Sunday, November 12, 2017

Christmas Card Fundraiser

Hello fellow card makers,

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I find myself thinking of everything that I am so blessed to have and very thankful for.  So I am doing a very special Christmas card project this year.  I have created two different designs - see images  below - for this year's Christmas cards. This year is a little different.  I will be donating $1 from each card that is ordered to the Lydia House/.

The Lydia House is an emergency shelter for women and families that are victims of domestic violence. Some families end up staying here through the holidays and donations help bring a little holiday spirit to their lives.  The Lydia House is operated through the Open Door Mission.  Check out their website if your want to volunteer.

The first Christmas card design, Madonna and Child, has a red and gold color scheme. It is made with gold mirror paper and embossing to add a little sparkle and shine. The inside of the card reads: May the miracle of Christmas live forever in your heart.  Merry Christmas.




The second design, Woodland Winterland, use a blue and silver color scheme. The evergreen trees are adorned with silver embossing and framed with silver mirror cardstock. The inside of the card reads: May the beauty of the season bring you joy and warm memories to cherish throughout the year. Happy Holidays.




I am also offering free shipping on all orders $25 or more.  That's only 5 Christmas cards! Use coupon code Christmas2017 when you check out.

I hope you consider helping me help spread the spirit of Christmas by ordering these cards through my Etsy shop. If you prefer not order online, please email me directly handmadebykathiek@gmail.com with the quantity and design you would like or if you have any questions.

Happy stamping!
Kathie K.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Gift card holder tutorial

Hello stampers and card makers,

I have a very easy project for you with a huge WOW factor. I'm looking for ways to give gift cards that's creative and not run-of-the-mill.  Check out my coffee themed gift card holders.



The gift card holder fits into a standard A2 envelope and each holder holds a standard credit card size gift card. Below are the step by instructions and exactly what you'll need to make this project.

Materials:

  •          Base cardstock (garden green), cut 5 3/8 x 6 1/8
  •          Front and back cover (crumb cake), cut 2 – 2 ¾ x 4 5/8
  •          Insert panel (garden green), cut 2 5/8 x 4 ¾
  •          Gift card panel (white), cut 2 1/8 x 3 13/16
  •          For die cuts, scraps of base cardstock and white
  •          Embellishments:
·         Burlap ribbon – 6 ½”
·         Jute
·         Hemp
·         Crystal glaze

  •          Dies – coffee set
  •          Coffee themed stamp sets
  •          Tombow Glue
  •          Scoring tool
  •          Scissors
  •          Ink pads

Step 1: Score base cardstock at ½” along the long side; score at 1 1/2 and 4 1/2 on the short side. Trim away the 1/2” scored section on the 1st and 3rd panels.




Step 2: Die cut in white, coffee cup and 3-lids; in base color die cut the stopper and cup wrapper. Stamp For You on white and use a label or banner die to cut out.

Step 3: Stamp a background on the front and back cover using the same color of ink as the paper, using a collection of coffee themed stamps. Sponge same color around the edge of each panel and in the middle.


Step 4: Assemble the holder. Add adhesive or score tape to the outside of the tab at the bottom of the center panel and fold up. Add glue to the very edge of 1st panel. Fold panels on top of tab and each other to make a sleeve. Let set for a couple of minutes.



Step 5: Using a half-circle punch, cut two slits at each end of the gift card panel. Glue on top of the insert panel centering.




Step 6: Gluing just the bottom edge, attached a coffee cup lid to both sides of the insert panel with the stopper on the top-right hand side sealing the two lids together. Set aside


Step 7: Adhere the front and back panels to the sleeve. Glue the cup wrapper to the die cut coffee cup. Attach to the very edge of the cup, the last coffee cup lid. Center the die-cut coffee cup at the very top of the front panel and glue down.  Add the embellishments to the bottom front of the sleeve. Attach a ribbon or jute string to the stopper – this becomes the pull to reveal the gift card.




Step 8: Using the same coffee theme stamps as you did for the front and back cover, stamp in the lower left-hand corner of the envelope (makes a nice coordinating envelope).




Here's a slightly different version.  This one is a thank you gift. I hope you give this a try. One tip - do all of your die cutting at the same time. This will help you keep track of your die cut pieces as well as save you a little time.

Happy stamping!

Kathie K.

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