Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cricut glittered tree

Although I am not too fond of glitter I wanted to use it on a card for the holidays. I wanted to make something different and yet familiar. So after looking at my choices I chose to use a tree . I cut out some strictly triangular shaped trees and even some more detailled trees, but was not happy with any of them. I finally pulled out some of my "Cricut" cartridges and looked for something different. The scroll design on this tree immediatly jumped out at me but when I cut it down to fit on a card it seemed to loose it WOW factor. I finally hit on the idea to make a really big tree to emphasize the scrolls and then only use half of it. I used bright green paper and after I cut it out I used "Martha Stewart" glitter on it. For the ornaments and star I used "Stampendous" Dot Sparklers stickers of various sizes and colors. The glittered text tag is an old sticker from several years ago from "K&Company" and it just seemed to fit perfectly with the glittered tree.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas already!

For some reason I make more Christmas cards throughout the year than any other. This year I wanted to branch out and try different things and various techniques, but also make some of them masculine themed or masculine acceptable. The first card is an embossed type card with some "bling" effect to it. The background is gold paper even do it looks like brown craft paper here. The large tree is stamp from "Rubber Stampede", the smaller tree is from "Inkadinkado" and the text is from "Stampin' Up". I embossed the gold trees first and then embossed the tree in white on top. The text is also embossed in white. The card is trimmed with gold line stickers from "Starform".

The second card is a paper collage using a simple hand punch, craft paper and pre-printed paper. I selected a section of the pre-printed paper with the image of pine branches at the top. Using a hand punch I made three ornaments from craft paper. Using a "Sizzix Sizzlet" die-cut I cut out the text from craft paper as well. The rest was a simple assembly process, with the addition of some silver marker lines to simulate the ornament hooks and highlight the details on the ornaments.