For my last project before Christmas, I will be using the snowflakes card front SVGs I designed to create a fast and modern slimline holiday card. There is an A2-sized version that comes along in the file as well. You can see photos of the completed A2-sized card version below and in the video tutorial near the end. The SVG designs used for this are FREE (linked below) for personal use only through December 31, 2020. You have probably already finished your holiday cards this year but in the event you need one at the last minute or for a gift, or you want to adapt the design as a winter card, this is a quick and easy project. 2020 has been one hell of a year, right? So I think fun, easy and sparkly is a great way to end it. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Please check out the video tutorial below or scroll down for instructions with photos:
Step One – Stamp the Ribbon Greeting
Using a stamp press such as the Misti, stamp the full “Merry” word from the Greetery’s Written in Ribbons Holiday stamp set using Gina K Designs Red Hot ink (a lighter red) on to a piece of white cardstock. This is a large image and may require several stampings so I highly recommend a stamp platform be used when doing this (Photo A below).
When you are satisfied with the result, remove that stamp and line up the “ribbon” stamp version of Merry on top of the full stamped word. You have to line up the edges of this stamp exactly with the same edges already stamped out on the whole word. I tried to make sure the top edges of each letter were aligned by looking for the white edges around the letters in the full word while looking through the ribbon stamp and then lining up the ribbon stamp just inside those white edges. I stamped it wrong more times than right, so I will warn you it can be tricky. But, the finished look is totally worth it! Once you are happy with the alignment of the ribbon stamp, close the lid of your stamp platform to pick it up, ink it with Gina K Designs Red Velvet ink (a darker red) and stamp over the full Merry word to create the curled ribbon effect. You may need to stamp several times for good coverage (Photo B below).
HINT: If the darker “ribbon” stamping is slightly misaligned from the original word (as you see above), use a white gel pen to clean up the edges and make the word look just right (Photo C below).
Fussy cut, use a Scan N Cut machine, or the matching dies to cut Merry out from the white cardstock, leaving about a 1/8″ white border all the way around it. Also cut out the inside of the loop formed by the letter M, leaving the same 1/8″ white border around it. I used a craft knife to do this (you can see it after being cut out in Step 3, Photo A). Set aside for Step 3.
Step Two – Emboss the Small Part of the Greeting
Cut a piece of Gina K Designs Red Hot cardstock to 1/2″ x a bit over 8″. Place along the bottom edge of your stamp platform and dust the strip using an anti-static powder tool. Now stamp the small “Christmas” word from the Written in Ribbons Holiday stamp set about two-thirds of the way from one end of the red cardstock strip using a clear embossing ink such as Versamark (Photo A below).
Remove the strip from the stamp platform and pour white detail embossing powder over the stamped word. Use a coffee filter or folded piece of paper to catch the excess embossing powder so you can pour the extra back into the container and reuse. Gently remove any extraneous embossing powder that is sticking to the cardstock strip outside of the word “Christmas” itself. Then heat set the embossing powder with a heat tool for a lovely white Christmas greeting (Photo B below).
Step Three – Gather the Card Components
Cut the slimline SVG card front from white cardstock using the electronic cutter of your choice (Cricut, Silhouette, Brother, etc.). If you don’t know how to open an imported file in Cricut Design Space, Silhouette Studio or Brother Canvas please refer to the beginning parts of these posts:
In addition to the SVG card front die cut, you will need a slimline card base with the front sized to 3.75″ x 8″. To create this, cut a piece of Concord & 9th’s Dove cardstock to 7.5″ x 8″ and fold in half at the 3.75″ mark along the 7.5″ edge. You will also need the Merry from Step One, the embossed red strip from Step 2, some clear adhesive gems in various sizes, some silver glitter enamel dots in various sizes, and a bottle of Tonic Nuvo Glitter Drops in Ruby Slippers (photo A below). Liquid adhesive with a fine tip is very important and you may also want to have some 1/4″ double sided tape on hand.
Step Four – Assemble the Card
Dot small amounts of liquid adhesive all over the back of the white snowflakes SVG card front (Photo A below).
Turn over and line it up with the front of the slimline card base and press in place. Add double sided tape to the back of the red strip of cardstock with the Christmas word embossed on it and adhere horizontally about three-quarters of the way down across the front of the card. Adhere the Merry word above and slightly overlapping the red strip with liquid glue (Photo B below).
Adhere a few clear gems in a variety of sizes across the card front in a visually pleasing pattern that draws the eye around the card front. Repeat this with the silver glitter enamel dots. Finally add small dots of red Nuvo Glitter drops scattered across the front. Set aside to dry (photo C below).
Once the glitter drops are dry, use a white gel pen to add a line of faux stitching across the middle of the strip of red cardstock (Photo D below). Enjoy your card!
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