Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sparkly Scottie Dog Christmas Card

I can't believe I never shared this Christmas card with you! I made it for my co-worker a couple of years ago and just found it in my blog post drafts!

I combined stamping, upcycled tag pieces, heat embossing, wood veneer, and lots of sparkle.

I'll start with the focal piece - that cute Scottie dog. My sweet co-worker at my last job had Scottie dogs and I always had fun making Scottie dog cards for her. (See the other cards I made her HERE.) This dog is a wood veneer piece that I found. I colored it with a black marker and then coated it in Versamark ink and clear embossing powder, then heat set it. That way it added a little shine but also set the black so that it wouldn't fade. I like how the embossing really makes the wood grain stand out which makes it like dog hair. :)

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I made sure to color the sides of the Scottie as well so that the natural wood didn't show on the side. I used a piece of ribbon and tiny bell as his collar, which came from a Christmas tag from a prior year. (I always save the tags I receive with potentially reusable elements!)

Now let's move on to the background. I used a star background stamp that's now retired, but the current Snug Backgrounds or Repeatable Backgrounds would work perfectly, to add a starry sky behind this doggie. Pebble gray ink is a perfect subtle color for this. I added some red glittery Stickles to a few of the stars. Our Shimmer Brushes would also add some lovely shine.

The trees and red snowflake are also elements from previous years' tags that I disassembled. And the doggie is anchored on some shiny foil tape and shimmer trim.

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I stamped the inside of the card and the envelope with a Christmas greeting. This particular greeting is retired, but the current Christmas Blessings stamp set would be an even better replacement! The bright Candy Apple ink would be a great color choice.

Thanks so much for visiting today! Below I've linked some of the products I used. Some are only available for a limited time.

Let me know if you have any questions!

If you like Scottie Dogs, be sure to check out the other Scottie dog cards I made HERE. You may also be interested in the Artfully Sent Cricut collection which has a few Scottie dog cuts and pre-designed cards on it!






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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Fancy DIY Snowflake Gift Tags Upcycled Into Ornaments

Getting ahead on my personal Christmas crafting is not usually in my vocabulary. But lately my 5yo daughter has loved to craft with me, so I try to come up with things we can make together.

She helped me make these snowflake Christmas gift tags. We used all sorts of snowflakes from my stash and cut some out of cardstock with my Cricut as well. CTMH's new Winter Flurries dies would be perfect for this.
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We put all of the snowflakes out in front of us and just layered away! Most of these have been in my stash forever...some are thin chipboard snowflakes from Hobby Lobby, there are some wooden veneer doily shapes (some were colored with Copic markers), plastic and paper glittery snowflakes, tinsel snowflakes from previous years' gift tags that I saved, chipboard stickers, and more. I wanted to start with a sturdy base layer so that these would last as ornaments after the gift is opened.

I added a dot of hot glue between each layer so they would stay nice and secure. Then we finished them off with some gems on top and ties made of baker's twine and skinny ribbon.

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I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. Another cool thing is that there's no waste - the tags will be saved as ornaments plus some of the pieces in the tags are upcycled from previous years' cards and tags. (I always save the cutest ones!)

My daughter had a blast (and so did I)! I can't wait to make more with her.

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