Hello crafters! It’s Anna-Karin from Layers of Ink here again with a wintry tutorial. It’s always a good idea to start early with Christmas cards, but this card can also be a general winter card; it doesn’t have to be for Christmas. If you don’t want to make a card, the techniques work for many different projects and themes, too.
Today, I wanted to show you one of my favorite ways to make a quick project, but with papers that I colored myself. It only takes a couple of minutes longer than using pre-colored or patterned papers, and you can make the project in any colors that you want. I made a card with a matching envelope, using the following die sets: Layered Ovals, Snowflake Wreath, Christmas Phrases, and Envelope Liners, A2 & A7, Christmas.
- Sizzix Big Shot™ Machine Only (White & Gray) (#660425)
- Sizzix Framelits™ Die Set - Envelope Liners, A2 & A7, Christmas by Katelyn Lizardi (#663154)
- Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps - Layered Ovals by Katelyn Lizardi (#663510)
- Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps - Snowflake Wreath by Katelyn Lizardi (#663169)
- Sizzix Thinlits™ Die Set - Christmas Phrases by Katelyn Lizardi (#663171)
- Sizzix Accessory - Chrome Precision Base Plate for Intricate Thinlits Dies (#660470)
- Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Purple w/Silver Glitter) (#662142)
- Sizzix Accessory - Multipurpose Platform, Standard (#655091)
- Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies (#656499)
- Sizzix Foam Adhesive Sheets - 2 1/2" x 4 3/4" (#663063)
- Sizzix Paper - Envelopes, A7 (#662797)
- Kraft Cardstock
- Non-Stick Craft Sheet
- Watercolor Paper
- Ideo-logy Mirrored Stars by Tim Holtz®
- Distress® Ink (Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass)
- Ranger Archival Ink (Forget-me-not, Viridian)
- Heat Tool
Start by die-cutting watercolor paper into big enough pieces. I used pieces that were about 9" x 6". You will need a slightly larger piece for the darkest shade of ink. Pick three or more colors of Distress Ink and smear one at a time on a craft sheet. Mist with water and press a paper into the ink. Repeat with the other papers. Let dry, or dry with a heat tool.
Now you can die-cut all the pieces that you need from these three papers, and you might also have leftovers ready for another project. Die-cut all the ovals in the Layered Ovals Set. Depending on the thickness of your paper, you might need to use the Chrome Precision Base Plate for Intricate Thinlits Dies. Use this sandwich: Multipurpose Platform Tab 2, Chrome Precision Plate with the chrome side up, paper, die facing down, Cutting Pad.
Die-cut snowflakes using the pretty Snowflake shape from the Snowflake Wreath The set comes from the Holiday Blessings release by Jen Long. I used the Chrome Precision Base Plate again, to get perfectly die-cut snowflakes.
Die-cut the largest envelope insert, the Christmas Envelope Liners Set from one of the colored papers. (It has such a pretty scalloped edge!)
Add details to the insert by die-cutting a sentiment and tiny snowflakes, also with the Christmas Envelope Liners Set. I used the Sizzix Magnetic Platform to make sure the dies didn’t shift. Use this sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down and second Cutting Pad.
Use another piece of colored paper for a background and stamp with the small snowflake stamps from the Snowflake Wreath Set. Glue die-cut snowflakes to the background. Layer the ovals together and use a piece of Sizzix Foam Adhesive Sheets at the bottom.
The Layered Ovals Set is so versatile. Look at all these pretty ovals. I particularly love the different ornate edges. You can layer them all together as I did here, or use just one or two on a project. The set also comes with coordinating sentiment stamps, which I didn’t use here.
The sentiment was die-cut from kraft cardstock with the Christmas Phrase Set, which contain seasonal word dies. There is also a second Christmas Phrases Set, with even more phrases, all of which are perfect for Christmas cards.
The stamped snowflakes continue the theme onto the background.
Sizzix has sturdy kraft envelopes that coordinate with the Envelope Liners and Christmas Envelope Liners Set. I used the A7 envelopes. Glue or tape the insert into the envelope and glue a die-cut snowflake to the envelope. For more inspiration on envelope liners, check out my previous Sizzix tutorial on how to decorate your envelope in a few easy steps.
I die-cut a sentiment for the envelope flap, also from the Christmas Phrases Set.
By coloring large enough sheets of paper beforehand for all your die-cutting, you can save a lot of time vs. die-cutting all the shapes from white paper and then coloring each individual shape. You can also use the same technique with watercolors, acrylic paint or mists.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! If you want even more inspiration, you can always visit my blog Layers of Ink.