Do you Give Gift Cards at the Holidays?

 

Gift Cards... do you give Gift Cards? We probably all do, right?  Family, Friends, Mailman, UPS guy, co-workers, teachers, grandkids, etc.

Well, here is a creative way to present an otherwise boring gift card!

Merry Tags Gift Card Holders featuring Stampin' Up! bags, paper and embellishments by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

All I did was to fold a bag in half, in this case I used the Glassine Gift Bags, but you can use the Kraft Gift bags, too, as shown in the video below.  Purchase either of these bag options in my online store and find on page 176 in the 2016 annual Stampin' Up! catalog.  See all of the supplies used for these projects listed at the bottom of this blog post.

 

Watch my video below from last year.. different supplies, same concept:

 

 

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Click here to see more ideas using this design idea.

 

Or, maybe you just want to tuck in other goodies like candy, family photos, a note, theater tickets, etc., .. fill the 2 pockets with whatever you'd like!

Each of these gift card holders was embellished with the "This Christmas" designer paper and die cut images from the Merry Tags framelit dies.

 

Merry Tags Gift Card Holders featuring Stampin' Up! bags, paper and embellishments by Patty Bennett, www.PattyStamps.com

 

As you'll see in the video, simply wrap a 10" to 12" piece of designer paper around the folded bag and decorate.. could not be any simpler!! :)

The bag itself creates 2 pockets for you to fill!

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Double Z Fold Card with Santa's Sleigh Framelits

 

Santa's Reindeer are bringing a sleigh full of gifts in this beautiful Stampin' UP! Christmas card I made at Cindee's recent stamp class!   Cindee taught us how to make the Double Z Fold card and we decorated it with the die cut reindeer, trees and sleigh from the Santa's Sleigh stamp set and framelit bundle!

 

Double Z Fold Santa's Sleigh Christmas card featuring Stampin' Up! stamps, ink and paper. Reindeer and Sleigh die cut with framelits in the Big Shot.

 

 The "sky" is Fancy Frost pre-embossed paper sponged with Marina Mist and Soft Sky Stampin' Up! ink. 

I love the pretty silver foil sleigh and Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper detail... SO pretty!

 

Double Z Fold Santa's Sleigh Christmas card featuring Stampin' Up! stamps, ink and paper. Reindeer and Sleigh die cut with framelits in the Big Shot.

 

If you haven't yet made the Double Z Fold card, refer to the top view above to see how the 2 pieces go together, and refer to the cutting and folding guide below.

 

Double Z Fold Card Cutting & Scoring Guide:

  • Base Card: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 2-3/4" and  5-1/2"
  • Strip: 1" x 11", scored at 2-3/4"  and 5-1/5"
  • additional Fancy Frost pieces: 2-1/2" x 4" (2 of those), and 4" x 5-1/4"

 

Below: close up of the pre-embossed Fancy Frost designer paper (ON SALE NOW! click here).

 

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Double Z Fold Santa's Sleigh Christmas card featuring Stampin' Up! stamps, ink and paper. Reindeer and Sleigh die cut with framelits in the Big Shot.

 

 The trees, reindeer and gifts are all stamped first then die cut with the matching framelits.  So easy with the Santa's Sleigh MONEY-SAVING BUNDLE available HERE in my online store.

 

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Framed Christmas Home Decor with Santa's Sleigh Framelits

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Last month I took a stamping class at Cindee's house.  She is an amazing teacher and crafter!!  This is one of the lovely projects we created during her class, featuring the Stampin' UP! Santa's Sleigh stamp set and framelit die bundle as well as other great products listed below!

 

Framed Home Christmas Decor piece featuring Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh stamp set and framelit set. Cute Reindeer and sleigh on a glimmery snowy hillside!

 

 We created this festive 5"x7" framed Christmas home decor piece using the Fancy Frost paper in the background (sponged in blue) and the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper cut into "snowy hillsides".  It also features die cut reindeer, trees and Santa's Sleigh.

 

Noteable Design Features:

  • Mica Flakes on tree
  • sponged Fancy Frost designer paper "sky"
  • snowy hillside cut from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper
  • Glimmer paper over Silver Foil sleigh

 

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Supplies for framed Christmas Santa's Sleigh home decor piece.

To add the mica flakes to the tree, we put a bit of Multipurpose liquid glue on the tree then sprinkled the mica flakes on top. So pretty!!

 

Santa's Sleigh pine trees decorated with mica flake "snow". www.PattyStamps.com

 

Mica Flakes, found on page 41 in the 2016 Holiday catalog, or here in my online store.

Don't the trees look amazing?

They are stamped in Garden Green and Old Olive on Pear Pizzazz and Emerald Envy cardstock, die cut with the Santa's Sleigh framelits, and then we added the mica flakes, per above.

 

Framed Home Christmas Decor piece featuring Stampin' Up! Santa's Sleigh stamp set and framelit set. Cute Reindeer and sleigh on a glimmery snowy hillside!

 

The sleigh is so special looking when you layer the Silver Foil paper and the Silver Glimmer paper!!!!

Each reindeer has a red glimmer paper bow!  I forgot to put the red glimmer dot on the nose of "Rudolph", but at least he's dressed up with the die cut wreath!

 And that sky... how pretty is that!?  The Fancy Frost paper is already embossed with several different patterns, all you have to do is sponge on a little color for this gorgeous effect!  Find the Fancy Frost paper on page 37 in the Holiday catalog or HERE in my online store. 

 

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How I Distressed Pine Boards for Photo Backgrounds

 

If you follow me on Facebook, you probably saw the fun pile of pine wood boards that my neighbor left by my front door.  Many of you asked what I was going to do with them?  Well, they are for the backgrounds of my blog post projects!!

HOWEVER, I came across a little issue....  the pine is so "yellow" that it fools my camera and it makes all the photos really yellow, which require a ton of photoshoping to make them look better.. so.. I decided to buy some paint and start painting and distressing the yellow-ish pine boards to make them look more interesting and a little bit like they'd been weathered for a long time!

 

How to distress wood pine boards by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

 

The boards were single left over pine planks from who knows what project.. and my neighbor (handy-dandy woodshop neighbor) glued them together into larger pieces.. he sanded them and did the beveled edges on them too!!  It's so great to have handy friends!!!! :)

 You can see from the photo below, that the pine boards I found in our garden shed, are quite yellow, and after my "distressing process" I managed to make them all look totally different!

 

How to distress wood pine planks pattystamps before

 

Before and After: How to distress wood pine boards by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

After Distressing wood pine boards by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

 

I really should have looked on Youtube before I started this process, but I just dove right in with some bottles of acrylic paint, old paint brushes, an old toothbrush, foam brushes, sand paper and old rags.

It was about a 3 day process as I was trying to get the house decorated for Christmas at the same time, and couldn't devote all my time to this project.

 

My (totally amateur) process to distress the wood:

  1. start with a wash of paint (acrylic paint watered down) and applied with a foam brush
  2. sand when dry
  3. add a 2nd color the same way as #1
  4. sand when dry
  5. add a 3rd color with a very dry paint brush to give the appearance of wood grain (with a light touch)
  6. sand when dry
  7. evaluate... like it? stop!  needs more color? (probably!) :) add more colors either as a wash or with a dry paintbrush
  8. add paint speckles or streaks with the toothbrush dipped in paint
  9. distress wood with wire brush, coarse sand paper, or anything that will rough it up a bit
  10. apply more paint
  11. sand again
  12. ya, you get the idea... you could do this for days....  I had to make myself stop!

 

Notes:

For the blue ones, I started with white paint and added blue, then added more white

For the light ones, I started with white paint and added hints of gray, black and brown (with a very dry brush)

For the dark ones, I started with brown paint, and added white, gray and black paint

On some of the boards, I dipped my rag into water then into paint and kind of washed over the boards.

I basically experimented with every possible combination I could think of. :)

 

How to distress wood pine boards by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

 

How to distress wood pine boards by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

 

When I am ready to photograph my craft projects, I place them on a board and take photos, as you can see below:

 

How to distress wood pine boards for craft photo backgrounds by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

 

I experiment with different boards depending on the color and size of the project, then crop the photo and add my watermark as shown below.

 

How to distress wood pine boards for craft project photo backgrounds.  Christmas gift bags from Stampin Up  by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

Christmas Kraft Gift bag stamped with Merry Medley background stamp from Stampin Up! by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

Above and below:

Examples of different wood backgrounds for my Merry Medley Christmas gift bag projects.

I stamped the Kraft gift bags with my Merry Medley background stamp and decorated them with some Warmth & Cheer designer paper for easy and fun holiday gift bags!

 

Christmas Kraft Gift bag stamped with Merry Medley background stamp from Stampin Up! by Patty Bennett at www.pattystamps.com

 

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So exciting!!  I'm happy to announce the WINNER of the 5 free Stampin' Up! Christmas stamp sets in my Blog Candy Give Away!!

 

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