Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland Christmas baubles

Hello and thanks for visiting :-)

I had this idea in my head to make an all-white Christmas card using only embossing - no designer papers, glitter or stamps - something that was easy to mass-produce for Christmas - and this is what I came up with.  My little Craft Room has been a hive of activity this week - what a mess - it looks like something exploded in there while my mojo has been running on overtime!!

Not much to explain.   I corner-punched the cardstock before I did the embossing - otherwise you will squash/mark your embossing with the punch (yes, I know that's logical, but I found out the hard way!).   The baubles are one of the folders from the new Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland set and I made two score lines with my Martha Stewart scoring board, THEN used my timeless Swiss dots embossing folder on the ends.  By doing the score lines first, you can butt your dots folder up against the line so that you will be sure it is straight.

ETA:  Thanks to Joy who emailed me as she was stumped at how I did the dry embossing - it never occurred to me to explain it - so here's how I did it:

I started with a separate piece of white cardstock to my actual card – the size I generally use for a card-front on regular (ie: non-square) cards is 15cm high x 10.5cm wide (which is just a shade over 6 inches x 4 inches if you prefer imperial measurements instead of metric).  So it is then easy to pop your separate piece of cardstock into your embossing folder to put thru your Cuttlebug. 

Once I had finished my embossing & added the ribbon, I then glued this separate sheet of cardstock to my card front which I had already corner-punched and is the same size as my separate sheet of cardstock – in this instance, I chose to have a top opening card – and neatened any edges that were sticking out – so it LOOKS like it is just a one layer card but in reality, it is 2 layers – the embossed/decorated front panel is just attached to the actual card front - you can hardly tell unless you are looking for it.  In fact, I do this for many of my cards. 

The reason I like to do it this way is for several reasons:
  1. So it is easy to do the dry embossing 
  2. If I add a ribbon, I can hide the ribbon edges under this layer so they don’t show at all – looks neater that way
  3. I can do the inside of the card before I attach the front panel, and if I mess it up, I can throw that bit away and do it again (and you have no idea how many times I manage to smudge the inside greetings or stamp them crookedly or even upside down - insert groan and rolling eyes here...LOL!) - it's like my fail-safe escape plan for my dumb dingbat stamping methods......
I hope this makes sense.  If it doesn't, please feel free to email me - my addy is at the top LH side of my Blog.

I thought the card needed a little pizazz, so I added the sparkly red star brad to the ribbon.  I actually cut the prongs off and glued it on - I couldn't get the prongs to wrap neatly around the ribbon plus the ends were sticking out, so it was much quicker to cut the prongs off and glue (I will know that for NEXT time so I don't have to fiddle and fiddle and fiddle LOL!!)

I'm popping this card into this week's Splitcoaststampers CAS75 Challenge of "Dry embossing" -  plus I am entering it in the ABC Christmas Challenge of "O is for Ornaments" - with the added option to add some gloss and shine to your creation - which is my red sparkly Star brad.  The brad doesn't look very sparkly in the photo - no sunshine here today - cold, dull, Wintery and cloudy so not great for showing up "sparkliness"!

Hope you like my CAS card - and thanks again for stopping by!


Card Recipe:

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Swiss dots embossing folder, Ornaments embossing folder from Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland set, organza ribbon, red glittery star brad, Stampin' Up corner punch, Martha Stewart Score board, Cardstock: white

ETA:  I just learned today that this card was chosen as one of the top three over at the ABC Christmas Challenge "O is for Ornaments" so I will be receiving a special little blinkie to add to my Blog.  Woo hoo!!


Kathie said...

What a beautiful card. I love the simple, elegant effect.

Merry said...

This is such a lovely card. Simply perfect.

Anonymous said...

lovely card, I have been playing with this folder this last couple of days too! lol!
Thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas challenge, Hope to see you next time too! Samantha

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Robyn said...

So pretty..yet so easily mass produced- just what you need for that mad last minute christmas rush! Lol! Just lovely Jo- perfect for the CAS challenge this week! (I could not come up with anything!)

Dawn B. said...

This is beautiful. I love the way you embossed on white.. These are perfect for holiday season..

Lorraine A said...

stunning card :-) I love the simple look and embossing with just a little touch of colour ,,, beautiful :-)

thanks for joining the ABC Christmas Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Lorraine A said...

please consider turning off word verification x

Helen said...

Beautiful card - love the embossing!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x

lisa808 said...

Love the all white! The two embossings look great together.

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