Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Santa Card

Santa Card

This card was inspired by a couple of cards I saw on-line, but I added my own twist to them, using the Divine Swirls embossing folder and a corner rounder, and adding a hat completed with a pompom.


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • White Card-stock
      • 4 1/4" x 11" for card base
      • 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 for beard, moustache, and hat brim
      • Small scrap for eyes
    • Black Card-stock, small scrap for eyes
    • Bazzill Singles
      • Sweet Pea,   4 1/4" x 1 13/16", plus a small scrap for the nose
      • Diablo,   4 1/4" x 1 13/16", and 3 3/4" x 1 5/8" then cut on the diagonal to form a triangle.
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
    • Distress Inks
      • Tattered Rose
      • Weathered Wood
  • Embellishments
    • Small white pom pom
  • Tools
    • Provo Craft Cuttlebug Machine
    • Provo Craft Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder, Divine Swirl
    • Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, corner rounder
    • Punches
      • EK Success Nesting Punches, 1 1/2" x 3/4" Oval
      • EK Success Circle, 5/16"
      • EK Success Circle, 1/2"
      • EK Success Circle, 1"
    • Fiskars Decorative Edge Scissors, Cloud
    • Ultimate Gel Pen, White Pastel
    • 3" round hydra sponge
  • Adhesives
    • Aleene's Tacky Glue
    • ATG-714 Double Sided Adhesive Tape Gun for 1/4" tape, with tape
    • 3-D Large Circle Foam Dots
  • Other


  • Make the eyes.
    • Punch two 1/2" circles out of black card-stock.
    • Punch two 3/8" circles out of black card stock.
    • Punch two 3/8" circles out of white card stock.
    • Layer a white circle centered on each of the 1/2" black circles
    • Layer a small black circle over the white circle, offset so a crescent of the white circle is visible, on each eye.
    • Opposite from the white crescent, draw a small arc of white with the white gel pen, on each eye.
    • Set eyes aside.
  • Punch a 1" circle out of the scrap of Sweet Pea card-stock for the nose. Sponge rose distress ink around the edges.
  • Sponge two circles of rose distress ink onto the rectangle of Sweet Pea card-stock, about an inch from the center horizontally, and just below center vertically. These will be Santa's rosy cheeks.
  • Attach the Diablo rectangle to the front of the card base right at the top of the card.
  • Attach the Sweet Pea card-stock rectangle to the front of the card base, just below the diablo rectangle.
  • Run the quarter sheet of white card-stock through the CuttleBug, inside of the Divine Swirls embossing folder, according to manufacturer's directions.
  • Cut the embossed paper into two pieces, 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square and 2 1/4" a 4 1/4 ".
  • Use the Cloud scissors on the 2 1/4" x 4 1/4" piece of embossed card-stock to create a band for Santa's Hat, roughly 1/2" wide or a little wider.
    Sponge the edges of the band with Weathered Wood ink.
    Attach to the card, slightly overlapping the Sweet Pea Rectangle.
  • Use the beard template to cut the square piece of embossed card-stock to make Santa's beard.
    Sponge around the edges of the cut arch with the Weathered Wood ink.
  • Use the remaining scrap from the beard to punch the two ovals for Santa's moustache.
    Sponge around the ovals with the Weathered Wood ink.
  • Attach the beard at the bottom of the card, with the top of the beard barely overlapping the Sweet Pea strip.
  • Sponge the hypotenuse (the slanted side) of the Diable triangle with Weathered Wood ink. Here are the parts that have been sponged so far, excluding the beard.
  • Attach the triangle of Diablo card-stock to the top left side of the card, point down.
  • Corner round all of the corners of the card using the 1/2" side of the Corner Chompers.
  • Sponge Weathered Wood ink around all of the card edges.
  • Attach Santa's nose to the lower center of the Sweet Pea part of the card front, just above the beard, using a 3-D foam dot.
    Attach the ovals below the nose to make the moustache.
    Attach the eyes above and to each side of the nose.
  • Attach a pom pom to the end of the triangle to finish Santa's hat.
  • On the inside, stamp a sentiment of your choice. My favorite is a simple "Ho Ho Ho."

Thanksgiving Placecard

Thanksgiving Place Card


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • White Card-stock, 2 1/2"x 5", folded to make 2 1//2" square card and small scrap for name plate base.
    • Bazzill Basics Monochromatic 5-color packs, Oranges
      • Cantelope, 2 1/8" x 2 1/8" square, plus a small scrap for flower
      • Apricot, 2 3/8" x 2 3/8" plus a small scrap for flower and for name plate
  • Stamps
    • Mini Clear Stamps from Imaginisce, Snag'em stamps, Apple Cider
    • Stampendous Clear Stamps, Notes for a Friend, "Thanks"
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
    • Memories Dye ink pads, Artprint Brown
  • Embellishments
    • Doodlebug Mini Brads, Buttercream
  • Tools
    • Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, Deco/stub
    • EK Mini Punch Set, Daisy and Petunia
    • Dual Tip Stylus with wood handle
    • Ultimate Gel Pen, Bronze
    • A push pin
  • Adhesives
    • 3D Micro Square Foam Dots
    • Glue Dots, Mini Size


  • Stamp the Leaves and the "thanks" with artprint brown ink on the cantelope square.
  • Punch the corners of the cantelope square with the Stub side of the Corner Chomper.
  • Layer onto the apricot square, and then onto the white card.
  • Punch one petunia and one daisy out of the apricot scrap, and one daisy out of the cantelope.
  • Using the embossing stylus and a soft surface like a mouse pad, press down the centers of the flowers, curving the petals upward.
  • Use the push pin to poke a small hole in the center of each of the flowers.
  • Stack the flowers with the petunia on the bottom and the apricot daisy on the top.
  • Put the brad through the holes in the flowers. Trim off the ends of the brad stems if necessary
  • Pull the petals of the two daisies up around the brad.
  • Use a glue dot to attach the flower to the lower left corner of the cantelope layer.
  • Trim a scrap of cantelope to 7/8" x 1/4".
  • Use the bronze gel pen to write the name of the guest on the small rectangle of cantelope scrap.
  • Mount the cantelope piece onto the white scrap and trim to 1/8" inch around the cantelope scrap.
  • Mount the name plate to the card using foam squares.

Noel Accordion Tag


NOEL Pop-Up Accordion Tag


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • Foil Coated shiny metallic foil card-stock, Gold
    • Foil Coated shiny metallic foil card-stock, Green
    • Basic Grey Jovial Collection pack, Nice, Scarf, Nipping, Winter Garden
    • Fancy Pants Rusted Sun, Pool Party
    • #8 Manila "Gang of 4" Accordion Fold Tags
    • #3 Manila Shipping Tags
    • Piece of light-weight typing bond, cut into three 2"x 5" strips, glued to the seams of the tags
    • White card stock scraps
  • Stamps
    • Hot Off the Press Mini Ornaments or similar mini-ornament
    • Inkadinkado Clear stamp, Santa/Elf or similar Santa stamp
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
    • Memories Hunter Green
    • Memories Art Print Brown
    • Memories Cherry Red
    • Memories Sky
    • Versafine, Onyx Black
  • Embellishments
    • 1/4" Silk Ribbon, Red
    • Art Institute Ultra-fine Glitter, True Red
    • Martha Stewart Flocking, Swan White
    • Aleene's True Snow craft paste
    • Embroidered letters from fabric store, N, O, E, and L
  • Tools
    • Martha Stewart Crafts Punch, Branch
    • EK Success Large Punch, Leaping Deer
    • EK Success 1 3/8" circle punch
    • EK Success 1" circle punch
    • Fiskar's 1/8" circle hand punch
  • Adhesives
    • Aleene's Thick Designer Tacky Glue
  • Other
    • Standard Brass Office Brad
    • 4 gummed hole reinforcers


  • The accordion tags are attached to each other only at the top and bottom edges. To reinforce them, I added a narrow panel of typing bond over the seam between the tags prior to covering the tags with designer papers.
  • To put the holes back in the tags after covering the tags with paper, I punched them from the back side so I could align my holes with the original ones. I added gummed hole reinforcers to the front to highlight and protect the holes I had just punched.
  • The little tag on the far left panel slides up inside the chimney to reveal a stamped and flocked Santa Claus. The tag slides on a cut slit in a hidden panel under the visible chimney so that the tag pulls straight up and can't be completely removed from the chimney.
  • The pop-up gifts are simple to make. Start with a strip of cardstock as wide as you want the box to be high, and 4 times as long as you want the gift to be wide, plus a quarter of an inch. (For example, if you want a box that is 1 inch wide and 2 inches high, start with a strip that is 2 inches wide and 4 1/4 inch long.) On the right side of the cardstock, score the strip at the width increments across the length of the strip. (In our example, that would mean scores at 1, 2, 3, and 4 inches.) Mountain fold the strip at the score lines, and use adhesive to attach the 1/4" tab to the first panel of the strip, to form an open box. Glue the open box into a valley fold of the card or tag using a strong adhesive, making sure a corner of the box fits tightly into the fold. Add ribbons and bows as shown in the photo
  • The tree garland at the top of the center panels was formed by gluing a strip of cardstock across the top of the panels. The strip is the exact length needed to stop the card from opening further than to a 90° angle so that the gift boxes beneath it are popped open to their perfect positions. The strip is folded in the center so it folds to the inside the tags when closed. The strip is covered with punched out tree branches for camoflauge and decoration. The little stamped and cut out ornaments were hung from the branches, attached with glue only at their tops so they will dangle.
  • The reindeer "leaps" over the trees in the final panel of the tag on a circle attached to the tag with a brass tab. The circle has a tab attached to it as a handle to spin the disc, and is prevented from moving too far by a "stop" (a foam dot that gets in the way of further motion.)

Three Tags of Joy

by Kathy Berger


Joy Tiny Tags


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • Midnight Frost Crystals Double Sided Paper     ( BBP-P-03395   $0.89)
    • Small scrap of Bazzill, Oslo   ( BAZ-7-7126   $0.59)
  • Stamps
    • Tween Alpha by Peter Horjus Clear Stamps     ( AL-CSE-3209   $24.99 - December Sale: $18.74)
  • Inks and Embossing Powders
  • Embellishments
    • Blue Ribbons     ( of choice prices vary), about 24 inches total
    • Rhinestone snowflake, substitute Basic Grey Bling It Snowflake, Powder     ( BG-BI-2097   $1.99
    • clear snowflake buttons
  • Tools
    • Fiskars 1/4" circle hand punch     ( FIK-hnd-1/4   $6.95)
    • Fiskars 1/8" circle hand punch     ( FIK-hnd-1/8   $6.95)
    • EK Success Whale of a Punch, Tag     ( EK-PSPWP-13 $13.99)
    • EK Success Whale of a Punch, Scalloped Tag     ( EK-RSNAPS001   $13.99)
    • EK Success Rounded Tag punch, Substitute Deckle Tag     ( EK-PSPWP-20   $13.99)
    • The Scor-Pal     ( Scor-Pal   $39.99)


To string ribbon through a small hole, use a floss threader intended for threading dental floss around braces. Pass the tip through the hole in the paper, and the ribbon through the loop in the flosser. Pull the flosser through the hole and the ribbon will follow.