Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Reindeer Christmas cards.

I've been wanting to try this method of embossing a frame onto a card by using a Nestabilities die ever since I saw it used on Nichole Heady's Capture the Moment blog. I'm happy to say that I've now done it...........and it is so easy-peasy!! I've used square dies on both cards, but you can use any shape die for this tech.

The instructions can be found on THIS LINK, they are for using the dies in a Cuttlebug machine, so may not work if you have a different brand machine. I found I needed to experiment with the thickness of card I used as part of the "sandwich", I think some machines are a bit looser than others, so what works in one Cuttlebug may be different in another.

I'm using these cards for a challenge on Ellen Hutson's The Classroom blog. The challenge was to use no additional cardstock layers, just a single sheet of card. embellishments were allowed. They also fit the Caardvarks challenge for an item that incorporates Scoring in a special technique.







I only needed a few supplies to make these cards -
Reindeer and celebrate stamps from the SU Reindeer Prints set.
Inks - Versamagic Tea Leaves for the green ink, and Brilliance Crimson Copper for the burgundy ink........you can't see it from the photo, but this ink gives off a lovely copper shimmer. I'm afraid I couldn't capture the ink colours well with my camera, they look much nicer IRL.
Kaiser Gems, Satin and grosgrain ribbons.
The white cardstock is by Pedigree Paper (Aussie company), I'm not sure what weight it is, but it's thicker than SU cardstock.

Click on the photos for a better view of the scoring/embossing.

I'm rather happy with how these cards turned out......simple, elegant and easy to make. I think I may do a few more of these for my Christmas cards this year.

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11 comments:

lauren said...

oh wow, these are totally gorgeous and elegant--and what a terrificly clever technique! even my lotsa-layer-lovin' self has to confess that sometimes LESS really IS MORE...and this is *totally* one of those times!!!

Angie C said...

Wow these are so beautiful and very elegant looking too. I love them.

Shirley said...

Lyn, They are lovely. I have this stamp and I have used it. They were never as lovely as these cards.

Joanne (Stamps4sanity) said...

These cards are so pretty! Perfect Christmas cards!

Carole M. said...

Lovely image to stamp for Christmas Lyn. Very elegant!

fishlips said...

Wow how lovely and stunning these cards are, What a neat technique... I also signed up to be a follower, Now If you were to ask me Barb and I look great together...I just love barb she's a wonderful Lady!!!

Angela said...

Wow! These are so elegant Lyn! Just gorgeous. :)

Vicky said...

Great cards Lyn, very elegant...

EllenH said...

I absolutely love your no layers card! The reindeer that you used was one of my fave SU Christmas images! Thank you for participating in our WCMD Challenge!

Gillian said...

I saw that demo too on Nicole's blog and you have made a better job than I did. Very elegant cards.

Gill x

Kristen said...

Those are just so lovely and elegant! Wonderful Christmas cards!