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8 Tips to Create Christmas Card Magic Featuring Winter Wonderland

Posted by Graphic 45 09/28/2017 48 Comment(s) Cards,

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. 

 

Spoonful of Christmas Card Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1.jpg

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 12x12 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.

 

Christmas Songbird Easel Card Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Photo by Graphic 45 Photo 4 .jpg

 

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Winter Wonderland 12x12 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!

48 Comment(s)

Dianna McGraw:
09/28/2017, 11:14:55 AM
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Beautiful Christmas cards. Picking up my paper from Violettes Scrapbook Store this weekend. Thank you for the inspiration!

Jeanne hooper:
12/26/2017, 05:59:17 AM

Love all of kathy's projects ,thankyou for sharing and the inspiration merry Christmas and a happy. New year full of craftyness

Kirsty Vittetoe:
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I sure need some of these Christmas projects at home, thanks for the inspiration!

Deborah Cox:
09/28/2017, 11:32:00 AM
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I love, love, love these cards! I will definitely be "scraplifting" these, LOL!

Michele Lewis:
09/28/2017, 11:38:26 AM
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Love these cards and will be using the concepts displayed here for my own creations with Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland!

Mathilde S.:
09/28/2017, 11:57:58 AM
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Gorgeous,festive cards.This will get me more in the mood to start with my x mas cards. I can't wait to get my hands on this beautiful paper,love the traditional colours. Thanks for sharing and the grea tips.

Deb Bowser:
09/28/2017, 12:00:57 PM
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Gorgeous cards...I seriously need a 12 step program for my growing addiction toG45

Dona Vogt:
09/28/2017, 12:09:30 PM
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Can you imagine getting one of these gorgeous cards in the mail?! They are so outstanding you could wrap them up, as the gift they are, and place them under your tree!!

Sue LD:
09/28/2017, 12:10:36 PM
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Beautifully embellished!

Vanessa LeClear:
09/28/2017, 12:14:14 PM
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Beautiful cards, Kathy! Thanks for the inspiration!

Lisa Buchanan:
09/28/2017, 12:19:49 PM, www.Lisa-Buchanan.com
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Ohmygawd, these cards are gorgeous! I can't wait to try these papers out! Graphic 45's papers are the best in the business, hands down.

Dawn M:
09/28/2017, 12:24:59 PM
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A new world of possibilities! I've used Copic markers to make embellishments co-ordinate with Projects.. Total brain block! Why don't I do the same with inks and sprays?! Because I needed this blog post to shove me outside that nasty box!Big THANKS!PS I've been hunting for any & everything from the Beneath the Sea collection! Have mercy on me. B- D

Martie Rollin:
09/28/2017, 12:25:06 PM
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I LOVE this paper collection! These 2 cards really demonstrate the beauty of these winter images. It's never too early to work on Christmas cards! Thanks, G45!

Tina Z. Treebug:
09/28/2017, 12:39:25 PM, www.treebug.org
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Wow, absolutely amazing design and thank you so much for your tips.

Pirjo Callies:
09/28/2017, 12:40:54 PM
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Lovely inspiration to start the Christmas card making with Graphic 45 gorgeous paper kit.

Jan D., Florida:
09/28/2017, 01:19:34 PM
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Really gorgeous. I love your products. The quality is outstanding....I never hesitate ordering your products online since there's never a doubt about how great they are. I like to feel cardstock since the weight of the paper can vary considerably and you can't always depend on the declared weight shown in product descriptions. But, I trust Graphics 45 enough it's never been a worry or disappointment.Love what you do... very inspiring.

Carol G:
09/28/2017, 01:24:48 PM
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Gorgeous cards!!! Can't wait to get my paper and start on my cards with inspiration like this!

Isabel Moreno Márquez:
09/28/2017, 01:28:09 PM
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Amazing cards

Lynn:
09/28/2017, 01:44:01 PM
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Love this paper and these cards are gorgeous.

Diane Covert:
09/28/2017, 01:46:29 PM
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Just got my hands on these beautiful Graphic 45 papers and can"t wait to get started to make something pretty!

Theresa Bush:
09/28/2017, 01:53:40 PM
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What outstanding cards. Just beautiful. Christmas cards are my favorite to make and you've given me some great ideas to make some truly wonderful ones. I've GOT to get this paper!Thanks Kathy.

Arianna Barbara:
09/28/2017, 02:17:20 PM
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Beautiful festive cards!!!

Jean marmo:
09/28/2017, 02:25:55 PM
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I just love KAthy's projects!!

Jean marmo:
09/28/2017, 02:25:56 PM
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I just love KAthy's projects!!

Michelle Nettleton:
09/28/2017, 02:55:49 PM
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Now these cards are such a delight!!!

Judy D.:
09/28/2017, 03:06:56 PM
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Fun Christmas cards! Guess it is time to get started on them!! Judy D.

Becca Yahrling:
09/28/2017, 05:06:57 PM
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I love all the beautiful dimension in these stunning cards.

Glenda Buster:
09/28/2017, 05:30:04 PM
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Beautiful! Kathy I love your cards and have actually made cards using your cards as inspirations! I’m pinning these two to make this year ❤️.

Margaret:
09/28/2017, 06:17:42 PM
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Wonderful cards! Certainly getting me in the holiday mood!

Maureen Ganner:
09/28/2017, 06:51:21 PM
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I just bought the Winter Wonderland collection and really appreciate the great ideas for cards! I love Graphic 45 papers, my friends and family are always so excited to get a card made with your products.

Sandy:
09/28/2017, 07:03:12 PM
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Your cards are full of wonderful texture. Beautiful!

Julie Gearinger:
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Wow, I absolutely love this paper and your projects- thanks for the inspiration!

R-JZ:
09/28/2017, 07:51:49 PM
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Kathy did a wonderful job creating and explaining how she made these beautiful, traditional, and classic cards.

Natalie Godfrey:
09/28/2017, 08:02:23 PM
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WOW! Lovely cards I especially love the spoon as an embellishment.

Carolyn Hines:
09/28/2017, 10:13:49 PM
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Love these designs! Graphic 45 is so versatile. My biggest problem is cutting into one of the beautiful sheets!

Karen Ladd:
09/29/2017, 12:11:35 AM
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Kathy's cards are always exquisite and real keepsakes! These vintage beauties are pure perfection! Love the bows and spoon!

Susan Yang:
09/29/2017, 12:49:10 AM
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Beautiful work! And would love to win the voyage beneath the sea paper pad!!!!

Debbie Siddle:
09/29/2017, 03:56:19 AM
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I love the spoon! What a great idea. What a lush prize. Fingers tightly crossed. xxxxxx

Sue MacFall:
09/29/2017, 07:18:49 AM
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Great paper collection used to its best. Thank you Kathy.

Kate LeBlanc:
09/29/2017, 08:13:50 AM
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Beautiful cards today, everyone would like to receive cards like these!

Theodora:
09/29/2017, 08:18:11 AM
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This project gets me in the Christmas spirit. I can hardly wait to shop for the Christmas collections.

Sandy Carroll:
09/29/2017, 08:40:16 AM
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Wow! These are really beautiful Christmas cards. Really makes me want to order the new Christmas Winter Wonderland collection!

Bettina Kreuer:
09/29/2017, 08:56:20 AM
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What else do you need for wonderful christmas projects, if you have one of the great christmas paper collections from G45?

Cindy:
09/29/2017, 09:28:41 AM
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This has inspired me to get to work on my Christmas cards now that my Winter Wonderland paper has arrived. Thanks

Marlena Hojda-Łuczka:
09/29/2017, 01:13:27 PM
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Really beautiful Christmas cards <3 thanx for lots of inspirations.

Jean Bullock:
10/03/2017, 07:14:51 PM
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Gorgeous cards as usual! I especially love the fold of the first card beautiful

Helena Cuttino:
10/17/2017, 11:35:14 AM
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I am new to Graphic 45 collections and I am thrilled, the papers are beautiful and the quality is excellent. I am so inspired by the Christmas card that I cannot wait until I get started, so inspired!

Sarah Hutchins:
12/12/2017, 01:32:33 PM
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So gorgeous and inspiring. Can't wait to try my own version.

MURIEL PLEMONS:
12/13/2017, 10:43:26 PM
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Thank you so much for such WONDERFUL beautiful ideas!! Sometimes it really helps to look at what others are doing with such beautiful papers. Maybe Lady luck will shine on me for a change

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