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18+ Merry & Bright Cardmaking and Papercrafting Ideas for You

Wednesday August 15, 2018
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Hi Friends,
Happy Wednesday! How is your week going? Are you settled back into a routine with the kids and grandkids being back in school?

Have you taken time to create something beautiful this week? If not......I invite you to block out a couple minutes to be inspired with all the new projects that will not only inspire you to create something beautiful, but also get you started on creating your Christmas cards early this year. In talking with hundreds of crafters, a huge number say that Christmas is the number one holiday they make cards for! If you have never created Christmas cards before or always seem to push it to the last minute, I challenge you to get started today!

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Our Crafters that take online classes say:
Another great class with Emma Lou. Working with vellum is a little intimidating for me, so I am very happy with what I learned in this class. She (Emma Lou) breaks everything down to make it so much easier to understand how to do. I love these classes (this was my 9th). I can't wait for the next class for all the tips and tricks that I know I will learn. -- Lori A

Thank you so much for offering these classes! I look forward to them every month. I love the opportunity to take these classes in my own home, but still have other crafter's and the instructor available for help if I need it. There are always so many good tips offered, too. Such a warm atmosphere! The new vellum paper is awesome! Heartfelt Creations, you're all the best! -- Susan H


Have a wonderful and creative day! Much Love, Emma Lou


Creative Inspiration of the Week

North Pole Christmas

North Pole Christmas

Other Products: White Cardstock, Water mister, Dimensional Adhesive, Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Die Cutting Machine

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

Instructions: Cut white cardstock to 6 x 9", score and fold at 4 1/2" to create card base. Cut a soft patterned paper from the collection to 4 1/2 x 6" size. Use from the HCD2-7189 Eyelet Rectangle & Basics to cut an opening at an angle onto panel. Use from the same die set, to cut a rectangle eyelet border frame from white cardstock. Also cut a rectangle from the cozy winter scene to fit inside rectangle. Stamp the sentiment in Lilac Posies ink onto winter scene panel. Apply some Dries clear glue onto sponge and dab onto panel, winter scene and rectangle frame. Sprinkle with Frosting powder. Use glue and dimensional adhesive to attach panel, winter scene and frame onto card as shown.

Stamp the deer and sleigh 2x from HCPC-3836 Merry Little Christmas, small and extra small poinsettias from HCPC-3822 Poinsettia & Holly Clusters stamp set in Lilac Posies ink onto white cardstock and diecut with coordinating dies. Stamp the ornament branch from HCPC-3836 Merry Little Christmas and pine sprays from HCPC-3838 Merry and Bright Accents stamp set in Teal Zeal ink onto white cardstock and diecut with coordinating dies.

Use the Stack and Store daubers to color the images. For the prancing deer, use Sunflower and Sepia inks. Use Cactus Flower for the reindeer's collar and Forget-me-not for the eyes. For the sleigh and gifts, use Forget-me-not, Cactus Flower, Sunflower and Vivid Chartreuse inks. Use Cactus Flower on the poinsettia centers and a soft touch of Forget-me-not on the edges. For the branch, use Sunflower and Sepia. Use Cactus Flower, Forget-me-not, Vivid Chartreuse and Sunflower for the ornaments. Use Vivid Chartreuse and a touch of Forget-me-not for the pine sprays.

For a quick and easy shaping, use the poinsettia shaping mold to shape the poinsettias. For more tips on using the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE. Or if you prefer, you can use the shaping stylus instead, and use it to shape the rest of the images.

Fussy cut a few of the gifts on the sleigh for added dimension and layer sleigh onto top of main layer. Add more touches of the Frosting Powder before attaching everything onto card as shown. Use Dries Clear glue to add prills to the poinsettia centers.

A Season of Blessings

A Season of Blessings

Other Products: Smooth white cardstock, white embossing powder, silver embossing powder, super fine glitter, Versamark, pearl string, white cord, brad, dimensional adhesive

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

Instructions: Ready gatefold card measures 7"x 7". Take a smooth white cardstock measuring 14"x 7". Score on 3.5" and 10.5" and create a gatefold card. For mating choose pattern paper from the designer paper collection and cut it 1/16" smaller from all 4 sides. Layer it on the inside of the card. Choose another pattern paper from the same collection and cut 2 pieces of same size. Layer it on the both side of flaps. Cut a window on the flaps using Eyelet Circle & Basics Small die. Also cut 6 frames from the white cardstock using Eyelet Circle & Basics Small die, glue them together and layer it as shown in the picture. Apply glue and add glitter over the frame. Cut 2 borders using decorative medallion die and 2 borders using Sweetheart border die from the white cardstock. Glue both borders as shown in the picture.

Stamp the poinsettia flower on the flower making paper using Cactus Flower ink and cut with coordinating die. Color the flowers using same ink along with daubers. Shape using the deluxe flower shaping kit. Layer three layers to create one flower, pierce the center and add the brad, then place stamens around brad. Stamp the pine leaves using Leaf Green ink. Cut the leaves with coordinating die. Dab VersaMark ink on leaves and poinsettia flowers, and heat emboss with white embossing powder, to give a frosty look. Arrange the flowers and leaves on the card and adhere them using hot melted glue. Add bead stamens, as filler flowers.

Cut a tag and a sentiment ticket from the same collection using the Luggage and tags die. Tie a cord on the tag and layer it on the card using dimensional tape. Also layer the sentiment ticket using dimensional tape for added dimension. Stamp the pine tree and ornamental image using Versamark and heat emboss them with silver embossing powder. Color the ornaments using Zig markers. Cut the images using coordinating dies and glue them inside of the card. Stamp the Merry Christmas sentiment image using Versamark and heat emboss it with silver embossing powder. Cut with coordinating die and glue it on the inside flap of the card.

For the finished look, apply glitter on the flowers and borders using glue that dries clear.

Not a Creature was Stirring

Not a Creature was Stirring

Other Products: Foam sheet, white card stock, Marvy Snow Pen, Aleene's Glitter Snow Paste, Star Dust Stickles, Nuvo Glimmer Pen, White paint, foam tape, Copic Markers: RV34, B00, B01, B05, RV04, RV02, RV10, E21, E33, E35, E53, E37, YG03, YG23, YG17, C01, C02, C03, C05, YG11, YG05

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: Card size: 6 1/2 x 6 1/2". Cut 1 piece of white 6 1/2 x 6 1/2" and another piece 6 1/2 x 7", score the 7" side at 1/2" (this will be a tab for gluing the 2 pieces together to make the hinge card base). Cut a piece of decorative paper 6 x 6" and then cut a 3 1/4" circle in the center. Cut a piece of Foam Sheet the same size with the circle in the center as well. (It is always best to let the foam rest after running through the die cutting machine, I usually let it rest over-night so that it can go back to its original size and shape, if you glue it before it has time to reform you will warp the panel because it will try to go back to shape but it has been glued, I hope you know what I mean).

When the foam has reformed glue it to the back of the decorative paper and glue it to the card base. Cut a piece of decorative paper to match the village die then cut a circle for the sky and put them together to form a circle. Lay it inside the raised panel. Use glue with fine tip to add glitter to trees and roof tops. Make a circle frame for the opening and also cut 2 Festive Holiday Decorative dies from white to use top and bottom of circle opening and glue. Stamp Festive Holly & Cardinals and sleigh with reindeer and sleigh extra piece with black Memento ink on white card stock and die cut. Stamp trees, pine boughs and holly leaves with Fern Green, Stamp pine cones with Rich Cocoa Memento and poinsettias with Magenta Hue. Sponge holly and pine boughs with Leaf Green, poinsettias with Brilliance Orchid and die cut all. Color Pine cones, bird and holly, sleigh and reindeer with Copics. Place poinsettias and holly in the shaping mold (up to 3 deep) mist with water between each set and run through the die cutting machine. Let dry thoroughly and then make flowers by gluing 2 blossoms together pushing down in the center. Add one set of holly underneath and then add gold Prills to the center.

Use the snow pen on the pine boughs, pine cones and trees, glitter then heat to puff. Glue the pieces onto the card front starting with the 2 taller trees on the left (add a bit of snow paste at the base of the trees), smaller trees part way up into the circle scene and then the sleigh and reindeer next on top of the tall trees. Glue the pine boughs on then the holly & Cardinal. Tuck the pine cones in and then glue poinsettias on.

Greetings of the Season

Greetings of the Season

Other Products: Card stock, white; Cuttlebug embossing folder, dots; ColorBox Pigment Ink Pad, Grass; Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Aquamarine; StazOn, Saddle Brown; VersaMark Watermark ink pad; Recollections embossing powder, Snow; Stickles, gold; craft foam; ribbon, white; gold mirror card; Prismacolor Pencils, Wink of Stella, clear; foam tape

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

Instructions: From white card stock, cut a piece 7 1/8" x 10 3/4", fold in half to create a 5 3/8" x 7 1/8 card base. From green design paper, cut a piece 5" x 6 3/4", add to card with designer dries clear adhesive. Die cut Intricate Swirl Frame from white card stock, add to card. From pink design paper, cut a piece 4" x 6"and adhere to card. Add gold Stickles around edge. Using Eyelet Oval Die, cut from white card stock. Also cut from craft foam, adhere to back of Eyelet Oval piece. Use inside oval die to cut image from cut apart. Adhere to Eyelet Oval. Adhere entire piece to card.

Stamp 2 sets of ornaments, 1 with Aquamarine, 1 with Magenta Hue. Also stamp flowers with Magenta Hue. Stamp leaves with Grass. Stamp pine cones with Saddle Brown. Stamp compote with Aquamarine. Color with Prismacolor Pencils and die cut with coordinating dies. Add Wink of Stella to ornaments, flowers and compote. Cut a piece of white card stock to fit behind bowl of compote, ink with Aquamarine and adhere to bowl. Stamp string of pearls with VersaMark and emboss in gold. Die cut. Add white Nuvo drops. On pink design paper, stamp sentiment with VersaMark, emboss with Recollections Snow. Cut out with scissors. Adhere everything to bowl as shown and then add to card with foam tape. Add sentiment and ribbon.

Inside left: From pink designer paper, cut a piece 5" x 6 7/8", adhere to card. From white card stock, cut a piece 4 7/8" x 6 3/4", emboss with the Cuttlebug embossing folder. Add to card. Die cut ornament base from gold mirror card. Die cut ornament inlay (lacy), add to card. Die cut sentiment with Luggage and Tags Die (oval). Stamp branch with Saddle Brown, leaves with Grass and flower with Magenta Hue. Color with Prismacolor pencils and die cut. Use Wink of Stella. Add to card as shown.

Inside right: From pink design paper, cut a piece 5" x 6 7/8". Adhere to card. Cut a floral piece of design paper, 4 7/8" x 6 3/4", add to card. Die cut Eyelet Oval from white card stock. Using the center oval from the Eyelet Oval die, cut a piece from white card stock and emboss with the Cuttlebug embossing folder. Add to Eyelet Oval and then add to card. Add gold Stickles around edge. Stamp branch with Saddle Brown, leaves with Grass and flower with Magenta Hue. Color with Prismacolor pencils and die cut. Add to card as shown and use Wink of Stella. Die cut 'Merry Christmas' from gold mirror card. Stamp on white card stock with Pearlescent Poppy and die cut. Adhere to gold mirror card, slightly off setting. Add gold Stickles to berries. Add to card.

The Blessings of Christmas

The Blessings of Christmas

Other Products: White cardstock, Dimensional Tape, VersaMark Ink, Heat Gun

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: Liz Gaze has a video on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook page that showcases making shaped cards with the Botanical Window die. See the video here.  Make the card base. Score and fold a piece of cardstock and slide the window die over the scored fold and cut out. This will create a hinge so your card will open and close. Cut another window and glue it over the folded piece and this gives the card all the decorative edges. I cut out the vertical strips on the front of the window and inserted one of the card front images so that you are looking out over a magical snow scene. I added glitter and set aside to dry. Dimensional tape was used to adhere to the front of the card.

Using VersaMark ink stamp the poinsettia and then emboss with the white powder. I then used a dauber and Lilac Posies ink to color the petals and cut out using the coordinating dies. I stamped all leaves and pine boughs with Stazon Olive Green ink and cut out using the coordinating dies. The holly leaves were colored with Bamboo Leaves Ink and a dauber. Run the leaves and flower petals through your die cutting machine using the 3D Poinsettia Shaping Mold. Glue the flower together and add the prills to the center and set aside to dry. Glitter the pine boughs and set aside to dry.

Find a ticket on the paper collection and cut out using the Luggage and Tags Dies. Use dimensional tape to adhere to the front of the card and then arrange the flowers and pine boughs around the ticket.

Joyful and Triumphant

Joyful and Triumphant

Other Products: Distress inks: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, and Peeled Paint, Versafine Smokey Grey, White card for stamping and die cutting, Sheer ribbon, Light blue eyelets, crop-a-dile for setting eyelets, 3d Adhesive

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: Using your Merry & Bright Paper Collection, select the cardstock you wish to use for the background, I have used a light blue, cut 3 of the eyelet hearts using the largest eyelet hearts from your Eyelet Hearts Die set. Using 1 size smaller cut 3 white hearts (you will be using this to adhere to the back of your banner). Using white cardstock cut 3 Festive Holiday die cuts. Adhere this to the top of the heart as pictured using Designer Dries Clear adhesive. Using a crop-a-dile set an eyelet in the left and right corners of your heart, making sure to keep in a straight line.

Using the JOY cardstock from the Paper collection, fussy cut around each letter.

Using your Poinsettia & Holly Clusters stamp, stamp the small poinsettia using Memento Lilac Posies and then again stamp another set using the Memento Teal Zeal, cut with coordinating die. Stamp your holly leaves using Distress Peeled Paint and cut with coordinating die. Once die cut lightly highlight the edges of your die cuts with the same color as they were stamped with. Spray with a mini mister and shape in your 3D Poinsettia shaping mold. When shaped push in the center with your Deluxe Shaping Tool and glue 2 of each flowers together along with a holly underneath. You will require 4 pink and 2 blue complete flowers.

Using your pinecone leaf spray stamp from the Snowy Pine Village Stamp set, stamp 3 sprays using your Versafine Smokey Grey ink, cut out with coordinating die and then color with Distress Peeled Paint ink. Stamp 6 single leaf sprays using your Merry & Bright Accents stamp set using Versafine Smokey Grey ink and cut with coordinating die and then color with Distress Peeled Paint ink. Using your pinecone stamp from your Merry & Bright Accents Stamp set, stamp 3 sets of pinecones using your Distress Walnut Stain Ink, color with antique Linen and cut with coordinating die. Lightly highlight with Walnut stain.

J panel, adhere your spray at the top and using 3d adhesive adhere your J. Under the left top of the J slide in a single leaf spray. Adhere 1 pinecone to the top and then adhere 1 pink and 1 blue flower.

O panel, adhere your spray at the top and using 3d adhesive adhere your O, under the right top of the O slide in a single pinecone. On the top of the O in the right corner adhere 1 pink flower and then adhere 1 single leaf to the left and 1 to the right. In the bottom left corner adhere 1 pink flower.

Y panel, adhere your spray at the top and using 3d adhesive adhere your Y. under the left bottom of the Y slide in a single leaf spray. Adhere 1 pinecone to the bottom left. Adhere 1 single leaf under your pinecone and adhere in the bottom right side. Adhere 1 pink flower to the top right and 1 blue flower to the bottom left.

Apply prills to the flower centers. Once dried, apply glossy accents to the berries, bird and the ornaments. Apply stickles as desired.

Thread a ribbon through your banner pieces, when you have in the correct place adhere a heart to the back of each banner piece to keep your ribbon adhered in place. You can use this to stamp your name or write your sentiment.

Christmas Cracker

Christmas Cracker

Other Products: Light Blue Cardstock 12x12", White Ribbon, Gesso, Glue Gun, Gold Paper, Paper Cutter, Ruler, Pencil, Scissor, Bone folder, Brush

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

Instructions: Click here to view a larger photo of this project. Take the 12 x 12" light blue sheet of cardstock and lay this on your scoring board, score at 2 1/2, 5, 7 1/2, 10 inches. Fold all the score lines like a harmonica, you'll have 1 inch left - this is your glue tab. Take your bone folder and press it really flat, then put marks on each corner at 1/2 inch, 1 3/4 inches and at 3 inch, then go 1 inch up on the 1 3/4 inch and draw a line, then you go to the 1/2 mark and connect them and also to the 3 inch mark and connect it then you have a V shape on each corner, you can cut them out, all 4 of them, (I will put a photo on my blog). Now unfold it and fold it back like a box and glue the ends together, let it dry and now close the ends with a ribbon, make a nice bow on it!

Take the pattern paper you like and cut at 2 1/4 x 6". Ink the edges with Teal Zeal Ink and glue them on the sides of your box. Cut a strip of gold paper at 3/4" wide and wrap it around the box. Take the Noel Ornament Die and die cut out of gold paper and glue this on top of the box, wrap the end over the edges off the box.

Stamp some Pine Branches from the Snowy Pine Village with Rich Cocoa on white cardstock. Color them with Bamboo Leaves ink and die cut with the coordinating die. Stamp some Pinecones from the Merry and Bright Accents with Rich Cocoa ink on white cardstock. Color them with Sepia and Rich Cocoa inks, die cut with the coordinating die. Stamp some Holly Leaves from the Festive Holly and Cardinals with Jet Black ink on white cardstock and color with the Bamboo Leaves and Leaf Green inks. Then put some Nuvo drops on the place where the berries are, let them dry.

Stamp the Sparkling Poinsettia with Rhubarb Stalk ink on white cardstock, die cut with the coordinating die. Color very lightly with the Cactus Flower ink at the edge a little bit darker. Shape with the Deluxe Flower Shaping kit. Glue 2 of each on top of each other and make a hole in the center and insert your stamens.

Now you can make a nice arrangement on top of the ornament die. Take your brush and put some gesso on top of the leaves, flowers and pine cones, you can also sponge it. Finally, take some glue and add that onto the flower, then sprinkle some of the Krystallos Shard Glass for a nice and shiny effect.

Blessed is He

Blessed is He

Other Products: White card, white card for stamping, Black memento ink, Soft Suede, Highland Heather, Pear Pizzazz and Sahara Sand ink pad. Pear Pizzazz card stock- Stampin Up, fine silver glitter, silver sparkly bakers twine, wet glue, Foam pads, hot glue, COPICS: Wings - Y00, RV00, Ox - E59, E35, chicken - R14, E43, Mary headdress - RV00, RV02, crib - E84, E43, shepherds headdress - Woo, W1,W3, W5, Skin - E000, E00, Shepherd - E31, E35, Shepherd 2 - W00, Y04, Y00, Shepherd 3 - B000, B00, B2, hair - E59

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

For more tips on creating with the O Holy Night collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/UWDeK6soJ0E.

Instructions: Cut 2 pieces of white card 7.5" x 5" and score at 3.75", 1.25", 6.25" and 6.75", fold the 2 inside score lines into a mountain fold and the outer score lines to make a valley fold.

Select the paper from the pad and cut a square slightly smaller than 5" and 2 strips the same height slightly less than 1.5". Edge with Pear Pizzazz ink and adhere the square to the card front using wet glue, allow to dry. When dry, die cut a circle using the largest basic circle from the die set in the centre of the paper to form the aperture at the front of the card.

Make a Pear Pizzazz frame: using the eyelet circle die cut the eyelet circle, then position the largest basic circle in the centre and die cut. Adhere the frame to the aperture you created on the card front.

Stamp the nativity characters and colour using copics. Die cut and lightly shape.

Select a paper from the pad for the card background and cut a square slightly smaller than 5", edge with Highland Heather ink and adhere to the back section of the card. Using the aperture on the front part of the card as a guide, position the nativity and secure into place with foam pads.

Stamp the pine needles in Soft Suede ink on white card and colour using Pear Pizzazz and Sahara Sand ink. Die cut and shape the pine needles using the flower shaping kit. Position a few of these around the crib using hot glue - retain 3 or 4 for the front of the card.

Adhere the 2 strips of paper to the front edges of the card and glue the front and back pieces of the card together.

Stamp the branches in soft suede onto white card and colour the branches in Sahara Sand ink. Colour the ornaments in copics to co-ordinate with the characters. Add glitter where the snow is shown on the branches. Shape and add to the top of the card using wet glue.

Add the shepherds and angels using hot glue.

Die cut the sentiment and position at the front of the card with the remaining pine needles. Tie a sparkly bakers twine bow to finish.

Christmas Village

Christmas Village

Other Products: Smooth white cardstock, Paper distressing tool or sharp scissors, Foam tape, Gold metallic sheet, Distress Inks Peeled Paint and Salty Ocean and Zig Markers.

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: The ready side-fold card from smooth white stock measures 5 3/4" by 7 3/4". To create the top panel, choose the paper from the designer paper collection and cut to size measuring 5" by 7". Further cut the paper into 5 strips measuring 1' by 7". Distress all the stripes with Peeled Paint first and then with a distressing tool. Layer all the strips using foam tape on white cardstock measuring 5 1/4" by 7 1/4". Choose a teal color paper from the paper collection and hand tear it as shown. Wrap the paper around the panel as shown, sticking both the sides behind the panel. Cut a top piece of fancy lace from the ornament Noel Ornament Die in teal blue color and adhere it on the left side of the panel as shown. Further layer the ready panel on the golden metallic sheet and finally on the card base.

Stamp the images of branches with ornaments from Merry Little Christmas Cling Stamp Set and snowy village from Snowy Pine Village Cling Stamp Set on white cardstock using black archival ink. Cut them using their coordinating dies and color them using Zig Clean Clear Brush Markers. Add frosting powder and crystal clear powder to both the images using an adhesive that dries clear.

Cut one piece of a circle using outer most die from Eyelet Circle & Basics Small Die Set, one piece each from 2nd and 3rd largest die from white cardstock. Distress them using Peeled Paint and Salty Ocean distress inks. Layer all the circle die cuts one on top of each other and further layer the painted snowy village on top.

For Poinsettias, stamp the images from Poinsettia & Holly Clusters Cling Stamp Set, using Plum Archival, color them using Magenta Hue and Vermillion and cut them using their coordinating dies. Once cut and painted, shape them using Poinsettia Shaping Mold and add prills to their centers. The pine leaves are stamped with Archival Fern Green and painted with Leaf Green archival ink. Once all the elements are ready, assemble the card as shown and glitter the edges randomly to add an extra accent to the card.

Good Tidings

Good Tidings

Other Products: White cardstock, Iris paper, 3D foam tape, Clear dry glue, Silver Mirror cardstock, Distress ink - salty ocean, chipped sapphire, vintage photo, Aged Mahogany, Hickory smoke, Versamark ink, White embossing powder.

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

Instructions: For the base of the card cut white cardstock 14 x 9-1/2", score at 7" from the largest side and fold. The card consists of 3 layers of pattern paper. For the first layer, cut pattern paper from the collection 1/4 inch smaller than the base cardstock and adhere with clear drying glue.

Cut two more layers of pattern paper 1/4 inch smaller than the last layer and adhere with clear drying glue. Cut iris paper 6 x 8-3/4, score at every 1/2 inch, swipe distress ink - salty ocean, chipped sapphire, vintage photo, Aged Mahogany and Hickory smoke directly on the iris cardstock creating a wooden effect. Distress the edges and adhere with 3D foam tape.

Cut iris paper 6 x 3-1/2, stamp little poinsettia image from Merry and Bright Accents stamp set with VersaMark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Color it with distress ink salty ocean and arrange in the center of the card with 3D foam tape.

Die cut white cardstock using the largest and second largest die from the Eyelet Oval die set. Stamp the oval die cut out with a sentiment using Archival ink sepia and color the edges using distress ink salty ocean.

Stamp the leaves, ornament, vase images from Merry and Bright Accents stamp set using Archival ink Sepia and Library Green. Also stamp leaves from Snowy Pine Village stamp set using Archival ink Library Green and Branches image from Merry Little Christmas stamp set using Archival ink Library Green and Sepia. Die cut all the images with coordinating dies. Color the images using pencil colors.

Once all the elements are ready arrange them as shown and apply glitter with clear dry glue.

Serene Splendor

Serene Splendor

Other Products: White cardstock, Gold ink

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorialat https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: Prepare a 5 x 7" white card base. Use the Intricate Swirl Frame and die cut one out of white cardstock. Locate a light blue background from the Merry and Bright paper pack, trim down to 4 x 5 3/4 and adhere to the card base. Adhere the Swirl Frame on top. Use the Gold ink and stamp the sentiment in the upper right hand corner.

Die cut the corner die from the Frame a card Leafy Border out of white and adhere to the left upper corner. Stamp trees, leaves and flowers on white with the gold ink. Cut out using the matching die. Adhere the trees to the lower right side bottom. Adhere the Gold leaves to the center of the corner die as shown. Stamp the Poinsettia leaves on green cardstock with the gold ink, cut the flowers and leaves out with the matching die, place in the flower mold and run through the die cut machine. Glue one green leaf and 2 poinsettias together making one flower, make 3 white ones and adhere to card on the upper left corner. Stamp more Poinsettia leaves and flowers on white cardstock. The flowers stamp with the Red Geranium, color in with the Carnation red, ink the edges with the Vermillion. Stamp the leaves with the Olive, color in with the Leaf Green and ink the edges with the Emerald Green. Adhere to card. Use the dries clear glue and the Crystal Clear glitter on the Poinsettia flowers and leaves. On the white flowers place Prills in the center, on the red ones add stamens. Add the Dries white adhesive on the trees and white leaves, add the Frosting Powder to those to finish the card.

Snow Place Like Home

Snow Place Like Home

Other Products: Rangers Stickles-white diamond, stampendous aged enamel embossing powder, VersaMark embossing ink, Dress my craft sparking dust powder

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: The finished card measures 6 inches by 6 inches. To make the card base, cut white card stock 6 inches by 12 inches and score and fold at 6 inches on the long side. Cut a mat layer from the paper collection a little smaller than the card base and distress the edges with scissors. Adhere on the card base with clear drying glue. Cut a 6 by 6 inch card panel from paper collection, cut a little smaller than the mat layer, distress the edges with scissors and adhere on the mat layer with foam strips.

Stamp the trees from Snowy pine village stamp set with leaf green archival ink. Cut with matching die. Add embossing ink on the edges and add embossing powder. Heat set with heat tool. Stamp the flowers with Rose Madder ink and colour lightly with the same ink with sponge daubers. Shape the smaller poinsettias with 3D flower shaping mold after cutting them with matching die. Shape the larger poinsettias with groove tool and the flower shaping kit. Layer the flowers together using glue and add prills. Add a little adhesive on the petals and add sparkling dust.

Cut the ornaments from the paper collection using the coordinating die. Stamp many pine leaves with green archival ink and colour with same color. Cut with matching die and shape with groove tool. Add glitter on the ornaments using clear glue.

Stamp a snowy village scene with black archival ink. Colour using color pencils and cut with matching die. Add a little snow using sparking dust powder. Cut two circles from the Circle die set from the paper collection. Adhere the village image on one circle. Adhere this on another bigger circle that has been scored at 1/8 inch intervals. Cut an eyelet circle and distress with green ink. Add the two circle layers on the eyelet circle and place the whole set on the card front. Add the trees.

Arrange the flowers, leaves and ornaments. Add sparkle with stickles and sparkling dust. Add dots of stickles to give the effect of snow.

Finish the card by adding a sentiment and layering it. Add to the top of the card.

Holiday Sparkle

Holiday Sparkle

Other Products: Dimensional Dots, Dimensional Squares, Ribbon from my stash, Silver Glass Shards, Hot Glue Gun, Misti, Bow-it-All 2

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: Card size is 5 x 7". Cut white card stock 7 x 10", score and fold at 5" on the long side. Cut a piece of designer paper 4 7/8 x 6 7/8", ink the edges with Cactus Flower, stamp the sentiment with Frost White Ink, sprinkle with WOW Sparkling Snow Embossing glitter and heat set. Adhere to the card base with dimensional squares. Cut another piece of designer paper the same size, ink the edges and adhere to the inside of the card.

Cut from white cardstock the Eyelet Lace Frames Die, sponge with dries clear adhesive and sprinkle with Rajni Chawla's Crystal Clear glitter. When dry, adhere to the card base using small dimensional dots.

Stamp the poinsettias on white cardstock using Cactus Flower ink, color with Magenta Hue ink and diecut using the coordinating dies. Stamp the Holly leaves on white cardstock using Fern Green ink, color with Leaf Green and diecut using coordinating dies. Place the flowers and leaves face down in the 3D Mold, spritz with water and run through the die cutting machine to shape. Ink the edges, adhere two petals together to create one flower, adhere to holly leaves, sponge with dries clear adhesive and sprinkle with Crystal Clear. Add glue to the flower centers and sprinkle with silver glass shards.

Stamp the pine leaves on white cardstock using Fern Green ink, color with Fern Green and Leaf Green inks, diecut with the coordinating dies and shape using the deluxe flower shaping kit. Sponge with dries clear adhesive and sprinkle with Crystal Clear glitter.

Adhere the flowers and pine leaves to the card as shown using a hot glue gun. Tie a triple loop bow using the Bow-It-All 2, adhere with hot glue gun and add a pine spray to the center.

The Edge of Town

The Edge of Town

Other Products: Glue Gun, Stampers Big Brush Pen: Green, Embossing Tool, Dare 2B Artzy Black Hybrid Ink, Memento Sunflower Yellow, Silver Mirror Paper, Water Color Paper, Zig Clean Color Brush Pens

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: Score a piece of white cardstock to 7.25 x 5.25" use your bone folder to get a nice crease. (set aside) Take the paper pad and cut a sheet of paper to 5 x 7"  for your card front. Diecut the Sweetheart Borders die using white cardstock for the decorative layer and then the mirror paper for the mat. Adhere to your card on the side where the card fold is.

First, stamp 10 of the poinsettias using the Hybrid ink onto the sheet of paper. Give your flowers color using the dauber, sponge on some "Cactus Flower" and "Sunflower Yellow" ink giving each bloom more depth and color. Diecut the poinsettias and place each piece in the 3d mold. Spritz lightly with water. Then cup each petal and layer each bloom 2 poinsettia petals each. Now add coordinating stamens. Finish each bloom by adding frosting powder.

Stamp the greenery using Hybrid ink and the green brush pen. Diecut and align along the bottom edge followed by adding the flowers you just created.

Now stamp/diecut your snow village on watercolor paper using Hybrid ink. Once done, color with your Zig clean color brush pens. Using your circle basics dies, create your circle layers and then add your colored snow village.

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Other Products: Prima distressing tool, Versamark Ink, WOW clear embossing powder, pearls, Alcohol markers in various colors, silver, green and red cardstock.

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorialat https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: Stamp the image from Merry Little Christmas Cling Stamp Set on a piece of silver cardstock using Jet Black StazOn Ink and die cut it using the die from Cut Mat Create 2A Die. Take the Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad and drag its edge lightly in a top to bottom motion and then rotate the die cut and repeat. This step will create black streaks. Now let it dry and then repeat the same step using Versamark Ink and then heat emboss it using WOW clear embossing powder and Heat It Craft Tool. Color in the image using various alcohol makers of your choice.

Die cut a piece of Black cardstock using the die from Cut Mat Create 2B Die and adhere the silver piece we made in the previous step on this diecut.

Cut 3 pieces of 1 1/2" x 6 3/4" pattern paper from Merry and Bright Paper Collection and distress the edges using Prima distressing tool. Adhere these to a 5" x 7" white card base keeping equal distance between them.

Die cut 2 pieces of white cardstock using the dies from Arianna Lace Die and the Festive Holiday Die. Stamp the leaves from the Snowy Pine Village Cling Stamp Set using Library Green Archival Ink on a piece of green cardstock. Die cut them using matching dies from Snowy Pine Village Die.

Stamp the poinsettias from Poinsettia & Holly Clusters Stamp Set on a piece of red cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Stamp the leaves from the same stamp set using Library Green Archival Ink on a piece of green cardstock. Die cut them using matching dies from Poinsettia & Holly Clusters Die. Add shading to the poinsettias and leaves using Stack and Store Daubers, Red Geranium and Library Green Archival Inks. Shape them using 3D Poinsettia Shaping Mold and Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Add a little Go Man Go Prills from Bright Ideas set.

Arrange and adhere all the elements on the card front as shown. Use Darice Adhesive Foam Strips to adhere the stamped image on top of the die cuts. Add 3 big drops of Silver Lining Nuvo Crystal Drops on top right and bottom left corner of the card as shown. Add a few pearls to the die cut to add finishing touch.

Most Wonderful Time of Year

Most Wonderful Time of Year

Other Products: White Cardstock, Zig Clean Color Real Brush, Ranger Stickles, Silver Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink.

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: Cut One Eyelet Lace Frames Die on white cardstock and use this frame as the base of the card.

Next cut cardstock size 4"x12" and fold it into half so the final size is 4"x 6" (tent fold). Cut pattern paper the same size, distress the edges and adhere to the card front. Now diecut from white cardstock the Intricate Swirl Frames die and adhere this to the pattern paper. Paste this card to the Eyelet Lace Frames Die Base.

Cut one oval die from Eyelet Circle and Basics Small Die on white cardstock and adhere it with foam tape to give some dimension.

Stamp one stunning ornamental vase with versamark ink and sprinkle silver embossing powder and heat it to achieve embossing effect. Then shape the vase with flower shaping tool, and paste it at the centre of the oval. (just paste the edges of the vase so that the other elements can be added at the centre of the vase). Stamp some elements from Merry and Bright Accents Cling Stamp set with archival ink-plum and cut them with matching die and color them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush and sprinkle some crystal clear glitter.

Now stamp the Poinsettia & Holly Clusters and cut them with matching die and shape them with 3D Poinsettia Shaping Mold. Create some flowers and then add stamens at the centre of the flowers and sprinkle crystal clear glitter. Stamp some leaves from Snowy pine village with archival ink and cut them with matching die and color them with archival ink-fern green and shape them with deluxe flower shaping kit. Now assemble all these elements as shown.

Now add sentiment from the Merry and Bright Paper Collection as shown.

The Window's Ledge

The Window's Ledge

Other Products: Black Archival ink, Dark Green Archival ink, light green pigment ink, Martha Stewart scoreboard, white pearl cardstock, iron or heat gun, adhesive, glue stick gun, gallery soft pastels

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: Take an 8 1/2 x 11" white pearl cardstock, score and fold at 5 1/2". This will be your card base. Select paper from Merry and Bright Paper Collection and cut into size of your card base leaving an 1/16" border on each side.

Stamp Merry and Bright Accents Cling Stamp Set to create the pine needles - stamp 6 times with olive green ink, and using 3d tape create wreath.

Stamp Window Frame stamp set onto blue designer paper using black Archival ink and die cut with matching die. Die cut Window Box Elements pieces from same blue designer paper. Assemble window box and add border using dries clear glue. Cut intricate lattice design in half vertically. Adhere decorative window topper to card base using 3D tape.

Stamp Snowy Pine Village Cling Stamp Set and Merry and Bright Accents Cling Stamp Set to Create the pine needles and pinecone, stamp 6 times with brown ink, cut it out using coordinating dies, shadow pine needles with olive green ink, cones with brown ink. Stamp ''Merry Christmas'' from Silent Night Scroll Cling Stamp Set with brown ink and cut it out using coordinating dies.

To create Poinsettia & Holly Clusters, stamp three times different sizes, cut using the coordinating dies. Colour with red and green pigment ink using sponge. Spritz with water and place in the Poinsettia Shaping Mold. Wait to dry. Add a little hot glue to the underside of the flower to adhere. Using paint brush paint ready flower with Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and sprinkle Crystal Ultrafine Transparent Glitter

Adhere the flowers and leaves to Window Frame using a hot glue gun.

Christmas Morning

Christmas Morning

Other Products: Black cardstock, brown colored pencil

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

Instructions: Card size is 7.5 x 5.5 inches. Stamp Poinsettias from the Poinsettias & Holly Clusters set in Lilac Posies and holly in Fern Green. Cut out with corresponding dies, sponge with the same colors and sculpt with the 3D Poinsettia Shaping Mold, see video for directions. Add Ribbit prills to centers and Rajni Chawla's Frosting Powder.

Stamp Sparkling Poinsettia set and holly from the Large Sparkling Poinsettia in Fern Green, sponge edges of poinsettias with Fern Green and Desert Sand and the holly with the Fern Green and cut out with corresponding dies. Sponge tips of stamens with Library Green, sculpt flowers, add paper stamens from set and add Frosting Powder.

Stamp the boughs from the Snowy Pine Village and the sprigs and pinecones from the Merry and Bright Accents sets in Rich Cocoa. Cut out with corresponding dies. Sponge the boughs with Fern Green and then sponge around the outsides with Library Green. Sponge the pinecones with Creamy Brown and around the outsides with Rich Cocoa. Sculpt with Flower Shaping Essentials.

Stamp the snowy branch from the Window Box Fillers set in Black and color with a brown pencil (Prima used here), cut out with corresponding die and sculpt.

Create a card base that is 7.5 x 5.5 inches, cut out mat in black cardstock that is slightly smaller and a piece of snowflake paper form the Merry and Bright Paper Collection that is slightly smaller than the black, distress and adhere to card base. Cut out window with the Botanic Window Die in black card stock and use the inner die to trace the house in the paper collection and cut it out. (By tracing the image and cutting it out, you will have a slightly larger image than the opening and it can be adhered behind the window.) Adhere window to right side of card as shown.

Arrange boughs, pinecones, branches and poinsettias as shown. Add sentiment from paper collection in among the poinsettias on the left. Sponge glue on boughs, pinecones, sentiment and snowy places on house and cover with Frosting Powder.

Snow Kissed

Snow Kissed

Other Products: Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers, Art Basics Heavy Gesso, White Nuvo Drops, Shadow Grey ink

For more tips on creating with the Merry and Bright collection, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/6bgO6epBuBI.

For more tips on creating with the layered card & shadowboxes, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/DrMIKI-XTmI.

For more tips on creating with the flower shaping molds, watch the tutorial at https://youtu.be/FSdPL7nXvQE.

Instructions: Shadow box is 6" x 6". Cut a piece of patterned paper 6" x 6" and using the front of the shadow box as a template cut the centre square out. Adhere the frame to the front of the shadow box. Cut a 6" x 6" panel featuring the house and snow landscape and using Dries White glue add glitter to the snow on the roofs and on the landscape before adhering the panel to the back of the shadow box. Finish assembling the shadow box.

Stamp the tree images from the HCPC-3837 Snowy Pine Village stamp set in Library Green ink on white cardstock and colour with Fern Green and Leaf Green inks and die cut with the coordinating die. Shape lightly and add glitter and snow using Dries White glue. Adhere the trees on the back of the shadow box and, also on the bottom right of the frame.

Stamp the pine branches from HCPC-3837 Snowy Pine Village stamp set in Library Green ink and colour with Leaf Green and Fern Green inks and die cut with the coordinating dies. Shape and add Frosting Powder to the leaves and adhere to the left of the shadow box just inside the frame. Add some more pine branches to the right front of the frame. Die cut the sentiment image from the paper collection and nestle under the pine branches.

Stamp the bauble image from the HCPC-3838 Merry and Bright Accents stamp in Vibrant Fuchsia on white cardstock. Colour with Pink Peony ink before die cutting with the coordinating die. Using a Dove Blender pen colour the accents on the pink baubles with Forget-Me-Knot ink. Shape lightly with the Deluxe Flower Shaping kit and add Ultrafine Glitter to the baubles with Dries Clear glue and a damp sponge. Add the baubles to bottom right of the shadow box frame as shown.

Stamp the ball garland from the HCPC-3838 Merry and Bright Accents stamp set in Shadow Grey ink on white cardstock and die cut with the coordinating die. Add Simply White Nuvo Drops to the garland and sprinkle Crystal Ultrafine glitter over while still wet. When set, trim and adhere around the bottom right among the baubles and pine leaves.

Stamp the left and right side bough and baubles images from the HCPC-3836 Merry Little Christmas stamp set in Sepia ink on white cardstock. Colour the boughs with Peanut Brittle ink and the baubles with Pink Peony, Ultramarine Blue, and Vivid Chartreuse inks before die cutting with the coordinating die. Add snow and glitter with Dries White glue and Ultrafine Crystal glitter. Shape and adhere to the top of the shadow box to make a frame.

Stamp the pine images in Library Green ink from the HCPC-3838 Merry and Bright Accents stamp on white cardstock. Colour with Leaf Green and Fern Green inks and die cut with the coordinating die. Shape and add Crystal Clear to the pine leaves and adhere around the top half of the frame. Stamp the pine cone images with Dark Brown ink on white cardstock and colour in with Peanut Brittle ink. Shape and adhere around and among the pine leaves as shown. Add snow effects with the heavy white gesso and Frosting Powder.

Stamp the small poinsettia images from the HCPC-3838 Merry and Bright Accents stamp set in Vibrant Fuchsia ink and colour in with Pink Peony and die cut with the coordinating die. Shape these lightly. Stamp the poinsettia images from the HCPC-3822 Poinsettia & Holly Clusters stamp set in Vibrant Fuchsia ink and colour in with Pink Peony inks before die cutting with the coordinating die. Shape using the Holly and Poinsettia 3D shaping mold and assemble once dry. Add Frosting Powder with some heavy white gesso for a snow effect. Adhere the poinsettias to the small poinsettias and adhere around the frame as shown.

Stamp the holly images from the HCPC-3838 Merry and Bright Accents stamp in Leaf Green ink on white cardstock and colour in with Leaf Green and Fern Green inks before die cutting with the coordinating die. Shape and add Crystal Clear glitter to the leaves with Dries Clear glue on a damp sponge. Add around the poinsettias as shown.

Stamp the grass image from HCPC-3772 Wildwood Cottage Accents in Library Green ink on white cardstock and colour in with Fern Green and Leaf Green inks before die cutting with the coordinating die. Shape lightly and adhere to the bottom left of the frame.

Stamp two reindeer and sleigh images from the HCPC-3836 Merry Little Christmas stamp in Jet Black ink on Bristol Smooth cardstock x 2. Colour with the Zig Clean Colour Brush markers and die cut with the coordinating die. Die cut the front of the sleigh from one image and adhere to the front of the other with foam tape. Fussy cut the front parcels and adhere to the parcels in the sleigh for some depth. Add Ultrafine Glitter to the sleigh using Dries White glue and to the parcels using Dries Clear glue. Adhere to the left front of the frame as shown

Add heavy gesso to the bottom of the frame around the base of the sleigh image and sprinkle Frosting Powder for a glittery snow effect. Touch up with heavy gesso and Frosting Powder as desired.

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CANDI SPEARS
Love them all! Not your typical Christmas colors. Something I wouldn't think to try.
Wednesday 15th of August 2018 04:17 PM
JUNE
Lovely and christmasy cards. Plenty of ideas and inspiration.Beautiful work, well done again.
Wednesday 15th of August 2018 07:05 PM