Hello, Friends! Elegant card backgrounds are quick and easy thanks to the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Holly Flourish Embossing Folder. It’s been a while since I’ve played with the dry embossing technique, and I had forgotten how magical it really is! It’s truly as simple as 1, 2, 3.
First, cut a piece of paper to fit inside the 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ embossing folder.
Next, mist the paper lightly with water. This helps to keep the paper from cracking as it runs through the embossing machine.
Now build the embossing folder sandwich for your personal die cutting machine.
Then run the plates through the machine and clap your hands with delight as the embossed design appears on your paper.
There’s simply not a paper crafting technique that achieves such dramatic effects with such a small amount of effort.
Put Your Scraps to Work!
I had a few pretty scraps left from my adventures with the Winter Wonderland, but not really enough to make a slimline card. And that’s another nice thing about embossing folders: you can make a really terrific paper layer with just plain white cardstock. Then you add a pop of color with a bit of patterned paper, as I did here.
TIP: Yes, you can use 6″ wide paper on a 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card! Cut your scraps to a height of 2″, then overlap them as a belly band. Then, cover the joint where the papers overlapped with focal image. Easy, peasy!
Celebrate the Seasons Sled
I am such a fan of this Celebrate the Seasons Winter Sled die! Not only does it create the cutest little sled, it also has greenery and floral dies. This time, instead of using the ice skate dies, I dressed up the sled with a little jingle bell cluster. Then I finished out the card with the puffy sticker sentiments from Winter Wonderland.
A Peek Inside
Use the off cut of the Holly Flourish embossed paper to line the pocket inside your card. Once again, I had to paper piece patterns to cover the inside of the card. Then I used die cut shapes from the kit to cover up the joints.
I had just enough paper left over to create a little gift card wallet to tuck inside the pocket.
Spellbinders Winter Wonderland Gift Card Wallet Tutorial
Hello, Friends! I’m popping in with a little surprise Spellbinders Winter Wonderland Gift Card Wallet Tutorial on this Monday morning. It’s going out a little later than I had hoped, but better late than never, right?
My friends at Spellbinders sent me this lovely collection, and I spent a delightful afternoon creating a pile of festive Christmas cards with it. As is usually the case, once I got done, I had a wonderful pile of scraps on my desk. After pondering several good ways to use them, I landed on the idea of making Christmas Gift Card Wallets. Oh, what fun! In fact, they were so much fun, I decided I should make a little tutorial for you so you can make them, too.
Each gift card is measures 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and is made from one 12″ x 3 1/2″ scrap of white cardstock.
It only takes about 15 minutes to make each wallet, so if you have a stack of gift cards to give out this year, this is definitely the easy way to do it!
This is a very fun collection to work with. The 6×6 pad of papers has 40 sheets and 10 designs, including stunning gold foiled patterns. Instead of focal images in the paper pad, the collection features 2 different ephemera packs. I’ll show you how to layer the images to create the card focals in the video tutorial below. Everything about this new collection is fresh and festive. My only concern was the weight of the paper; it’s very thin. But since I added layers and used sturdy bases for my cards, everything turned out just fine.
A Peek Inside
Here’s a look at the inside of one gift card holder. It’s a very simple design, but provides ample room for a little sentiment card as well as a gift card or cash. You can adapt the design for any occasion. Since gift cards have become so popular, it’s nice to have a way to dress them up.
Winter Wonderland Christmas Cards
One of the things I really do like about this collection is that you can find at least 3 unique color palettes. The gift card wallets were made with what I called the pink/tan papers. These festive cards represent the red/gold color palette.
There’s also a frosty blue/green color palette that I particularly loved. You can see in these photos how that gold foil just POPS!
Winter Wonderland Easel Card
Of course, I had to make an easel card! This 6×6 card features the beautiful, traditional botanical images from the collection.
The brake or stopper on the card is actually a pocket. This gives you a place to tuck in a gift card and a little note.
Winter Wonderland Gift Card Wallet Tutorial on YouTube
If you’d like to learn how to make these cute gift card wallets, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.
OK, my friends! Thanks for letting me interrupt your Monday! I’ll be back tomorrow with our September Gnome of the Month Tutorial. Have a joyful and creative day!
A Country Christmas: G45 Winter Wonderland December Daily and Embellishment Tutorial
Hello, G45’ers! If you’re like me, you haven’t had the chance to document your holiday memories yet. This Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland December Daily is such a great way to store all those precious photos and cherished memories. I’m happy to finally be able to share it with you.
To make memory keeping simple, I broke the album down into 4 weekly sections. This seems less daunting to me than a daily entry. It’s such a great place to record my play dates with the Littles, special family times and even favorite recipes, I can just pop a photo into the appropriate week, jot down a quick note and be done.
Graphic 45 Craft Basket Challenge: Mixed Media Album, 12×12 Pad and Washi Tape
As an additional motivation for this project, it’s my turn to play along in the G45 Craft Basket Challenge. This month, we were asked to create a project with a Staples Mixed Media Album (I chose Ivory) a 12×12 paper collection (I chose Winter Wonderland) and Staples Washi Tape. I have some fun features built into the pages. You’ll learn all about them in the YouTube Video tour below.
You will also find a lot of really cute embellishments made with Winter Wonderland Chipboard and Stickers. There’s a YouTube video tutorial for those, and I think you’ll have lots of fun making them.
Winter Wonderland December Daily: The Cover
Fussy cut flowers, simple paper layers, and a die cut ornament adorn the cover of this 8.25″ x 8.75″ x 2″ album. Each layer is matted with gold and black to keep the designs from becoming muddled.
I could not resist adding this little bottle brush tree to the cover decor. Here’s how I did it:
First, use Glossy Accents to secure the Staples Antique Metal Door Pull to the bottom right hand corner of the cover art. Note that it is upside down.
Now, tap a bottle brush tree with Distress Grit Paste and roll in clear Glitter.
Next, remove the round wood base from the tree and hot glue to the center of the Door Pull.
Then use hot glue to add Spanish Moss and Red Berries to the arrangement.
Finally, tap the berries, and door pull with Grit Paste to resemble fallen snow.
To make the ornament:
Die cut a Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornament Die (retired) from medium weight chipboard.
Now cut again using the green stripe paper in 12×12 Patterns and Solids. Glue together.
Create a washi tape belly band.
Then top with the chipboard element.
Now tie gold string around the top and add small chipboard tag, jingle bells, berries and ribbon.
Tie ribbon around the spine and decorate with large jingle bells and a mini tree ornament. The back cover is decorated with 12×12 Patterns and Solids and a washi tape border.
Winter Wonderland December Daily: A Peek Inside
You’ll find a slash pocket filled with Staples Black Standard Tags and a cheery holiday banner inside the album
Use the tags to decorate cookie plates, Christmas gifts or as fun photo mounts.
This waterfall feature is a great place for all your candid holiday photos. Sew two vellum sheets together on 3 sides to create a large pocket. Then cut the heavy kraft cardstock pages to fit inside. These pages can be used for large (5″ x 7″) photos or even recipes.
The tabbed pocket pages are so quick and easy to decorate. I’ve filled them with 4″ x 6″ images from the cut apart page. I’ve also added decorated Staples Black Square Tags because they make fabulous photo mounts. Create a hinge to attach an ATC sized Policy Envelope and tuck another square tag behind it. This way, you can use the entire page for photos or recipes.
Photo wallets are so much fun to add to pockets, and they make a great place to tuck in a gift card or tickets to a special show.
This Square Black Tag is tucked behind the open side of a 4″ x 6″ photo mount. Interactive elements always make an album more fun!
You’ll find all the details and lots of tips and tricks in this YouTube Video Tour.
Winter Wonderland December Daily YouTube Video Tour
Winter Wonderland December Daily: Making the Chipboard and Sticker Embellishments
As you saw in the video, the final pocket in this Winter Wonderland December Daily holds a festive banner made with Staples Red Alpha Tags. This goes together in about 15 minutes. Here’s how:
First, mat each tag on gold metallic paper and trim around the edges.
Next, re-punch the hole at the top of each tag.
Then thread black and white ribbon through the top.
Now tie a square knot with another piece of the same ribbon.
Next, hot glue a flower to the center knot.
Then, make the chipboard and sticker embellishments following the simple steps in this YouTube Video tutorial.
I’ve used these embellishments throughout the album to dress up tags and decorate pages. They are super simple to make, and can be adapted for use with any paper collection.
Winter Wonderland December Daily Chipboard and Sticker Embellishments Tutorial on YouTube
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own holiday crafting. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. Thanks so much for hanging with me for this long post!
Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial
Hello, G45’ers! Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? Even if you have, you’re going to want to make room to squeeze in one more last minute ornament. Today, I’m sharing a Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial with you. I think you’re going to be inspired to make a few of these yourself, as they are very festive!
Can you guess what I used as the base for this frosty, sparkly ornament? Well, if you guessed a Graphic 45 Staples Washi Tape Container, then you are correct! Move to the head of the class!
This is a fairly quick and easy project to put together, especially when you have a Snapguide tutorial to walk you through each of the steps.
The cylinder that holds the Staples Washi Tape is just the right size for a little bottle brush tree. I’ve dressed mine up with Grit Paste and Glitter, then added a bunch of faux snow, sequins and beads to make it sparkle and shine.
Chipboard elements add the finishing touch on this fun and festive project.
And Christmas Ribbon tops everything off perfectly!
Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Tag Tutorial on Snapguide
Are you ready to learn how to make this sweet dimensional ornament? Then follow the simple steps in this Winter Wonderland Dimensional Shaker Ornament Tutorial on Snapguide .
Hello, G45’ers! Have you seen Graphic 45’s gorgeous Winter Wonderland Christmas Collection yet? Filled with images of old barns, snow laden trees, winter songbirds and rustic patterns, it’s like taking a walk in the New England countryside of my childhood. I recently had a chance to play with these gorgeous images and papers and worked up a Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo to share with you here.
A Spoonful of Christmas: Winter Wonderland Christmas Card #1
This vintage Santa Spoon was waiting for me to grab it on one of my junkin’ adventures. It is part of a set of 4, and I scooped them up in a New York minute! Why I love these vintage spoons, so much, I’ll never know, but I am amassing a nice little collection to use in my crafting.
To give the spoon this frosty appearance, I added a touch of Picket Fence Distress Paint. First, I place a small dot of the paint on my craft sheet. Then I tap my finger into the ink. Next, I tap most of the paint off onto the craft sheet and then just lightly dab it onto the spoon. This way, the silver still shines through, but the edges look frosty.
Creating the Flower Clusters
Poinsettia are a classic choice for Christmas, so I knew I wanted to add them to this card. The Petaloo Burlap Poinsettia I had in my stash were too bright for this rustic paper. But no worries…flowers can be altered to match a paper collection.
First, lay your flowers out on a craft sheet or a nice sized piece of scrap paper. Then mix up some Lobster , Iridescent Gold, and Bronze Glimmer Mists by rolling the bottle between your hands. This prevents small particles of glitter from getting stuck in the spray mechanism. Next, spritz the mists and dry gently with a heat tool. Repeat if necessary.
Adding different textures to a flower cluster makes for an interesting and more natural looking arrangement. Combine Vintage Velvet Dogwoods with fussy cut poinsettia leaves from the paper collection. Then tie the whole thing together with gorgeous Vintage Christmas Plaid Ribbon and Natural Burlap String Bows.
Don’t be afraid to take your design off the edge of your card. After double matting each card layer, I shifted each one a little further to the right creating a sort of stair-step effect on the card.
The inside is simply finished with more beautiful papers from the collection.
Winter Wonderland Christmas Card Duo #2: Christmas Songbird Easel Card
I’ve loved watching and listening to songbirds all my life. When I saw the sweet little songbirds in Graphic 45’s new Winter Wonderland collection I nearly burst into song myself! I knew I wanted to feature the lovely swallow from the signature page on a Christmas card. This 7.25” x 5.25” easel style card came together very quickly thanks to the gorgeous patterns and images in this gorgeous winter collection.
Christmas Songbird Easel Card Tips and Tricks
To create a quick card focal, use a large circle die to cut the bird image from the paper collection and mat it on a decorative circle die. Back it with foam tabs or waste chipboard to really make it stand out.
Tap miniature pine cones with Picket Fence Distress Paint to add a natural, wintry feel to your card.
Tie a trio of small, rusty jingle bells together with burlap string to decorate the easel card stopper.
To add to the rustic feel of this card, distress the edges. I curled the corners around my piercing tool to add to the vintage design.
Here’s a peek at the inside. Using kraft cardstock as the base adds to the rustic appeal of the card.
If you’re like me, you’ve fallen in love with Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland. I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.