Do you have cards to make still this holiday season? Well, this week I have a couple of cards that go together as quickly as you can cut and glue! Even the card with some texture paste goes together quick.
Both cards finished size is 4” x 6”, made from just a few bits of ephemera and a couple of sheets of the patterned paper from the November Cards, Tags, & More Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club, one sheet of cardstock and mediums from my stash.
I have a quick video for you to give you an overview of these cards being built!
For the middle layer of both cards, I cut out the center – essentially making a frame about one inch on all sides. Since there was only going to be about 1/16” peeking out from around the top layer, I didn’t think I needed the whole 3-7/8” x 5-7/8” piece! I just used my ruler to mark my lines, then used my craft knife to cut along them.
The top layer of both cards is cut to 3-3/4” x 5-3/4”, I fussy cut the gingerbread people, heart, and “Gingerbread Kisses” from one of the sheets in the paper pack, and just trimmed down the “Snow Fun” piece a little around the edges so I could use it with the tree background.
After I decided where I wanted to add the banner to the gingerbread card, I stamped it on with some “Timber Brown” StazOn so I could come in and use one of the new Tim Holtz watercolor pencils to color it in! You could use any type of medium you want to color your banner in – or stamp it on a separate piece of cardstock and then fussy cut it out. I just really wanted to use those watercolor pencils! After I made sure the banner was dry, I came back and added the “Happy Holidays” sentiment using the same StazOn ink. The only thing left to do was layer up the bits of ephemera and my fussy-cut pieces. I popped the gingerbread people up on some foam dots, added a couple of small staples to the “Gingerbread Kisses”, and added on the heart – and this card front was done!
For the “Snow Fun” background, I grabbed up my Tim Holtz “Woodland” mini stencil from my stash and inked on a few trees using some “Rustic Wilderness” Distress Oxide. I have two trees that peek out from behind the top of the little “Snow Fun” card, and a third tree that I inked partly on the background; partly on the mouse card. I just held the smaller card down in the place where I wanted it and added the ink. After my trees were inked, I added a bit of water to activate the Oxide, made sure everything was dry, then added a layer of MicroGlaze to help keep the texture paste from turning green when I added it!
My first layer of texture paste is a thin layer of Ranger Opaque Texture Paste, then to add a little shimmer, I came back in with some Tim Holtz “Snowfall” Grit Paste. I did my texture paste in the evening, and just let it dry overnight, but it didn’t really need that long to dry because it isn’t on very thick – and you could gently help it along if you needed to by gently using a heat gun. (If you do use a heat gun on texture paste, keep it moving and take a break here and there – texture paste can bubble if it is heated too long!)
The only thing left to do for the “Snow Fun” card was to put the layers together! I added some foam squares under the mouse card to give it a little lift, used some “Olive Green” StazOn to stamp the two sentiments on the two pieces of ephemera, added a couple of decorative staples, and glued them down! That was it!
For the card bases, I cut a 12”x12” sheet of cardstock in half, then each of those 6” x12” pieces were cut at 8”, scored, and scored at 4” – creating my two, 4”x6” card bases – then I just glued down the two card fronts I had put together.
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*BoBunny “Joyful Christmas Stamp” , *Darice 12”x12” “Cardinal” Cardstock , Distress Oxide “Rustic Wilderness” , Distress Watercolor Pencil Set 2 (Barn Door) , StazOn “Timber Brown” , StazOn “Olive Green” , JudiKins MicroGlaze , Ranger Water Brush , Ranger Texture Paste “Opaque Matte” , Tim Holtz Mini Stencil “Woodland” , Tim Holtz Distress Grit Paste “Snowfall” , Tim Holtz Stamp Platform , Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher , EK Tools Scoreboard , We R Memory Keepers Craft Knife , Art Glitter Glue , foam dots , blending brushes