Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas from Playing with Papercrafting!

Well, the big day is almost here! You've decorated, baked, shopped, wrapped, cleaned, partied, crafted, mailed and spent countless hours getting ready to celebrate! Hopefully, now you'll be able to relax a little and enjoy the fruits of your labours, but experience tells me that you probably won't really get to put your feet up until Christmas dinner is done. I learned to enjoy Christmas amongst the busyness and noise of the season. There have been a couple of years where it was all too quiet and I really didn't enjoy that at all, so appreciate it while you can!

Since this is my last regular post before Christmas, I want to take this opportunity to wish all my readers and customers a very Merry Christmas and to thank you for continuing to be my readers and customers over the years! I hope you all have the chance to celebrate together in peace and love this weekend!

For those of you who don't celebrate Christmas, let me wish you Happy Holidays and extend the same wish for peace and love for you and yours this season!

Let's all try to reach out to someone this season and make it brighter for them. I have a feeling that this next year may be very difficult and we're going to need to stick together and help each other rather than turn against each other. Let's start that right now in the spirit of Christmas!

Here's an illuminated easel card that I made just for this occasion using the Hearth & Home Framelits:

  • I tried to come up with some wainscoting for the wall, by using the Simply Scored tool to score some Whisper White cardstock to make bead-board, but in the end, die cutting the fireplace in the middle took out most of the scored lines and also flattened them a little so it doesn't look half as cool as it did at first. However, I did rescore the lines after die-cutting, the camera just doesn't pick them up very well. This side shot will show you, though:
  • I cut the flames for the fireplace freehand from scraps of Gold, Red and Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper. I used Fast Fuse to adhere them together and then onto the Vellum cardstock that backs the card front.
  • The Hang Your Stocking Bundle has larger stockings, but I noticed that there was one stamp and one framelit of a smaller size that was just the right proportion for the Hearth & Home Thinlits. I stamped one and die cut it and then just die cut another out of cardstock and added some of the decorations from the bundle to it.
  • The mantle decorations consist of evergreen branches made with my old Martha Stewart leaf punch, various holly leaves and poinsettias and trees from the Hang Your Stocking stamp set, which all have coordination dies and 1/2" Circle punched pieces of Gold and Real Red Glimmer Paper.
  • The sentiments are both from the Oh What Fun stamp set in the Annual Catalogue. To see how to make an illuminated easel card, check out this tutorial!

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