Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Card Inspiration with Neva!

Merry Christmas Eve to one and all! 

Neva here to share some Christmas cheer and a few cards I enjoyed creating to give to family and friends for this holiday season. All of the cards feature Holly Jolly Holiday collection. My first card is an interactive pop-up card inspired by one of my favorite Three Dimensional artists, Karen Burniston.




I used several different papers to create my version of the card. Karen has a great tutorial video that will help demonstrate how to assemble the card, check it out here
  • I used just the die set that creates the pop-up tree, and trimmed the accent papers with my trimmer. 
  • All the dark papers are inked with Evergreen Powder Puff Chalking Ink and the light papers with Kokomo Powder Puff Chalking Ink. 

The key dimensions are as follows:
  • The base of the card uses 103 trimmed to 4 1/4 x 11".  It is scored at 4 3/4", 9 3/4", and 10 1/2". 
  • The front panel is 100 trimmed to 4" x 4 1/2". 
  • The inside top and bottoms panels are 104 trimmed to 4" x 4" and 1 3/4" x 4".
  • The pop-up mechanism panel is originally 4 1/4" x 4 1/2", with the bottom 3/4" trimmed and re-assembled with the removable tape to create the center fold.

All of the tree parts were die cut from various papers in the collection.
  • The frames are one side of 105, and the center floating trees are the reverse side.
  • The slotted center tree is 103.
  • The decorations are die cut from 102.
  • The tree topping star is die cut from 100.
For accents I used the following:
  • A sentiment from Holly Jolly Holidays 600 Quotes and Phrases is trimmed to the inside frame to fit into the card.
  • A small piece of green gingham ribbon serves the small tab to open the top opening card.
  • I do suggest the magnets that Karen's video links. The ones I found locally did not hold the card together through all the paper layers.
I made a few more cards using Holly Jolly Holiday 500 and 600 Quotes and Phrases along with the scraps and bits left on my craft table from my Christmas related layouts featured earlier in the month. All of the cards can be created from the Club Q Altered Kit with a few additions from your stash.

  • I had many strips of paper in widths between 3/8" and 1/2".  I laid the strips diagonally across the card base and trimmed the excess from around the edges.  
  • The entire card front is inked in Evergreen Powder Puff Chalking Ink.
  • A sentiment from 600 is matted with 103 and layered over the top.

  • A greeting from 500 is trimmed and inked.
  • Small strips of 100 are placed behind the saying.
  • The panel is matted with 104.
  • Brads are placed in each of the four corners to anchor the card together before adhering to a card base.
  • A greeting from 500 is trimmed and inked.  
  • It is matted with 104.
  • Strips left-over from the "Lefse" layout is placed behind the saying and adhered to the card base.
  • A small raffia bow is adhered to the top.  
  • I really liked the rustic look of this saying so a small jute bow and jute cord decorate the front of the greeting from 500.
  • Burlap ribbon is placed behind the greeting.
  • The panel is backed with 101 and adhered to a card base.  
  • The Noel greeting is trimmed and inked.
  • A small angel is die cut from vellum and cream card stock and adhered to the front of the card.
  • The panel is backed with 101 and adhered to the card base.
  • Small gems from the December Club Q kit are adhered randomly to the card front.
Quick Quotes Products:
December Club Q Altered Kit or Holly Jolly Holiday Paper Pack 
Holly Jolly Holiday 500
Holly Jolly Holiday 600
Powder Puff Chalking Inks: Kokomo and Evergreen

Other Products:
Christmas Trees Pop Stand by Karen Burniston in cahoots with Riley and Company
Jute cord by Darice
Burlap Ribbon from my stash
Angel die by Quickutz
Misc.: Vellum, Cream Cardstock and Raffia

My cards are in the mail to bring holiday cheer to my loved ones. If you are sending greetings late (yes some of us do that!) or if you are planning ahead for the holiday season of 2019 I hope you are inspired to make a few quick cards!

~ Neva Cole
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