I will always be a person who sends snail mail cards. Papercrafting remains my first love and I'm honored that so many of my friends choose to save and even display them as part of their seasonal decor. That means the world to me. Sharing this year's collection of Holiday Cards in shades of icy blue, metallics, and black and white.
- Park Lane Paper Stack First Snow (JoAnn)
- Recollections Paper Stack Black and White Winter (Michaels)
- Black and White 110lb Cardstock (Recollections, Michaels)
- Silver and Gold Cardstock (Recollections, Michaels)
- Layered Cut Files (Creative Fabrica and Craft With Sarah)
- Digital Cutting Machine (Cricut Explore Air 2)
- Tape Gun
- Foam Tape
- Misc. Embellishments
These are the two paper stacks I used in my cards. I was on the hunt early this year. Each stack has a selection of foiled and plain papers and the Park Lane stack is double-sided.
My cardmaking tends to follow a similar process:
- Cut base from 110lb Cardstock to 7x10 to make a 5x7 card
- Score using bone folder and scoring board (Martha Stewart)
- Cut metallic panel 5x7 and attach to front of card
- Cut patterned paper to 4.75x6.75 and attach to metallic panel
TIP: Something that helps me is changing the colors of each layer in Cricut Design Space to match the end result I want. It helps me remember which layer to cut in which color.
White card base, metallic panel, and scrapbook paper panel
Here is each layer of the "Star Tree" card cut out. I usually work from the base layer up which helps me better position each layer. Apply with spray adhesive.
Once you have your layers together, attach your completed focal to your card with foam tape, and embellish away!
For this "Twirly Tree" card, I selected one of the trees from a collection from Creative Fabrica and cut using coordinating glitter paper, white, and silver. Mount using spray adhesive then attach to card using foam tape. For this one, I embellished with tiny clear self-adhesive rhinestones. Background paper is from the Park Lane stack.
I'm never content to do cards in just one style so for this Layered Ornament card (image is also from Creative Fabrica) I used the Recollections Black and White Winter stack, cut the image from black, white, and silver and again used tiny rhinestones and some larger black ones to embellish.
Same process for this Layered Star card, again Park Lane Stack/Creative Fabrica, and embellished with iridescent snowflake and bright gold sequins and rhinestones.
And then finally, this Star Tree card against background paper with metallic trees.
I also make a few Hanukkah cards and got this amazing Menorah cut file from a wonderfully generous Maker named Sarah who blogs at Craft With Sarah
I think it's so beautiful!
They're on their way to their recipients and I hope the like them as much as I loved making them!