A Letterpress Christmas 2015 : Elum

Elum’s letterpress cards have texture and depth of color that truly sets them apart, and their letterpress holiday cards are always some of my favorites. This festive bunch includes a little bit of French-inspired silliness, as well as adorable gnomes and leg warmer-wearing reindeer. Check out my picks below, and head on over to Elum to see all of their letterpress holiday card designs!

A Letterpress Christmas 2015 at Paper Crave

Elum Letterpress Christmas & Holiday Cards

images from Elum

Make a Copper Metallic + Iridescent Die Cut Holiday Card

Make a Metallic Copper + Iridescent Die Cut Holiday Card

This fun and festive diy holiday card project brings together a few techniques that have been favorites of mine over the past year, and the luxe and lovely Gmund dark teal cardstock (also a favorite) serves as the base.

When LCI Paper first sent me some of the beautiful Gmund cardstock to play around with a few months ago, I knew instantly that I wanted to somehow pair the dark teal with metallic copper. Over the past several weeks, an idea began to take shape and, during that time, I also became just a little bit (okay, a lot) obsessed with iridescent and metallic embossing paste.

DIY Die Cut Metallic Holiday Card

For this project, I first cut the dark teal cardstock to an A2 card size (5.5″ x 4.25″). Then, I stenciled Tsukineko green iridescent embossing paste onto the front of the card using a small dot stencil (soon to be in my shop over at k.becca) that I cut using my Silhouette Cameo. Check out a similar technique here. Then, I set it aside to dry for an hour or so.

Oh, my goodness, do I love this embossing paste. When you first apply it, it’s more opaque and doesn’t really show much iridescense, but something magical happens as it dries, and the result is a beautiful, green-tinted iridescent texture that looks fantastic against the dark teal backdrop (and probably a lot of other backdrops, too). Photos really don’t do it justice. It’s awesome.

While the embossing paste was drying, I die cut a “noel” sentiment, also using my Cameo, and I colored it with metallic copper ink using the technique that I used here. I actually mixed the Celestial Copper and Bronze Burst inks from the Tsukineko Delicata Metals Quad (the bottom 2 colors) to get just the color that I wanted.

After the embossing paste was dry, I added a bit of dimension and contrast using the irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress to apply white dots over some of the iridescent dots. I allowed those to dry and adhered the “noel” sentiment to the front of the card with Tombow Mono Multi glue.

The result is a bold, modern holiday card with iridescent shimmer and metallic shine.

Disclaimer: I received the dark teal cardstock from LCI Paper and the Delicata Ink Quad from Imagine Crafts. I purchased all other supplies used in this project.

Metallic Copper & Iridescent Handmade Holiday Card

The Silhouette Cameo is one of my favorite crafting tools, and Silhouette America is currently having a huge Black Friday Sale, which is when I really like to stock up on things like blades, mats, tools, and specialty media. You can save up to 40% in their shop, and they’ve also got some great bundle deals going on their digital die cutting machines, as well as the Mint, which I recently purchased and cannot wait to try!

Use code CRAVE during checkout to receive the discounts and deals, which also include 20% off Silhouette Design Store subscriptions (use code BLACK for the subscription discount). You can find the “noel” sentiment that I used in this project over in my shop. Discounts and deals end on Friday, December 4, 2015.

Silhouette America Black Friday Sale

photos by Kristen Magee

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Turkey Day aka Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who is celebrating today, and safe travels to those of you who will be traveling over the long holiday weekend.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a little craft project and a bunch of great sales and deals that will be happenin’ for Black Friday and beyond, so stay tuned!

image by Kristen Magee

Holiday Card Picks : Foil Stamped Holiday Cards

Sing it with me – silver and gold, silver and gold … and holographic and red. Yeah, it doesn’t exactly fit with the classic Burl Ives holiday tune, but the white hot foil stamping trend makes for some seriously lovely, modern holiday cards, and this roundup is all about those shimmery, shiny, and oh so eye-catching foil details. Check ’em out in all of their silver, gold, holographic and red glory and, if you’re looking for more foil stamped eye candy, be sure to check out this, too.

Lovely, Modern Foil Stamped Holiday Cards

1. Smock 2. Parrott Design Studio 3. Sugar Paper 4. Paper Lovely Press 5. Wiley Valentine 6. Sugar Paper 7. Rifle Paper Co.

images from their respective sources