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Give the Gift of Handmade This Christmas

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Hello friends! It is Anna-Karin here with you today with a new tutorial. We have had very warm weather during September, and today was the first day when you needed a jersey outdoors.  As the evenings are getting darker and the air cooler, I am getting in the mood for autumn and winter crafting. This is my first Christmas project of the year. Christmas is one of my favourite themes to craft for and since I am always short of gift bags, I thought I'd make a gift bag and a matching card, using new dies and stamps from Lindsey Serata's Snow Place Like Home collection.

The card and gift bag are relatively quick to make so you can easily make more than one of these, if you need a whole batch - or you could of course just make the card or the gift bag on their own. I went for a kraft, white, silver and blue colour scheme, but they will look great in most colours. The big snowflake would look lovely in red and pink as well, for example.

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For my projects, I used three dies and stamp sets by Lindsey Serata: Snow Place Like Home stamp and die Framelits set, Snowflake Tri-fold Card, and Bag w/lLayering Flaps & Seasonal Tags. There are lots of extra dies in each set, which will be great for other types of projects too, such as gift tags and scrapbooking layouts. The snowflakes on their own are stunning and so detailed.

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Start by die cutting the cardbase from kraft cardstock, using this sandwich: Sizzix Extended Multipurpose Platform Tab 2, Extended Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down, second Extended Cutting Pad. It's a good idea to use the Die Brush & Foam Pad to remove the small pieces afterwards.

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Stamp the cardbase on both sides with Tim Holtz Rosette stamp and Ranger's Glacier White Pigment ink. This gives a nice subtle pattern to the background.

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I die cut snowflakes and the sentiment from a variety of surfaces: white cardstock, silver Deco Sheet (first adhered to white cardstock), silver Metallic Kraft-Core cardstock and dark blue Kraft-Core cardstock.

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Glue the sentiment to the front panel.

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White emboss the Love Never Melts stamp on the third panel of the card. I stamped the second snowman on a piece of watercolour card.

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Die cut the snowman with the coordinating die, using this sandwich: Sizzix Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, paper die facing down, second Cutting Pad. The Magnetic Platform holds the die in place.

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Die cut the slightly larger snowman from the same Snow Place Like Home set from silver Kraft-Core.

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Watercolour the snowman with Distress Ink, by smearing them on your craft sheet, misting with water and picking up with a paint brush. The embossing powder will resist the ink.

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For the Bag w/lLayering Flaps & Seasonal Tags, die cut two pieces and the large flap from kraft cardstock and stamp as before. Die cut the smaller flap from silver Metallic Kraft-Core.

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Assemble the bag with a strong adhesive, along the two flaps. Then place two strips of adhesive on the bottom flaps too.

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Also using the Bag die, die cut ovals from blue Kraft-Core, a mitten from white wool felt, the bauble from silver Deco Sheet and a circle from white paper.

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Glue the blue ovals as shown, or arrange them in a different way. This is a real fun design element. As you can see, I sanded them slightly.

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The Snowflake Tri-Fold Card has a really intricate look to it, with the layered snowflake and the tri-fold design. It also looks nice when displayed, with lots of depth.

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From above it looks like this. You can also do the fold the other way around, if you'd prefer that.

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I really like the wonderful shine of the Deco Sheets and it is a great way of adding a sense of glitter, without using any glitter at all. Off-set the front word a little to create a shadow.

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I also added a snowflake to the front panel.

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My favourite part of the card is the layered snowflake and this snowflake would look great on many kinds of projects. The various snowflake dies are so intricate and the shapes are stunning when layered.

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I tore a piece of silver Deco Tape for a snowy ground for the stamped snowman to stand on. The snowman stamps work both with and without the coordinating die.

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There is also another layered snowflake on the third panel.

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The gift bag is 5.8 x 3.3 in and can fit a variety of gifts, or fill it with candy. If you leave out the embellishments, and use, for example, leaf dies instead, you can turn it into a fall or Thanksgiving gift bag.

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Glue the blue piece to the inside back of the bag and the flaps to the front. Tie with a piece of string.

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Instead of tying these with string, I attached them with brads. More snowflakes were placed on top, from the Snowflake Tri-fold Card die.

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Here's a close-up of the stamped background. I really like this subtle white pattern.

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As with the card, I tore a strip of silver DecoTape for the snowman to stand on. It is hard to see, but there are foam dots in between the coloured and the silver snowman die cuts.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it made you look forward to Christmas crafting!

Happy Crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Other Materials Used:

  • Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous stamp - Rosette & Florette
  • Ranger Pigment Ink - Glacier White
  • Ranger Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, Ground Espresso
  • Ranger Embossing powder - White
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology - Silver Deco Sheet, Silver Deco Tape
  • Tim Holtz Core'dinations - Metallic Kraft-Core Cardstock, Distress Kraft-Core Cardstock
  • Ranger Wonder Tape, Watercolor Cardstock

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4 thoughts on “Give the Gift of Handmade This Christmas”

  • koalabc/barb

    Adorable looking projects made...I like the snowman & snowflakes..they look so fun to make..Awesome dies...

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  • Carolyn

    i purchased the snow flake trifold--wondered what you suggest for an envelope, since it is not a standard size. My best guess was to mount the back of the card to a card stock sheet that is the traditional A2 size so I could use it with envelopes. Other suggestions?

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  • Anna-Karin

    Hi Carolyn! Sorry for only getting back to you now. I tried to reply once earlier, but it wasn't working then. I would probably use A2 envelopes and just add a piece of cardstock, as you suggested. Or perhaps if you can find square envelopes - but I fint that usually it is easier to just stick with the traditional sizes.
    / Anna-Karin

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