Christmas Mailbox Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Customize these nature-inspired Susan Louise fine art images using water-reactive inks and a fun technique that creates a realistic snowfall look. Layer multiple images to create beautiful dimension.

Christmas Mailbox Card

Materials

  • Susan Louise Paper Pics Christmas Set 4 Mailbox Image (see Tip)
  • Cardstock: gold linen, deep red, dark green
  • Papers: Prima Marketing Nature Garden Collection Fairy Godmother, white
  • Scrap paper
  • Red satin ribbon, 13/16” wide
  • Small red metal nailhead sticker

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven Set, Impression Obsession Pine Bough
  • Large corner rounder punch
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks Pads: Iced Spruce, Frayed Burlap
  • Ranger Inkssentials Blending Tool and Foam Pads
  • Small water mister or water dish
  • Adhesives: adhesive runner, assorted foam squares, Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, cardboard box with no lid, paper towels, non-stick craft sheet, heat tool (optional)

Directions

Size

4-1/4”x5-1/2”

Christmas Mailbox Card

1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” gold linen side-fold card.

2. Cut 3-1/8”x3-3/8” deep red cardstock panel; round corners with punch.

3. Die cut #6 label from patterned paper, #5 label from one Paper Pic image, and #4 label from second Paper Pic image. Use photo as guide. Die cut pine bough from dark green cardstock.

4. Cut 6” ribbon length.

5. Measure and lightly mark top and bottom edges of card front 1-5/8” from fold. Mark again 3/4” from first mark. Using adhesive runner, apply adhesive between marks along top and bottom edges; apply 2” of adhesive down center of card. Press ribbon to card; trim ends flush with card.

6. Using photo as guide and ink blending tool, apply Distress Inks to scrap paper to test inking technique. Working on craft sheet, ink foam pad and apply to paper edges in circular motion, starting off edge of paper and working toward center. Ink will be more concentrated around paper edges and fade in center.

7. In same way, first apply Iced Spruce Distress Ink to upper portion of large Mailbox Paper Pic, and then apply Frayed Burlap to lower portion. Apply inks in same way to smaller Mailbox Paper Pic. Ink edges of patterned paper piece with Frayed Burlap.

8. After inking, clean craft sheet. Place inked Paper Pics images onto craft sheet. To create snowfall effect, either spritz each image with water (for smaller dots) or dip fingers into water dish and flick water drops over surface of images (for larger dots). Keeping images level, place paper towel over them and press down to blot water until all water is removed; do not rub. Remove paper towel. Repeat water technique if needed. When pleased with effect, gently dry images with heat tool if needed.

9. Using adhesive runner, center and adhere red cardstock panel to back of patterned paper label. Adhere layered piece to center of card.

10. Place pine bough die cut inside cardboard box and spray back side with adhesive. Adhere shape over lower edge of layered papers.

11. Apply four large and two small foam squares to back of large Mailbox Paper Pic; remove backing and adhere to patterned paper label.

12. Repeat Step 11 to adhere small Mailbox Paper Pic to card as shown.

13. Adhere red nailhead sticker to center top of patterned paper label.

14. To finish inside of card, cut 5-1/8”x8-1/8” white paper panel; score and fold paper. Using adhesive runner, apply 3/4″-long line of adhesive to inside front of card near fold. Center folded paper inside card and press card closed to secure liner.

Tip

  • Paper Pics image is included as part of a set, but may also be ordered by the sheet. To order, email susanlouise@live.com or phone 608-206-6987.

by Penny Pierick for Susan Louise™ (www.susanlouisearts.com)

Noel Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a quick-and-easy holiday card that showcases a simple, elegant die-cut bow.

Materials

  • Cardstock: mauve shimmer, dark burgundy, Die Cuts With a View Metallic Gold
  • My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Christmas Paper: Peace, Noel
  • Self adhesive pearls
  • May Arts Gold Metallic String (SM30)

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Whimsy Embossing Folder (ES-004)
  • Spellbinders Die Templates: Nestabilities Labels Thirty Three (S5-187), Classic Ovals SM (S4-112); Shapeabilities Font One – Uppercase (S6-009), Create-A-Flake Five (S4-404), Jewel Flowers and Flourishes (S5-143), Charmed I’m Sure (S4-399)
  • Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen
  • Adhesives: foam tape, adhesive runner, adhesive dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler

Directions

Size

6″x4-3/4″

Noel Card

1. Create 6”x4-3/4” mauve shimmer top-fold card.

2. Cut 5-3/4”x4-1/2” Metallic Gold cardstock panel; mat to card with foam tape.

3. Cut 5-5/8”x4-3/8” dark burgundy cardstock panel; mat to card with adhesive runner.

4. Cut Peace paper to 5-1/2”x4-1/4”; emboss using Whimsy folder. Adhere pearls to center of each round flower motif. Adhere to card with adhesive runner.

5. Using Labels Thirty-Three #4, die cut shape from Noel paper. Apply gold leafing pen to die cut edges; adhere to card with foam tape.

6. Using Font One – Uppercase, die cut letters N, E, and L from mauve shimmer cardstock. Using Create-A-Flake Five #2, die cut snowflake from Metallic Gold cardstock. Adhere all elements to card with foam tape as shown.

7. Using Jewel Flowers and Flourishes, die cut swirl from mauve shimmer cardstock. Adhere to right side of card with foam tape.

8. From Metallic Gold cardstock, die cut two each: Charmed I’m Sure pennant, Classic Ovals SM #2 and #3.

9. Place adhesive dot over hole in both pennants.

10. Fold ovals in half width-wise, wrong sides together (like a taco), and secure with adhesive dots.

11. To assemble half of bow, stack small oval atop larger oval, securing with adhesive dot. Adhere oval stack in place on pennant. Repeat for other half.

12. Loop Gold Metallic String through ornament and up toward card top; trim 1” beyond top of card.

13. Using foam tape, adhere both halves of bow to card, pulling string gently through center.

14. Add large pearl embellishments to center of bow and snowflake.

Tip

  • Use a knitting needle or dowel to gently round your bow elements. Simply pull each element across the rounded surface with your thumb riding lightly over top of the paper to aid in the curling.

by Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Washi Tape Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use some of your favorite washi tapes to create adorable custom notecards.

Materials

  • Close to My Heart Colonial White Cardstock
  • American Crafts Washi Tape, assorted patterns

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Pink Sketch Pen
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, computer

Directions

Size

3″x3″

Washi Tape Card

1. Create 3”x3” White side-fold card base. Apply washi tape across card front.

2. Open the Silhouette Studio software. Using the rectangle tool, draw two squares – one measuring 3” and one measuring 2.75”. Open the heart shape and resize it to 2.135”x2.15”. Select all three shapes, open the align window and click “center.”

3. Select the inner, smaller square. Opening the line style window, choose dashed line. Select the larger, outer square and heart. Opening the cut style window, choose “no cut.”

4. Load CAMEO with sketch pen and white cardstock. In Studio software, open the cut settings window, choose Silhouette Sketch Pen and click cut. When complete, replace pen with cutting blade. Do not unload mat.

5. In Studio software, change the smaller square to “no cut” and the larger square and heart to “cut”. Open the cut settings window and choose textured cardstock. Click cut. When panel is cut, remove from CAMEO and adhere to card front.

Tip

  • If you don’t have washi tape, strips of scrapbook paper would work great too!

by Jeana Goodwin for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

Silent Night Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Capture the peaceful tranquility of a holy night with this Silent Night Card using Marinanne Design Dies and Glitter Ritz from Ecstasy Crafts.

Materials

  • Cardstock: heavyweight navy blue; lightweight black, white, green, navy blue

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Dies: Marinanne Design Creatables Horizon Winter Village (LR0284), Horizon Pine Trees (LR0283); Dee’s Distinctively Dies Mini Stars (IME086), Small Merry Christmas (IME087)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Jewel Glitter Ritz Opaque Micro Fine Light Gold Glitter (32MFP)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Adhesives: Be Creative Double-Stick Tape, 40mm wide (BC40), 5mm (BC5); Joy! Crafts 3D Foam Pads, 1mm (65000011)

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, ruler, tweezers, glue stick

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 10-1/2”x7-1/4” strip from navy blue heavyweight cardstock; score and fold to create 5-1/4”x7-1/4” side-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut one of each four colors of lightweight cardstock to measure 5-1/2”x7-1/2”.

STEP 3

Die cut village from white cardstock. (Note: Die is slightly smaller than width of cardstock. Cut village design to fit card at each edge.)

STEP 4

Place die at top of strip and cut out trees and hills from lightweight navy blue, green, and black cardstock. (Note: Die is slightly smaller than width of cardstock. Cut edges from design to allow it to fit on card.)

STEP 5

Using double-sided tape and aligning bottom edges, adhere black tree scene to card front on bottom edge of card as shown.

STEP 6

Align and adhere white village scene to card over black scene slightly lower than tree horizon, placing foam pads behind houses and trees to add dimension. Adhere remainder of white scene to card using double-sided tape; trim away bottom edge to fit bottom of card.

STEP 7

Repeat Step 6 for the remaining two pieces, using photo as placement guide.

STEP 8

Die cut Merry Christmas sentiment and attach to card using glue stick.

STEP 9

Remove one liner strip from 40mm double-sided tape; attach to white cardstock. Die cut two stars and add glitter. (Note: To add glitter, see tip below.) Adhere stars as desired to card front using foam pads.

Tip

  • To add Glitter Ritz, cut and adhere a strip of the Be Creative double-sided tape to cardstock; die cut stars. Peel back tape liner, hold design near edge using tweezers, and dip into glitter to cover entire star. Rub the glitter with your fingers to burnish the glitter to the cardstock (this will brighten the glitter even more). If there are any gaps, re-dip and re-burnish and then dust off access.

by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts Inc. (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

Eek! Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Patterned tags and cardstock circles are an easy way to embellish handmade cards for any occasion.

Materials

  • Neenah White Cardstock
  • We R Memory Keepers Black Widow Collection Papers: Cobwebs, Creepy
  • We R Memory Keepers Black Widow Collection Layered Chipboard
  • SRM Stickers We’ve Got Your Sticker Treats
  • Divine Twine Halloween Baker’s Twine

Tools

  • Circle punch, 1”
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring board, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

4”x5-1/2”

Eek! Card

1. Make 4”x5-1/2” side-fold card from Cobwebs paper. Fold with black side to outside.

2. Cut two 2”x2-3/4” tags from striped side of Creepy paper; see Tip. Adhere tags to card as shown.

3. Punch two 1” circles from white cardstock. Adhere spider and “Eek!” stickers. Adhere circles to chipboard tag using clear dots. Cut and loop multiple lengths of baker’s twine through hole at top of tag. Adhere chipboard tag over paper tags as shown.

4. Adhere “happy halloween” sentiment sticker to Creepy paper. Trim sentiment to 4-1/2”x1/2”, notching ends to create banner. Adhere to card on angle below tags.

5. Adhere two chipboard photo corners to bottom right and upper left corners of card.

Tip

  • Cut tags from center section of Creepy paper to preserve die-cut edges to accent a future project.

by Celeste Brodnik (www.celestebrodnik.blogspot.com)

Congratulations Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a special card for a special couple using intricate dies and beautiful papers from Ecstasy Crafts.

Materials

  • Cardstock: white, black
  • Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Paper Packs: Pearl Paper Pack (80110409), Wedding Design Paper Pack (80110555), Glitter Paper Pack (80110424)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design White Adhesive Pearl Swirls (CA3101)

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Dies: Open Up Pop-Up Church (60032001), Floral Flourishes Heart (60030005)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design Creatables Anja’s Label Die Set (LR0241)
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, glue pen, tiny foam dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

5-3/4”x5-1/2”

Card Front

1. Cut black cardstock to measure 11”x5-3/4”. Score at 5-1/2” and fold to create card base.

2. Cut 5-3/4”x5-1/2” white cardstock panel; adhere to card front with double-sided tape.

3. Cut 5-5/8”x5-3/8” panel from Birdcage Wedding Paper; adhere to card with doubled-sided tape, leaving a narrow white cardstock border visible.

4. Die cut two Hearts from white cardstock or Silver Pearl Paper. Adhere first heart to left side of card using glue pen. Using tiny foam dots, overlap and adhere second heart to card as shown.

5. Adhere Pearl Swirl to bottom left corner of card.

6. If desired, die cut Anja’s Label shape from white cardstock or Silver Pearl Paper, personalize sentiment using stickers or stamp, and adhere to card.

Card Inside

1. Cut Silver Pearl Paper to 11”x5-5/8” and die cut Pop-Up Church. This die is a panel die, as shown below, so be sure to cut paper to measurement specified; align paper carefully before cutting.

2. Adhere die-cut paper inside card, lining up center fold lines and leaving a narrow black cardstock border visible. Be careful not to glue or tape down church portion of die cut.

3. Cut Cake & Swirls Glitter Wedding Paper to 11”x5-5/8”, same as Silver Pearl Paper. Be sure cake design shows at bottom right corner of paper. Die cut Pop-Up Church and carefully separate paper panel along fold line. Adhere bottom portion inside bottom half of card; paper will fit nicely in and around church when card is opened.

4. To pop out the church, carefully crease on score lines where indicated to create dimensional church inside card.

5. Die cut two doves from Black Glitter Paper using Pop-Up Church die. Die cut two Hearts from Black Glitter Paper. Using photo as guide, adhere die cuts inside card as shown.

Tip

  • Carefully crease score lines on die-cut church and fold so church “pops out” from flat card base.

by Nancy Ste. Croix for Ecstasy Crafts (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

Birthday Butterfly

My sister’s birthday is coming up this month, and she has a green thumb and loves working in the garden. I decided, with the weather changing and the gardening becoming more pruning and cleaning up, that I would give her one last butterfly for the season.

I placed a beautiful stencil on my cardstock and sprayed over it with Glimmer Mist to give a soft gray shimmer background. Next, I stamped the butterfly image directly onto the background using water-resistant black ink.

I then colored the butterfly using a combination of purple and orange watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.

I added a hint of shading around the butterfly with gray watercolor pencils. I softened it with a waterbrush.

I stamped the sentiment across the top of the wings of the butterfly. Then I trimmed the image panel to fit my card front.

Finally, I punched two border strips from white cardstock and adhered them to the top and bottom of the image panel. As a last touch, I added tiny adhesive pearls to the borders.

Products:

  • Stampendous Jumbo Cling Trio Butterflies
  • Prima Flourish Stencil
  • EK Success Border Punch
  • Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink Pad
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Tattered Angels Silver SugarGlimmer Mist
  • Tiny white adhesive pearls
  • Waterbrush
  • White cardstock

Schedule some time to create this week. You deserve it!

Suzz

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Have A Merry Christmas Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use the paper-piecing technique to add pattern and color to your stamped images.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Primitive White, Cotton Candy
  • Assorted patterned papers: brown wood-tone, newsprint, pale green, two different medium greens, pink, orange, red, blue
  • Light blue peppermint-print grosgrain ribbon, 3/8” wide
  • Pink/white baker’s twine

Tools

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Falling Snowflakes, Pierced Traditional Tag STAX, Swiss Dots
  • My Favorite Things Sunny Day Doodles Sweet Christmas Stamp Set
  • Punches: standard hole punch; small circle punch, 5/8”; We R Memory Keepers Corner Rounder
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC markers
  • White gel pen
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear lines, glue pen

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring board, detail scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

7″x5″

Gingerbread Tag

1. Choose six patterned papers to use to decorate your gingerbread house.

2. Cut a 3”x4” panel from each paper, Primitive White cardstock, and wood-tone paper. Stamp each panel with a Black Licorice gingerbread house.

3. Detail cut gingerbread house from wood-tone paper and adhere to gingerbread house stamped on Primitive White cardstock, lining it up perfectly. Detail cut door from pink image and scalloped border from green image. For all pieces, be sure to trim carefully around edges; adhere to main image.

4. Continue detail cutting each of the different pieces from the assorted patterned papers, adhering each over the correct spot until your house is decorated as desired. Do not cover any areas you’d like to remain white.

5. Detail cut outside edge of the paper-pieced house. Use markers to color design as desired. Add highlights with white gel pen.

6. Stamp sentiment and peppermint candy on white cardstock. Use markers to color designs as desired. Detail cut sentiment and candy; set aside.

Card

1. Make 7”x5” top-fold card from Cotton Candy cardstock. Cut 5”x3” Primitive White cardstock panel; round top corners with punch and die cut panel using Swiss Dots Die-namics die. Adhere panel to center front of card.

2. Cut 7”x1/2” strip of green paper and adhere along bottom edge of card front. Round bottom corners of card with punch. Use clear adhesive lines to adhere ribbon around card front over paper seam. Wrap twine several times around card front below ribbon; tie bow at front.

3. Die cut pale green paper tag using Pierced Traditional Tag STAX die. Adhere peppermint candy to right side of tag as shown; punch hole for tag through center of candy. Adhere sentiment and gingerbread house to tag. Adhere tag to card as shown.

4. Die cut Primitive White cardstock panel using Falling Snowflakes Die-namics die. Use glue pen to adhere individual flakes to card front as shown.

Tip

  • Add a bit of sparkle to the snow-covered roof and chimney using crystal glitter glue. To give candies a shiny look, color with gel pens instead of markers. Be sure to let everything dry completely.

by Suzy Plantamura for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Winter Sleigh Ride Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Reminiscent of Christmas past, this old-fashioned holiday greeting card is the perfect way to send Christmas wishes to family and friends. It’s easy to create with Ecstasy Crafts products.

Materials

  • Ecstasy Crafts Cardstock: Ivory (K290022), Denim (K290021), Moss Green (K290060), Dark Green (K290024), Beige (K290066)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design Pretty Paper Bloc Vintage Christmas (PK9097)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design Vintage Christmas Prints Cards 1 (VK9531)
  • Ecstasy Crafts Marianne Design Bunch of Flowers Dark Red Christmas Roses (RB2221)
  • Dark blue twine

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Dies: Marianne Design Craftable Sled (CR1257); Dee’s Distinctively Dies Large Snow Covered Tree (IME027) and Christmas Stacker Tree (IME025); Decorative Rectangles Multi Frame Die (MFD048)
  • Adhesives: Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Large Foam Pads (65000003), double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, ruler

Directions

Size

7”x5”

Winter Sleigh Ride Card

1. Make 7”x5” Ivory top-fold card.

2. Cut 6-3/4”x4-3/4” panel from Vintage Christmas paper; adhere to card front using double-sided tape.

3. To make frame, die cut one Decorative Rectangle Frame from Denim cardstock and one Straight Rectangle Frame from Moss Green cardstock. Layer and adhere frames to card as shown using double-sided tape.

4. Cut out Vintage Christmas Prints card image; adhere to frame.

5. Adhere frame slightly angled to top right of card front.

6. To make sled, die cut two Sleds from Beige cardstock. Using foam pads, layer die cuts together. Tie length of twine to sled as shown for pulling rope; adhere to card below frame.

7. To make tree, die cut Large Snow Covered Tree tree boughs from Dark Green cardstock. Die cut largest Christmas Stacker Tree triangle from Dark Green cardstock.

8. Adhere triangle to left side of card front. Layering from largest on bottom to smallest on top, adhere Christmas tree boughs to triangle shape using foam pads.

9. Fold two stamens in half and insert through center hole of two red flowers, and then through two colored leaves. Tape ends of stamens to back of rose. Using double-sided tape, adhere rose to card as shown.

Tip

  • Use the tree and sled die cuts on their own to create darling package tags. Embellish tags with Decorative Rectangle Frames.

by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts Inc. (www.ecstasycrafts.com)

Let It Snow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This elegant snowflake greeting card takes just minutes to make, but it will sparkle all through the holidays.

Materials

  • Cardstock: dark blue, white
  • Ecstasy Crafts Starform Deco Stickers: Silver Christmas Variety Sayings (362S), White Corners/Borders (1034W)

Tools

  • Ecstasy Crafts Nellie’s Press Boss Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine (NPB001) or any compatible die-cutting system
  • Ecstasy Crafts Joy! Crafts Dies: Ice Crystal #1 (60022018), Ice Crystal #2 (60022019), Ice Crystal #3 (60022020), Ice Crystal Edge (60022021)
  • Ranger Ice Stickles Glitter Glue
  • Double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, pencil, ruler, craft knife and cutting mat

Directions

Size

4-1/8”x5-3/4”

Let It Snow Card

1. Cut 4-1/8”x11-1/2” strip from dark blue cardstock; score and fold to create 4-1/8”x5-3/4” top-fold card.

2. Die cut one each of Ice Crystal dies, including Ice Crystal Edge border, from white cardstock. Add glitter to tips and centers of all snowflakes as desired.

3. Using double-sided tape, adhere die cuts to card front as shown in photo. Adhere border shape along left edge of card. Layer smallest die cut on top of medium die cut at upper right.

4. Adhere white wavy sticker border to top, bottom, and right side of card front, trimming length as needed using scissors and mitering corners. (Note: See “tip” for corner mitering instructions.)

5. Adhere “Let it Snow” sticker to bottom right of card front.

Tip

  • To miter the corners of your sticker border, overlap the border strips slightly as shown, and then cut at intersection with a craft knife, applying enough pressure to cut through the sticker but not enough to cut your card. Remove waste.

by Marilynne Oskamp for Ecstasy Crafts Inc. (www.ecstasycrafts.com)