Year of Cheer Part 2

Triple Champagne Foil Stockings '17 1

The new champagne foil is just lovely!  I used it to cut out the stockings and then backed them with silver foil.  Just in case there wasn’t enough glitz I used the Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper for the cuffs, toes and heels of the stockings. Since the DSP was so white  I didn’t like the effect of backing it with white cardstock so I used the Basic Gray and it worked well. The Hang Your Stocking stamps and Christmas Stockings Thinlits are lots of fun to use- just make sure to use the precision cutting plate when you are cutting the 2 largest stockings and the noel sentiment because they are very intricate.

Metallic Leaf Spigs Joy '17

I decided to use some of my non-Christmas dies for this card.  I used the leaf sprig from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  For the background I applied the Year of Cheer washi tape to the cardstock , placed it in an embossing folder, and ran it through my machine.   The sentiment and circle were gold embossed and punched out with a 2″ circle punch

Snowflake Gold Doily Merry '17

I really liked the way that the snowflake was used at the bottom of a tag shown in  the catalogue.  I backed my tag with silver foil, cutting it about 1/8″ wider on each side.  I used gold embossing powder and embossed the circle and the snowflake. I used a metallic enamel shape in the middle of the snowflake. And the plaid paper?  The Year of Cheer Specialty DSP, of course!


Stick To It- Tapes of All kinds

I love  tape! Any kind will do, whether it is Washi Tape, decorative tape, handmade tape, or print and cut versions.  Even small bits can add a real oomph to a project.

Washi Tape and White Flower Sympathy '14 cropped Pink Green Washi Thank You '14 cropped Hip Hip Hooray '14 cropped Blue Washi Create '14 cropped

Up first-real Washi Tape cards.  I am especially fond of applying the tape to the cardstock and then running the piece through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. The embossing gives the tape just a bit more dimension.

Watercolor Leaves '14 cropped Enjoy Tapes '14 cropped Arrow Washi Hello There '14 croppedThe second type of tape I use Decorative Tape ( Scotch brand).  It is shinier than the Washi tape but comes in some really fun patterns, like this arrow pattern which reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained glass windows.

Pink Green Carte Postale '14 cropped“Faux washi” is also fun to make and use.  Any artist paper can be used by applying double-sided tape to the paper and then trimming it down to the width of the tape.  Here I used a transparent pink rice paper.

Faux Washi Tape '14 cropped Bouquet original color '14 cropped

Silhouette has several files for washi tapes.  They can be cut out of any solid  paper or cardstock or can be filled with designs or patterns and treated as Print and Cut files. I used white cardstock and printed these tapes to match my embellishments.  I like the slightly thicker look as a result of using cardstock instead of paper.

If you need ideas for the use of tape Pinterest is a great place to look.  So what are you waiting for?  Grab some tape and start embellishing!

Word Definition Stamp As A Background

I have really been enjoying the “ Stretch Your Stamps” online class.  One of the days focused on using word stamps different ways which got me inspired.  I used this ” Create ” definition stamp as a background for my card. I used black detail embossing powder since the font was so small.  The poppy embellishment was a Silhouette design which I backed with a green and red specialty cardstock and the red tape was a piece of fake Washi tape I made from unryu paper.

By the way, kudos to Silhouette for reducing the ID numbers to a managable size.  Sure makes my job easier!

rounded card flowers punch out: #27930; sentiment: Fiskars “Just Between Friends”

If you have never tried one of the online card classes you really should!  I have never been sorry with any of them I have purchased.  You can watch them as many times as you like and there is also a PDF you can print out.  Always good for the times I get stuck!

Happy cardmaking!