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DIY Embossed Halloween Cards

One of my recent crafting purchases is a Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. I bought it because I came across a slew of Sizzix Embossing Folders on deep clearance.  They were 80% off, and I just couldn’t resist despite that I didn’t own an embossing machine. After researching all of my options, I settled on the Texture Boutique because it is very reasonably priced. I figured if I hated embossing that I wouldn’t be out much money. Plus the machine is really cute. It looks like a purse. How could I pass that up?

Halloween is my first holiday with this new toy. One set of embossing folders that I scored for a wonderful price (though not 80% off!) is the Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Halloween Night and Poison set. Frequent readers of the blog know that I am crazy for Tim Holtz products. His line for Sizzix was a major contributing factor in my initial embossing purchase. This set features a fabulous Halloween vignette as well as a poison label.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

The label references Jackson, TN, which happens to be not too far from my hometown, Memphis. Would you believe that I didn’t even notice the Jackson bit when I bought the folders? It’s sadly true. I was blinded by the Tim Holtz label. I have little to no self-control when I find his products on clearance.

I love creating handmade cards, so making some was a natural choice for my first Halloween embossing project. Read below to learn how I made them.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Supplies:

  • Sizzix Texture Boutique or other embossing machine
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Halloween Night and Poison Embossing Folders
  • Orange Cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer or Scissors
  • 5×7 Black Cards and Envelopes
  • Zots Small Adhesive Dots

Step One:

Cut your cardstock into pieces that will fit the embossing folders. For this particular set of embossing folders, I cut one piece of 8 1/2×11 orange cardstock into four, equal-sized pieces.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step Two:

Place one piece of orange cardstock into the embossing folder.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Sandwich the embossing folder between the Embossing Pads and Mylar Shim that come with the Texture Boutique.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

One thing that I appreciate about this machine is the pictorial directions on one of the Embossing Pads. If you need a refresher on what to do, you can simply look at the Embossing Pad instead of rifling through your whole craft room for the instruction booklet. I love user-friendly tools. Crank your “sandwich” through the machine.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step Three:

Place a glue dot in each corner of the embossed cardstock, and attach it to the black card.

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Embossed Halloween Cards | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Aren’t these cards so easy? You can finish them in under 10 mins. once you get the hang of the Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. These cards are simple, but I think elegant. Although I love me some glitter, I’m not convinced that everything has to be sparkly or overly embellished to be beautiful. As I get more daring with my embossing, I’m sure that my projects will get more involved, but I’m still really pleased with how these turned out. Happy Halloween and embossing crafting!

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Be My Valentine Cross Stitch Card Tutorial

Because I don’t make a lot of Valentine cards these days, I like to create something really special for the few I need. This year I found a cross stitch pattern that is just perfect for a card. Be My Valentine, yet another freebie from Cyberstitchers, is small and simple, but darling. The color palette is lovely, and the design, though precious, stitches up in a couple of hours.

Be My Valentine Cross Stitch Pattern

Supplies:

  • Be My Valentine Cross Stitch Pattern
  • Blank Card and Envelope
  • Paper Frame
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue Dots

First, you’ll need to stitch the Be My Valentine pattern. I stitched mine on a small piece of 28 ct. cloth. The finished design is about 2 3/4 in. by 1 3/4 in.

Once you’ve stitched the pattern, you’ll need to trim it to fit your paper frame. I made my frame with my Slice Elite Cutter. This particular frame is from the Vintage Findings design card and is 4 in. If you don’t have an electronic cutting machine, I’m sure that you can find a suitable frame in the scrapbooking aisle at the craft store. Trim your cloth a little bit larger than the inside of your frame. Tape the cross stitch piece to the back of the paper frame making sure to center it.

With your cross stitch piece framed, you need to adhere it to your blank card. I placed glue dots on the four back corners of the paper frame and centered it on my card.

Be My Valentine Cross Stitch Card

I adore my finished card. My colors aren’t so traditional for Valentine’s Day, but they are definitely on trend. Feel free to use pinks and reds if that appeals more to you. Whatever the color, anyone that receives this delightful, handmade card is sure to love it. Happy Valentine’s Day crafting!

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Ornament Holiday Cards Tutorial

Since I was a child, I have loved Christmas cards. I remember us receiving them from relatives we hadn’t seen in years and thinking it was so neat that they reached out to us at the holidays. As an adult, I have tried to carry on a tradition of sending cards every year, even those ones when I thought I couldn’t possibly have the time to do so.

I used to pride myself on buying the cutest ones I could find. Over the past few years, I gotten increasingly more involved in making my own. I’ve quickly progressed from stamping the insides of blank cards to making my own embellishments. Chalk it up to working at the craft store or just plain being more crafty than I used to be, but I’m now in a situation where I’m trying to outdo myself!

Because this is my first holiday season owning a paper cutting machine, I felt compelled to use it in the making of my cards. Crafts like this are the reason why I bought it after all! I came up with the idea to create paper ornaments that would not only embellish my cards but could also later adorn the receiver’s tree. Sadly I didn’t take step by step pictures of the process because I honestly wasn’t sure how they would turn out. These cards are straightforward enough that I am confident you can replicate them using my instructions and pictures of the finished product. Happy holiday cardmaking!

Ornament Cards - Preppy

Supplies:

  • Blank Cards and Envelopes
  • Holiday Die-Cuts
  • 1/4 in. Hole Punch
  • 1/8 in. Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Paper Piercer
  • Brads
  • Stamp
  • Ink Pad

Step One:

Shop for or create your own holiday die-cuts. If you choose to buy them, check out the seasonal scrapbooking section of your local craft store. You should find some great options, but they might be on the small size. If you have access to a paper cutting machine, you’ll be able to choose what size your die-cuts are. I made mine using my Elite Slice machine, Noel design card, scrapbook paper, and cardstock. After Christmas last year, I bought a beautiful paper pad with a 12 Twelve Days of Christmas theme. I picked out various papers and coordinating cardstock to make my ornaments in various shapes and sizes.

Step Two:

Punch a hole in your die-cuts.

Step Three:

Cut your ribbon into pieces about 5 in. long. Thread the ribbon through the holes in your die-cuts and secure them with a knot. Now you have ornaments!

Step Four:

Determine the placement of your ornaments on the cards. While holding the die-cut in place, pierce the paper through the hole you punched in it. Attach the ornament to the card with a brad. If you don’t have a paper piercer, you could simply muscle your brads through the card.

Step Five:

Stamp the insides of your cards. After they dry, you’re ready to address and stamp your lovely hand-made creations!

Ornament Cards - Classic

Ornament Cards - Whimsical

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