Monday, December 20, 2010

Snowman Card

Merry Christmas!  I thought I'd share a card that I made for my son this year, using a technique that I saw Jennifer McGuire use in one of her videos.  It's really easy to do.

You use 2 coordinating colors of Distress Ink (I used Peeled Paint and Broken China), and an acrylic block.  Start with the first color, and apply it to the whole block.  Then apply the darker color to just the edges.  Spray it with a little water, and press the block onto your paper.  (I used watercolor paper.)  Gently lift the block from the paper, and blend any concentrated pools of ink with a paper towel.  Just dab it gently.  Then, as a optional step, you can spritz it with some shimmery sprays.  Although I used some that I made myself, any of the commercial sprays should work.  To minimize curling, use a heat gun on the front and back of the paper.

For the images on the card, I used my Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridge and E.K. Success snowflake punches.  Any border punch you have would add a nice touch as well.

I hope to post one more time before Christmas; but if I don't, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Quick Tip #3: Tiny Tags

Hi guys!  Hope your holiday season is going smoothly and you aren't too frantic.  I'm doing OK, and I'm a little ahead of schedule actually.  So I had a few minutes to record one more Holiday Quick Tip video.  I'm going to show you how to make the most adorable little tags from scraps of plain white cardstock.  Please leave a comment if you like the video.  Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Explosion Box

Create this quick, easy Holiday Explosion Box using your favorite holiday cardstock and Glue Dots ®.

7 ½” x 7 ½” piece of heavy cardstock for box base
3 7/8” x 3 7/8” piece of coordinating heavy cardstock for lid
Scoring board
Paper trimmer
Bone folder
Embellishments (optional)

For the Base:
  1. Score the 7 ½” x 7 ½” piece of cardstock  2 ½” in from all 4 sides.
  2. Score a diagonal line from each outside corner to the matching corner of the interior square (see photo).

  1. Cut off the corners on the diagonals.
  2. Fold along score lines to form box.  Crease with bone folder.  Do not adhere the box together; the lid will hold it closed.

For the Lid:
  1. Score the 3 7/8” x 3 7/8” piece of cardstock  5/8” in from all 4 sides.
  2. Cut along one scored line per side, as shown in photo.

  1. Fold along score lines to form lid.  Crease with bone folder.
  2. Using Craft Glue Dots®, adhere tabs.  Be sure to apply the dots on the top side of each tab.

  1. Embellish as desired.