12/20/2015

Hi and Happy Holidays! 


Well the holiday season is upon us and I finally have time to show you my Christmas Card for this season. I made about 25 of these cards for this year and supplemented some other cards for the rest of my list
.

I saw all the pretty ideas people were doing with the dryer sheets on their
cards and loved the idea.  I had just bought the Sizzix Bigz Die by Tim Holtz, 5.5 by 6-Inch, Window and Window Box and the Hero Arts Winter Moon Woodblock Stamp, so my creative side of my brain went to work.

Now as you know, I love big cards so to implement this idea, it had to be a big card.  I created this card as an A9 Card (8 1/2 x 11 paper folded in half). This size would accommodate my idea perfectly.

Now I need 2 more smaller windows for the sides of the card, but there wasn’t a die available, so I designed them in my cameo software and cut them out. You can also do the same large window if you don’t have the Sizzix Window die.

I folded this card as a step card to give it even a little more interest. I cut all the parts I needed on my cameo.  I have the FREE Silhouette Studio file for you to download, if you are interested. There is also an SVG File, but I'm not very good at creating these.

Supplies used to create this card:

  1.       White Heavy Cardstock
  2.        Red Cardstock for Window Matting
  3.              Sizzix Bigz Die
  4.       Hero Arts Winter Mood Stamp
  5.       Used Dryer Sheets (lightly ironed)
  6.       Spray adhesive
  7.            Fine Glitter
  8.      Spellbinder’s Label 20 Die
  9.      Martha Stewart Branch Punch
  10.      Red Mini Beads
  11.      Ribbon

I’m hoping to do a video on how I did this once the holidays are over, but until then, maybe these directions will help. Just subscribe to my channel on YouTube and you will be notified when I get to post it.

  1. Once all files are cut including the pieces you will be stamping to be glued behind the window.
  2.  I stamped the trees on the window backing pieces.
  3.  Cut your dryer sheet to fit the back of the windows, glue them down with a tape runner instead of actual glue. Now spray them with a glue adhesive, spray lightly, then sprinkle with your fine glitter. 
  4. Shake off the excess glitter and allow to dry well.
  5.  Now assemble the mats for the windows as shown.  By then your window backs should be dry. Attach the window frames to the backs.  I suggest liquid glue for that.
  6. Glue the windows on the mats.
  7.  I used foam dots to raise the window box up slightly. Attach to the window.
  8. Glue a dryer sheet strip to the snow, again using a tape runner.  Glue well as it gets handled a lot.
  9. Trim the dryer sheet to be the correct size of the snow mounds.
  10. I punched out a bunch of different colored greens and used a glue gun to attach to the window box in a swag motion.
  11.  I added the beads with my glue gun also.
  12. Created a bow for the center.
  13.  Attached the greeting on a foam dot.

I loved the way these cards came out. I did a variety of colors for the mats, beads and bows. 

I posted this to a card group I belong to a card group on Facebook and the response was overwhelming.  This card had over 150 wonderful comments and over an unbelievable  1000 likes. 

It was also nice because this is the first time ever I have received letters and phone calls from our family and friends that received these cards to let me know how beautiful they thought they were.


That makes all the time I spent creating these cards worth everything.

Well I hope this has been a fun idea for you to try for your cards next year.

I also hope that everyone as a very Merry Christmas and I will see you again in the New Year!