Hello friends. For this cute holiday card, I uses a technique I had forgotten about but recently reminded of while watching a Youtube video. The technique is stenciling on pattern paper. It’s an easy way to add depth and interest to a background without adding extra bulk. This card features the Lawn Fawn Spooky Forest Backdrop die and the Lawn Fawn Winter Village Stamps.
I decided to do a radical thing on this card and have NO sentiment on the outside. What?!? Unheard of, right? LOL. Sometimes it’s ok to leave the outside of your card with just a pretty scenes. Let the recipient be surprised when they open the card.
I stamped the images from Stampin’ Up!’s Warm & Toasty Stamp Set (retired) onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I colored them with Copic Markers. I used YG03, YG17 & YG67, C1, C3 & C5 for the sleigh; N1, N2 & N4, R20 & R46 for the bunnies; R46 & R32, C1 & C3, YG03 & YG17, R20 for the mice; and R17 & R46, Y06 & Y17 for the ornaments.
Hello friends. Have you ever tried using your dies to emboss or stencil your backgrounds?!? It’s super easy and you can make quick cards using these techniques. I created three cards demonstrating these techniques using the Catherine Pooler Retro Ornament Dies. Let me show you how easy they are to make. For more stenciled backgrounds using dies check out my previous post.
I took the ornament dies from the Catherine Pooler Designs Retro Ornament Dies and embossed the background panel. For my Sizzix Big Shot machine I used the following sandwich from the bottom up: 1.) Multipurpose Platform, 2.) Cutting Plate, 3.) Emboss mat, 4.) Paper. 5.) Die face down, and 6.) Cutting Plate. Check your machines guide for the proper snadwich. I also added additonal paper to deepen the embossing a bit.
For this third card, I made a fun shaker pocket card. I cut a piece of Stampin’ Up! Melon Mambo 8-1/2 x 11″ Cardstock (retired) to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base and piece of patter paper from my stash to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2” for the inside of the shaker panel.
Hello friends. It’s time to make some holiday cards. Starting things off with some super easy cards using dies to emboss backgrounds. It’s a super easy technique and produces some really cool results. You can use the embossed or debossed side as well.
For the first card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base and piece of Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4” for the top panel.I used the Stampin’ Up! So Many Snowflakes dies (retired) to emboss the background. I followed the sandwich for wafer dies on my diecut machine (Sizzix Big Shot) and added another piece of cardstock to get a deeper impression. Play around with your sandwich and add a shim if necessary to get the desired raised effect.
I die cut snowflakes from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, Stampin; Up! 12 x 12 Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper (retired) as well as some pale and bright pink glitter paper from my stash. I used the Hero Arts Fancy Snowflake Die (discontinued), Stampin’ Up! So Many Snowflakes (retired) and Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasons.
I die cut snowflakes from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ as well as some bright pink glitter paper from my stash. I used the Catherine Pooler Designs Delicate Snowflake Die (discontinued), Stampin’ Up! So Many Snowflakes (retired) and Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasons.
I love most of their shaker kits, but this one by far, the North Pole Kit, is my favorite Queen and Company Card Kit. It pairs great with their Glitter Foam (I used some for the hat card). The kit Includes: 25 steel dies, 6×6 paper pad, 4×6 stamp set, 11 custom toppings and 21 foam and acetate shakers. Tons of goodies to make tons of cards and they sell refills for the paper pad, shaker foam, acetate and toppings!
I started these cards by cutting some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″. I cut three of those to create my card bases. For this first card, I diecut another piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with the Catherine Pooler Designs Holly and Berries Coverplate and adhered it to the card. (Tip: Save the outer border that is cut with this die to use later under the pattern paper. It will even out the papers so there’s no drooping.) I cut a piece of pattern paper from the North Pole Paper Pad (included in the kit) to 2-3/16 x 4-1/4″ and a red strip from the North Pole Solids Paper Pad to 2/16 x 4-1/4″ and adhered them to the card.
I assembled the tree shaker and added the toppings inside. I used the paper from the North Pole Solids Paper Pad for the tree and the trunk (saved the inside (solid) piece of the tree frame). I added some left over foam from the shakers to the tree trunk. I save all the extra foam from the shakers because they can be used on other cards.
I assembled the hat shaker and added the toppings inside. I used red and green glitter foam from Queen and Company’s Glitter Fun Foam – Rainbow Pack to turn this santa hat into an elf hat. I saw Kristie Marcotte do this last year and thought it was adorable so I created my own. I added some left over foam from the shakers to the pom pom and edges of the hat trim once I adhered them together. this ensures that all of the hat is the same height.
Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to try out these adorable House Builder dies and make some fun cards and gift boxes! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.