Santa Delivers to the Tropics

How does Santa deliver presents to places where there is no snow for his sleigh? I think he goes in his trusted vintage white convertible with Rudolph to those tropical places. This is the sixth house card in my series of “A Week of Christmas Houses” using Poppy Stamps 2020 Winter House Pop-Up Easel die set.

This double easel card is designed as a slimline card to fit a #10 envelope. The car and Santa are part of the Spellbinders’ Sunday Drive collection.

I found both the Poppy Stamps and Spellbinders sets easy to use following the images on the packaging but recommend having a pair of tweezers handy to glue and place the tiny details. I also recommend having a small container or bag to put your die cut pieces into as you cut them out. They are quite easy to lose on your workspace or get dropped onto the floor.

To make sure the Fired Brick Distress ink I used under the Ho Ho Ho did not bleed onto the white car, I clear heat embossed the piece which adds some texture and shine to the license plate.

Because both die sets for this card are designed to represent snow and cold weather, I had to modify the die cut pieces. For Santa, I cut the sleeve off his shirt and used colored papers to have him wearing a more causal tropical shirt and created his arm by tracing around the outside of the skeleton’s arm in another add-on set for the Sunday Drive collection. On the house I trimmed off any of the snow on rooflines and used the poinsettia flowers from the Sunday Drive collection to plant in front of the house. To fit in a #10 envelope the tiny tips of the roof edge had to be trimmed off the card base.

Once again, I used peach organza ribbon to create some interest at the windows of the house. The door and roofs are inked dark with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The door wreath is from the Tonic Studios set and the palm tree towering over the house is from a Karen Burniston pop-up die set. Nuvo drops were used for the doorknob and flower centers.

The welcome mat, which acts as the easel stop, was stamped and heat embossed using a stamp from a retired Stampin’ Up set. I used a blend of Ranger Black Sparkle and Recollections Ebony Detail Embossing powders that give the welcome mat a snowy sparkle. Once heat embossed, the mat was weathered using Antique Linen Distress Ink on a sponge dauber and cut out with the coordinating die. Foam squares where used to adhere the mat to card and make it tall enough to act as an easel stop.

The “Merry Christmas” is cut from heavy black cardstock glued down.  A personal message can be written behind the house.

Finished off the card by stamping its envelope with some hints as to what’s inside using a “Magical Christmas Wishes” sentiment in dark green ink.

See the more the series of “A Week of Christmas Houses”

Day 1 – From Our House to Your House

Day 2 – Santa is Coming

Day 3 – A Baby is Coming

Day 4 –Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Day 5 – Red Four-Square

Day 6 – Santa Delivers to the Tropics

Day 7 – House Luminary

2019 – 12 Days of Christmas Trees

Supplies:

Dies

Stamps

Papers

Ink/Embossing Powder

Miscellaneous

Santa Bauble

This Christmas card/ornament is a prototype for a shaker card. The car and Santa are part of the Spellbinder’s Sunday Drive collection and the pierced circles is also a Spellbinders nesting circle die set.

To make this bauble card, I cut a circular card base using the largest nesting die placing it just off the edge of a 6 ½ x 5 inches white card base.

I cut the series of pieced holed circles on white glitter cardstock and colored the front of the card base with silver metallic ink to show through the pierced holes. I also cut a piece of acetate between tissue interleaves so as not to have the cutting plates leave marks. Two strips of silver foiled cardstock ½ x 1 ¼ inches and a piece of thin silver wire 3 inches long were cut as well.

Next I cut a circular frame using the largest nesting die and the next size down circular die out of glitter cardstock. (I used a stitched circle die from another set to get a narrow border, but you could use the Spellbinders circle set and have a wide pierced border frame too.)

At this point I should have stamped and heat embossed the inside greeting before assembling the card. I like to use a stamping platform and the assembled card was too thick to get a good stamped impression. (My improvised solution was to stamp and heat emboss a tissue circle and glue it inside which is not as professional a finish as I would like.)

Previously I had cut and assembles a number of the Santa in the car and assembled them. (See Sunday Drive with Santa post.)

The whole process should be:

  1. Cut card base, acetate circle, nesting circles, silver foiled strip, all parts for Santa, reindeer and car.
  2. Stamp and heat emboss inside card sentiment.  (If in inking back of license plate with distress ink, clear heat emboss it now.)
  3. Add any colored ink or paper to go behind pierced circles to front of card base now.
  4. Assemble Santa, reindeer and car
  5. Glue down pierced circles
  6. Glue Santa and car to top of circle frame and place foam tape on back side of car
  7. Using a thin line of glue at outer edge of circle frame, glue acetate circle on top of circle frame and car
  8. On the back side of the circle frame place short, thin strips of foam tape with no gaps. This will hold your shaker contents from escaping. (I cut ¼ inch wide stripes of foam tape.)
  9. Place a small amount of craft snow in the middle of the front card base and then peel off backing paper on foam tape and adhere the acetate circle assembly to card base.
  10. Score on backside of foil strips every 1/8 inch and accordion fold both strips and flatten out again. Cut two strips of foam tape ¼ x 1 inch and adhere at top edges of foiled strips on back.
  11. Make a loop from the thin wire.
  12. Glue one of the foil strips to the top of the card base over fold so that foam tape is above the fold. Remove backing paper from foam tape on this piece.
  13. Place wire loop on foam tape. And add a drop of glue to secure wire.
  14. Remove backing paper on other foil strip foam tape and glue in place on backside of card.
  15. Tie ribbon through wire loop.

To finish the card, I stamped its envelope with a hint of what’s inside using a “Believe in the Magic of Christmas” sentiment in red ink.

Supplies:

Dies

Stamps

  • Kaisercraft – Clear Stamps – Sentiments -Traditional – CS313

Papers

Inks/Watercolors

·  VersaMark – Watermark Stamp Pad

·  Recollections Pearl Embossing Powder – Sapphire

·  Recollections Detail Embossing Power- Clear

·  Stampin’ Up Classic Stamin’ Pad – Real Red

Miscellaneous

  • Foam tape
  • Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue/PVA Glue
  • American Crafts – Metallic Marker – M – Silver -62212
  • Blue Snowflake satin ribbon
  • Thin silver wire (I used 26 gauge round medium temper silver plated jewelry wire)
  • Craft snow (I got my package years ago from a hobby shop that sold materials for making model train scenes)

A Snowy Sunday Drive with Santa

I was so excited when I received the Sunday Drive die set from Spellbinders in May and now I am happy to show off one of the new holiday add-on sets for the Sunday Drive collection on this clean and simple slimline card.

The die sets I found easy to use following the images on the package but recommend having a pair of tweezers handy to glue and place the tiny taillights, box-ribbon-bow, and reindeer antlers. I also recommend having a small container or bag to put your die cut pieces into as you cut them out. They are quite easy to lose on your workspace or get dropped onto the floor. (I am still finding lost antlers on my crafting table.)

All the pieces were cut from scraps in my stash. I had to use my embossing mat to get good definition on the bummer piece cut on silver matte cardstock.

This was my first attempt at foiling multiple times the Spellbinders Twinkle Lights foiling plate on one card. Lessons I learned: Be patient and let the foiling plate cool down so you can place it exactly where you want it for the second and third pass. Don’t foil directly onto your slimline card unless you want the snow embossing effect inside your card too. Foil onto a panel you can adhere later.

The card base is an 8 inch x 9 inch piece of heavy white cardstock scored and folded long ways in half.

Inside the card is a green foiled Christmas tree which was one of test pieces I had foiled previously on a die cut rectangle scrap from another project.

Finishing of the card by stamping its envelope with some hints as to what’s inside using a vintage Disney stamp set.

Supplies:

Stamps/Dies

Papers

  • Scraps of cardstock
  • Matte silver cardstock

Inks/Foils

Miscellaneous

Go Dogs Go

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Go Dogs Go, the classic P.D. Eastman book that so many American children in the 1960s and 70s learned to read with, was the inspiration for this card using Lia Griffith’s 2017 Party Time stamp set for Fiskars.

I had stamped, water colored and fussy cut the cars and dogs and set them aside until I figured out how to use them.  I had thought about making an interactive card with them, but in playing with layouts for a slider type card, I decided I liked the flat glued down look on the brilliant blue cardstock better.

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Cut two pieces of blue cardstock 9 inches x 4 inches (230 mm x100 mm) and a third piece 9 ½ inches x 4 inches (240 mmx 100 mm). Using a scoring board, I scored the longest piece down both short sides at ¼ inch (5 mm) from edge to form the flaps to glue to the other two pieces.

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Once the card was glued together, I laid out the position of the cars and pendants. I used the banner and sentiment from the stamp set for the “Go dogs Go” banner and then using a stamping platform, stamped my favorite Happy Birthday stamp on the last panel.

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Supplies

Stamps

Inks/Watercolors

Paper

Miscellaneous

 

Sunday Drive Celebration

Whitecar-frontI was so excited when I received the Sunday Drive die set from Spellbinders. This classic convertible as seen from the rear has the possibilities for other cards besides being for birthdays. There is an add-on set that says “Hitched” with flowers and tin cans tied to bumper.

I found the set easy to use but recommend having a pair of tweezers handy to glue and place the tiny taillights, box-ribbon-bow, and tying-off balloon threads. I also recommend having a small container or bag to put your die cut pieces into as you cut them out. They are quite easy to lose on your workspace or get dropped onto the floor.

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All the pieces were cut from scraps in my stash. The silver matte card was one I had to use my embossing mat to get good definition on the bummer piece. I used metallic hologram papers from an old envelope for the balloons and glued them to white cardstock for the letters to show correctly.

These images are my first attempt at using the set.

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The inside sentiment is by Karen Burniston.

Supplies:

Stamps/Dies

Papers

  • Scraps of card stock from stash
  • Matte silver cardstock
  • DCWV – Strips Box of Cards – 40 A2 Printed Textured Cards & Envelops

Inks/Watercolors

Miscellaneous