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Christmas Card Prep Week 3-MFT Handwritten Holiday

Hello and welcome back to my Christmas card prep series. Today’s post features cards I made with MFT’s Handwritten Holiday’s. This stamp set includes several large sentiments, written in a beautiful script.

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Several ideas popped into my head when I first saw this set. Let me share what I did as far as “mass production,” goes.

I used the tag shape from Concord and 9th’s Sprinkle Turnabout bundle and cut out two tags for each card. I stamped the sentiment “Joyful,” on one of the tags  with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white on 4 of the tags. I used silver on the card in the middle of the top row.

I stamped the snowflake images on the second tags, and embossed to match. On the red tag I used an ornament image from CZ Design’s Coolest Yulest.

The tags were adhered to cards with foam tape. I added matching ribbon, and accented the cards with Lucy’s cards Jewels. For the two cards on the bottom row I used Simply White Nuvo drops to change things up. I used the following cardstocks,  in order starting at the top, MFT Wild Cherry and Neenah Solar White Classic Crest, MFT Sno-Cone and Neenah White Silver, MFT Sno-Cone and Neenah Solar White Classic Crest, Gina K Christmas Pine and Neenah Solar White Classic Crest, MFT Kraft and Neenah Solar White Classic Crest.

I did play around with some other designs with the tags.

The top card uses Concord and 9th’s Sprinkle Turnabout stamp for the background, with Candied Apple and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink, along with Versamark and Gold embossing powder. I used MFT’s Mod Rectangles to cut the panel out.

The second card is the tag, along with reindeer from CZ Design’s Coolest Yulest, stamped, embossed and die cut. Lucy’s Cards jewels finish off that card. The third card was describe in a previous post.

Now for the other idea I had for this sentiment set. I have several Christmas sets that feature cute images, such as fairies and lambs. They are sweet, but seem to require scene building to use them. My idea was to take a large sentiment, and then add one of the images.

I haven’t had the chance to play with this idea too much, but I did get to make 2 cards. I used Distress Mica Spray for the background of the lamb card, and heat embossed the sentiment in gold. The little lamb is from Mama Elephant’s Wooly Winter. The second card is more plain, with white heat embossing, and the trees from CZ Design’s Coolest Yulest. Silver confetti sequins finish it off (the cardstock on both cards is MFT’s Wild Cherry).

The last card I made with this set is a one off. This was for a previous MFT Sketch Challenge.

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The description for this card is include in this post.

I hope to make some more cards with this set, once I’m no longer overwhelmed with ideas for the Hero Arts October kit. There is so much inspiration in that kit, but none of it really lends itself to mass production. I think I will write a post featuring the kit at the end of this series, as a bonus post. And, I haven’t even gotten my hands on the Hero Arts November kit yet!!! That will definitely be a good mass production kit.

Thanks for stopping by, and hanging out through this long post.

Nicole

P.S. There is an item in MFT’s November release that I just ordered, that would be awesome for mass producing cards. It’s a large die cut call Mesmerizing Mandala. I don’t want to delay this post any longer, but I’m sure you’ll see if used in upcoming post. Not only would it make a great snowflake, but I can see it being used all year long.

I was able to order it when the release went live Tuesday night, but it has sold out sense then. Here is the link to the item. I highly recommend signing up for email notification when they restock it. I already had my eye on it, but then I saw a sneak peak of what Jennifer McGuire did with alcohol inks and was totally sold. Here is a link to Jennifer’s post. I can see a card with this die cut, maybe from glitter paper, and a sentiment from Handwritten Holiday heat embossed on vellum and layered over top of the die. Stay tuned!

NR

Tutorial

Acetate Card with Hero Arts Nesting Clouds

This is the post I have been procrastinating and promising you guys. I finally got around to attempting the design that has been running through my head since I ordered these dies. It didn’t go quiet as planned, as usual.

I started out die cutting the biggest cloud from Neenah Solar White cardstock, 4 times.

My original plan was to wrap the biggest cloud around the left side of the card, as I did with the circles. These dies are asymmetrical, so I could not fold it over the card and have it line up on the back side. I also wanted to mix up the cardstock a bit. So I decided to cut out the biggest cloud in vellum, and then use the next size down.

My next step was to adhere the clouds to the acetate card. I adhered the clouds to the front first, and used the front to line up the rest. I used Be Creative double sided tape, and quiet a bit at first. I used a pencil line on the back to help me line it up with the side of the card. And so I wouldn’t put tape where I didn’t need it.  That’s a lot of tape :)!

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For the inside front panel, I just lined it up with the existing cloud. I had to cut it down, to match the front. Then I used the same removable adhesive trick I used on the circle card. I put the double sided tape on the side I needed to adhere to the acetate, then removable adhesive on the opposite side. Then I pulled off the release tape from the double sided tape,  “stuck” the removable adhesive to the cloud already in place on the opposite card panel, and carefully closed the card, pressing down on the double sided tape.

Once I had the cloud in place, I rubbed off the removable adhesive with my finger.

I added a couple of smaller clouds to fill in some empty space on the front (and the inside and back…). I layered some in silver glitter paper on the front, but just white on the other panels. I also layered in a blue cloud, and wrapped this one around the back, because I didn’t like that you could see the cut cardstock on the fold of the card.

I used my stamp tool to stamp “Just Hatched,” on the front, and added a little baby dragon in a cracked egg. The sentiment and baby dragon are from Clearly Besotted Hot Stuff.

 

I stamped “Congratulations,” on the inside, from Simon Says Stamps’ Floral Bliss.

I like the way it turned out, even though it wasn’t as planned. It’s still super cute and unique. I wish pictures could do these cards justice. Especially when you are trying to sell them, and all you have are flat pictures. Oh well.

I have some Stamping Bella Unicorns coming up next. They are some of my favorite to color and my go to, when I find my self in a creative slump like I was this weekend. I paired them with some spunky sentiments from Simon Says Stamps’ CZ Designs Simple Sentiments.