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Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card

Prima Christmas in the Country Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card

Hello, Friends!  Masculine Christmas cards….love ’em?  Hate ’em?  Struggle with ’em?  Well, this Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card post is filled with tips and ideas that will help you create a great card for all the fellas on your Christmas card list.  It’s made with Prima’s Christmas in the Country paper collection and accented with a wonderful Tibetan charm from my friend LouAnn over at ButterBee Scraps.

Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card: Making it Manly

This is a simple 5″ x 7″ kraft card base with a top fold.  Add lots of masculine elements like burlap, burlap string, buffalo plaid paper and a handsome stag image to the card design.

Copper is such a great metallic finish, and it works great for a vintage masculine vibe.  The lovely stag head and clock charms were originally silver tone.  Change that quick as a wink with embossing powder!  First,  tap the charms with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then cover with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder and heat.  It’s amazing how the detail of the charm comes through as the embossing powder melts.

TIP: When using a textured embossing powder, I find it takes longer to fully melt.  The embossing powder will go from grainy, to chunky, to thick and finally, as you continue to heat, it will thin out and allow the details to show.  Embossed metal is HOT!  Use tweezers!

First, emboss chipboard snowflakes with Seth Apter Blizzard Baked Texture.  Then emboss a second time with the Burnt Copper Leaves, just sprinkling it over the chips.  It’s a great look!

Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card: A Peek Inside

Don’t you just love this buffalo plaid pocket?  Tuck a little gift card/treat wallet inside.  And add a 3″ x 4″ journal card on the top to carry out the Christmas in the Country theme.

Guys like chocolate, too!  So tuck a tasty treat into the pocket along with a gift card for perfect gifting.

Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Calendar Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio

Authentique Calendar Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio

Hello, Friends!  It’s my favorite season of the year: the thankful season!  Today I’m sharing  a lovely little Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio made with Authentique Paper’s brand new Calendar Collection.  It’s my contribution to the Group Post over on the Authentique Blog.

Authentique Calendar Collection November Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This little 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folio is tiny, but mighty!  Thanks to the double z-fold design, there’s loads of room to add paper pretties, photos, and journaling entries inside.

There are 10 panels on this card, making it the perfect vehicle for the new Calendar Collection.  I love the fact that the collections come with color matched cardstock so that you have everything you need to make a beautiful card, folio, or layout.  It’s amazing!

Double Z Fold cards are super easy to make!  You can find a tutorial for making the base HERE.

You have to love the fact that these cards open out to a width of over 19″!  Wouldn’t that be pretty on your Thanksgiving buffet table?

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio: What’s in the Pocket?

Of course, I added a pocket to the folio!  Don’t I add a pocket to everything?  It’s kind of my signature move!  This one is made with a 4 1/4″ x 11″ panel of kraft cardstock. Score it at 4 1/4, 8 1/2″ and then trim and fold to form a little pocket inside.

Tuck some tags and paper pretties into the pockets.

TIP:  Die cut a little decorative piece for the pocket flap.  Then use the negative cut as a second pocket.  Back the empty space where the label was with designer paper, then adhere the sides and bottom.  Instant tea bag pocket, and oh, so cute!

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio: The Flip Side

Don’t forget to decorate the flip side of this folio!  You have lots of room to decorate.  Use the center panel as a photo spot.  Just be sure to adhere only the bottom edge of the little sentiment panel to the card base.  Then the photo can be tucked behind it.

And don’t forget to add a spot to write down those precious memories or a special greeting.  This lightly distressed panel is the perfect spot for that!

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio on YouTube

Here’s a super quick video tour with tips and tricks in case you want to make your own version of this card folio for your Thanksgiving festivities.

 

Wishing you a grateful heart every day of the year!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal

Carta Bella Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal Mixed Media Card

Hello, Friends!  This Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal Mixed Media Card celebrates my favorite winter bird.  I just love the way a cardinal’s bright red plumage brightens up a dreary winter day.  And they have such a cheery song.  So when I found this vintage rusted cardinal embellishment in a local flea market, I just had to add it to my stash!

This is a simple 7″ x 5″ top fold card base.  Stitch together layers of the patterned papers to create the background.  Then get your Mixed Media Boots out of the Closet of Shame and have fun!

Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal

I decided to take Carta Bella’s Christmas Market into the woods this time.  Our son kindly cut me some thin-ish slices from a Bradford pear that fell in their front yard.  This one is about 1/2″ thick and about 4″ in diameter.  Here’s how I created this rustic cardinals lofty perch:

  • Begin by thinning white gesso with a little water.  Then brush lightly over the surface of the wood slice.  Don’t forget the bark!  The white gesso will immediately winterize the wood.
  • Next, while the gesso dries, die cut a whole pile of festive greenery.  I like to use scraps of designer paper for this as the patterns add interest to the grouping.  This time, I used Tim Holtz Skeleton  Leaves and Mini Greenery.  (Links below)
  • Once the gesso is dry, tap the surface of the wood slice randomly with Versamark Embossing Ink.
  • Now, sprinkle the surface with Seth Apter Blizzard Baked Texture and heat emboss.
    • TIP: Keep heat embossing until the Baked Texture melts completely.  These chunky powders can take a while to fully blossom.  You can stop at any point, of course, but I really baked this one, and I loved the effect.  Experiment and find the perfect stopping point for your personal taste.
  • Next, tap the cooled surface with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive.  Then immediately sprinkle with Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear.  Looks just like freshly fallen snow!
    • TIP: cut a piece from a make-up sponge to dab on the adhesive.  Rinse and re-use!
  • Pile on the greener, then tuck in your cardinal and berries.

Christmas Market Rustic Cardinal: A Peek Inside

Here’s a fun way to use washi tape to hold a honey stick in place! And who wouldn’t love a buffalo plaid treat pocket?

Chocolate, tea and honey?  Sa-weet!  So you get eye candy and tummy candy all in one!

To see more projects made with Carta Bella Christmas Market, look HERE and HERE.

I think this card would be gorgeous on a Christmas mantel or side table, too.  In real life, it glistens and sparkles like fresh fallen snow.    You can find this one in my ETSY shop!

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Christmas in the Country Mrs. Deer Box Card

Prima Christmas in the Country Shabby Chic Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Christmas in the Country Mrs. Deer Box Card

Hello, Friends!  Let’s kick the week off with a shabbylicious Mrs. Deer Box Card that is just brimming with Christmas in the Country charm.  I finally had time to dig into this delicious Prima collection, and it’s as wonderful to work with as I had anticipated!

If you love woodland style, old barns, buffalo plaid posies and country charm, this 5″ x 7″ card is going to tickle you pink!  I created a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1″ spine and a box style pocket interior to house all the elements seen here.  It was a totally delightful morning spent completely lost in my imaginary world.  I hope you enjoy it as well!

Mrs. Deer Box Card : The Woodland Wreath

Prima Christmas in the Country Shabby Chic Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The wreath around Mrs. Deer is made using one of my favorite new techniques.  Here’s how to make it happen:

  • Begin by die cutting 2 Spellbinders Holly Berry Wreaths from Christmas in the Country.  Select a neutral pattern for the best results.
  • Ink the inner and outer edges of both wreaths with a little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Next, cover one wreath with Versamark Embossing ink.
  • Now place it in a funnel tray, or on a clean sheet of printer paper and cover it with Seth Apter’s Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Heat emboss.
  • Let the wreath cool a bit, then tap randomly with Versamark.  Sprinkle lightly with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture and heat emboss a second time.
  • Now, the fun part: Rub Peeled Paint Distress Oxide directly over the surface of the cooled wreath. Spritz with water until little beads of ink form.  Then heat emboss again.  The ink will sink below the embossing powder and add a lovely mottled effect.
  • Finally, place small spacers between the two wreath layers and adhere together.

Prima Christmas in the Country Shabby Chic Mrs. Deer Christmas Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Mrs. Deer Christmas Card: A Peek Inside

Create a box pocket inside the card, then tuck in this lovely shabby chic gift card folio.

This makes a great gift all on its own, or you can tuck in a small gift card when you write your personal message.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list there.

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Oh, how I love fall.  This Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio is so warm and inviting, I just had to share it with you!  It has everything I love: rich color, gorgeous textures, lush layers, machine stitching to add that homespun feel, and scrumptious patterned papers.  Yes, I had fun with this one!

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Start with a 6″ x 6″ chocolate brown card base with a 1/2″ spine.  Them mat layers of Prima Autumn Sunset papers on cardstock and burlap.  Scurry over to the sewing machine and add some stitching.  Then heat emboss a Laserowe Love doily with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture and pile on some fall leaves. (Prima) Place dimensionals on the back of the die cut deer and surround with gorgeous flowers.  Yummy!

TIP:  Build your card front before you adhere it to the base.  Then wrap the sides with twine and gold metallic string to create a wonderful contrast between rustic and elegant.  Top the twine with a Prima charm.  I always add my card fronts to the base as the very last step.  This way, I can finish the inside without crushing all those lovely dimensional elements.

Deer Autumn Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Create a quick and easy pocket on the inside of your card.  Simply cut the liner panel 2 1/2″ longer than the card base.  Score and fold the overhang to form a pocket.  Add gussets to the sides so you have plenty of room to add treats and treasures.

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Use an Envelope Tool to make a little tea wallet .  Top it with a ribbon belly band to hold everything in place.  I tucked in one of my precious vintage gold plated enamel demitasse spoons and a bit of chocolate for a sweet afternoon treat.

Deer Autumn Card Folio: The Pull Out Mechanism

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card folio Accordion Mechanism Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

This lovely little accordion mechanism is held in place with ribbon.  It’s a great way to showcase the patterns from this lovely collection.  And it’s the perfect place to add a few fall photos and journaling.  I love it when a card is also a gift and a mini album, don’ t you?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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