greeting cards

Paper-pieced presents

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This was a good way of using up lots of small pieces of vaguely Christmassy patterned paper; however, although it’s quite a simple design, it did take quite a while to make these.

Creating the card bases was quick, they just needed to be run through the Big Shot in an embossing folder.

Creating the sentiment banners was easy — I just stamped multiple sentiments on pearlised card and trimmed them to size.

Creating all the piles of presents was time-consuming. It would have been slightly quicker if I had stamped the complete stamp on full-size pieces of patterned paper and then cut them out, but I did want to use up some of my scraps. And anyway, the stamping wasn’t the thing that took all the time; that was the fussy cutting and outlining each of the pieces with black pen. And then trimming them again to make the presents fit together properly.

Once I’d assembled the presents, I added shading to them using my grey Copic markers.

I also stamped the small tag, cut it out and stapled it to one of the larger presents. Fussy cutting the presents had removed the stamped bows from them; luckily I had a couple of small bows in a die set, so I added those instead.

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These seven cards make a nice addition to the set of six I made earlier this year, but the effort involved means they don’t really count as a mass-produced design. December is looking like it will be a more stressful month than usual so I want to get as much done by the end of this month as possible and that will require some simpler designs to fill out my Christmas card stash.


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  • stamps:
    Create A Smile – wrap it up!
  • inks:
    My Favorite Things – hybrid black
    Ranger – archival – jet black (sentiment)
  • Copic markers:
    shading – W00, W1, W3, W5
  • embossing folder:
    Crafter’s Companion – perfect patterns
  • embellishments:
    Wink of Stella – clear
  • paper and card:
    Papermill Direct – pearlised – ultra white
    Papermill Direct – pearlised – ivory
    patterned paper offcuts
    Hunkydory Adorable Scorable – cotton white

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