Pretty in Pink Christmas Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s never too soon to get started making holiday cards.  Today, I used some really lovely Little Birdie mixed media supplies, patterned paper and handmade flowers to create this 6″ x 6″ Pretty in Pink Christmas Card.

Pretty in Pink Christmas Card by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

While I love traditional red and green Christmas cards, sometimes it’s fun to change up the color palette.  This mixed media card has a lovely Victorian feel to it.  I think it’s pretty enough to use as home decor.

Pretty in Pink Christmas Card by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

I machine stitched papers from the 12″ x 12″ Vintage Reflections Paper Pack along with pink papers from the 12″ x 12″ Aquarelle paper pack to create all these great distressed layers.   The main image is a digital printout that I had in my stash. The “Celebrate” Chipboard Sentiment is from the Birthday Wishes Primed Chipboard pack, but it works wonderfully well on this card.

Pretty in Pink Christmas Card by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 03

A cascade of gorgeous Camila Moonlight Blossoms, Pink Rosemund Roses, Ferns, and Green Allium Foliage with some feathers from my stash is the crowning touch.  I dry brushed all the flowers and foliage with a mixture of Grainy Texture Paste and Fire Brick Tinted Metallic Paint to add some contrast and texture to the floral arrangement.  Fuchsia Hearty Melange along the distressed edges adds a touch of holiday sparkle.

Pretty in Pink Christmas Card by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 04

I found these miniature pink Christmas ornaments in my stash and invited them to the party!  Aren’t they fun?

Pretty in Pink Christmas Card by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 05

Victorian style is all about extravagance and abundance, soft colors and rich textures.  I think this card nails it!  What do you think?

Pretty in Pink Christmas Card by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 06

Inside I’ve added a simple digital sentiment and created a slash pocket to hold a gift card.

If you’d like to try your hand at this festive card, just click on the link below and follow the simple steps in this Snapguide Tutorial.

http://snapguide.com/guides/little-birdie-crafts-victorian-pink-christmas-card/

A Fond Adieu…but not Goodbye

This is my last post as a member of the Little Birdie Design team. The past 6 months have flown by!  I’ve had a wonderful time being part of this incredible team, made new friends, and grown in my art.  It’s been a fabulous experience. I’d like to thank Harish and Rashmi for giving me the opportunity to share my art with you.  I hope to be back from time to time as a Guest Designer, and I will continue to use, share and promote the Little Birdie Crafts Brand on my own blog.

Wishing you all joy and creativity!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST
  • Vintage Reflections 12×12 Paper Pack
  • Aquarelle 12×12 Paper Pack
  • Birthday Wishes Primed Chipboard (Celebrate)
  • Camila Moonlight Flowers and Foliage Pack
  • Rosemund PInk Flowers
  • Ferns 4 pack
  • Green Allium Foliage
  • Small Script Stencil
  • Grainy Texture Paste
  • Fire Brick Tinted Metallic Paint
  • Pink Doily
  • Altered Christmas Digital Image from Gecko Galz
  • Fantasy Rose Shimmer Satin Ribbon
  • Vintage Button, Feathers and Mini Ornaments from my Stash

Sympathy box

Hello to all of our Little Birdie Crafts friends around the world,

I’m back again to share a little creativity with you all – this time I am sharing my sympathy box.

I don’t think the exploding box craze will ever slow down and I for one will keep on making them periodically.  Each and every one of them can look so completely different depending on the theme.

Let me share.

The bottom half of my sympathy box started life as a piece of white cardstock 12″x12″.  Each external panel is 4″ square.

I don’t cut the inside corner panels away, I leave them intact and cut from corner to corner and in-fold them.

I think it makes the box a lot more sturdier.

Every piece of patterned paper of the external panels is 3 and 3/4″ square.

 

My flowers on the top of my sympathy box started life as buttermilk flowers.

They are a pretty flower just the way they are – but I wanted an orangey colour flower.

Take buttermilk flowers, a couple of sprays of Gold rush color splash and you have a gorgeous orange colour flower.

Each panel within the box itself is white and is 4″ x 4″.

I have then cut a salmon/apricot coloured square, 3 and 3/4″ square, another white cardstock square 3 and a 1/2″ square, a strip of patterned paper 3/4″ by 3 and 3/4″, a doily and a paper circle.

I’ve added cut out foliage using the same patterned paper and cardstock to build up my embellishment cluster, adhered a little muslin [cheesecloth], a bauble, some wire spirals, a gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts bloom and a pearl or two, plus a piece of my sympathy message which I have typed up and printed.

And of course, I have randomly applied a little gesso.

Each section is put together the same way.

I have alternated the colour of the bloom on each section.

In the middle section [or the bottom section] I have cut a long piece of white cardstock and concertina folded it – adhered a doily and tied it together and adhered it to the bottom.

The recipient can open and either write messages or memories and adhere small photos – something for them to keep their special cherished memories.

My special sympathy box.

From the Little Birdie Crafts store :

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Happy creating everyone.

Peace to You

Hello Little Birdie fans, thanks so much for stopping by.  We are ringing in October already and definitely time to get started on handmade Christmas cards.  My husband always says that Christmas is like a train coming towards a platform, it gets closer and closer and then suddenly it is here and we are left wondering where did the time go!?  Join me and get some Christmas cards done that look fabulous using Little Birdie Crafts. There are so many choices available and sometimes the hardest part is choosing what to use.

I challenged myself to use both Christmas products and generic,  that I had on hand  – there is no end to the possibilities!

Sponge a die cut piece of Texture Brew printed paper using Tinted Metallic Paint – Carribbean Teal.

NOTE:  Make sure to use a mat under the patterned paper to avoid getting paint on your workspace.

Turn the Burlap Strip over and glue the plain side to the inside of the die cut patterned paper using Papercrafting Glue. Adhere the card front to a pre-made card base measuring 17cm x 12cm.

NOTE:  If you do not have plain Burlap – use the back of any patterned paper, it will not show through!

Glue the Hearty Circle Chipboard onto the top portion of the burlap strip.

NOTE: The Chipboard can be painted if you are wanting more depth.

Pop up the sentiment onto foam tape and pop across the lower portion of the Heart Circle Chipboard.  Adhere the flowers below the Hearty Circle Chipboard using Papercrafting Glue.

NOTE:  Use Foam Tape on the portion of the sentiment that is inside the Heart Circle.

Glue the large Poinsettia to the bottom left corner of the burlap panel first, followed by a Valarie Arctic Ice on either side.  Next glue a small poinsettia on either side the the flowers.

NOTE: Adding the flowers with the sizes decreasing creates a flourish style arrangement on the card front and frames the sentiment.

I have finished the card with a hand made Cherub embellishment adhered to the left of the sentiment.

Little Birdie Products used:

I hope you are inspired to ‘get your art on’ and create something using beautiful Little Birdie Craft products – there are so any to choose from.  I look forward to bringing you another tutorial in a couple of weeks – in the meantime don’t forget to check out the tutorials on the Little Birdie Crafts Blog by the other Design Team Members – they inspire with every post!

{{{hugs}}} and Happy creating