Cards, Christmas

Three Quick Backgrounds Using the Catherine Pooler Gradient Diamond Stencil

Hello friends. It’s time to make some holiday cards. I’m getting a bit of a late start this year but better late than never! Starting things off with some super easy cards using Catherine Pooler’s Gradient Diamond Stencil and Retro Ornament Dies.

For this first card, I created a tone-on-tone background with a little shimmer. 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 Catherine Pooler Gradient Diamond Stencil and Cosmic Shimmer Opal Glaze Polish to create the background.

I die cut the ornaments from Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler 8 1/2 x 11″ Cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Mossy Meadow 8 1/2 x 11″ Cardstock and Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash Metallic Kraft Stock with the Retro Ornament Dies. I backed them with Vellum. I used some silver embroidery thread from my stash for the ornament strings and stamped a sentiment from the Catherine Pooler Wrapped and Ready Stamp Set onto piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Juniper Mist Ink, trimmed around the sentiment and adhered it with 3M Foam Tape. I finished it off by adding some Red Autumn and Bottle Green Nuvo Crystal Drops.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages Stamp Set with Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler Ink.

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For this second card, I used a traditional stenciling method with just ink. 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 Catherine Pooler Gradient Diamond Stencil with Tranquil Ink to create the background.

I die cut the ornaments from silver cardstock from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash Metallic Kraft Stock with the Retro Ornament Dies and backed them with Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler 8 1/2 x 11″ Cardstock and Stampin’ Up! Mossy Meadow 8 1/2 x 11″ Cardstock. I used gold cardstock from Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash Metallic Kraft Stock for the topper, bow and string.

Then stamped a sentiment from the Catherine Pooler Wrapped and Ready Stamp Set onto piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Ink, trimmed around the sentiment and adhered it with 3M Foam Tape. I finished it off by adding some MOONDUST Nuvo Glitter Drops.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages Stamp Set with Tranquil Ink

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For this third card, I used a kicked it up a notch with some metallic paste. 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 Catherine Pooler Gradient Diamond Stencil with Dreamweaver Embossing Paste in Gold to create the background.

For the ornaments I used a direct-to-paper technique with Cranberry Fizz and Green Tea Inks on Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, then die cut with the Retro Ornament Dies and backed them with gold cardstock from Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash Metallic Kraft Stock. I used the same gold cardstock for topper, bow and string again. I adhered them with 3M Foam Tape for some dimension.

I stamped a sentiment from the Catherine Pooler Wrapped and Ready Stamp Set onto piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Ink, trimmed around the sentiment before adhering it flat.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages Stamp Set with Cranberry Fizz.

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Supplies

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give these cards a try for yourself. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Card Kits, Cards, Christmas, Fall

Queen and Company’s North Pole Kit

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 used the Queen and Company Sentiment Stacker Dies #1 and the North Pole Solids Paper Pad to diecut “Merry & Bright” and some Vellum for the shadow, adhered them together and to the card. I added the tree and trunk to the card and finished it off by adding some Nuvo – Crystal Drops in Autumn Red to the tree.

On the inside of the card, I added a red piece of North Pole Solids Paper Pad, measuring 1-1/8 x 4-1/4″and a piece of North Pole Paper Pad, measuring 1″x 4-1/4″ and stamped a sentiment from the stampset included in the kit and Catherine Pooler Daydream Ink. I added the solid inside piece of the tree frame to the bottom of the card.

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For the second card, I cut a piece of pattern paper from the North Pole Paper Pad (included in the kit) to 2-7/8 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 base. I also used the die for the santa hat’s pom pom and diecut 7 from some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to create a cute border. I thought they looked like puffy clouds and just adds some more whimsy to the card.

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.

I used the Catherine Pooler Happy Holidays Die and the North Pole Solids Paper Pad to diecut a sentiment and adhered to the card. I added the cute hat to the card, and finished it by adding some shimmer to the sentiment with Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pens. Look how sparkly that hat is!

On the inside of the card, I added a piece of North Pole Paper Pad, measuring 9/16″ x 4-1/4″ and stamped a sentiment from the stampset included in the kit and Catherine Pooler Lime Rickey Ink.

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For the third card, I cut a piece of pattern paper from the North Pole Paper Pad (included in the kit) to 2-11/16 x 4-1/4″ and a red strip from the North Pole Solids Paper Pad using the scallop border die from the Honeybee Stamps Gingerbread House Add-on and adhered them to the card. This die is meant for the roof of the house but I though it made a great border!

I assembled the wreath shaker and added the toppings inside (saved the inside (solid) piece of the tree frame). I used green and red pattern paper from the North Pole Paper Pad for the wreath and bow.

I used the Queen and Company Sentiment Stacker Dies #1 and red glitter paper from Simon Says Stamp Cardstock Assortment Glitter 6×6 Pack to diecut a sentiment and Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ for the shadow, adhered them together and to the card. I added the wreath to the card, and finished it off by adding Christmas Red Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue for berries. I find this also balances the glitter in the sentiment.

On the inside of the card, I added a green piece of North Pole Solids Paper Pad, measuring 1 x 4-1/4″and a piece of North Pole Paper Pad, measuring 7/8″x 4-1/4″ and stamped a sentiment from the stampset included in the kit and Catherine Pooler Rockin Red Ink. I added the solid inside piece of the wreath frame to the top of the card.

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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.