Friday, November 25, 2022

Shimmer & Shine

Hi!  The team at The Funkie Junkie Inspiration Ave is inspiring us this time around with the Christmas Tim Holtz Idea-Ology!  This is where my inspiration led me!


 There was so much beautiful shimmer and shine between the deco papers, droplets, and bells!  I decided to use the beautiful droplets to create a Christmas wreath.

I used a circle die cut to trace a circle in the center of the card and then I applied tape in the circle.  I then pulled out the color combination of droplets I wanted to use in various sizes. (light blue, silver, white).  

I placed the largest droplet size in one color and place them equally spaced around the circle.    I repeated the process with the next color until all the large sized droplets were placed.  I then repeated the process with the next size down.  I ended up having to shift some of them at the end with the smallest ones. 

To finish off the card I stamped a sentiment in gray ink and sprayed a shimmery ribbon with mica stain spray to blend with the colors of the wreath.

Next I started to play with the deco sheets.  I wanted to cut some snowflakes and stars from the shimmery paper.

I used some parchment paper and a metal shim to get a clean cut.  The thinlets required the extra pressure to help keep the edges cut with all the details.  I also ran them back and forth a few times to get the best cut. 

I used two different sized stars laid together on the cutting board to get my star outline.  I then cut a piece of deco as the background layer of my tag.  I accented with a few droplets and the sentiment.  I finished it off with some died ribbon and a shiny bell!  

My final tag highlights the shimmery snowflakes. 

The background was stamped with a silver ink using the beautiful renaissance stamp.  Then heat set the ink before adding an edge of silver embossing and a sentiment embossed in gold.  The snowflakes were cut and added with a touch of bling using the droplets.  

The ribbon was embossed using silver tinsel embossing powder.  I used versamark ink  to sponge the ribbon and then dipped it in embossing powder and heat set the embossing powder.  

Thanks for stopping by! 



Friday, November 11, 2022

Gift Here and Gift There!

 Hi!  Posting some inspiration for inspiration Ave over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.  

We are highlighting the beautiful Distress Colors from Tim Holtz this season.

I decided to create a series of envelopes to hold gift cards as they are a popular gift for us to give over the holidays! 

Here are the variety of envelopes created with the beautiful seasonal mica stain sprays and stencils.

I used a variety of mini layering stencils to cover my gift card holders both on the front and back of the envelope.  

I made my own template by starting with a gift card and measuring around it.  Here is my template and measurements. 

 The full measurement is 5 1/4" x 3 3/4".  After you cut this you will score along the one side 1/4" and do the same along the bottom.  starting from the side with no score go in 2 1/2" and score in the middle.

I then cut out the corner piece and on the right side the bottom 1/4".  This is to allow you to fold the pieces inwards and put tape along them to close the holder and have a pocket to hold the gift card.  

I also died ribbon to match my envelopes and tied them around my gift card to give them fancy toppers and to pull the card in and out of the envelope.  (With that addition it doesn't even require the bottom to be taped closed. :) 

I then took a hold punch and cut out the circles on the top.  If you don't have a punch big enough you can use circle dies and position them to cut half a circle. 

Next up was to come up with some bits and bobs to use for embellishments.  Does this look familiar to anyone?  I hope other people's crafty space looks like this while they are creating. :) 

 I die cut, sprayed and stamped a few different images and pieces of cardstock in different color palettes to coordinate. 

 Then it was a matter of assembling a design.  On this one I used a layered poinsettia and some of the sweet stamped sentiments.  The topper included the died ribbon and a holiday token.

When pulled out you can see how the ribbon was tied around the gift card to make it easy to pull in and out.

The background was the revers of the stencil.  After I had sprayed another piece of cardstock with the stencil I took the stencil saturated in ink and laid a piece of white cardstock and got a beautiful reverse image on the paper.  I cut it up to create the holder shown above. 

Up next is my ugly sweater card holder.  For this one the background is opaque crackle distress paste.  After it dried it was sprayed with the pretty tart cranberry mica stain spray.

I stamped the fun puppy image and gave him a sweet twine bow and bell and tag!  I color coordinated the ribbon with a silver bell.  

Then I wanted a holiday plaid and used the cocktail party mica stain with the plaid stencil.  I decided to pair the Shiny bauble colors with the pretty pink.

The Santa image was stamped with the archival ink and surrounded with the cool Tim Holtz ideology tinsel. 

Next up continuing with the same color scheme I reversed the background and accent colors.

I stamped the images and sentiment with a pretty pink raspberry ink and added a star to the mix. The background was a mini stencil with the mica stain spray spritzed over it. 

I hope this has you inspired to make a few gift card holders and get out the fabulous mica stain sprays.  The shimmer is fabulous!