Making Spirits Bright

Hello. Thank you for stopping by Treasures in Letters.

Today I am sharing with you a Christmas card that I made using Spellbinders Hot Glimmer Plates. Christmas comes and goes so quickly that I usually have no time to really enjoy some of the new stamps, dies, or foil plates that I had ordered for the Christmas season. That was certainly the case this year, so I decided ahead of time that I would continue to make Christmas cards until I am tired of it.

I have owned a hot foil press for about 5 years now; I have both a Go Press and Foil (Couture Creations) and a Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil system. Every year I seem to use them only around Christmas time but I am enjoying all the new hot glimmer plates that Spellbinders has been releasing for all seasons and occasions. I am having so much fun playing with them that it doesn’t even matter to me if I end up with a card at the end of the day.

This card is so beautiful in person. I have it standing up on one of my craft tables and whenever I turn on the light it just sparkles and lights up.

To make this card I started out by using Spellbinders Twinkle Lights Hot Foil Glimmer Plate with Spellbinders Prism Glimmer Hot Foil to make my background. I then used Tim Holtz Distress Ink colors: Salty Ocean, Broken China, Stormy Sky, and Chipped Sapphire to ink blend over the foil, using blender brushes. I then cut my background frame using Hero Arts Infinity Dies, Rounded Rectangle.

The sentiment is from Spellbinders Elegant Holiday Glimmer Sentiments and I used Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil GLF-020 (royal blue). I cut the sentiment out with We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circle Dies (3″ circle) and cut a second one out of craft foam. I trimmed the craft foam circle to fit behind the sentiment circle and glued it in place.

Using Spellbinders Christmas Organic Foliage Hot Glimmer Plates, I foiled and cut out flowers and leaves using Spellbinders Hot Glimmer Foil: GLF-015 (Skybright), GLF-009 (Shiny Teal), and Go Press and Foil Sea Breeze (Iridescent Digital Pattern).

This photo captures the shine of the beautiful foils used on the card.

Thank you for stopping bye. I hope you liked the card.

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Christmas Cards – Day 7

Blessed Christmas to you all! Today is Christmas Eve and the last day of my Christmas Cards posts for 2018.

I am looking forward to being with my lovely family tonight and tomorrow. May all your celebrations be filled with joy and laughter….and of course, yummy food.

This card is absolutely stunning when you see it in person!

Supplies: Birch Press Grace Dies A, B, & C; We R Memory Keepers 3″ Circle Nesting Dies, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card stock #80, #110; Spellbinder‘s Glimmer Hot Foil Plate – Joy; Go Press and Foil Gold Foil, American Crafts Core’dinations Kings Crown Glitter Card stock.

To make this card you cut one of each Birch Press Die A, B, & C. Stack them one on top of the other and use liquid glue to adhere them together. On a piece of white card stock, use Go Press & Foil machine to foil the word Joy onto the card stock. Center and cut out the foiled Joy with the 3″ circle die.

Glue the circle in the center of the background die cuts. Put the gold glitter card stock in back of the card front then adhere to a card base. It’s that easy…and oh so beautiful.

Merry Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!

Patty

Christmas Cards – Day 6

Well hello! It has been nice spending time sharing some cards with you during this Christmastime. Today I have a few cards that are very different from each other.

My first card has been one of my favorites this season for a couple of reasons, one being that it is so out of my creative style. I used patterned paper on this card and die cuts, no stamping at all. That is very different for me. The other reason this card is one of my favorites is, that it is so pretty in person.

A Gold Deco Foil sentiment is the center of attention on this Holly branch card.

To make this card I used patterned paper from DCWV-Christmas Cranberry; both the Christmas Tree pattern and the deep green cardstock. The panel was cut 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. I also used Spellbinder‘s Glimmer Hot Foil Plate – Joy, Red cardstock, Honey Bee Stamps Deckle Edge Die (A2 Frame), Sizzix Thinlits Holiday Greens Die and Lawn Fawn Mini Wreath (for the Holly berries). The sequins are from Neat & Tangled.

My second card was inspired by an earlier card that I had made in this series. You will recognize it if you have been following the Christmas Card series.

A red glitter bow is this Christmas Tree’s centerpiece. It pops so beautifully in person.

The supplies I used for this card are as follows: Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set, Altenew Gold Embossing Powder, Navy Blue card stock, Brutus Monroe Sterling Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Hero Arts Nested Frame Ornaments Die (bow), Core’dinations American Crafts Red Flash and Silver Glitter card stock, Recollections Bling On A Roll, Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones, Nuvo Glitter Drops: Blue Lagoon, Nuvo Crystal Drops: Simply White, Gloss Red Berry, Gloss Caribbean Ocean, Gloss Dandelion Yellow, and Ranger Stickles Silver.

This clean and simple card was made with Altenew’s Warm Wishes Stamp Set.

The supplies I used for this card: Deep Green card stock, Altenew Warm Wishes Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Parrot, Olive (not positive because I made the card last year) and Jet Black. Nuvo Crystal Drops – Gloss Red Berry.

Stockings hanging on the fireplace was the inspiration for this card.

Supplies used: Altenew Christmas Stockings Stamp and Die Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Jet Black, Soft Lilac, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Emerald, Tide Blue, Lavender Fields; Black card stock, Ranger Distress Inks: Barn Door, Vintage Photo; Tim Holtz/Stamper’s Anonymous Brick Stencil; Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, Carta Bella Snowfall Stamp, Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Recollections Christmas Noel Stamp Set, craft foam, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: Aquamarine, Amethyst, Pink Garnet.

Silver foil and holographic embossing powder are the highlights of this simple and beautiful Christmas card.

Supplies: Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Plate “We Wish You”, Go Press and Foil Machine, Go Press and Foil Silver Foil, Green Card stock, Neenah Solar White #110, craft foam, Versamark Ink, Echo Park Winter Snow Stamp (A2), Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder, Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables Die.

Well, that’s all for today…and today’s almost over. Ooops.

See you tomorrow with the last card in my Christmas Card posts.

Altenew AECP Level 3 Challenge

This morning (Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018) I held my first card making class for Altenew’s Educator Certificate Program. I had so much fun with my friends teaching them some basic stamping techniques then helping them complete two Christmas Cards. They had never done stamping before so it was eye opening for them to see the detail and work involved in the process. We all had a great time and shared some laughs too. 🙂

Here’s a look at the 2 Christmas Cards we made.

Level 3 Challenge Cards 10-27-18

To make both sets of cards we used Altenew‘s Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Set and Altenew‘s Starry Night Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Die Inks: Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Warm Sunshine, Olive, Mocha, Paper Bag, Espresso and Grapevine; Altenew Gold Embossing Powder, Altenew tape runners, Versamark Ink, and Versafine Onyx Black Ink. Other materials used: Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circle Dies, black card stock, and foam tape.

Level 3 Challenge Class 10-28-18

Pictured here are my good friends: Mary Zakarian (standing), Georgia Burnett (far right), Sandy Gould (far left), and Melanie Gould. They worked hard and did a wonderful job on their Christmas cards.

Level 3 Challenge Mary Z-Georgia 10-27-18

Georgia and Mary relaxing after a job well done!

Level 3 Challenge Wreath Set instructions

I made a couple of tent cards to use as instructional helps for the card makers so that if they were ready for the next step they knew what color and what stamp to use.

After the class was over and we were cleaning up, the ladies in my class expressed their appreciation for having these instructional cards. They found them very helpful. I will use this technique in future classes.

Level 3 Challenge Practices-Cards Display

I also set up a table with cards that I have made while in the Altenew Educator Certificate Program for my projects as well as cards that I have made just having fun with my stamps. On the table I also made available some Altenew stamp sets so that everyone could see a sampling of the diversity Altenew has in their stamp sets. Lastly, I displayed my ink swatches and some of the practice sheets I worked on while in the AECP (to help my stamping get better) 😉 .

I’ve enjoyed the AECP so much!! Virginia Lu, AECP Director, has been such an encouragement to me from day one. She has been so patient with my questions, my fears with technology, and all along challenging me to move past my comfort zone and believe I can do it. It was especially nice to meet her and Nicole Picadura, Operations Director at Altenew, via Google Hangouts. The AECP has been such a great experience. I cannot wait to plan my next class.