the bottom of the white card and then place a piece of Black Ribbon Fantasy Peel-Off Stickers along the top edge of the striped glittered card.

24. Use the Tags & More 2 – Deco die to die cut a piece of dark green card, trim card so it is approx 1 3/4 inches in height and attach to the top of the inside of your card. Place another piece of Black Ribbon Fantasy Peel-Off Stickers along the bottom of the green card.

25. Die cut a star shaped reinforcement piece from red card and adhere over hole of inside of tag card.

26. Using black ink, stamp sentiment in centre of white card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies: 

Elizabeth Craft Designs
Tags & More 2 – Deco (952)
Sprig Embossing Folder (E127)
Christmas Ornaments Sceneries Peel-Off Stickers (8502)
Merry Christmas Large Peel-Off Stickers (2576)
Black Lines Peel-Off Stickers (1016)
Ribbon Fantasy Peel-Off Stickers Black (1276)
Borders Assort Peel-Off Stickers (1167)
Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter (639)
True Red Silk Microfine Glitter (614)
Soft Green Silk Microfine Glitter (631)
Forest Green Silk Microfine Glitter (633)
Elizabeth’s Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet (502)
Elizabeth’s Transparent Double Sided Tape – 3mm (505)
Elizabeth’s Transparent Double Sided Tape – 6mm (506)
Elizabeth’s Transparent Double Sided Tape – 10mm (507)
 
Other
 White Card
Red Card
Dark Green Card
Galaxy Gold Brilliance Pigment Ink Pad
Black Ink Pad
Crafter’s Companion Bebunni Christmas Present
Foam Tape

Perching Poppy Thank You Card

Hello Friends!

Debra Hensley here today. November is the month I focus on gratitude a little more in my life. Family, friends, health, happiness, kind gestures – there is so much to say thank you for to the ones we love. What better way than with a thank you card featuring Poppy the Owl perched in his tree surrounded by bright sparkly glitter leaves reflecting the colors of Autumn?!

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Here’s how I made this card:

1. Fold a piece of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ black cardstock in half to form a standard A2 size card. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and adhere inside the card to provide a place to write on.

2. Die cut Poppy the Owl, Thanks and the  All Seasons Tree. Assemble Poppy, leaving his wings unattached for a more 3 dimensional look.

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3. Cut a piece of Kraft colored cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 4″. Emboss with the new Bark embossing folder ( my favorite!!). Using the circle and spiral from the Spiral Circle Pull Card die, cut a circle about 1/2 ” from the right edge and 1 1/2 ” from the top. Ink well with brown ink to bring out the embossing.

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4. To form a rolled Rose, Clip the outer circle from the Spiral. Using Fine Pointed Tweezers, grab the outer end and roll inward in a tight circle, keeping the bottom edge flush so as not to make a cone. You can also do this with your fingers if you prefer, however the tweezers will give you a tighter center. Once rolled remove tweezers and let the rose loosen naturally. Add a large glue dot to the small end circle of the spiral and adhere to the underside center of the rose to secure.

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5. Leaves- Cover a 3 1/2″ x 6  strip of white cardstock with double sided adhesive. Peel off liner. Create a glittered background to adhere the Leaf Peel-Offs to by using a variety of Fall colored glitters to create a “camo” look. Using 4 different colors, sprinkle 3 of the colors  in small amounts on the adhesive in a random pattern. Carefully flip over between each color to remove excess, careful not to brush off to the side which will cover the adhesive.

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6. Add Soft Green Microfine Glitter over the remaining adhesive to fill in the remaining empty areas. Rub in well for good coverage.

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7. Remove excess, polish with your finger to bring up shine and set the glitter in the adhesive. Add Black and Gold Leaf Peel-offs to the glittered panel.

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8 Closely trim out leaves. Color the edges with a black marker for a more finished look. Trim the small upper branch from the All Season Tree.

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9. To Assemble- adhere  Bark piece to card front on foam adhesive. With your fingers curve the Thanks diecut to fit around the upper right edge of the hole and adhere. Adhere the small branch to the upper left corner and the large branch across the bottom of the hole.  Add the completed Poppy on foam adhesive to the hole with his feet resting on the branch. Add leaves, using foam adhesive on a few for added interest. Adhere Rose to complete the card front.

10. Stamp an owl on the lower right corner of the white panel inside the card. Using a transfer sheet, add a black and gold leaf negative to the upper left inside to finish.

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed making this card with me. An unexpected  note of thanks can means so much- surprise someone special in your life with this Perching Poppy Thank You Card- sure to bring a smile.

Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies used:

E120 Bark Embossing Folder
916 Spiral Circle Pull Card
910 Poppy the Owl
734 Thanks
Double Sided Adhesive
Transfer Sheet
2525 Elegant Leaves Peel-Off  Black, Gold
609 Fire Opal Silk Microfine Glitter
613 Orange Silk Microfine Glitter
633 Forest Green Silk Microfine Glitter
631 Soft Green Silk Microfine Glitter 
801 Fine Pointed Tweezers

Other Items used:

Cardstock- Bazzill
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Inking tool
Foam adhesive
Glue dots
Black  marker
Owl Stamp- Darcie’s Heart and Home