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Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial

A Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  I just love traditional red and green Christmas cards, don’t you?  But every once in a while, I like to go off the beaten path and play with non-traditional Christmas colors.  And that’s how this Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts came into being.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Little Birdie asked me to create a Christmas project this go round.  Since I did not have any Little Birdie Christmas papers, images or flowers, I had to get a little bit creative on this one.  So after I did a lot of thinking with my thunker, I decided that this pinkalicious Christmas card could pass muster.  What do you think?

This is a 6″ x 6″ top fold card made with papers from the Vintage Reflections and Aquarelle 12×12 paper packs.  I selected the “Celebrate” chipboard from the Birthday Wishes Primed Chipboard package.  I selected the candy cane image from a Gecko Galz Altered Christmas Digital Download.

TIP: To add lots of dimension to a project, print the image twice (3″ x 4″).  Cut out the candy cane and flower cluster from one image.  Adhere the cut out image to the print using dimensionals.  This makes a small image really POP on the page.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: The Flowers

Little Birdie Camila Moonlight Flowers come with foliage stems and coiled wire stems.  The Rosemund Pink Roses are soft and delicate, and I just love the fact that they come on stems with foliage and berries attached.  To add texture, dimension and fullness to the floral cluster, I tucked in Green Allium Foliage and Green Ferns.  The feathers from my stash help carry out the vintage vibe.

Fantasy Rose Shimmer Satin Ribbon is the perfect color match for the floral cluster. To add even more dimension and contrast to the flowers, dry brush on a mixture of Grainy Texture Paste and Fire Brick Metallic Paint.  While digging around in my Christmas embellishment stash, I found these miniature pink ornaments.  Sometimes it does pay off to pick up random things on sale!

Victorian Style is all about excess and abundance.  It was fun to take this creation over the top with florals, embellishments, texture and dimension!

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The interior of the card is very simple, but still lovely.  The slash pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a gift card or small treat.  The sentiment and ticket are also from Gecko Galz Altered Christmas.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: Snapguide!

If you’d like to try your hand at this Victorian beauty, I’ve created an easy to follow Snapguide Tutorial to show you how.   There’s a complete supply list built into the Snapguide Tutorial for your convenience. I hope you enjoy!

 

Check out How to Little Birdie Crafts Victorian Pink Christmas Card by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

A Fond Farewell

This is my last post as a member of the Little Birdie Crafts Design Team.  I can’t believe how quickly the term has passed!   It’s been a very good experience for me: I’ve made new friends, learned some new techniques, discovered new products and had loads of fun sharing all of the above with you.  I’d like to thank my friends at Little Birdie Crafts for extending this opportunity to me.  I hope to be able to Guest Design for them from time to time in the future.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and Ideas today 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

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio for Frilly and Funkie “Impress Us” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I’ve created this Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio using the new Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  We’ll take a closer look at it in just a second, but first, let’s see what our lovely hostess, Sarah Emily, has to say about the challenge.

Challenge Theme:  Impress Us
Who doesn’t want to make a great first impression? For this challenge, we would like you to use your embossing folders or any other way you can make an impression on your vintage or shabby chic project. Go ahead and ‘Impress Us’ with your creativity!

Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio: The Inspiration

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

The inspiration for this card was my new Tim Holtz Laurel 3-D Impresslits Texture Fade.  I’ve had it in my stash for a while now, and always intended to use it to create a wreath. This challenge afforded the perfect opportunity!  And what would go better with a wreath than a Christmas project?  So I pulled out my Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas DCE and went to work.

Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio: Making the Impression

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

These are the steps I followed to create this dimensional winter wreath.

  • First, create an inky background with a mix of green Distress Oxide Inks.  I used the faithful smoosh and spritz method that we are all so familiar with.
  • Next, cut the inked panels to fit inside the Laurel 3-D Impresslits Folder. The wreath uses 3 embossed pieces, but I did extra so I could experiment.
  • Now, place the inked panels in the folder ink side up if you want to EMBOSS (raised edges) or ink side down if you want to DEBOSS (recessed edges). Run through your die cutting machine following manufacturer instructions.  The folder will cut and emboss at the same time, which I love.
  • Then, tap the raised edges of the laurel with a little Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Next, sprinkle on some Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture.  Tap off the excess and heat emboss.
  • Spatter with diluted white acrylic paint and dry brush the edges as well.
  • Finally, lay 3 branches in a circular shape and adhere the ends to form a wreath.
Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio: The Details

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

The base layer for this 5″ x 7″ is a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel from the “B” side of Twelve Days. Give the folio a rustic feel by distressing all the edges, inking with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide and dry brushing with white acrylic paint.  I also dry brushed the flowers and foliage.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Stitch a 4″ x 6″ panel from “Five Golden Rings” onto a slightly larger piece of burlap and fringe the edges.  Place dimensionals on the back and adhere to the card.  Then place dimensionals on the back of the wreath and adhere.  Adhere the chipboard frame directly to the wreath.  You will need to back the circle chip with a couple layers of dimensionals before adhering.

Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio: Ribbons and Flowers

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

Tie a double loop bow with Christmas Traditions Plaid Ribbon.   Create a floral cascade with Renae Scarlet Flowers and Rosemund Moonlight Roses from Little Birdie Crafts.  Tuck the “Dec 25” chipboard in under the bow cluster.

Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

To turn a card into what I call a card folio, simply add pockets and/or some interactive elements.  I’ve done both on this festive card.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

The large pocket holds this 4.25″ x 6.25 tea bag wallet.  There’s room to write a personal greeting on the front of the wallet.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

Then tuck a tea bag, honey stick and cute Christmas spoon inside to turn it into a gift.  You could also add a photo, gift card or note here.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

The interactive element is this accordion fold mechanism.  It will hold 4″ x 6″ photos so you can add all the happy memories of your family Christmas here.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Card Folio Tim Holtz Laurel Impresslits Wreath by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

Here’s a peek at the inside of the accordion fold mechanism.  Room for journaling, a pocket to hold little mementos, tuck spots and room for photos, too.  The mechanism is held shut with a magnetic closure.

Go Ahead…Impress Us!

We’d love to have you join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project using embossing folders.  Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, November 6th.

Every linked project that follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The team will ask the designer of our favorite project to join us as a Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  And there are Top Three Badges for further outstanding entries.  You can read all the challenge guidelines HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And, you can find links to all the products I’ve used from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card for the RRR Blog Hop

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card for the RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog. Today I have a cheery and festive Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card.  It’s been decked out with several of the beautiful ribbons from the October Ribbon Club Assortment.

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Easel cards are probably one of my favorite fancy folds to make because they can  double as home decor. This 6″ x 6″ Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card has some fun features inside, too.

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

This collection and Red Taffeta Ribbon just go together like Santa and his Elves.  You can see another card created with this collection and this ribbon HERE.  In addition to the Red Taffeta Ribbon,  I’ve used  white crochet lace, Christmas Dots and Red Ovals Satin, and Christmas Green Zig Zag on White Satin Ribbons.

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

When the holidays are done, you can fold this Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card up and put it away until next year.  Gotta love that!

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

I had fun creating the stopper for this card.  These Christmas Novelty Buttons added just the right touch of fun to the card design.

Graphic 45 Christmas Magic Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

This little treat pocket is also sized to hold a gift card.  I always like it when a card can double as a gift!

On With the Hop

From here, you should hop on over and see what amazing creation my sweet friend Linsey has prepared for you this month.  Be sure to finish the hop over on the RRR Blog so that your name will be entered into the drawing for your very own October Ribbon Club.  Look how gorgeous these ribbons are!

If you haven’t signed up for the Ribbon Club yet, this would be a great time to do so.  It’s like giving yourself a Christmas present every month of the year!  You can find all the information you need to sign up HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas for using ribbon with you today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

Sweet Christmas Bluebirds Easel Card

Sweet Christmas Bluebirds Easel Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Can I squeeze in one more Christmas card before the big day arrives?  Sure I can!  This Sweet Christmas Bluebirds Easel Card adorned with Peacock Alley Seam Binding makes my heart sing.Sweet Christmas Bluebirds Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 1

This is a 5″ x 7″ upright easel card.  The color palette makes me swoon!

Sweet Christmas Bluebirds Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 2Winter birds are my absolute favorite.  We have bluebirds in our back yard, and every time I see that flash of color at the feeder, it makes me happy.

Sweet Christmas Bluebirds Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 3This bow cluster started with a triple loop seam binding bow.  I topped this with a loopy gold metallic string bow and vintage velvet dogwood blossoms.   Naturally, I tied them both with my trusty Zutter Bow it All Tool!

Sweet Christmas Bluebirds Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 4Like all easel cards, this one folds flat for mailing or storage.

Sweet Christmas Bluebirds Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 5I’ve tucked a wee tag into the gift card/treat pocket.  This way, the card becomes a gift.

Sweet Christmas Bluebirds Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 6The journal card is the perfect place to add a personal greeting.

I’ve had such fun making Christmas cards in non-traditional colors.  Don’t get me wrong: I love red and green and gold!  But there’s something kind of dreamy about this pink and aqua Sweet Christmas Bluebirds easel card that appeals to my imagination.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I’m still working away on this year’s Christmas cards.  While red and green are traditional and beautiful Christmas colors, I’m having lots of fun playing with shabby chic colors this year.  This pink shabby chic Woodland Christmas easel card is adorned with Pearl  Pink Swiss Dots Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 1

I love the soft shimmer that satin ribbon adds to a card.  And how sweet are those little birdies in their winter nest?

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 2The triple loop bow is tied with a little help from my Zutter Bow-it-All Tool.  I don’t know what I would do without it!  I use it literally every single time I create!

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 3

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 4Like all easel cards, this one folds shut for mailing or storage.

Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas Easel Card Sweet Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Stamperia Photo 5I added a little treat/gift pocket on the inside along with a journal card for a personal greeting.

So how do you feel about this Shabby Chic Woodland Christmas easel card?  I’m loving the pink and blue hues because really, you could leave this card up all winter long.  I  kind of love that idea!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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