Hi TCP friends. Nancy here with a Christmas card. Yes, I know it is September but I am so behind this year that if I don’t get more productive I am going to be short cards come December.
My project for today features the sweet Nutcracker Digi stamp from The Cat’s Pajamas. I used the Print and Cut features in the Silhouette Studio software to print and cut out both the nutcracker and the sentiment. I also changed the color of the sentiment with the software. The size of the card is a mini slimline (3.25 by 6.25) and the background was accomplished by blending broken china distress ink onto the panel. Both the sentiment and image were attached using foam dimensionals. A few clear jewels finished it up.
DID SOMEONE SAY SNOW?! NOOOOOOOOO. NOPE. NADA. NEGATIVE GHOSTRIDER! Not even close to thinking about snow over here but neither is Santa. He’s enjoying fun in the sun, surf, and sand. And he better watch out for sunburn ‘cuz his bald head and his belly are looking a little “pink” there.
I love this scene…this is where I’d love to be right now too. Santa and the palm trees are in the new WARM WISHES digi set available this month. I just love that I can make him whatever size works for me (this is a LARGE card). So I added him to my Silhouette Design Space and the added the trees, overlapping some. I added an offset path around the grouped images so that the machine would cut it all out with a small white border. All colored up with Copics. The background is various Distress Oxide inks – sponged around and blended, clouds using a TCP stencil, and white gel ink dots for the surf. I also added some hand drawn flowers to Santa’s board shorts with a really thin black pigment ink pen. It’s hard to see here but I there’s Glossy Accents on his glasses to make them shine as well. Twine and enamel dots finish it off.
Digi stamper tip: I see lots of sentiment strips/banners out there that are white ink on black cardstock with white embossing powder. Here’s a little cheat…add the sentiment to your computer workspace, change the color to white. Add a colored rectangle, in this case black, and layer it behind the sentiment. Print and trim to fit your card. Voila…an easy digital sentiment strip.
Summer’s flying by…hope you’re out there ENJOYING IT!
Nancy here with today’s card featuring the No Peeking digital stamp from The Cat’s Pajamas. This was a favorite clear stamp and I was sad to see it retired. So when Alma added the digital version to the shop I jumped on it.
I printed the bear and the 4 U tag onto Copic friendly cardstock then cut out using a pierced edge die. I used a combination of Copic and Altenew markers to color it and a white gel pen to polka dot the bow. I added some patterned paper for the background to make it festive yet clean and simple. Easy peasy and one more Christmas card to add to the stash.
Alma here with reminder that there are only a couple of months before the Holidays are here. Why not start now creating fun little items to put treats in, so that you have more time to spend with your family?
We’ve got you covered, there. Our NEW Holiday Favor Boxes come in two sizes and three different flavors, the Reindeer, Santa and Snowman. The small size is perfect for a couple of candies or small gift, and the large can fit a gift card and more treats. ‘Cause you know you can never get enough treats.
The Holiday Favor Boxes are digital downloads, which mean that you can get them right after you order via email and in your TCP account. They come as .svg files and .png files so you don’t need an electronic cutting machine to make them. You can download them as many times as you like, and there is no shipping cost.
Making them is easy peasy. After you download the file, and cut everything out, assemble the face and accessories. Then, put together the box.
Fold along the scorelines and bring the two sides with tabs up and to the center. Next, bring one of the remaining sides up and slide the tabs into its slot. Fill will your gifty and bring the remaining side up and insert tabs into the slot.
Attach the face to that last side. The adhesive should be placed in the middlish of the side below the slot. The face should lean up against the side of the tabs. Decorate the rest of the box with the “accessories”.
I have to say, with a grand nephew that likes to open and close things, these cute little boxes are pretty tough against tiny hands and open and close like champs. I can see a row of these along the mantle, or with a hole punched in the tab and hanging from the tree. I’d love to see what you do with them.
Check out the video I created to see how easy it is to make them. Click the photo above or this link.
And, don’t forget our 70% off Sale. There are only 2 days left before the Sale ends.
Nancy here with today’s projects using the new Cutables. Alma knows how much I love tags and I was delighted to see the super cute Christmas tags she created for us to play with including this adorable set. I foresee me cutting all of these. And of course you can cut them at any size you want, so they can also go on cards if you don’t need gift tags.
I selected two .svg files from the Wonky Ornament Tag Cutables to work with in my Silhouette machine. I love the color combos Alma used on the graphics and I was tempted to use the same. However, I thought that might be a bit redundant. Everything was cut from either cardstock or patterned paper.
I added some small jewels for sparkle.
And either ribbon, cording and gold thread to the ornament holes.
Products: The Cat’s Pajamas cutables, Doodlebug dp, Bazzill cardstock, Hemptique cord, May Arts ribbon, Doodlebug jewels
I had a blast making these and I am sure you will too. So I hope you give them a try!
You only have until the end of this month to take advantage of the 60% off sale on our physical inventory. As always, thanks so much for stopping by.
I love a good GNOME pun…GNOEL…tee hee! I’m back with another July release card. The GNOEL digi stamp is THE cutest. A nice big dark sentiment and a big open image with plenty of room for coloring. (AND, there’s a matching cutable too!)
The WOODGRAIN COVERPLATE background Cutable is an easy answer for a great backdrop for a woodland image. The pine bough in the new SIMPLY WINTER Cutable file was too cute not to try out. These were tricky on my Silhouette but I’m not sure if it was me or maybe the wrong blade or pressure? I had to run it through twice – lucky I learned a little trick: DON’T UNLOAD THE MEDIA UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT IT’S CUT THROUGH YOUR CARDSTOCK. Obviously, all cardstock is different and might be slightly thicker than what you cut with last. Lots of little cuts for these but I LOVE them so much. They add texture and depth to the card.
I really just love the greenery with the the wood card base. WOODGRAIN ROCKS! This super cute little gnome has that giant ornament and I’m thrilled with how it turned out. I actually cut two of them and colored both – more detail on the top layered gnome but I didn’t want the underneath gnome to look awkward.
Ribbon corners and enamel dots complete the look on this fun slimline card…ready for CHRISTMAS cardmaking anyone?
Head over to the shop and see what’s still available during the “going digi” sale…super deals right now!
Nancy here to share two projects featuring some of the new The Cat’s Pajamas digital stamps and cutables. TCP has been doing Christmas in July releases for several years now which really helps me to get started on my Christmas cards.
First up is the new digital stamp set Penguin Sleighwhich was printed onto Copic friendly cardstock, colored with Copics, then fussy cut out. I attached it to a die cut circle. The sentiment front the set was printed onto the card front and I anchored the image circle with a strip of patterned paper. A few rain stones finished it up.
I used the new Simply Winter Cutables to cut the bird and pine branches from cardstock using my Silhouette machine. After assembling the cardinal I used R30 Copic to shade and then added a small enamel heart. The pine bough was cut twice so I would have another small branch both cut from white cardstock. I blended on bundled sage and iced spruce distress oxide ink, sprinkled glue over the stems, then poured glitter over it for a bit of sparkle. I prepared the background with tumbled glass distress ink and water. The cut pieces were attached to a vellum circle which was then strategically glued to the background so the glue would not show. The sentiment from the Merry Everything set (which is 60% off) was stamped using silvery shimmer ink onto cardstock cut with a double ended flag die. I layered it onto a rectangle piece cut from the same cardstock piece as the bird for a bit of extra color. Lastly I added a few sparkly enamel dots.
As TCP continues to transition to digital products, the physical product is 60% off.
What better way to “chill out” in the summertime than by planning your holiday cards NOW?! Christmas in July…for those forward thinking crafters is the perfect time to start. I, being a HUGE procrastinator, usually wait ’til the last minute. Alma, always ahead of the game, is featuring CHRISTMAS NOW!
Bunny is back in the BUNNY SHOWGLOBE set. I love his pudgy fluffiness! Our July release also features WOODGRAIN COVERPLATES Cutable files. I’m in for woodgrain any day, every day. Funny story…the woodgrain background here was cut using dark brown cardstock. I thought I might use it as a stencil to ink over onto gray cardstock to match my bunny. That didn’t quite work as I wanted but I decided that I really liked the cutout when it was layered with Oxide ink with splatters of white acrylic paint and some black ink spray. Gives it a barnwood aged look.
I colored Bunny with Copics and added glitter snow and glitter to his little hill to give it sparkle. For the snowglobe base, I swiped various brown ink marker across the image and then hand drew in the woodgrain with a very thin marker. Wooden stars, orange ribbon, and enamel dots in between a way cool sentiment finished it off. Woodgrain…it’s my jam! :0) LOL!
My second card for the day is also a Bunny card…this time the SKI BUNNY set. I love that, because these are digi images, you can make them as big or small as you like. I’m not a big planner so I kind of just eyeball it and print then cut the image on the Silhouette. I let the image size determine the card size as I go. (Yup, that means custom envelopes…which is why most of these cards are still sitting here…hmmm, gotta do something about that.)
On this one, I created a gray-blue cloudy background for Bunny using the TCP GREAT OUTDOORS stencil and Distress Oxide inks. I added a few snowflakes to match the ones in the image with my think black marker. I used the same technique as above to add some woodgrain to Bunny’s skis. Some patterned paper that made me think of mountains, a pinked circle layer, buttons and twine tie it all up.
Make sure that you check in at the TCP store for items that are now 60% off! As we go digi over here all other items are on big-time sale. Whooohooo!
Hey everyone! Angela back, with a fun card featuring Gnoel, one of the July digital stamps. I printed the version that has both the gnome but also the sentiment and cut down to a rectangle. Next I printed the gnome with the ornament and cut with my scan n cut.
Once cut colored with copics-
Skin- E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair and Mustache: W1, W3, W5
Hat: RV29, RV69, R35, R37, N1, N3, N5
Ornament: G05, G17, G28, YG09
Shoes: T1, T3, T5
Next I cut a pieces of cardstock down for a slimline card. I inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Next I cut pattern papers from the Simple Stories Simple Vintage Christmas to make my various layers. I inked all papers with the same walnut stain ink.
I used foam tape to pop the Gnome up on the card and add some dimension. I then added some enamel dots to the corners to add the finishing touches to the card.
I hope you enjoyed my card- and don’t forget the sale going on- 60% off stamps, dies, stencils and embellishments.