One of my favorite tools in my crafty tool kit is my masking paper. It has so many fun uses with stamps, but you can also create some great backgrounds if you don’t have that perfect stencil. For today’s project, I’ll be using masking paper from Inkadinkado along with nesting circle dies to create a fun snowball background for this holiday card.
Dropping off baked goods at the holidays is a welcome tradition. Why not add a festive tag to go along with the goodies? In today’s post, I’ll show you how to make some pretty farmhouse style gift tags. All you need is any kind of pine branch die cut or even some pretty holly leaf die cuts. For the tag bases, I used Paper Essentials white tags in the large size. A pop of bright, plaid ribbon and some glue dots along with a festive sentiment completes the supply list. I used a sentiment from the Stephanie Barnard/Sizzix Fall Pudgies stamp and die set.
Beautiful Christmas scenes from the “Days of Yore” make such pretty card fronts. Tim Holtz has a gorgeous stamp set called Scenic Holiday that is just perfect for this kind of project. I’ll show you both a modern and vintage way I used the set. First, the vintage:
Every year, my list of Christmas cards to make needs to include a few retro-themed designs. I’ve always been a fan of the aluminum trees and tinsel and festive starbursts of the 1950s. I can always count on Tim Holtz to come out with something that fits the bill. Today’s project was made with the versatile Ornamental Birds die set from Sizzix/Tim Holtz.
In past posts, I have talked about stretching your stamps or thinking “outside the box” when it comes to theme. For today’s post, I will show you how to turn a simple floral stamp into a Christmas stamp. This is great when you don’t have or want to get a huge collection of holiday stamps but still want to create some festive greetings. It is helpful to have one or two holiday sentiments though. I will be using Avery Elle’s Modern Floral stamp and die set as my focal point along with a floral themed embossing folder whose flowers have a bit of a poinsettia look. Even better, would be to use a Christmas-themed embossing folder if you have it. The terrarium around the floral stamp reminds me of a Christmas ornament which is a plus.
If you like to create hand made cards for the holidays, an easy tip to prepare is to make a variety of backgrounds on blank notecards. You can then add a quick sentiment and you have a card ready to hand out or mail.