Introduction to the Bone Folder

Introduction to the Bone Folder

So what’s all the fuss about bone folders? Simply put, this basic craft tool is the “multi-tasker” of tools. It does it ALL. Bone folders are ideal for making cards with great folds, invitations with perfect smoothed liners, stationery with clean creases, scrap booking scores for recessing photos, and virtually anything in the realm of bookbinding. A bone folder makes anything you create look more professional. 

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The old tried-and-true “basic” bone folder (traditionally made of animal bone –the way old fashioned bookbinders have been for using them for centuries) has two ends with specific purposes. One end is narrowed to a softer point, which makes them great for deep scoring of heavy-weight paper and indenting for marking on book board. The tip can be sanded to the desired roundness depending on the project.

Two (2) of the most popular things a bone folder is used for is

  1. Scoring your paper crafting projects to create score lines for Cards, boxes and other paper crafting projects
  2. Burnish a fold

Watch the videos below to show you how to do each technique

Introduction to the Bone Folder

In this video you will be introduced to Stampin’ Up!’s bone folder.

How to Score using a Bone Folder

In this video you will learn how to use your bone folder to create a score line in your paper crafting projects.  Why might you need to do this?  If you don’t own a paper trimmer that has a scoring blade, or you have lost your scoring blade you will still be able to get a nice clean fold line using your bone folder.

How to Burnish using a Bone Folder

In this video you will learn how to use Stampin’ Up!’s Bone Folder to burnish a fold.

Multiple ways to use your bone folder in your crafting projects.  You can purchase one in my online store on this link HERE

Make It Monday #2: Valentine Treat Holder

Make It Monday – Valentine Treat Holder

I’m super excited you enjoyed the first edition of Make It Monday, if you missed it you can view HERE  This week for Make It Monday#2 we creating a Treat Holder.

While I was cleaning my craft area for the new year I stumbled across a box full of these treat holders and thought they would be a perfect gift for someone this Valentines.  I originally ordered these square tubes from ACherryOnTop.com 

To create my project this week I used the Painted With Love Specialty DSP,  this paper has gold foil accents and I love how it glimmers in the light.  I’ve selected my colours directly from the pattterned paper pack,

My greeting comes from Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set and die cutted it out with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits.  The treat tube is filled with chocolate M&M’s.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

 

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Bloomin’ Love
  • Ink – Melon Mambo Classic Ink
  • PaperPainted With Love DSP, Powder Pink, Calypso Coral Cardstock, Gold Glimmer Paper
  • Other Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Sweet & Sassy Thinlits, Big Shot, Liquid Adhesive, Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon, Gold Thread, Tear & Tape adhesive

Dimensions:

  • Painted with Love DSP – 5-1/4” (width) x 5-1/2” (length – which wraps around tube) piece
  • Calypso Coral CS – a scrap piece
  • Powder Pink CS – a scrap piece
  • Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon – 20” piece (50cm)
  • Gold Thread – 12” piece (30cm)

Directions:

  1. Wrap the patterned paper around one side of the clear craft tube, and use your fingers to “pinch” the paper at the corner. Crease along the “pinched” line with your bone folder.  Continue shaping the paper around the tube.
  2. Once all your corners are creased, attached the patterned paper to the tub with tear & tape adhesive
  3. Stick the center point of the ribbon to the patterned paper on one side of the tube with glue dot. The ribbon should extend slightly above the top edge of the patterned paper
  4. Tie the ribbon in a bow around the tube
  5. Die cut a small heart from the Sweet & Sassy framelits with Powder Pink Cardstock and Big Shot
  6. Stamp your greeting in the center of the heart with Melon Mambo Classic Ink
  7. Die cut a larger heart with Calypso Coral Cardstock and Sweet & Sassy Framelits and Big Shot machine
  8. Die cut the word “Love” from Gold Glimmer Paper using Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and Big Shot machine
  9. Stick word “Love” to the patterned paper with liquid adhesive
  10. Fill the tube with Candy. You’re Done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it below

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Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


Change up the paper and create a treat holder for any occasion

Tips & Techniques: Carve A Little Time

Tips & Techniques: Carve A Little Time

My best tip for any card maker (new and old) is to practice. Carve out a little time in your busy life each week to get creative. It’s good for you. Every card you make is a learning experience. You might be trying a new colour combination, a technique or a challenge of some kind. I prefer challenges without a prize because I don’t want to compete—I’d rather just play when I create.

Challenges are a great way to learn because they stretch you to try new things or look at things you’ve done before in new ways. If I get in a slump and need a jump start I usually create myself a challenge. Here are couple challenges I like to create for myself

  • Colour Challenge – punch out 1/2″ circle of each colour cardstock place them in a bowl.  Randomly pick out 3-4 colours and create project using them
  • Sketch Challenge
  • Limited Supplies Challenge – Select 3-4 items from stamp sets, paper and embellishments and create project using just those items
  • Stamp Set Challenge – Create a project using a stamp set that you haven’t used yet or haven’t used in a long time.

I always seem to find something that wakes up my creativity. Like everything else in life you need to work at your craft a bit to get better. Make a card in a different shape than you normally do. Try new techniques. Try new colour combinations.

Relax and have fun while you create. Through the process you will become a better card
maker

Here is a look back at a card I made in 2013 when I first started my blog. Not Bad!

Birthday Basics, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Here’s one I created just last month, a great improvement.

Whole Lot of Lovely
Don’t give up, keep creating and challenge yourself.  You can only get better.

Make It Monday #1: Sunshine Wishes

Make It Monday – Sunshine Wishes

Sunshine Wishes

Welcome to our first Make It Monday series for 2018.  I’m excited to be sharing a new project tutorial each week, and I’m starting today with a Valentines project.  This project features the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits .  No Stamping.

To create my card this week, I’ve cut 10 x Love die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits in Whisper White Cardstock. I’ve adhered them to my Whisper White Card front using liquid adhesive.  Alternatively you can die cut them with the Adhesive sheets making for easy placement.

I’ve selected three (3) colours to draw the eye in, and these colours all work well together.  Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum and Melon Mambo.  Each of these colours have been cut 3 times and layered on top of each other for height.

To finish my card I added some gold thread under the coloured “Love” die cuts and randomly placed Metallics Sequins to finish it off.

Click HERE to Download your free PDF Tutorial 

 

Supplies:

  • PaperThick Whisper White CS, Whisper White, Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Melon Mambo CS
  • Other Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Big Shot, Liquid Adhesive, Gold Thread, Metallic Sequin

Dimensions:

  • Thick Whisper White CS – 8-1/4” x 5-7/8” (21 x 15cm) – score and fold at 4-1/8” (10.5cm) to create a cardbase
  • Whisper White CS – scrap pieces
  • Powder Pink CS – scrap piece
  • Sweet Sugarplum CS – scrap piece
  • Melon Mambo CS – scrap piece

Directions:

  1. Die cut 10 “Love” die using Whisper White CS
  2. Die cut 3 “Love” die in each colour (Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Melon Mambo)
  3. Adhere the 3 die cuts of each colour together using liquid adhesive. You will have a stack of 3 dies in each colour
  4. Adhere the 10 Whisper White “Love” die cuts to the front of the cardbase as shown in the picture using liquid adhesive
  5. Place some Gold Thread over the 3 center dies
  6. Adhere the coloured die cuts over the Gold Thread using liquid adhesive
  7. Randomly place Metallic sequins to your card front. You’re Done!

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card. You can view this below

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Not able to create today?

Why not create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY? Or, print them off and create an Inspiration Folder for future use.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store

See you next Monday for another fun Valentines Project.

Watercolour with Blender Pens

Watercolour is one of the biggest trends in paper crafting at the moment.  Luckily, there are many techniques that will allow you can incorporate that look into your cards, without requiring you to be a painting expert!

Learn more about this months class kit HERE

In this technique based class you will learn

  • How to use  a blender pen for best results
  • Watercolouring using Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pad
  • How to create shading with just one colour
  • any many more…..

the only class supplies you will need is …..


Learn more about this months class kit HERE

The Basic Card Making Supplies Every Stamper Needs

The Basic Card Making Supplies Every Stamper Needs

While you could dive into the world of paper crafting with a pair of scissors, some construction paper and a bottle of white school glue, a few basic paper crafting tools can really take your craft to the next level. By investing in a few beginner card making supplies, you’ll be creating projects with professional results and a lot less frustration!

Here, I’ll walk you through the basic tools every papercrafter needs

Paper trimmers

A paper trimmer is a must for card making and scrapbooking. It keeps your edges straight and square, and makes cutting so much faster. Your paper trimmer should have a trimming tool (for cutting paper) and a scoring tool (for creasing paper).

I recommend using a paper trimmer like the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer. First off, I have to say that every tool from Stampin’ Up!  is really great quality. I haven’t tried a tool of theirs yet that I wouldn’t recommend.

Why this particular trimmer? Full 30.5 cm cut or score cards for easy folding.  1 cutting and 1 scoring blade.  I love the ability to cut and score all with one tool. Ruler and grid protected by durable plastic cover.  Point on cutting / scoring handle for precise measuring.   Right side grid for cutting thin strips Plus, it has paper trimmer must-haves, like a ruler along the top.

The size of this trimmer is nice, too: It’s a great size for easy storage and has an extended arm ( 36.5cm) when you want to cut or score a full 12″ x 12″ piece of paper.

Circle punches

I have a small collection of circle punches that I use often.  I would recommend getting a variety of sizes of circle punches. They’re great for layering papers for tags and other embellishments on cards. Circle punches come in a wide range of sizes — Stampin’ Up! have handheld punches that measure 1/16” to ¼” which I love, too.

Tip: Flip the punch upside down so you can see the area you are punching out. This will help you get more out of page and punch your circles more accurately.

You can also buy punches for other shapes, but you’ll find circles to be very versatile, and you’ll love how crisp and perfect the results are.

Staplers

Every paper crafter needs a stapler, and I love this little stapler.  I usually use it to attach small tags or other ephemera to gifts bags and cards. The size adds a special touch to every project. The thin design helps you to get into tight places that would be hard to reach with a regular stapler.

Handheld Stapler

Handheld Stapler

Adhesive runner

When attaching photos and paper to cards, scrapbook pages and gift bags, you can’t just use school glue or tape. What you want is something lightweight but strong enough to hold paper together. An adhesive runner, like SNAIL, or Fast Fuse does the trick..

Before trying this tool, know that SNAIL it’s not strong enough to hold everything. I don’t use it for gluing on thick embellishments like chipboard or holding together any 3-D projects like boxes, but Fast Fuse works a treat.

Liquid glue

For 3-D projects like gift boxes or thicker card embellishments, you’ll need a strong liquid glue. I discovered the Multi purpose Liquid Glue and love it! Once this glue dries (and it dries quickly — only a minute or two to set), it holds everything perfectly in place. None of my boxes or other 3-D projects fall apart when glued with this adhesive. 

This particular bottle has two dispensing ends, which makes it a versatile choice for whatever project you’re working on. I always use the thin pen tip because I am usually gluing small areas. It also has a broad tip, similar to the size of a glue stick, for larger projects.

Foam adhesive dots (Stampin’ Dimentionals)

Stampin’ Dimentionals great for emphasising embellishments. Because of the foam, they elevate elements off the page, really making them pop. Put them behind a sentiment, flower or another embellishment on a card to really bring it to life. They are a great alternative to a hot glue gun with some materials.

Cardstock

To craft with paper, you definitely need, well, paper! I like to keep a supply of A4 smooth, Thick white cardstock on hand for making cards. Cutting one of these pages in half and folding it makes the perfect sized card. Hint: You can also buy “Note Cards & Envelopes” which are pre-cut and pre-folded cards to save yourself  a step.

I prefer smooth cardstock for the base of my cards because you can easily write your sentiment on the inside. However, textured cardstock is great for decorating and embellishing.

Patterned paper

I love stampin’ Up! Patterned paper, The paper packs often include coordinating embellishments, ribbon and more. It makes creating a cohesive card or project so easy. I also love the Memories & More collections. It comes with different size cards, washi tape, chipboard embellishments and more that all work well together. Plus, it’s really pretty!

With these supplies, you’ll have enough to get started. Once you’re comfortable using these, you might even graduate to more advanced supplies like Die Cutting or Heat embossing.

What’s NEW for 2018?

The start of a brand new year inevitably leads us to thoughts of making resolutions to change a bad habit, to improve our skills or to get more organized.  Here, at Kristy Coromandel dot com  it’s no different. I recently sent out a survey to my newsletter subscribers for their input into the changes coming in 2018.  Let me share with you what’s coming new in 2018.

NEW! Tips & Techniques

I love learning new techniques and also a new way to use those old techniques that we love. Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month I will share a tip and /or technique beginning Wednesday 7th February 2018.

NEW! Make It Monday

Previously known as Make A Card Monday, but this year we’re calling it Make it Monday where we will feature more than just a cards.  These projects will include Greeting cards plus scrapbook pages, gift ideas etc.    Each Monday I will be bringing you fun tutorials with measurements and complete instructions so that you can start your week creating!

Of course some features will be staying the same

 Class-To-Go

These classes have been more popular than I could have ever imagined. The monthly class-to-go is staying right here.  Each month we will bring you a new class to go featuring the latest Stampin’ Up! products.  These classes will continue to include video tutorials and PDF handouts for each projects.

I have a few other fun surprises in store so if you don’t already subscribe to my newsletter, take a minute to sign up. HERE  I promise, I won’t spam you or sell off your email address.  Join  others who love inspiration in their in-box weekly!

 

 

Clean & Simple Birthday Card

Clean & Simple Birthday Card

The start of a new year for our family there are a lot of Birthdays.  Due to the vast number I need Quick, Easy & Simple cards.

I’m a huge fan of patterned paper, I wasn’t always.  When I go to create the first thing I look for is my pattern papers and decide which pattern I want to use, from there I select my colours.

Patterned paper on today’s project comes from Petal Garden Patterned Paper Pack.

  • Cut 2″ strip of Rich Razzleberry pattern paper and placed it along the bottom of Rich Razzleberry Card base
  • Stamp greeting from Stylized Birthday (this is my all time favourite Birthday Stamp set) bottom right corner with Black Ink
  • Adhere the White Stamped panel to my card front with stampin’ dimensionals leaving a gap at the top and bottom of my card base

  • Coloured Hearts & Stars wooden elements using Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends
  • Adhere the coloured element to the card using glue dots
  • Finish with a scatter of rhinestones

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store
Product List


Create a card set using a variety of different colours

Quick & Easy Birthday Cards

Quick & Easy Birthday Cards

I’m excited to share with you today’s project.  The Occasions catalogue has just recently gone live and there are some amazing new and exciting products to add to your collection of paper crafting supplies.

One of my favourite new products is this Picture Perfect Party 6″x 6″ patterned paper pack.  The paper is photographed on one side and patterned on the other.

One of the questions I get asked a lot is “How do you decided on what colours to use?” First thing I decided on was the pattern paper.  Stampin’ Up! make is super easy for you that they list all the colours that coordinate with each patterned paper pack.

Here’s a picture of my project

Picture Perfect Birthday

  • I could have used Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, or Peakaboo Peach, but for this card I choose Bermuda Bay.  Each colour will give you a slightly different look so experiment til you find the one you like best.
  • The greeting comes from Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Stamp and has been stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Silver Embossing powder.  I’ve used Silver embossing powder to match with the silver bow that’s in the patterned paper.  (you could also ink your greeting using Bermuda Bay to match your cardbase) TIP:  Black ink is very versatile and will go with any/most designs.  If you choose to add a colour try matching to a colour that you see in the patterned paper you’re using.
  • The greeting has been die cut with the Stitched Framelit Dies and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • And to tie the silver together I finished with adding a piece of Silver Natural Trim behind my greeting.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store.

Next time you need to create a quick card, grab a piece of patterned paper and let the colours help you design and create your project.

Bloomin Love Class Kit To Go

Bloomin Love Class Kit To Go

Unable to attend my monthly classes?  Want to stamp in your PJ’s?  Don’t want to buy all the supplies to create one project?  Then my class monthly Class Kit-to-Go is for you!

Features & Benefits 

  • New class each month featuring current Stampin’ Up! stamps and products
  • Learn new tips and techniques for stretching your supplies
  • All consumable cut and prepped for you, and shipped directly to your door.
  • Video tutorials of each projects so you can watch them over and over again
  • PDF handouts with supplies, measurements and instructions for you to add to an inspirations binder for future reference

Register Now for this months Class Kit-to-Go HERE

Each month a new class is created for a limited time only.  We have three (3) ways in which you can purchase your class kit.

Option 1:  All- Inclusive kit

This kit is great if you want it all. The kit includes the monthly featured stamp set plus all your consumable supplies to complete all projects.  Including pre cut cardstock, embellishments, ribbon & trim.

Class also include lifetime access to video tutorials for each project, and PDF handouts with supplies, measurements and instructions for you to print and add to an inspirational binder for future reference.

Plus free shipping.

You will need to supply your own ink and adhesive.

Option 2:  Class Kit

Already own this months stamp set?  Why not order a class kit!  Class kits include all your consumable supplies to complete all projects.  Including pre cut cardstock, embellishments, ribbon & trim.

Class also include lifetime access to video tutorials for each project, and PDF handouts with supplies, measurements and instructions for you to print and add to an inspirational binder for future reference.

Plus free shipping.

You will need to supply your own ink and adhesive.

Option 3:  Online Class

Class include lifetime access to video tutorials for each project, and PDF handouts with supplies, measurements and instructions for you to print and add to an inspirational binder for future reference.

No supplies included.

Register Now for this months Class Kit-to-Go HERE

 

Click HERE for a sneak peak into this months class projects.

SALE-A-BRATION is coming!!!!!

SALE-A-BRATION is coming!!!!!

SALE-A-BRATION is coming!!!!!  It’s almost here!

Sale-a-Bration is like a second Christmas for stampers – add to it a new Occasions catalogue and what could be better?

It’s a gift with purchase kinda thing that lasts for three months!

Sale-a-Bration starts on January 2nd, as does the Occasions catalogue.

Need Catalogues?

Need a copy of both the catalogues?  Simply fill out this form HERE and I will pop one in the mail for you.

In the meantime, you can download the PDF for both the Occasions Catalogue HERE and Sale-a-bration catalogue HERE.

What is Sale-a-bration

Sale-a-bration is when you spend $90 in product before shipping you get to choose a free stamp set, ribbon pack, designer series paper packs, thinlit dies, Memories & More card packs all kinds of great things.  Anywhere where you see this icon below, you can get that item for free with a $90 purchase.

For every $90 you spend, you’llreceive a free Sale-A-Bration product. For anyone who has enjoyed Sale-A-Bration in the past, we have an exciting new announcement for this year: We now have a new reward level, giving you more flexibility and options for your free items.

Let’s break it down:

  • If they spend $90 you’ll get one free level 1 product.
  • If they spend $180 you’ll get one free level 2 product, OR, they can choose two level 1 items.
  • If they spend $270 you’ll have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item, plus $27 in stampin’ rewards.

This new option allows everyone to create a personalised Sale-A-Bration experience!

Sale-a-bration and the occasions catalogue officially kick off Wednesday 3 January.

 

 

My Top 9 Projects from 2017

My Top 9 Projects from 2017

It’s hard to believe 2017 is almost over, but before the clock tick over to 2018.  I wanted to share with you my Top 9 projects from 2017.  Shimmer on Vellum Card was the most popular one for 2017, and this was also my favourite.

Click on the images below to view the video tutorial for each project.

 

Leave me a comment and let me know what type of projects, techniques, or solutions you would like to see in 2018.

Quick & Easy Christmas Gift Tags

Quick & Easy Christmas Gift Tags

It’s the week before Christmas and you’re wrapping gifts when you discover you need more gift tags! Here are two quick-and-easy tag ideas you can create in minutes!

Quick & Easy Christmas Gift Tags

I first created my tag from a 2″ x 3″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  I’ve trimmed to corners on both sides and die cut my snowflake from the Trim Your Stocking Framelits.  The Greeting comes from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and stamped using Real Red Classic Ink.  To finish my tag I’ve stapled a piece of Real Red Ribbon to the top of the tag.

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this tag.  You can view the video below.

I also created a stepped up version by using the original tag and then I’ve added a 3″ x 2″ piece of Be Merry DSP

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this tag.  You can view the video below.

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Finally I’ve taken the stepped up version of our gift tag and created a Christmas Greeting Card.

I’ve created my card base using Basic Black Cardstock, and added a piece of Merry Music Specialty Paper to the card front.  This paper is lightweight and printed with traditional carols in different languages.

I added a thin strip of Real Red Cardstock across my premade tag, with an additional snowflake before adding the tag to the card front with Stampin dimensionals

 

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view the video below.

Thanks so much for joining me for today’s project!   I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this gift tag and card.  Be sure to keep checking back, there are always new and fresh ideas going on here on the blog!

FREE Shipping – 24 Hours Only

FREE Shipping – 24 Hours Only

Stampin’ Up! have issued an early Christmas surprise… Free shipping for the 24 hours only.

Looking for last minute Christmas Gifts, I highly recommend the Soft Sayings All-inclusive Card Kit and Love Today Planners (below)

Want delivery before Christmas

Today is also the last day to order to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas, be sure to stock up on stocking stuffers like adhesive, punches and small embellishments


End of Year Clearance Sale

End of year clearance sale is still on be sure to order your favourite items from the holiday catalogue before they’re gone and our clearance Rack has some amazing discounted items also

There is a lot you can shop for to take advantage of this one day FREE shipping special. I’m off to place an order right now.  Visit my online store to place an order today!

 

Quick & Festive Greeting Cards!

Quick & Festive Greeting Cards!

With Christmas just a couple of weeks away, many of us are looking for inspiration and ideas for creating Christmas cards that are not only quick to create but also result in a stylish, festive greeting. Yes, quick and stylish can go hand in hand! Assembly-line card making is one method that people often use for making Christmas cards in order to speed up the process. Some card makers shy away from this as they are looking for variety in their greetings. In this case, choose three or four different designs and complete them in assembly-line fashion. Assembly-line card making, if you are not familiar with it, is where everything is cut and prepped first, and then, one at a time, the cards are assembled. It truly does save time to do all the prep work in one big batch.

In this blog post we will explore three different quick and festive design options that could be completed in assembly-line fashion. We will also discuss some tips and tricks to help with the process and keep you on track and on budget! Time is ticking, so let’s get started!

The first place to begin is with the card base, the actual foundation. To keep it quick and simple, try to stick to a straightedge standard size greeting card.  A gatefold card can also be created with this basic size; however, that could be defeating the quick factor as you would have to make two scores and folds rather than one. Using these cutting methods can give some variation as well as be a little more budget friendly. Often odd-size cards require more postage, and the envelopes can be more expensive. A larger surface area can also mean a slightly higher supply cost.

Project 1

Printed double-sided patterned paper is a great resource for making quick and festive cards. In Project 1, I’ve used the Merry Music Specialty paper as my background.  I’ve stamped my greeting from Watercolour Christmas Stamp Set using Real Red Classic Ink to create visual interest and a center focal point. Die templates and punches are great tools to make shapes quickly and painlessly.

In order for a card to be quick to make, it is necessary to stay away from labor-intensive techniques. So instead of fussing with a multilayered and glittered embellishments, keep the vision, but instead, try to re-create it in a simpler, time-saving manner. The greeting on this card takes center stage without the labour.

To finish this card, add a coordinating ribbon, followed by a printed or stamped sentiment, and you have completed a quick and festive card!

Project 2

 

A design can easily be switched up by making small changes, like simply changing the orientation from a portrait-style to a landscape-style card as shown in Project 2. All of the same basic supplies have been used in just a slightly different way. Little changes can truly make a card look different.

Project 3

Our final card design in our quest for quick and festive greetings makes use of embossed cardstock. The other addition here is the use of multiple layers. The embossed cardstock gives a wonderful texture to the card and the multiple layers add dimension. Most of the layers are straightedge cuts, making it quick and easy.  The focal point on this card is as easy as it gets — stamped greeting die cut with the Stitched Fraemlits,  and add a piece of ribbon and a bow.

I hope that these quick and festive card designs and tips will have you merrily on your way to finishing or, maybe for some, starting your Christmas greetings

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