Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Cards

Hi everyone!  Today the day after Thanksgiving I have taken a moment from the craziness of Black Friday to post a few cards that I have made lately.  I was going to make cards using mostly Cricut cuts, but it turns out the cards that I found myself making only used one cut from the Christmas Noel cartridge and the rest were based on paper, and ribbon and things cut from stencils.

I really enjoyed working on these cards, it became a challenge to make as many cards using 8x8 or 12x12 sheets of paper and digging out the punches from the drawer and put them to use.

OH... speaking of punches I used the Martha Stewart branch punch to make the wreath on one of the cards and found that the punch was a bit stiff.  It was not working the way I expect a MS punch to work.  Oiling a punch is not a good idea, as you will be wasting several punches and much time trying to get the oil off the metal to avoid the oil on your good card stock.  What to do... I tried the wax paper technique, that worked for a bit but then the punch  quickly began to get hard to punch again.
After much Winnie the Pooh type thinking... I came up with a plan... 

I took a sheet of computer paper and sprayed WD-40 LIGHTLY on the paper.  I then punched and punched until the punch was easy to use again.  This worked great.  Once it was easy to punch again, I got a clean piece of paper and punched 3 times and saw no oil!  YEAH, it worked and the punch is as good as new!

Okay.. on to the cards. I will be posting 3 cards today as I am running out to yet another store in a few moments... Tomorrow I will post another batch!

Card 1 - Joy Banner

This is a standard A2 card that I inked around the edges with Vintage Photo, the banners are triangles cut from Bazzill card stock and the background paper is from DCWV.  I used an EK Success punch to make the  banner trim and the pompoms are trim that I got at Joann's a long time ago!  Buttons  are attached with Fabri-Tac (this is great stuff!)

Card 2 - Noel Glitter

This is a very basic card.  I loved how quickly it went together and will be making more for the folks at work. This again is an A2 card with red and green card stock.  The ornaments were cut from an old stencil and mounted with foam tape. Stickles was used on all the ornaments and NOEL was written with it as well. Faux stitches were placed on top and below the green card strip.  

Card 3 - Wreath Christmas
And now for my favorite card!  I made the wreath and used paper from the DCWV Christmas pack on black  cardstock with white cardstock as the first layer. This card is just larger than an A2 card measuring 5 3/4" x 4 1/4" (just a bit larger). I decorated the wreath with Stickles to make it look like it was lit, very nice effect.  Merry Christmas was stamped with Versa Mark and black embossing powder.  The punched strip on the side is a Fiskars punch (Sorry I don't know the name of it).

So there are my three cards.  More tomorrow... Gotta run, I know there is a sale somewhere calling my name!

Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. I all 3 cards but like you my fav is the wreath card. You really did a great job on it. Hugs, Fran.


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