Holiday Card Picks : Snow & Graham

Snow & Graham have added a bit of shimmer and shine to some of their classic holiday card designs, and I’m lovin’ every last gold foil detail! Their new Holiday Foil collection includes candy cane, penguin, and reindeer-themed designs with an undeniably modern twist. My favorite has to be the Gumdrops card, which features a totally yummy color palette – so chic.

If you’re a gold foil lovah, then be sure to head on over and check out all of the cards in the Snow & Graham Holiday Foil collection.

Snow & Graham Holiday Foil Cards #goldfoil

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Fun & Funny Holiday Cards

Fun and snarky cards are right up my alley and, if they’re right up your alley, too, then you’ll get a big ol’ kick out of this roundup, which includes plenty of holiday card designs (and a bit of “colorful” language) that will most definitely tickle your funny bone.

Fun & Funny Holiday Cards

1. Row House 14 2. Wit & Whistle 3. Of Life and Lemons 4. Rhubarb Paper Co. 5. McBitterson’s 6. 55 Hi’s

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Happy Hanukkah Cards

Hanukkah begins this Sunday and, in honor of the Festival of Lights, I’ve put together a roundup of Hanukkah cards that includes designs that range from elegant to entertaining. There’s even a card that’s perfect for Hanukkah-celebrating cat lovers!

Happy Hanukkah Cards

Above, clockwise from top : Old Tom Foolery // The Paper Pony Co. // Wiley Valentine // Dee & Lala // Smock // Feathered Heart Prints // Wit & Whistle

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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

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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