A few weeks ago I bought a multipack set of cardmaking magazines focussing on Christmas. One of the magazines included a fabulous kit (from last Christmas according to me other Cardy friends) with stamps, papers, stickers, ribbon, buttons etc etc. The magazine showed a variety of ways to use up the supplied hoarde. So I duly used the magazine and papers indicated to create this simple stepper card created from a single A4 sheet of card. Simply score the A4 card at 3, 6, and 10 cm from one short edge, turn the card 180 degrees and score at 8cm from the other short edge.
I loved the quirky little snowman stamp and coloured him in with Distress Markers, one in Stormy Sky, one in Weathered Wood and one in Tumbled Glass. I liked the finished card so much I decided to make another one!
And another one...
And yet another one! (oops looks like I need to reglue that button in place ;-)
And I still had some papers left so I put this concertina card together.
The stamps were so cute I decided to create some watercoloured cards with them. Gotta say this was one VALUE packed card pack!
What a day we had! 8 maniacs and a couple of card making Virgins, food, chat, card making, more food, more chat, more cards and on and on.
By the end of the day we had successfully completed 8 cards each and every single one was completely different and a tribute to the designer.
Laughter rang out and drowned out the music at times. Glitter flew (even my old dog Beau was glittered), fingers got inky, embossing powder heated, new techniques learned and a great social day was had by all.
The great Shortbread Taste Off was voted on and prize and trophy awarded.
The criteria for our Cardanza was simple. Each member had to design and make a simple Christmas Card that could be completed in approximately 15 minutes, then to put together a kit of all the pieces needed to make the card. This way all the hard work was done for us and we all learned some new techniques.
Check out the great designs from our members below.
Deb showed us teabag folding, and has included some great links to teabag folding sites online (check out the links page for more).
Click here to download Deb's instructions for how to do this simple fold.
A simple dry embossed panel was highlighted with silver pigment ink and our lovely starlike teabag folding held on with a star shaped brad.
Karen created a very vintage look with distress inks, red smooch and fabulous Kaszazz vintage holly stamp.
Distress colours used included crushed olive, fired brick and vintage photo
Jill's card featured embossing, stamping, layering and fussy cutting. This simple yet effective card was enhanced by the beautiful Kaszazz 12 days of Christmas script stamp, and the use of assymetrical placing of elements (especially good if your not that great at stamping things straight ;-)
Jude had a great technique for glitter lace cards. By placing double sided sticky paper (jac paper) on the card and pressing lace over the card we sprinkled and rubbed the glitter through the lace and brushed off the excess. Then we peeled off the lace and poured a contrasting colour of glitter in the sticky negative space left over. What a simple technique to get a stunning effect. Click here to download Jude's instruction sheet.
Leanne's card included some lovely metallic textured paper and another terrific Kaszazz stamp the Christmas Kookaburra hand coloured and glittered. The perfect card for all our overseas relatives.
Lynne's card featured pretty bright coloured paper and a fabulous Kaszazz stamp.
Lynne is very new to the whole papercrafting and card making mania, and came up with this lovely simple card.
Shaaryn (another newcomer to card making) showed us you only need 3 elements to create a lovely simple card. One product that truly proved it's worth on this card was Ranger's new Sticky Embossing Powder, used in the same way as clear embossing powder, once heated it stays sticky while hot so you can sprinkle glitter onto the embossing and it REALLY stays on! This is my new favourite product.
And my card, included some dry embossing, distress inking and bling.
Ink blending with Tim Holtz distress inks:
Blend Crushed Olive all over the embossed panel. Use Peeled Paint to highlight embossing, use Forest Moss to accent edges.
Gold ribbon was added to the panel and the panel fixed to the cream card base.
On the oval panel the tree and sentiment were stamped with Forest Moss then the panel edges were inked with Crushed Olive and the same colour was used to watercolour the tree.
The tree trunk was watercoloured with Brushed Corduroy.
The a lovely Hero Arts swirl background stamp was stamped over the whole oval panel with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Bling and a ribbon bow were added and the panel mounted on foam tape.
So as you can see lovely simple designs and each one completely different in style, with many different techniques.
or how to get 12 gift cards and a box from 2 sheets 30 x 30cm cardstock, 1 A4 patterned paper and 1/2 A4 sheet coloured cardstock.
See the template on the next page for cutting guides. Download the template here
You can use a small sheet of watercolour paper to stamp small 2.5cm (1”) images and cut out to stick on front of cards. I used the beautiful 12 days of Christmas stamps
from Kaszazz (thanks Karen).
From 1 sheet of 30 x 30cm cardstock you will get the 12 card bases
(each card base measures 6 x 12cm folded in half to create a 6 x 6cm gift
From 1 sheet of 30 x 30cm cardstock you will get all the pieces
needed to create the box base and lid, mats and star
From the A4 patterned paper you’ll get twelve 5.5 x 5.5cm mats for
the cards, 1.5 x 29.7cm strip for lace to decorate box and a 16.5 x 7.7 cm pice
you can use for mat on top of box and liner for inside base of
From the 1/2 sheet of A4 cardstock you’ll get twelve 4.5 x 4.5 cm
mats for the cards, 3 x 13.5cm strip (use to decorate top of box)and some waste
card. (Why not try the neat Epsom salts background technique if you are using
these cards as Christmas gift for a lovely glossy, frosted
Cut all the pieces out.
· Fold the card bases in half and stick the patterned paper mat (5.5
x 5.5cm squares) and cardstock mat (4.5 x 4.5cm squares) on the
· Stamp your images on watercolour paper and colour in to your
liking. Cut the images out and stick to the centre of the gift
· Cut out the box base and lid and score at 3 cm on each side. Clip
from edge of card to fold line where indicated on template. Fold up the box and
glue sides together.
· Cut out 2 mats from left over cardstock with a decorative die and
glue one to top and one to bottom of box.
· Make a lace trim from the strip of patterned paper (you can use a
die, paper edge punch or a pair of decorative scissors or whatever you have in
your tool kit to create a decorative edge). Glue the strip just under mat on
sides of lid of box.
· Attach the patterned paper mat and the cardstock mat to the top of
the box and decorate as you wish.
Bought the terrific Australian Simply Cards magazine this week and there was a lovely set of Hot Off The Press Christmas stamps and papers with it.
At last weekends get together 1 member was doing a one sheet wonder set of cards. I'd never tried this before (yeah I know I'm a bit behind the times), so I thought I'd give it a go and see if I could use 1 sheet of paper from the magazine and the stamps.
After a bit of searching on the net I found this excellent resource from Kimberley of procrastinator's pad: http://www.stampin-pad.com/ . Thanks for sharing Kimberley :-)
Here's the link to the downloadable pdf: http://www.stampin-pad.com/Files/Patterns/2008-06-18_OneSheetWonder.pdf
The sheet of paper I had was a bit narrower and longer than the standard 8 1/2 x 11" paper from the template, so my card number 4 is different. I used all the bits I had left over and made a Christmas tree from them.
I started with 10 card blanks (A5 card folded in half) about 1/2 sheet of dark red cardstock and 1/2 sheet of deep muted green cardstock for mats, a few extra bits and pieces from my stash, ribbons, perfect pearls, a few stick ons and some bling. All in all I was quite happy with the results, and I ended up with 10 very quick and easy Christmas cards.
Card layout 1 & 2
Card layout 5 & 8
Card layout 3 & 9
Card layout 10 & 7
Card layout 6 & 4
Just wanted to say thanks for a very entertaining afternoon with 6 other Papermaniacs. Much laughter and quite a bit of creativity was enjoyed along with actually completing the whole project within the workshop timeline!!! That's gotta be a first ;-)
Here's a pic of what we made today.