Merry Little Christmas Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Banners, and presents, and polka dots – oh my! Bright, playful chipboard stickers highlight this adorable, retro design.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper Kraft Cardstock
  • Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes Collection Papers: Quadrants, Borders, North Pole, Candlelight, Cute Cuts
  • Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes Collection Stickers: Alpha & Bits, Chipboard Icons, Miniatures

Tools

  • Open scallop border punch
  • Brown ink pad
  • Black journaling pen
  • Derivan KindyGlitz Chrystallina Glitter Glue
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/2”x5-1/4” kraft side-fold card. Sponge edges with brown ink.

STEP 2

Cut polka-dot panel, slightly smaller than card front, from Quadrants paper. Use black pen to draw faux stitched border around edges; adhere to card.

STEP 3

Cut 4-1/2”x2” panel from red side of Borders paper; sponge edges brown. Cut two 4”x1” strips from green side of North Pole paper; border punch one long edge of each strip and sponge edges brown. Adhere scalloped strips beneath top and bottom edges of red panel; adhere piece to card 3/4” from bottom edge.

STEP 4

Cut white, green, and red journaling card from Cute Cuts paper; mat on yellow side of Candlelight paper, leaving narrow border. Adhere upside down to card, 1/2” from left and bottom edges. Adhere red banner sticker across top of journaling card.

STEP 5

Sponge edges of chipboard tree and pink star stickers with brown ink. Adhere stickers to right side of card as shown.

STEP 6

Detail cut assorted packages from Borders paper; sponge edges brown. Remove chipboard package stickers from sticker sheet; sponge edges brown. Using photo as guide, build package border along bottom of card, using foam tape to add dimension.

STEP 7

Remove two small round stickers from Miniatures sheet, sponge edges brown, and adhere to packages as shown.

STEP 8

Remove sentiment sticker from Alpha & Bits sheet and cut after “yourself.” Sponge edges brown. Mat stickers on yellow side of Candlelight paper; sponge edges brown. Mat again on red side of Borders paper; sponge edges brown. Adhere to card with paper adhesive over tree and foam tape over journaling card.

STEP 9

Highlight tree and packages with glitter glue; let dry.

Tip

Create a smaller scene on a kraft package tag instead.

by Kerryn Fry for Bella Blvd. (www.bellablvd.net)

Ribbons, Bows, Pleats, Oh My!

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. Before we get started with the tutorial today, it is time to announce the winner of the Really Reasonable Ribbon prize pack!

Jamie Larsen (Baby Blue Angel 30)!

Jamie, please contact Bonnie at Really Reasonable Ribbon to claim your prize! (reallyreasonableribbon@gmail.com)

There was such a great response to the ribbon post on November 5th, and to the Really Reasonable Ribbon prize, that I decided to share two quick ribbon tutorials with you today. Keep in mind that you can use these techniques for cards, scrapbook pages, gift packaging, and more.

Here is the card containing the two ribbon techniques that I want to share with you.

I will show you how to create both the layered bow and the “no sew” ribbon pleats. You need a few supplies to get started. (For a full supply list, see the end of the post.)

Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
1/4″ Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal)
Fabri-Tac Fabric Glue (Beacon Adhesives)
Bow Easy Tool (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

We will begin by making the ribbon pleats. You will need a piece of cardstock onto which you’ll attach your ribbon pleats. I chose a stamped and matted image. My image is 2-3/8″x3-1/8″.

Turn your cardstock over and add a strip of Scor-Tape to the back edge where you wish to attach the ribbon. Add a strip of Scor-Tape to a length of ribbon approximately four times the length of the cardstock. If using single-sided ribbon, place adhesive on the back side of the ribbon.

Attach the ribbon to the cardstock and remove the paper liners. Begin folding the ribbon onto itself.

The ribbon will stick to the adhesive you placed on the cardstock. The adhesive you placed on the ribbon will cause each pleat to stick to the back of the ribbon. By folding the ribbon over, you will create pleats.

Continue to fold the ribbon until you reach the edge of the cardstock. Trim the end of the ribbon and fold it back to finish the last pleat.

Set your pleated item aside for later use. Create a card panel with a length of ribbon wrapped around the top edge. My panel is 3-1/2″x4-3/4″.

Use the Bow Easy Tool to create three bows. If you do not have a Bow Easy Tool, you may use another tool or tie bows by hand. Each finished bow should be approximately 2-3/4″ wide.

Now you are ready to make the sample card!

Create a 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ black top-fold card. Trim designer paper slightly smaller than the card and attach to the card front. Attach your panel with the strip of ribbon to the center of the card front. Using fabric glue, begin to glue your bows to the left edge of the ribbon strip.

For the sample, I glued a red bow, then a white bow, then another red bow, one on top of the other. I then glued a snowflake-shaped button to the top bow. If necessary, use a shank tool to remove the button shank. This technique allows you to create layered bows quickly and easily.

Attach foam tape to the side of your stamped image opposite the ribbon pleats and attach your pleated image to the front of the card.

Stamp a message on the inside of the card and add a strip of decorative paper.

Supply List:

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Black, Neenah Natural White
  • Authentique Festive Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad
  • Stamps:HamptonArt Stamps/Graphic 45 Santa’s List, JustRite Papercrafts Merry and Bright
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Rhubarb Stalk, Tuxedo Black
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Nestabilities Classic Rectangles LG Dies
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Ribbons: Red Totally Twill, Moss Satin with Grosgrain Edge, White Seam Binding
  • White glitter snowflake button
  • Really Reasonable RibbonBow Easy Tool
  • Adhesive: Scor-Pal Scor-Tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac, 3M Scotch Brand ATG Runner, foam tape

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are inspired to try these fun and easy ribbon techniques.

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)

 

Ribbon Obsession

I am a self-confessed ribbon-aholic! I have more ribbon than any crafter has a right to own. I am sure I use ribbon on 95% of my projects and the more ribbon I use, the more I purchase. How can I resist? Ribbon is beautiful. Ribbon comes in many colors. Ribbon is versatile. Ribbon is easy to incorporate into many types of crafting. Look how I used ribbon two ways on the card below.

I created a double bow with two shades of gold ribbon, and I pleated some brown ribbon at the bottom of the card. Nothing jazzes up cards, tags, and scrapbook pages quite like ribbon.

Happy harvest Materials List:

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Coffee, X-Press It White Blending Card
  • Echo Park Paper Co. This & That Charming Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Trims: Diamond Satin in Turftan Brown, Old Gold, and Yellow Gold; Natural Hemp
  • Brown button
  • SpellbindersGrand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Nestabilities Dies: Standard Circles SM and LG, Classic Ovals LG, Classic Scalloped Ovals LG, Lacey Ovals
  • Stamps: Taylored Expressions Autumn Wreath
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink Pads: Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa
  • .Too Marker Corp.COPIC Markers
  • Adhesives: 3M Scotch Brand Tape Runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares, Scor-Pal Scor-Tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac Glue

One of my favorite places to purchase ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon (www.reasonableribbon.com). They have a unique selection, reasonable prices, fast shipping, and great customer service.

Really Reasonable Ribbon has been meeting the ribbon needs of crafters, wedding planners, rubber stampers, scrapbookers, and the artistic community for over 10 years. We offer great wholesale pricing on full spools of many of our styles, and “really reasonable” discount retail pricing on ribbon by the yard.

Our large selection of ribbon styles includes a variety of colors and widths in grosgrain, organza, gingham, satin, ric rac, twill tape, velvet, bakers twine, jute, and much more.

Here is what the owner, Bonnie Garby, had to say:

I took over as owner of Really Reasonable Ribbon, located in New York, in January 2010, from my good friend Debbie who was ready to retire. I had worked with her for two years prior to becoming the new owner. When I took over the business, I was leaving a job where I was not exactly happy. Since taking over RRR, it has been a pleasure to work for myself. I have been crafting my whole life, starting with rubber stamping in 1995. The ribbon business seemed like a perfect match for me because I get to shop for terrific new ribbon for a living! It is so fun to be surrounded by crafty stuff and call it my job!

Bonnie has graciously donated TWO ribbon assortments from the RRR Ribbon Club to one lucky winner!

To enter your name for this fantastic prize, leave a comment on this post telling us why you love ribbon! We will draw one lucky winner and post the winner’s name on November 19th!

Here is a card I made using the October Ribbon Club selection. These lovely Christmas-themed ribbons and laces are simply stunning.

 MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS MATERIALS LIST:  

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Crimson, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Authentique Wonder Collection 6″x6″ Paper Pad
  • Really Resonable Ribbon Trims: October Ribbon Club Collection, Christmas Baker’s Twine
  • Papertrey Ink Perfect Match Pure Poppy Button
  • SpellbindersGrand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Nestabilities Standard Circles SM, Classic Scalloped Circles SM, Classic Rectangles LG, Classic Scalloped Rectangle LG; Shapeabilities Holly Motifs
  • Hampton ArtStamps: Hot Fudge Studio Reindeer, Art Warehosue Holiday Dreams and Wishes
  • Ink Pads: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Old Paper
  • Sakura of America Star Dust Gelly Roll Pen
  • Adhesives: 3M Scotch Brand Tape Runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Squares, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac Glue

Please leave a comment here to enter to win this prize! And stop by to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog for more inspiration, blog hops, and challenges!

Many Blessings,

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)