Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Festive Season...

Hi folks, one week of November gone already, the Christmas ads are on the TV and the shops are filled to the brim with lots of Christmas goodies, so it's time for the cubbyhole crew to start the Christmas Crafting production line.
I was so inspired by the lovely and very talented Autumn Clark from SewPaperPaint who has been making boxes of cards for a charity close to her heart. I decided to follow Autumn's lead and make some for one of my local charities to sell at their Christmas Fair. You can find Autumn's great tutorial and a free downloadable template to make the boxes HERE.

I decided to make 6 cards per box and started off by colouring 6 panels of Distress Watercolor card with Antique Linen and Old Paper Distress Oxides using the familiar smooshing, drying, and picking up the remaining droplets technique.
I inked up the Advert stamp from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Music & Advert with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and spritzed the stamp with water before stamping. I patted the panel with kitchen towel, spritzed with water again
and dried with a heat tool
I trimmed and tore panels of vellum to the same size and added Idea-ology Holly Collage Paper using Distress Collage Medium Matte
I then stitched each panel of vellum to the Distress Watercolor panels. If you don't have a sewing machine, you could attach the vellum with strips of 1/8" Wonder Tape under where the Gold Embossing will be.
I stamped the sentiments from Christmastime and Festive Overlays with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold embossing powder.
I repeated with the star/snow image from Great Outdoors
I stamped the Santa image from Yuletide on to Distress Watercolor card, coloured with Distress Markers, a Signo Gold and Sakura Black Glaze pens and fussy cut.
I ran the Versamark ink pad around the edges of each panel, tapped into the Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold embossing powder which is the most gorgeous Vintage Gold and heat set. I added the Santas to the panel with Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Foam Adhesive.
I matted the panels on to Idea-ology Christmas Stash Paper and Deco Sheets left over from last year and added to white card blanks.
I created a box from Autumn's downloadable template
decorated the lid of the box to match the cards and added strips of Idea-ology Christmas Deco Sheets to the sides of  the box and box lid.

I added a vellum strip which can be removed to open the box decorated with gold embossing and a Santa image.

One box done, 5 more to go, so I'd best get a move on and crank up the production line again.
Have fun with your Christmas creations and I'll see you all soon.
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Wow this is amazing Kath and such a good cause too xxx

  2. Thanks for sharing how you made them Kath, and may I say the cards are really gorgeous, the box itself is also super nice. And so kind of you to give your makes to a good cause. Hugs from Mary x

  3. These are wonderful Kath, I’m sure the charity will benefit greatly from your generosity xx

  4. Beautiful cards and box and what a wonderful thing to do Kath, good luck on the production line..xx

  5. These are such gorgeous cards, and I love that you will be donating boxes to you favorite charity for sell. What a kind gesture and boy-o they are so fortunate to receive this from such a talented lady! The stitched vellum is a wonderful detail and of course Santa is amazing! Love the sentiment embossed on the vellum. Just awesome! xxx

  6. These cards are vintage perfection Kath. I love the boxed card idea and the box top is stunning, I couldn't stop looking, that gold embossed edging... love love love.

  7. These are just so awesome! Thanks for sharing with us and helping out your charity!

  8. love all the layering in your cards. and how you combine all the different elements. thanks as always for sharing.

  9. Genius design! I will definitely take inspiration (ie copy) some elements! LOVE that gold ep! I'm sure these will be really appreciated. Nicola x

  10. Any Charity would be so thankful to receive these Kath, they are absolutely gorgeous. I love the whole design, the embossing onto the vellum looks amazing. Love these! Hugs, Anne xx

  11. Kath, I'm so happy to have inspired this delightful project for a worthy cause. I just love your glittered boxes with a coined Kath masterpiece sitting atop! :) When you posted the peek of the stitched vellum I could have fainted, but seeing the finished product really wows me! Truly magical cards. Hugs, Autumn

  12. Your cards are just beautiful Kath! Great idea to donate these to a fair to make money for a charity. 💚🎄💚🎄

  13. Simply gorgeous cards Kath and wonderful gift idea... charities will love these.. I've so many cards I might just make up some boxes myself, thanks for the idea

  14. PINNED these beauties! I LOVE every inch! Fabulous layers!


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