Sprigs & Ornaments Holiday Cards
By Judi Kauffman for Elizabeth Craft Designs
Judi Kauffman is back with some fun last-minute Season’s Greetings Cards.
Thank you for inviting me, Joset. I thought I had all the cards I would need for the holidays but the list kept getting longer, so I kept making more!
There are lots of ornament-shaped peel-offs and dies in the Elizabeth Craft Designs line-up so this is a project that can be easily customized. The supply list includes everything needed to duplicate the trio precisely as shown.
The key to making cards in a hurry is to keep them simple. You’ll need a standard size (A2) card base, an embossed Shimmer Sheetz square (3.75” x 3.75”) and one or more ornaments for each card. Use the new Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to secure the embossed Shimmer Sheetz and foam squares under the ornaments for added dimension. That’s all there is to it.
The speediest ornaments require only an outline peel-off, a piece of un-altered Shimmer Sheetz, and a couple of minutes for fussy-cutting. Ornaments with a bit more detail, like the ones shown, add only about five to ten minutes per card.
- GOLD AND BLUE: The three ornaments on the card shown in the close-up below start with alcohol ink-altered Orange Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Add Christmas Ornament Round Peel-offs in Gold and lots of Blue/Gold Glitter Dots before fussy-cutting.
- SILK MICROFINE GLITTER: The ornament on the card shown in the close-up below was made by Els van de Burgt, using her signature “Glitter Inlay” technique. A single ornament is plenty when it’s a sparkly beauty like this one!
- PEEL-OFFS IN BLACK, GOLD, & SILVER: The trio of ornaments on the card shown in the close-up below was made by Els, using her signature “Sticker Inlay” technique. The outlines are Black and the open spaces are filled with the negative shapes from the same Peel-offs in Gold and Silver (leaving the outlines for other projects, like #1 above). Transparent/Silver Glitter Dots add sparkle.
If time is short skip the alcohol inks, don’t sand the Shimmer Sheetz.
To add more detail and dimension, use the Sprig from the Sprig & Berries Die to cut extra branches.
For ornaments that can go from card to tree, tie a narrow ribbon loop through the top, use low tack tape to keep them in place until removed.
For ornaments that are going to stay put on the card front, use Glitter, Gold, Silver or Black Border Peel-offs to create the vertical lines instead of metallic braid.
For greetings, use rubber stamps or hand-lettering instead of a Peel-off.
Accent the corners of the embossed squares with brads.
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
Shimmer Sheetz (Choose your favorites or use the ones listed below)
SS0220 Peridot Gemstones for Sprig-embossed squares
SS0109 Orange Iridescent for ornaments with Blue/Gold Glitter Dots
Ornament Dies and/or Peel-offs (Choose your favorites or use the ones listed below)
2573 Christmas Ornaments Round Peel-offs in Black, Gold, and Silver
762 Ornament Set 2 (Die for glittered ornament)
797 Flourish with Flowers (Die for floral pattern on glittered ornament)
Silk Microfine Glitter (Choose your favorites or use the colors listed below)
601 Basic Black, 603 Silver, 606 Antique Gold, 612 Saffron
7018 Glitter Dots Peel-offs in Blue/Gold and Transparent/Silver
Sanding block; Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks in Clover and Espresso, Tim Holtz Ink Applicator Tool (Ranger Industries); Eighth-inch brads in Antique Brass and Antique Nickel; Cardstock in Green (for card bases), Black (for Sticker Inlay ornaments), and White (for Glitter Inlay Ornament); Foam dots or tape; Big Shot or other cutting/embossing machine; Antique gold braid and chenille needle OR Border Peel-offs in any style (for the lines above the ornaments)