Thursday, December 8, 2016

Victorian Christmas Stocking Card With DIY Patterns and Instructions


DIY Home Decor and Cards with Prima's Victorian Christmas -Part 2

I really loved the beautiful Prima Victorian Christmas collection by Frank Garcia.  I had some left over paper and thought I'd make a series of cards and a canvas for Christmas to use the collection.  I have 4 projects in total so I decided to split this into two posts and share all my step-by-step instructions, DIY tips and techniques for each project.    This is Part 2.   
Part 1 projects are in the photo below. You can see the  complete instructions from the projects from Part 1  right here.   
These are the papers included in the Victorian Christmas papers I used for my projects.   

Prima Victorian Christmas  - Stocking Card with downloadable template  
This is my sweet stocking card.  
I have created a template for you to print.  Just clink on the link here.  

Step 1. Fold a piece of paper or use pre-folded cardstock.  Align the tempate against the fold.  Cut the template out but make sure the places that touch the fold are not cut.  

Your card should resemble this when opened.  

Step 2. Cut a doily to fit the toes, heel and trim on the top of the stocking.  

Step 3. This is what the back of the stocking top looks like.  I tucked the gold trim behind the piece before gluing to the card.  It provides a clean finished look and keeps the ends of the trim from fraying.    

Finishing Touches: from here, you choose if you want to keep the card flat for easy and inexpensive mailing or add dimensional embellishments with your personal flair.  

You can click here to get the printable Stocking Card Template 
Products used:  Prima Victorian Christmas Paper 990480, 990534, 990503
Prima Victorian Christmas Alpha Stickers 582371
Prima Gold Paper Doilies 585006
Gold trim
Cream pre folded Card/Envelope sized 5x6.5
Tim Holtz Distress ink - Vintage Photo


Victorian Christmas  - Stenciled Ornament Card

This card features the Victorian Christmas stencil.   For this card, I only share a stenciling tip.

I used the stencil that was part of  Prima's Victorian Christams collection for this card.  The stencil is obviously great for holidays  but perfect for all season as well.    Keep the stencil with the gift boxes handy for quick birthday cards.   


In this particular card, I really wanted to stencil  the ornaments.  To do this, you will want to block off the sections of the stencil that you do not want to include.    Slip a piece of paper under the stencil to keep the card clean of excess  stencil.  

Some people even add tape over the stencil sections they want to avoid.  

The credit card (used gift card) shown in the photo is another tool I use to spread the molding paste quickly and evenly.  

Thanks for sharing your time with me.  
May your Christmas season be filled with friendship and peace. 
Products Used:
Prima Victorian Christmas Paper 990480, 990534, 990503
Prima Victorian Christmas Alpha Stickers 582371
Prima Victorian Christmas  - Deck the Halls Stencil 582951
13Arts Chalk Modeling Paste
Prima Coy Liam Leaves 581138
White cording 2yards
gold sequins
Gold trim
Mini-red floral berries
Kraft Card/Envelope sized 5x6.5
Tim Holtz Distress ink - Vintage Photo

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

DIY Cards and Home Decor Christmas Canvas - Part 1

DIY Home Decor with Prima's Victorian Christmas -Part 1

I really loved the beautiful Prima Victorian Christmas collection by Frank Garcia.  I had some left over paper and thought I'd make a series of cards and  a canvas for Christmas to use the collection.  I have 4 projects in total so I decided to split this into two posts.   
 Even better...I'll share my step-by-step instructions, DIY tips and techniques for each project.    I'll share Part 1 today.  You can see Part 2 here.  

This is Part 1

These are the papers that I used for this mini-series.  It included the Victorian Christmas collection from Prima and Frank Garcia. 


DIY  Victorian Christmas - 8x10 canvas
 I created an 8x10 canvas with the Victorian Christmas papers and used stencils as accents.  Scroll down to find the step -by-step DIY instructions for this canvas.  

Step 1. Stencil the Prima Doily onto the Victorian Christmas paper with  molding paste.  Be sure to wash the molding paste off the stencil immediately.  Pay extra attention to the little holes in the stencil to make sure they are all clear to preserve the stencil's delicate appeal. 

Step 2. After the paste is dry, cut the shape of the stencil out. 
Step 3. Cut approximately a 3.5 in circle in the center of the stencil.  
Step 4. Add cardboard or dimensional foam tape to create dimension.  
Step 5. Cut image from the Victorian Christmas paper.  The image size should be 3.5inches.  


Step 6. Add a bit of  color to an 8x10 canvas.  Watercolors work nicely - but I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  Gently mist to "activate " the water.  

This provides a wonderful soft  background for the stenciling and will make the details of the stencil pop.  The effect is amazing in person - very hard to convey in a photo over the internet.  

Step 7. Once the canvas is dry, apply the stencil to the canvas using the molding paste.  
  TIP:  A great way to remove excess molding paste from a stencil is to rub the remainder on a kraft card.  I love the effect.  Then I have the start of a card along with my project.  Scroll down past this canvas project and I'll show you how I finished the card.  

Step 8. Once the molding paste is completely dry, add the cut out stencil.  This is going to be a wreath so place the Santa image in the center as the focal image.   

Step 9. Decorate as desired.   



TIP:  I'll show you how to roll those pretty flower buds shown below.  Just scroll down to the card instructions.    
Products Used:
Prima Victorian Christmas Paper 990480, 990534, 990503
Prima Victorian Christmas Alpha Stickers 582371
Prima 8x10 Watercolor Canvas Panel 585679
Prima Stencil Doily 2 6x6 - 582852
Prima Flowers - Solid Rose 586829
13Arts Chalk Modeling Paste
Quilling Tip
Prima Coy Liam Leaves 581138
Prima Flowers - Boxed White 586638
White cording 2yards
Prima Flowers - Allure Mocha 553111
wide lace trim
Prima Flowers - Allure Mocha 553111
Champagne colored floral berries
Tim Holtz Distress ink - Vintage Photo
cardboard
water mist


Prima Victorian Christmas -Kraft Doily Card
Step 1. Stencil the Prima Doily onto Kraft cardstock using molding paste.  Let dry completely.  It does dry fairly quickly.   
Step 2. Add your embellishments.  You can keep the card flat and add a sentiment, or gussy up with dimensional embellies.  I provided my particular embellishment sequence below.   


Step 3.  The Prima Victorian Christmas paper has some wonderful borders that make great sentiments for cards.  
Step 4. I added some rolled rose buds  for cluster filler.  To do this, I used a quilling tool.  

Cut a small circle from patterned paper.  Next cut a spiral in the circle as the photo shows.  Take the end of the spiral and insert into  the slit of the quilling tool and start rolling tightly around the quilling tool.   Glue the rose bud at the base.  
Step 5. I dabbed  a bit of white paint on the sentiments, flower and rolled rose buds to blend them and give them a soft frosty look.  


Thanks for sharing your time today.  You can see Part 2 of this collection right here
This is the card and downloadable template featured in part 2. 
 
Prima Victorian Christmas Alpha Stickers 582371
Prima Stencil Doily 2 6x6 - 582852
13Arts Chalk Modeling Paste
Quilling Tip
Prima Coy Liam Leaves 581138
Prima Flowers - Solid Rose 586829
Prima Flowers - Boxed White 586638
White cording 2yards
I added :
Prima Flowers - Allure Mocha 553111
Martha Stewart Small snowflake punches
White cording
Pre Folded  Kraft Card/Envelope sized  5x6.5



Monday, November 28, 2016

Home Decor with Julie Nutting, Petaloo and Maja Design



Embroidery Hoop Home Decor
I created this seasonal holiday piece using a few of my favorite products centered around a 10inch embroidery hoop - Petaloo flowers, Prima's Julie Nutting doll stamps, and Maja Design's gorgeous new Christmas collection, "I Wish".  

I added some natural colored burlap to the back of the hoop as my canvas and planned around that framework.   The big wooden snowflake is from Michaels.  


The doll stamp I chose is one of the newest releases from Julie Nutting's collection.  This is Valentina and I used her companion die from Prima as well to cut the doll shape.  


Valentina is holding a darling little Christmas bouquet from Petaloo flowers.  She's holding Petaloo Vintage Velvet Holly Leaves  and Petaloo  Flowers - Darjeeling Mini Poinsettias


This photo shows how dimensional I made Valentina's skirt.  I like to create the clothing using layers to show movement.  
Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your time. 


Products Used:
Prima -Julie Nutting - Valentina Metal Die - 911584
Prima Julie Nutting - Valentina stamp 910778
Petaloo Flowers - Pine Pick w/Cones and Berries - RS1146-000/6
Petaloo Vintage Velvet Holly Leaves RS1164-001/6 
Petaloo  Flowers - Darjeeling Mini Poinsettias in Red RS1143-002/6
Maja design - "I Wish" paper collection 12x12
Wooden Embroidery Hoop 10"
JustRite - Inside and Outside Christmas Clear Stamps - CR05097
JustRite Hello Oval Decorative Frame Die DIE05064
Burlap
Wire
Wooden Snowflake 8 inches

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lemoncraft - Christmas Pages with Non-TraditionalPaper

Start to the Christmas Season -  Day Two
Hello. I set out this season to create Christmas with some everyday collections to show how easy it is to turn something nontraditional into Christmas delight.  A little imagination and it's actually pretty easy since the focal point is usually imagery and not necessarily color choice. 

 This  layout uses the delicate and graceful Lemoncraft collection called 'Everyday Spring' along with a sheet from 'Neverending Summer'.    I showcased a Christmas layout recently using Lemoncraft's  gorgeous reprinted 'Heart Painted' collection.  You can see that piece on my blog here and you will find the original post on Lemoncraft's blog right here


This Christmas layout combines two collections -  the top layer that looks like wood is from 'Neverending Summer' and it goes so perfectly with the other papers from 'Everyday Spring' collection.   I kept the layout fun and cheery with layers embellished with chipboard pieces and paper punches.  
I have to give a giant shoutout to the embellishments I used becuase they perfoirmed the monumental task of creating the imagery to tramsport you to a snowy frosty Chrismtas morning.  

The first honor rollcall goes to the chipboard pieces from 2Crafty.  The circle page frame is : 2Crafty Chipboard - Whispy Christmas Page Frame 120080
and the darling holiday shapes are 


The holiday shapes were painted with acrylic paints and then gussied up with wires, crystal gems  and the tree has some Stickles glitter glue for extra shimmer.  The gingerbread cookie has gems for buttons and eyes.   The candycane has some striped bakers twine wrapped around it.  

The next important roll call goes to the Petaloo flowers I selected.  While very simple, they really make a giant soft statement.   These are Petaloo's - Mulberry - New Camelia In the Pink. I stuck in some white generic floral berries and twig pine punches to fill out the cluster.  

Keep watching for the newest release to be available soon.  You will need to add it to your Christmas wish list along with Lemoncraft's other gorgeous collections.  

I hope you are also having fun with all the beautiful LemonCraft collections.  
Thank you for stopping by! 

Jennifer Snyder


Lemoncraft -Everyday Spring 12x12 Basics collection
Lemoncraft Neverending Summer 12x12 sheet
Petaloo Flowers - Mulberry - New Camelia In the Pink - 155-320
2Crafty Xmas Assortment Chipboard CAR035
2Crafty Chipboard - Whispy Christmas Page Frame 120080
Acrylic paint - white, green, brown
Prima Die -Crochet Doily 584054
White Pearl dots
Floral Berries
Pink and Green JewelryWire
Stickles Glitter Glue - Icicle