Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Aluminum Duct Tape Cuttlebug Christmas Cards

Whew, that was a mouthful. I couldn't justify buying Cuttlebug's Christmas Ornaments E.F. I couldn't of how I'd use it...until I thought about cutting the ornaments out. And then I remembered I had Aluminum Duct Tape...which you can buy at any hardware store...and I thought they'd make great ornaments.

Here's what the Aluminum Duct Tape looks like. It's just like tinfoil, but has adhesive on the back.Here are the two cards I made with the Christmas Ornaments E.F.. I embossed a piece of duct tape, and then cut them out. I used scissors, and for the finer cutting an X-acto knife. I loved the pop of colour with the ribbon...I just don't like the glue I used showing through...I will fix that when I make more. I coloured in the ornaments with a blue Sharpie marker.
Recipe: CTMH CS-Moonstruck, Black, Spring Iris and White Daisy, CTMH Ink-New England Ivy, CTMH SS-Autumn's Treasures, CTMH Connections Club Reward Grosgrain Ribbon, Aluminum Duct Tape, Christmas Ornaments E.F., Swirls E.F., Blue Sharpie Marker.

Here's a close-up to show how reflective the ornaments are.

I hope this inspires you to think outside the box. I like to think of how I can expand on the obvious.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Yet Some More Christmas Cards!

I have so enjoyed creating Christmas cards this last while, I can't seem to stop. So I thought I'd spread some joy, and share them with you.

This card I created around the Cuttlebug Forest Branches E.F.. I also wanted to try non-tradional colours. I was pleased with how well it turned out. I really wasn't sure I liked it until I put it all together.
Recipe: CTMH CS-Cocoa, Blush B&T, White Daisy and Black, CTMH Ink-New England Ivy, Chocolate, Cocoa, Black, Grey Flannel and Outdoor Denim, CTMH SS-Say It In Style and Warm Memories, Forest Branches E.F.
I shot this close-up because the sentiment was originally straight, but the stamp was just calling out to be curved. So, because CTMH stamp sets are Acrylic, I could do that right on the block!
Here's the sentiment in its original position.
Here's what it looks like curved, on the block. Isn't that great!!!! It's like having 2 stamps in 1.

I really loved how this card turned out. Yesterday, I explained what 2nd Generation stamping is. Here is another example of that technique. The pine trees in behind the dark ones are 2nd generation. The 'Peace On Earth' is gold embossed.
Recipe: CTMH CS-Cranberry, New England Ivy, Garden Green and White Daisy, CTMH Ink-Black, Chocolate, New England Ivy and Ponderosa Pine, CTMH SS-Playful Flourishes, Beauty of Christmas and Say It In Style, Gold E.P. Red Grosgrain Ribbon.

The next 2 cards I created for a friend's cell group. They wanted to make 2 Christmas cards and these were the ones I came up with for them. I cut all the pieces of CS ahead of time. They could either copy the examples, or design their own with the pieces of CS.
Recipe: CTMH CS-Vineyard Berry, Outdoor Denim, Spring Iris and White Daisy, CTMH Ink-Vineyard Berry, Ponderosa Pine, Cocoa and Outdoor Denim, CTMH SS-Evergreen, Say It In Style and Adorable Backgrounds, Red Grosgrain Ribbon.

The sparkles hanging from the pine boughs was lifted from a CTMH Sista, Bren Yule.
Recipe: CTMH CS-White Daisy, Everlasting B&T, New England Ivy and Olive, CTMH Ink-Black, Bamboo, Cocoa, Ponderosa Pine and New England Ivy, CTMH SS-Christmas Scripts, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Autumn's Treasures and Weathered Backgrounds, Sparkles.

Thanks for looking, I'll be sharing some more tomorrow.


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