I made these cards to participate in Jenn Sharkus’, Creative Chick, Get Cracking on Christmas contest. The idea is to inspire people to make Christmas cards through out the year so when we get close to Christmas, we already have some cards made up. I thought this was a great idea, because I always have good intentions to make Christmas cards, but run out of time. You can check out her blog and contest at Creative Chick. She has a blog hop where you can check out other blogs to get inspiration. Then you post a link on Instagram using the hashtag #GetCrackingOnChristmas or leave a comment with a link to an image of your holiday card.
Make these fun Christmas cards with punch out images, a stencil, and embellishment mousse.
- Bristol Smooth Card Stock
- A2 Size blank cards
- Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Fusion Red
- Nuvo Glimmer Paste - Moonstone
- Sweet Christmas 3D Punchout Sheet - Winter Animals- Find It Trading
- Adhesive (I used double sided tape)
- Dimensional Squares (I made my own out of chipboard and double sided tape - see my post or You Tube video on how to make your own instead of using foam squares)
- Optional: Sentiment Stamps and red stamp pad for stamping message inside
- Die cutting machine (I use the Sizzix Big Shot Plus)
- Lawn Fawn Rectangular Stitched Dies
- Double Sided Tape Runner (or whatever type of adhesive you like)
- Nuvo Media Spatula
- Tim Holtz Peppermint Shifter Stencil
- Cut 3 rectangles of cardstock using the largest rectangle in the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Dies. You can use any rectangluar die that cuts an A2 size, or just cut out a rectangle to fit the front of your card. I used Bristol Smooth cardstock because it is white and strong enough to hold up to wet mediums I used for stenciling.
- Tape your stencil to the card stock to hold it in place using low tack tape. Use a spatula to apply the red embellishment mousse over the stencil. You can scrape off the extra to put back in the jar. You will need to clean off your stencil and spatula (and work surface if you're messy like me) while you wait for the mousse to dry. Then reposition the stencil to fill in more peppermints. This stencil has markings on it to help you align the stencil to add more rows. Keep applying and waiting for the mousse to dry until you filled in the front. Be sure to clean off the mousse in between because it is hard to get off if it dries. Several crafters recommend putting some seal and press over your mousse before putting on the lid. I didn't have any, so I used plastic wrap.
- You will need to let the front completely dry before applying the glimmer paste. Once the peppermint candies have dried, then use your spatula to smear on a thin layer of Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste. It will take several hours for this to dry (unless you use a heat tool, which I didn't want to do because it can warp the paper). In the meantime, you can go to step four.
- Punch out the pictures from the punchout paper. They are numbered one through four, so you start with the picture with the number one and then stack the images on top of each other. You use demensional dots or demensional squares on the back of the images to build up the pieces on top of each other. This is called European Decoupage. (Here in the United States we think of layering glue on top of pictures as decoupage.) I made my own demensional squares with double sided tape and chipboard. You can check out my post and You Tube video on how to do this. It makes it more eco-friendly since demensional squares are made out of foam. You could probably also use glue dots.
- This step is optional: Stamp a sentiment inside your card with red ink. I used a Lawn Fawn sentiment from Sprinkled with Joy that says, "May your Holidays be Sweet". I used a stamping platform to do this. I really like using a stamping platform, because you can re-stamp if the image doesn't cover all the way. (I have trouble stamping completely.)
- When the front of the card has dried, use double sided tape to attach it to the front of your blank card. Then use double sided tape (or whatever adhesive you like) to attach your punch out images to the front of the card.
The costs just includes the materials; not the supplies. You can keep the price down by purchasing cardstock and cards when they are on sale. I just put the paper I used, but you can use any art paper that will stand up to wet mediums.
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Bristol Smooth 9x12 paper
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangular Stackable Dies
Scotch Advanced Tape Glider and Tape
Stampers Anonymous - Christmas - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Shifting Peppermint
Nuvo - Merry and Bright Collection - Embellishment Mousse - Fusion Red
Nuvo Media Spatulas 2 Pack
Moonstone Nuvo Glimmer Paste
Sweet Winter Animals Punchout Sheet - Find It Trading