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It's been a while since I've focused on cardmaking and I think it's about time I got doing it again. This was the perfect opportunity to jump start my cardmakery. And surprise! It is my turn to post the card of the day! I really had a hard time deciding what to do. So, as usual, I just started making stuff. In the end I made two cards. Now, I know that the blog is called Card A Day, not Two Cards A Day. But, of course, I just have to rebel a little posted both! I'm excited to be able to share these cards in more detail here.
On top of the cute cards I'm also sharing three tutorials for techniques I used to make them... AND if that weren't enough, I'm sharing a freebie so you can create one of these cards for yourself today! Woo Hoo! Don't ever say I never gave you anything.
Here's our first card today. Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man! I'm kind of lazy, so I usually just call him Gingerman. It's like a new super hero... Gingerman! Faster than an old baker woman, more powerful than a barn full of farm workers, and able to leap tall cows in a single bound! Sadly, not able to outsmart a fox. I guess he's not all that super after all. Super cute, though!
I cut this little guy out from one of my newest card sets: Christmas Card Shapers 1. Rather than cut the decorations separately, I cut them out of the brown along with the outline of the cookie shape. The card base I cut from white cardstock, so it just looks like I decorated him with white icing. This way my embellishments really stand out. I made my own little pompoms out of embroidery floss and tied a tiny bow using a fork. Homemade pompom and a bow on a fork, you say? Why, yes, would you like to know how? Oh, that's too bad, I'm going to tell you anyway.
Tutorial #1 is: Twine or Floss Pompoms
First, up, how to make pompoms using Baker's Twine or Embroidery Floss. Or Baker's Twine made from Embroidery Floss. Take your pick.
Baker’s Twine or Embroidery Floss
Crochet or Heavy Thread
I chose to use embroidery floss to make my pompoms out of. You could use a couple of colors of embroidery floss or your favorite color of baker's twine.
5. It will initially look very flat. Use the scissors and give it a trim to shape the pompom into a more round shape.
7. Roll, pinch and squish the pompom into a nice, round, fluffy shape. Repeat after me... pinch and squish... pinch and squish...
8. Clip off the ends of the crochet thread.
You may also notice that there's a cute tiny bow on that card. That's the one I made with a fork. Yes, a fork is the newest hottest crafting tool around! Here's how I made that cute little thing.
Tutorial #2 is: The Fork Bow
What I love about this bow is you can use a very small amount of ribbon and still end up with a nice bow and not lose any hair over it.
Once again, here's a compact form of this tutorial for when you just have to save it for later. Click to enlarge and save.
Okay, that's what I used to make card #1! Ready for card #2?
I call this my Twinipop card. Yeah... dumb name, but I've typed it and I'm too lazy to go back and change it. This is another card from my new set, Christmas Card Shapers 1. If you are interested in getting a deal on this set, just stay tuned after the tutorials are done.
Tutorial #3 is: Baker's Twine Lollipop
The lollipop card by itself is pretty cute, if I say so myself. With the addition of the baker's twine swirly-doo and the button, I think it's downright delicious!
6. Lay the cirlce on your glue. Adjust the shape as needed.
8. Let the glue dry.
You knew it was coming... here's your condensed soup version of this tutorial. Click to open larger and save.
So, are you interested in those Christmas Card Shapers? I actually have three whole sets of these I made out of some of my most popular Christmas die-cuts. Easy to cut and assemble and look cute to boot!
The collection includes all three of the Christmas Card Shapers files at a 25% savings:
I also created a set of simple Christmas Ornament Card Shapers. These would look so cute with a photo inside!
Are you interested in a good deal on these? This weekend only, I'm offering another BOGO deal. Buy the Christmas Card Ornament Shapers Collection and get the Christmas Ornament Card Shapers designs for free! Your Christmas cards could be done in no time flat with these little guys! The deal will be good through Monday 11/14. Remember, you have to put both items in your card to get the deal!!!
While you are there, check out one of my other newest designs! A beautiful pen doodles file of an autumn leaf. I love using the pen tool on my KNK Maxx. You can choose any kind of pen to put in that machine since it doesn't need a special tool. Just put the pen in the blade jaw and doodle away!
Okay, time for the thing you've all been waiting for. The Freebie! I asked Samantha which card she liked better. She chose the Lollipop, which was good because that was the one I'd decided to share with you anyway. I'm sure the day will come when I will no longer be able to influence my children's decisions. That day is not today, though!
Today I am sharing my die cut design: Christmas Card Shapers Sample
This card is pretty cute by itself. You know you want to try that Baker's Twine swirly-do though! Do it!!!!
This design will be up until Monday. Don't miss out! Click to gobble up your favorite file type:
Sorry! This download has expired! Look for the Christmas Card Shapers in the Sam & Hailey Designs store!
As always, if you make something with this design, feel free to post it on your blog or in the VDBC gallery and post a link down in the comments section!
One last thing! It's VDBC Newsletter time! You can get another free file by Sam & Hailey Designs in last week's edition. Click here to get it!
Time to get crafty, people!