Hello fellow cardmakers!  We have a few cards on the blog today for those of you who need some inspiration.  There’s a lot of you out there who love using dies for your cards so we have used a few here that you might not have seen before.
This card uses papers from Bo Bunny’s Dear Santa collection.  While most of this collection is bright and colourful, there are these wonderful burlap papers, perfect for a soft looking background.  Shaker cards are big this year and circle dies are fun to use for this element.  This one used is from Memory Box and is called, “Stitched Let It Snow Circle Frame(99270)” with the snowflake accents, “Twinkling Snowflake Duet(99184)”.  For inside the shaker box, the product “FlowerSoft” in Polar White makes great looking snow with a few die-cut snowflakes.  The paper inside is a metallic bronze cardstock.  

This next card is made with Authentique’s collection, “Tidings”.  This collection has a kraft base with traditional colours and patterns.  Perfect for using with other Christmas papers too.  The die-cuts were cut out with velvet cardstock, which really stands out against the kraft paper.  The dies used for this card are, Memory Box Chatfords Wreath(99234), Blissful Bundle (99235), Pine Sprigs Border (99248) Stitched Circle Layers (30036) and Cottage Cutz Christmas Greetings(CCE296).  The Charfords Wreath was die-cut from black velvet paper, the leaves and berries from green and red, the Blissful Bundle from green velvet (it’s behind the black for a fuller look) and the Pine Sprigs Border cut out from green velvet also, was cut apart and the individual sprigs added in.  The Christmas Greetings was die-cut from Tomato Red velvet paper.  The circles were die-cut out, but the negative part was used for the card mats instead of the circles, which can be used for another card.

Here’s another shaker card,… yes, we are hooked on these!  This one is easy with Memory  Box die, Scattered Snowflake Frame (99222).  The frame was cut out with red cardstock, adhered to clear plastic, built up with foam tape, filled (Flowersoft and snowflake die-cuts), then adhered to patterned paper from American Crafts’ Shimelle (Christmas Magic).  The “merry & bright die cut is from Tim Holtz Holiday Handwritten Thinlits set (660979) and it is die cut from white cardstock.  For these shaker cards, if any of you are looking for the clear plastic, we sell it in 12 x 12 sheets and it is thin enough to use with most of your thin dies too.

The chalkboard theme seems to be bigger than ever this year for Christmas.  The black with red and white is even showing up on Christmas decorations.  This patterned paper from October Afternoon’s “Under the Tree” collection is a great black/white background for our card.  This red velvet metallic cardstock is so rich looking, especially with the black chalkboard cardstock.  Two of our favourites, here at Urban!  The dies used for this card are from Poppy Stamps and they are Stacked Stars (1306) and Snowy Merry Christmas (1303).

Our final card for today is created with Blue Fern’s Vintage Christmas collection.  The snow globe chipboard piece is also from Blue Fern Studios.  This collection is gorgeous, and we have more on the way for those of you who missed out on our first shipment.  They have the most beautiful laser cut chipboard pieces that; when painted or even just embossed with embossing powders,  look amazing. This one has been painted, then Tim Holtz Rock Candy glitter applied to the deer, tree and outside of the globe.  The dies used here were from Memory Box; their Open Studio Distressed Snowflake Collage set (30061) and Twilight Snowflakes(99277).  The Greetings die-cut is from Tim Holtz Holiday Handwritten Thinlits Set(660979).  The Snowflake Collage set is actually four different dies that can be combined, or used individually to create a great background die cut.  Normally you use the negative piece of the die-cut as there is no definite edge when cut out.  You create your own size of paper to be cut out surrounding the cut out area.  Hopefully this makes sense!  On this card it was used on the left edge and cut out uneven on the inside along the different snowflakes.  This patterned paper had a border around the outer edge, and when cut down, the left and bottom sides were plain.  This die-cut covered that up and gave those edges some interest too.  Great solution for those of you who want to use a bordered paper, but wish it was all the way around your cut out card size.  Memory Box has a few different designs in this series, some are non-holiday too.  Stitched snowflakes die-cut from the Twilight Snowflake die were added along with a glittered snowflake pic from Petaloo.  The greetings die-cut was highlighted with the new Tim Holtz Vintage Platinum Glitter dust.

Well, that’s all for our Christmas card inspiration, hope we have given you all a few more ideas to use when creating your cards.  Stay tuned for more card inspiration, those Urban Girls have caught the Christmas bug and are busy creating!  The store has been transformed for Christmas, these cards and our other creations are on display.  Hope to see you soon!

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