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Holiday Card Tricks Usher in a Little Disappearing Act!
Submitted by Pam on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 20:15
Add sparkles to photos and…
Danish paper heart ornaments that can be removed easily.
Thanksgiving holiday is almost upon us - filled as it almost always is with family visits, football games and shopping.
I don't do the football or shopping parts however! I put up my tree! And then begin in earnest to prepare for the coming holiday season - which includes making holiday greeting cards!
This year, I am beginning my time off for Thanksgiving a little bit early. Believe it or not - NOW - right at the beginning of the holiday season, I am afflicted with my first case of blogging burnout! ARGH.
After a very long talk with my daughter however, I have come to accept it's presence and listen to my body; and so, I am giving myself a little break to recharge my batteries as well as removing a few less important posts from the holiday schedule.
I will be back November 27th with Diane and our yearly podcast which we will host on Gingerbread Snowflakes again this year.
In the meantime, I am leaving you with a couple of my favorite "card tricks"! In case you want to keep your hands busy while watching games!
Moisture and photo paper used to be bitter enemies! But apparently no longer. After discovering that rain would NOT damage or alter my photographs - Painting in the Rain remember - I decided to try out Mod Podge!
I painted on a bit of Mod Podge here and there on a few practice photos.
And then I sprinkled liberally with a very fine glitter called Crystal Snow White from Stampendous.
I love this particular glitter for this application because it is pure white - no bits of pink or green so it works extremely well. I had a hard time finding it in craft stores this past summer so here is a link to order it.
I let the glitter sit in the wet Mod Podge for a few minutes and then shake off the extra bits. Once completely dry, the Mod Podge becomes invisible and the glitter lends a pretty twinkle.
I love it on snowy tree branches especially, but have also used it to edge fall leaves with frost, suggest frost on pumpkins lying in a field, and add a bit of sparkle to water falls.
Needless to say, I have been experimenting and playing and ... finding that some images work and others don't. But when it "works" it really works! Everyone who has seen them, loves them!
I am no genius card maker. We ALL know that! But as simple as these are, I love to send them because the little Danish woven heart basket (which I AM becoming genius at making) can easily be removed and hung on the tree! Or used on another card! Or a gift!
Standard card stock weight paper, a craft knife, a bit of clear cellophane tape, and a paper heart basket - that is all you need!
On the front of the card, use the craft knife to make a small slit in the card about 1" (2.5cm) down from the top edge. It should be just a teeny bit longer than the width of your basket handle.
Slip the top of the basket handle into the slit as shown.
Cut a small strip of card stock about 2 1/2" (6.5 cm) long and about 1/4" (8mm) wide.
Open the card to expose the back side of the "front" and slip the strip through the handle loop.
Gently pull the basket toward the bottom of the card until the handle and strip rest right against the slit. Tape in place at each end.
If you wish, you can write the words "clip here" with an arrow on either side of the handle just so it is understood the basket is meant to be removed!
Some of you will no doubt find this card a bit too simple but keep in mind that colored paper, stickers, Sharpies and all the other bits of embellishment goodness can be added!!!
Happy Thanksgiving holiday to everyone! See you in about 10 days!