Keep It Simple

A quick Google search will yield hundreds of thousands of results on how to make adorable Christmas, birthday, or greeting cards. With all this information, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But there’s no need to be stressed—sometimes simple is best!

Our Best Day Ever card is simple but sweet. We used Basic White and Costal Cabana cardstock for the base, then stamped with the In Symmetry Stamp Set to create a mirrored effect with Flirty Flamingo and Pear Pizzazz ink. We finished off this lovely card with a simple sentiment in Coastal Cabana ink.

Our Merci mille fois card took no time at all but still left a great impression. We used Basic White and Fresh Freesia cardstock for the base and stamped out some multi-level flowers with Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, and Pear Pizzazz ink.

For our Du bist alles, außer gewöhnlich card, we used Subtles cardstock, cutting out 1-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ (3.2 x 8.9 cm) in Petal Pink and So Saffron and 2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ (5.7 x 8.9 cm) in Calypso Coral. We adhered the strips to a 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ (8.9 x 12.1 cm) piece of Basic White cardstock with Stampin’ SEAL, then stamped out some cute images using VersaMark ink. We finished the card with an adorable sentiment stamped in Memento ink.

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Friendly Hello Step-by-Step

These fun step-by-step cards feature products from our fabulous Sale-A-Bration offering that you won’t want to miss: the Friendly Hello Stamp Set plus our Friendly Hello 12″ x 12″ (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm) Designer Series Paper—FREE with a qualifying purchase. Available until 28 February 2022, these products are the perfect combo for bright and cheery cards. Get your creative juices flowing with these three projects. Click the products in the shopping list below for more details.

CASUAL

The Hello card is simple and fast. Start by stamping the charming little bird image in Gray Granite ink, then add subtle color using Watercolor Pencils. Brush over the image with a Water Painter to create a light wash. Layer Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper under this focal image for extra prettiness. Tip: To just stamp the “Hello” sentiment, cover the word below it with a sticky note.

AVID

Step up the color on the Gruss card using both watercolor pencil assortments for richness and depth. We also adhered a Cajun Craze Cardstock frame on two edges and backed the sentiment with a little frayed Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Fine Art Ribbon.
To add a tactile layer, we ran a piece of Bumblebee Cardstock through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine using the Macrame 3D Embossing Folder. The fussy-cut cosmos flowers popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals are a great finishing touch.

ARTFULLY AVID

For our Coucou card, we stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink, then applied Heat and Stick Powder and Gilded Leafing. We also added a few more fussy-cut layers and a sprinkling of Genial Gems to finish.

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Just Copy and Share Everything

Did you know that famous artists CASEd the work of other artists? It’s true. For instance, Claude Monet worked as a caricaturist until he met Eugène-Louis Boudin—who taught him landscape and oil painting techniques on the beaches of France.

Boudin inspired Monet’s work, and Monet inspired countless other artists throughout time. So if you feel guilty about looking at other papercrafting artists’ projects for inspiration—don’t! We all look to one another for ideas, and we build on one another’s successes and strengths. It’s a good thing.

One of our concept artists has herself been busily CASEing to create today’s lovely samples. For example, the You Are Strong card features a color combo she saw in the annual catalog. She admired the Pale Papaya/Crushed Curry/Smoky Slate/Basic White vibe—and just switched up the emphasis for a unique look. (Do you love how the Square Vellum Doily peaks out from the Designer Series Paper layer?)

In other CASEing examples, our artist’s Happy Birthday card duplicated the use of paper strips to build depth and create an eye-catching background, while the You Make the Ordinary Extraordinary card was inspired by the embossed vellum technique.

Have fun looking for inspiration for your next project, and remember our very important, non-written rule of papercrafting: Sharing and CASEing makes the papercrafting world go around.

Memory Keeping: Whimsical Trees

Christmastime memory keeping is a great way to preserve family traditions and keep heartwarming moments with loved ones alive for years to come. That means it’s time to start gathering supplies to make your own pretty pages!

Variety Pack 6″ x 8″ (15.2 x 20.3 cm) Photo Pocket Pages can be your best friend as you start planning your yule-centric project. Pro tip: Not every pocket needs to hold a photo! In fact, you’ll probably want to dedicate a few pocket spaces for design elements alone, allowing you to create a pleasing mix of Christmas-themed photos and art.

Our concept artist also cut Designer Series Paper to fit the pockets, then embellished the paper with die-cuts from the Whimsical Tree Stamp Set. (Notice how one pocket features a tree cut in half, with pieces strategically placed on the top and bottom of the photo to make it appear taller!)

And do you love the bauble die-cut tied to the binder rings with a bit of Baker’s Twine? The loop of Blushing Bride 3/8″ (1 cm) Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon placed behind it adds an extra smidge of beauty.

Are you inspired to start your own Christmas pages? We are, too! Share your project on the PaperCraft Therapy FaceBook Group—we’d love to see your work!

Two-Step Stamping

To make all these lovely Christmas cards we used the two-step stamping technique—that involves stamping certain images in layers over each other. This technique is so simple, but it adds beautiful depth and texture to any card.

The Magic in the Air card is small and would look adorable on a Christmas gift. To make this card, use Evening Evergreen ink to stamp the entire base with the tiny berries stamp from the Christmas Season Stamp Set in the July–December 2021 Mini Catalogue. Then, use the two-step stamp technique to make the leaves: simply stamp the base image first in Just Jade ink, then stamp the top layer in Evening Evergreen ink. Finally, add berries below the leaf and use the Christmas to Remember Stamp Set to add a sentiment, which you can then adhere to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The Joyeux Noël card is so easy to make that you could get all your Christmas cards done in one sitting! Start with the pinecones by stamping the base layer in Crumb Cake and the top layer in Soft Suede. Next, stamp the long greenery pieces in between the two pinecones and then stamp your sentiment.

To make the Een kleurrijke kerst card, use the stamping-off technique to stamp the base of the holly leaves. Next, use the same color ink to stamp the layered image over the leaves. Finally, add some berries and a leaf, then stamp a sentiment in the center of the card.

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