Friday, December 18, 2015

Cocoa Packet Card

Here is a very quick card to put together for a last minute little gift!
  • Cut the card base at 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches, score and fold at 4-1/4 inches. Finished card size is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches.
  •  Place the top front of the card in your trimmer at the 2-1/4 inch mark and cut down diagonally to the 2-1/4 inch mark on the right hand side to form the pocket edge. 
  • Place sticky strip or score tape along the 2-1/4 inch side on the right and across the bottom of the folded card. Now you have your finished pocket. 
  • To make sure the pocket stays together, punch a small hole towards the top of the right hand side of the pocket and thread through some baker’s twine and tie a bow.  
  • Decorate the front of the card as you wish using your favorite DSP. I used the Merry Moments 6x6 inch DSP stack. Colors used are crumb cake, old olive and cherry cobbler.
  • For the stamped images, I used the July Paper Pumpkin Kit “Thanks a Latte.” I cut out the cup after stamping it on patterned paper. I adhered the cup to a punched out 2-inch circle, then layered it on a 2-3/8 scallop circle and then onto a 2-1/2 inch punched circle. That was then added to the card front with dimensionals.
  • The cup of cheer stamped image is punched with a 1-3/8 inch circle punch, then layered on 1-1/2 and 1-3/4 inch punched circles.  
  • Add a packet of cocoa and a small candy cane and it’s done! You could also use this card design to hold a gift card instead of a cocoa packet and turn it into a gift card for a coffee shop!

This will be my last post until after the New Year. I will return in January with new creations! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Punch Art Christmas Gift Tags

I've been going crazy with punch art! It's addicting! Following are individual pictures with the punches I used to create each tag. It's magic when the punched pieces come together!

Elf Tag:
Head is punched with a 2 inch circle punch and layered over a 2-3/8 scallop circle punch cut in half to form the collar. Hat is a hand-cut triangle with the top of the hat folded over. I added a 1/4 inch strip of white for the brim of the hat and a 1/2 inch punched out circle for the top of the hat. Eyes are wiggly eyes. Nose is cut with a 1/4 inch circle punch and popped up with a glue dot. Give the cheeks some "blush" with soft pink ink and add part of a circle punch for the smile. Punch a hole in the top to attach the ribbon.

Santa Tag:
Santa is made very similar to the elf. The face is punched with a 2-inch circle punch. Beard is a 2-3/8 scallop circle punch with about a third of it cut off. Hat is hand-cut again in a triangle shape, folded down, and a 1/2 inch circle punch added to the top of the hat. I used the scallop border punch to make the trim of the hat. Nose is punched in red with a 1/2 inch circle punch. Again, eyes are small wiggly eyes. Punch a hole in the top to attach the twine or ribbon.

Reindeer Tag:
Reindeer head is cut from a 2-inch circle. Tuft of hair in the middle is a 1-1/4 scallop circle cut in half. Antlers are cut from the Tree Builder punch. Eyes are small wiggly eyes. Nose is punched with a 1/2 inch circle punch and mouth is hand drawn. I cut the top of the circle off for the head so I could attach the hair tuft and antlers easier. Punch a hole in the top for the cording or ribbon.

Snowman Tag:
Again, I used a 2-inch circle punch for the head, 1/2 inch circle punch for the eyes, the decorative label punch for the hat, and hand-cut a piece of black for the rim of the hat. The nose is hand-cut and the smile is hand drawn. Bow tie is cut using a 1-1/4 inch circle punch and cutting pieces out of two sides. Use the remaining center for the bow tie. I then added a 1/4 inch circle punch for the center of the bow tie. I cut a small strip of red glimmer paper for the hat. Punch a hole in the top for ribbon or cording.

Santa Suit Tag:
This is just a tag punched with the scallop tag topper punch. I added a strip of white down the center and added a piece of white cut with the scalloped edge punch for the bottom of the suit. the belt is a strip of black cardstock with a square cut for the belt buckle. I used a retired small 1/4 inch square punch to cut out the center of the buckle. Buttons are 1/4 inch circles punched out of black. Attach cording or ribbon to top.

Penguin Tag:
This tag is a little more intricate. The tag is cut with a stitched circle tag from Lawn Fawn. I love the stitched effect around the edges. Penguin body is a circle punched with the 1-1/2 inch circle punch. Head is punched with the 1-3/8 inch circle punch. White front of body is cut with the small oval punch. Arms are also cut with the oval punch but shaped by hand-cutting. White part of face is punched with a 1 inch heart punch (Martha Stewart). Stocking cap is punched with the 1-3/8 circle punch and cut in half to form the hat. Earmuffs are 1/2 inch circles. Scarf is made with the word window punch and feet are made with the retired modern label punch. Add some ribbon for hanging or attaching to package.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Punch Art Santa Card

This fun Santa card is made using punches, with the exception of the body and a few hand cut pieces. I cut a 2-1/2 inch wide by 3-3/4 inch high triangle with my Cricut and added all the other body parts as follows:

  • 1-2 inch white circle punch for top of hat.
  • 1/4 inch strip of white cardstock cut for hat rim (hand cut)
  • Head/beard - 1-3/4 inch scallop circle punch. Ink edges of scallop circle in black, Add some rosy cheeks with a sponge dauber,
  • Eyebrows - 1/2 inch circle punch cut in half and edges inked in black
  • Eyes - 1/4 inch circles punched in black. Highlights added to eyes with white gel pen.
  • Mustache - 1 inch circle punch cut in half and inked around edges in black
  • Nose - 1/4 inch circle punched using red glimmer paper.
  • Arms - word window punch for each arm.
  • Hands - 1/2 inch circle punch cut in half
  • Bottom of Santa's coat -  1/4 inch strip of white paper cut to fit. 
  • Legs - word window punch in black
  • Boots - 1/2 inch circle punch cut in half.

Polka dot DSP is from the Merry Moments paper stack. I used real red and old olive cardstock for bard base. Layers were punched with scallop edge punch (no longer available from Stampin' Up). Enamel dots are Home for Christmas Enamel Dots. Overall finished size of card is 4-1/4  x 5-1/2 inches. "ho, ho, ho" is stamped on 1 inch circles stamped with individual letters, then layered on top of red and olive green 1 inch circles.

Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas!!!