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Victorian Christmas Memories Slimline Card

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Victorian Christmas Memories Slimline Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  I think you are going to enjoy the Victorian Christmas Memories Slimline Card that I have to share with you today.  It’s filled with sweet nostalgic images, rich colors and adorned with gorgeous Christmas plaid ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Once again, I’ve pulled my Mixed Media boots out of the Closet of Inspiration and Delight to create this dreamy slimline card.  Of course, Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Printed Beautiful Board looks right at home nestled in with these stunning ribbons and trims! Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Bringing Home the Christmas Wreath

Yuletide Slimline Card with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This sweet winter pixie is dreaming about ice skating on the pond as she bringing home the Christmas wreath!  Perhaps our Christmas Lovebirds will build their winter nest in it’s sheltering branches. It looks like they have “borrowed” a bit of the holiday ribbon to help keep themselves warm, doesn’t It?

TIP:  Create your own snow flurries by spattering the background papers with diluted ivory chalk paint.

TIP:  Add a small wood slice and pine branches to create a magical woodland vibe in your card.  Machine stitched edges, painted jingle bells, and beautiful bows make this 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ card display-worthy!

A Peek Inside

Stamp a golden wreath inside the card, then add a simple Christmas greeting for the win.  The side pocket holds a delicious Christmas tea bag and honey stick.  Now our card can double as a gift!

Don’t you wish we could step into this card and feel the crisp winter air bite at our cheeks, hear the sweet birds singing, and smell the aroma of the freshly cut pine?  Well, we can if we just use our imagination!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have a dreamy Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial for you today.  This is one of those special card creations that works as a gift, and as Christmas décor, too!  I’ve dressed it up with some vintage crocheted lace and altered Beautiful Board from Reneabouquets.

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How much do we love this romantic skating couple?  Only in my dreams could I ever be as graceful as the fur-clad beauty featured on this 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card.    This image was a scrap left after creating a vintage folio that I’ll be sharing with you soon.  (Yes, it’s been a very busy week in the studio!)  It’s hard for the camera to pick up the shimmer and sparkle of the embossing powder that I used to alter the chipboard, but hopefully you will see it more clearly in the video tutorial.

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TIP: Alter the appearance of silver tone charms with a bit of Ivory Chalk paint.  Dry brush the paint on the skates and snowflake charms.  Let them dry , then lightly sponge with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Mist lightly with water, then dry again.  A final brush of Ivory Chalk Paint lends a vintage, slightly grungy appearance that blends well with the card.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at the inside of the card.  There’s lots of room behind the flap page to write a message, a recipe, or a Christmas poem.  You could also place a photo here.

The box pocket has room for a Christmas tea bag, honey stick, cookie packet, Ghirardelli Snowman, vintage gold and silver plated demitasse spoon, peppermint stick and a journal card.  The back of the journal card is lined so you can write a note with ease.

Yuletide Slimline Tea Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create the slimline card base, build the box pocket and decorate the cover,  please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

If you’d like to see other Yuletide projects, please click HERE. 

You can find a linked supply list below this post.  But since this is Throwback Thursday, some items I’ve pulled from my stash may no longer be available for purchase.  You can search through your stash to see what you can use in their place.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial

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3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial with Blue Fern Yuletide Collection

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday is a special request for a 3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial post.  A few weeks ago I shared several projects made with the new Spellbinders Floral Swag 3D Embossing Folder.  Several of you had great questions, and wanted to see the techniques I used to achieve the mixed media effect on my cardstock. You can find those projects HERE.

This time around, I paired the embossing folder up with Blue Fern’s gorgeously vintage Yuletide Paper Collection.  I had a nice little pile of scraps to work with, including this gorgeous watercolor background panel that I altered with the folder, paint, ink and metallic wax. Because the background was so lovely, I didn’t want to cover it up.  So I grouped together some ephemera pieces, flowers, and a Reneabouquets snowflake for the focal image.

Tips and Techniques

No matter how many times I use this embossing folder, I find myself thrilled with the results.  Each panel turns out just a little bit different from the one before, depending on which mixed media supplies I use to enhance the embossed image.

  • First, lightly mist  your paper panel with some water to soften it up and release the starch in the paper.  This helps to prevent cracking, and it also gives you a deeper impression.
  • Heat dry the embossed panel, then dry brush it with paint, if desired.  I demonstrate this in the video tutorial below.
  • Add color to the raised edges of your design by lightly brushing on some Distress Oxide Ink. Speckled Egg was a good option for this paper.
  • You can add another layer of color by rubbing portions of the design with metallic wax.  The brand I use is from Little Birdie crafts.  It appears to be discontinued, but Prima makes metallic wax as well.
A Peek Inside

The inside of the card folio is all about the papers!  I do so love the vintage vibe of this beautiful collection.

Open the flap mechanism to reveal a lovely spot for a blank note card.

The box pocket on the bottom of the card contains one of my signature Tea Party in a Box surprises.  Use bits of your paper scraps to “gift wrap” the goodies you put into your box.

3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to watch the process I used when making the mixed media panel for this card, please enjoy this YouTube video.

 

You’ll find a linked supply list for the products I used in this project below the post.  If you’d like to see more Yuletide creations from the archives, please click HERE and HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Blue Fern Studios Yuletide Sleigh Ride

Blue Fern Studios Yuletide Sleigh Ride with December Ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  I don’t know about you, but this Blue Fern Studios Yuletide Sleigh Ride Tea Party in a Box transports me to Downton Abbey!  Oh, the places you can go when you play with beautiful papers!

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Of course, beautiful papers call for beautiful ribbons.  And I cannot think of a more perfect ribbon pairing than these beauties from the Really Reasonable Ribbon December Ribbon Club Assortment.

TIP: Layered ribbons add texture, pattern and elegance to a card.  Top Silver Edged Bluebird Satin Ribbon with Fair Isle Satin ribbon for a bold and beautiful border.  Then tie a big loopy bow with more Bluebird Satin, top it with a velvety white poinsettia, and you’re half way to Downton!

Elegant Details

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This vintage sleigh is adorned with a cluster of gardenias, roses and poinsettia.  Lady Mary lost one of the jewels on her winter coat as she sped through the pearly white snow.  The ever faithful Carson picked it up and tucked it into the floral bouquet.  What would we ever do without him?

No winter outing is complete without a few turns around the skating rink.  So be sure to take along your best skates so you can glide over the ice as the fairy lights twinkle around you.

TIP: Add texture and pattern to your designer paper by stamping and embossing snowflakes over the blank areas.  Then spatter the paper with diluted ivory paint to simulate a blizzard.

TIP: Paint silver tone metallic charms with a bit of chalk paint to add the perfect vintage vibe.  Tie the charms and a fairy globe to silver metallic string, then loop around the bow cluster to secure.

TIP:  Pearly flourishes add a sense of movement to the card.  I bet you have some of these in your stash!

Time to Warm Up!

All that outdoor activity leaves one needing a bit of refreshment, don’t you agree?

Add a pocket to the inside of your card.  Then create a textured border with more of the Fair Isle Satin Ribbon.  Tuck a tea bag, mini candy cane stirrer and bit of chocolate into the pocket for a lovely warm up treat!

I hope you enjoyed taking an old fashioned sleigh ride with me today!  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Yuletide Old Fashioned Christmas Card

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Blue Fern Yuletide Old Fashioned Christmas Card with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board

Hello, Friends!  I am loving the nostalgic vibe from this Blue Fern Yuletide Old Fashioned Christmas Card. Warm woolen plaids and old barn boards take me back in time, how about you?  Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we are in full on Christmas mode here at Kathy by Design.  The little love birds  on this card make me feel very merry , indeed!

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If you are looking for a way to add visual interest to your Christmas cards, why not try adding some circular elements?  After I removed the white centers from this wreath die cut, I replaced them with small images from the 8×8 paper pad.  Then I heat embossed Reneabouquets Small Santa Clock and added it to the mix.  Now the card just needs to be embellished.

Evergreen Trees, Snowflakes and Christmas Roses

First I altered a small sisal tree with ivory paint and glitter.  Then I clustered up some beautiful Reneabouquets Christmas flowers, mini pine cones and greenery around the base of the tree to ground it.

This wonderful Beautiful Board Clock adds some brightness to these darker, vintage paper patterns.  Shell buttons add a bit of shine, and more flowers is always a good idea.  Spatter the card with white paint to simulate falling snow for the perfect wintry feel.

These snowflake corners shimmer with glittery embossing powder in real life.   I’ve dressed it up even more with some flat back pearls.

A Peek Inside

Nothing drives away winter’s chill like a cup of hot cocoa!  So I created a box pocket inside the card to hold a packet.  The pocket is actually embossed grey cardstock that I brushed with white paint and metallic glaze.  For some reason, it photographed blue.  The camera does strange things sometimes.

The pocket also holds a little postcard, peppermint stick, gift wrapped Biscoff cookies and a Ghiradelli Chocolate.  Now it’s the perfect little Secret Santa or office exchange gift.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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