Sunday, November 29, 2009

xmas card prep

They're not done as I had hoped (Dream Big!) but at least I managed to get an early start on cards this year.  Since last December I've wanted to use Pine's Rustic Snowflakes stamps (here) and CASE a photo card from Mish (here).  Paired with those new Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses papers - mmmm.  

Here's my craft table with the first round of cards, in stages of completion:

I say, first make embellishments because it's lovely fun.  Luckily I had scrap kraft paper left over from last year's card (here).  Here's the plan:

  1. stamp snowflake in white ink
  2. glitter heat emboss with Versamark ink
  3. use sponge dauber to soften center with white ink; buff
  4. add tiny white dots to outer circles with gelly roller
  5. (glue & glitter snowflakes - leave center blank for coordinating gem later)
  6. (punch out circle)

Next - the cards.  After a few attempts I discovered a design with the sentiment hidden behind the pull-out photo (see this in the card propped on the table).  The double-sided paper was just begging to be folded & distressed - but grandma's old Singer sewing machine was NOT sewing through those thick layers.  Instead, I'll stitch three sides of the patterned paper.  Here's an unfinished (unsewn) close-up of the card without the pull-out photo portion:
Here's the how to:
  1. slice a sheet of kraft paper, lengthwise
  2. trim a bit off one side
  3. stamp the sentiment so it's hidden by the pull-out photo portion
  4. edge sides with white ink; let dry (I did ~2 days, to be sure)
  5. glitter heat emboss 'snowflake' sentiment (it adds dimension if the alignment is off)
  6. fold (I use a jacked-up mini Scor-It - see photo below)
  7. make a pocket by sealing two sides with 1/8" Scor-Tape
  8. stamp 'handmade by' sentiment on back of card in white ink; sign & date w/ gelly roller pen
  9. edge bottom of card with white ink; let dry
  10. measure & cut patterned paper
  11. fold down & distress paper
  12. measure & cut ribbon - adhere
  13. (sew three sides of patterned paper & ribbon)
  14. (adhere paper to card)
  15. (attach embellishment; add coordinating gem)
  16. (measure & print personal message on kraft paper for back of pull-out)
  17. (measure & print photos)
  18. (round one corner of photo & kraft paper)
  19. (attach with brad in corner)
  20. (insert pull-out into card)
  21. (decorate, label & stamp envelopes)
Lastly, in trying to save a $10 I got a mini Scor-it.  I really LOVE the professional score, but had to tape a small ruler to the top to be able to score the center of an 11" piece of paper.  Oh well! 

1 comment:

StampDancer said...

Wow! You're an organized gal! Wish I'd seen this for inspiration earlier I might have finished all my cards then. Also, Question: What kind of storage unit do you have that has your ribbons, etc. in it?