8 Tips to Create Christmas Card Magic Featuring Winter Wonderland

Hello, G45ers!
 

 We are already one week into Fall, and we all know how time flies so it is time to start getting ready for the holidays with Brand Ambassador Kathy Clement and Graphic 45's latest holiday collection, Winter Wonderland. Her two beautiful cards includes interesting staggered edges and great embellishments including seasonal burlap flowers, ribbon and string. Fun and festive! Kathy also sticks around to share some valuable tips for creating your own. Check it all out below. 

 

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Spoonful of Christmas Card

By Kathy Clement

“Winter is such a gorgeous season.  Growing up in New England, I well remember the beauty of a fresh snowfall sparkling like diamonds in the winter sunlight.  Graphic 45’s Winter Wonderland collection really captures the serenity and peace of the season.  I chose this wonderful image of reindeer as the focal point for this staggered edge card.  

 

I found this vintage silver Santa spoon on one of my many junkin’ trips.  I’ve been saving it for just the right project.  When I found the reindeer image in this collection, it just seemed like the perfect spot to use the Santa Spoon.

 

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Tips

  1. To give the silver spoon a frosty appearance, I tapped it lightly with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  I dipped my index finger into the paint and just tapped it on lightly, wiping it back so the silver would show through.

  2. These Petaloo Burlap Poinsettias were too bright to be a perfect color match for this rustic collection.  So I custom dyed them by misting them with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  

  3. Don’t be afraid to take your design off the edge of your card. After double matting each card layer, I shifted each one a little further to the right creating a sort of stair step effect on the card.

  4. I framed my focal image with clusters of winter flowers, ribbon and burlap string to add lots of texture to the design.  

 

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Graphic 45 Supplies:

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Winter Wonderland 12×12 Paper Pad

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Rustic Holiday
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

 

Other Supplies:

 

Christmas Songbird Easel Card Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Photo by Graphic 45 Photo 5 .jpg

Christmas Songbird Easel Card

By Kathy Clement

 

I’ve loved watching and listening to songbirds all my life.  When I saw the sweet little songbirds in Graphic 45’s new Winter Wonderland collection I nearly burst into song myself!  I knew I wanted to feature the lovely swallow from the signature page on a Christmas card. This 7.25” x 5.25” easel style card came together very quickly thanks to the gorgeous patterns and images in this gorgeous winter collection.” ~Kathy

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Tips

  1. To create a quick card focal, use a large circle die to cut the bird image from the paper collection and mat it on a decorative circle die. Back it with foam tabs or waste chipboard to really make it stand out.

  2. Tap miniature pine cones with Picket Fence Distress Paint to add a natural, wintry feel to your card.

  3. Tie a trio of small, rusty jingle bells together with burlap string to decorate the easel card stopper.

  4. To add to the rustic feel of this card, distress the edges.  I curled the corners around my piercing tool to add to the vintage design.

 

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Graphic 45 Supplies:

Winter Wonderland 12×12 papers

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Yule Post

 

Other Supplies:

  • Kraft, Brick Red and Navy Cardstock
  • Moss and Cream ⅜” plaid ribbon
  • Burlap String
  • Rusted Jingle Bells
  • Mini Pine Cones
  • Picket Fence Distress Paint
  • Petaloo Flowers
  • Buttons from my Stash
  • Spellbinders Large Standard Circle Die
  • Spellbinders Picot Edge Circle Die

 

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This week’s prize package includes four 8”x8” paper pads, Café Parisian, Precious Memories, Artisan Style, and Voyage Beneath the Sea, and three Shabby Chic Staples, Brads, Clock Keys, and Door Plates & Knobs, a $65 value.  Just leave a comment here and/or on Facebook to be entered to win.  Winner will be announcedFriday, September 29th here on the blog.  

 

That is a wrap on this Christmas and holiday card feature. Thanks for being here and thanks to Kathy for sharing her lovely cards. We hope it can encourage you to get started on your own. It can never hurt to have a few extra ready to go for last minute gifts. We will be back tomorrow with more G45 inspiration and of course the announcement of this week's lucky blog prize winner. Get those comments in now for your chance to win. 

 

Happy Papercrafting!

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