It's the first weekend of a new month, meaning it's my first weekend with the brand new Hand Picked By Jamie September Bundle ... I can't tell you how excited I am to share this with you!!!!!
Now I have to admit, I didn't think Jamie could better last months' Bundle, but in my eyes, he has blown it out of the water.... so many ideas popped into my head when I saw it, that I really didn’t know where to start!!
So for my first Blog, I’ve chosen to start us off with a quick and simple Christmas card design using the beautiful Sue Wilson Festive Collection - Poinsettia Flower Square.
Being that it is Christmas, and we tend to make bulk lots of cards for friends and family, I am going to show you how easy it is to make your own Christmas Collection :-)
Let’s get started....
As always, you can find the Shopping List at the bottom of the page with products I have used.
So to begin with, you will need your Sue Wilson Festive Collection - Poinsettia Flower Square Die Set and a variety of card as follows :-
Silk Gold Mirror Card
Stardust Galaxy Card
Red & Green Non-Shedding Glitter Card
Holographic Silver Rainbow Card
Hot Pink & Green Metallic Card
Using you die, cut out multiple times using your different coloured cardstock.
Do as many of these as you wish, so you can get a little production line going.... it is quicker and easier to cut out in batches.
As you are working, keep aside all of your off cuts, as we will be using these later
For the next step (as best practice), I got five 5x5" Scalloped Edged Card Blanks and wiped the fronts over with my Woodware Magic Anti-Static Pad.
I took my Creative Expressions Stitched Baubles Stamp Set (from the Bundle) and chose the small stitched Poinsettia Stamp. I used this to stamp over the cards several times using my VersaMark Ink Pad. Using a spare die cut, lay your Flower Square over the top so you don’t stamp where that is going to be.
Depending on your experience, if you don't feel confident with the technique of heat embossing, you also have the option of just stamping with coloured inks. The choice is yours :-)
Continuing with the heat embossing....
You need to apply your Embossing Powders - here I have used
Cosmic Shimmer Brilliant Sparkle - White Gold
Cosmic Shimmer Brilliant Sparkle - Pharaoh Gold
Cosmic Shimmer Detail Silver Shine
Heat set this, and repeat this process with the others.
Now for the detail....
For this part, you need to stick your Poinsettia Flower frames to the cards, but don’t stick the loose flower veins at this point, otherwise you won’t get all the elements in the correct place.
By doing this, it gives you the choice of which colours you would like to paper piece back into them.
Once you are ready, place your glue into the space where you are going to stick your flower pieces in place, and at this point, you may also stick the veins as well.
As I always like to add the little finishing touches, I stuck some gems/pearls in the centres of mine and in the little stamped out poinsettias too.
Now for the all important sentiment....
For the final part of the card designs, I wanted a mix of both contemporary and classic sentiments, so I used a selection :-
Creative Expressions - Traditional Christmas Wordies Sheets
Sue Wilson's Mini Expressions - Sending Love This Christmas
Jamie Rodgers Pierced Collection - Joyful Tidings
Jamie Rodgers Pierced Collection - Believe In The Magic
Jamie Rodgers Pierced Collection - Merry Christmas
Cut out each of these in the same cardstock co-ordinating with your card designs.
Make It Special With A Box
Measure out two sheets of card - one 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches (19.5 x 19.5cm) scored all round at
1 inch (2.5cm).
The other needs to be 8x8 inches (20 x 20cm) also scored at 1inch or 2.5cm.
Make your plant pot corners and stick them down.
On the box lid, make up one of the Poinsettia Flower corners and stick it to the centre of the box lid. Place your cards inside and tie a ribbon around the box with a bow :-))
These cards are the perfect and design and size to post out; ideal for Christmas cards and sending to friends and family.
Hopefully it gives you some inspiration whether you are making them for Raffle Prizes, Charity or even Autumn craft fairs.
As always, we love to see how you've been inspired by our Blog posts, so please share your makes with us in our Facebook Group - Create With Craftmania And Jamie Rodgers.
I hope you enjoy making these, and don’t forget to look out for Ian’s project with September's Hand Picked By Jamie Kit on Wednesday!!
Lynn :-) x