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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Gingerbread Foil Die Cuts Challenge

Today's cards were the result of a bit of a challenge I set for myself.  I received a sheet of die cuts as a VIP gift from Paper Wishes (that means they recognize I've spent a lot of money there!). It was to give me a sneak peek at their new Gingerbread Foil Artful Card Kit.  The kit comes with 3 sheets of these foil die cuts, along with coordinating papers and greeting cutouts.  I decided to see what I could do with this ONE sheet of die cuts and papers from my stash (mostly Hot Off the Press).  Look for a bit of a surprise at the end of the post!

On this first card, the focal is based in one of the tags from the sheet.  I added ribbons on the sides & placed a 3-D Christmas Tree Dazzle in the center of it.  The Stamp was also from Paper Wishes.

My next card uses red glimmer paper and one of MaryAnn's wonderful cutting and embossing dies.  The tag looks great here, but I made a couple of modifications to it.  I cut a piece of the red paper that was small enough to show the silver foil outline of the tag, but large enough to cover the other colors that didn't go so well with my card.  I stamped a snowflake and sentiment on it with white pigment ink and added a foil star (also from the foil die cuts page). 

This particular die cut page had several tags.  Here's another one.  Though the papers are not from the kit, I thought they went pretty well with the other elements.  The border at the bottom of the card is a portion of a border from the kit.  The three elements in the upper right are as well.  The layered snowflake on the upper left is made using outline stickers - probably Dazzles.

Here a couple of tags are combined with Dazzles and mounted on a glittered cardstock background.   There's also a Dazzles Christmas Tree coupled with a peppermint candy and star topper (both from the die-cut sheet).

 This card makes use of a couple small tags and a peppermint from the die cut sheet, but pairs them with a clear overlay (from one of Hot Off the Press Christmas sets) that was layered on a white background.

The next card makes use of a VERY cute gingerbread house that comes on the sheet. There are a couple of candy canes and a star that are also from the sheet and were mounted in place on the house with foam tape.  The star then has a small Dazzles star on top of that.   The sentiment is stamped on a piece of coordinating paper, backed with white and trimmed with fancy-edged scissors before being added to the card.  The rest of the die-cut border runs along the bottom of the card.

Here's a really cute tree with a couple of snowmen - all from the die cut sheet.  I think the white Dazzle borders add a great touch.

I was nearing the end of the elements on my die cut sheet.  This brown and red tag was mounted on some cream paper (that was inked along the edges). I added a second tag which I created with stamps I had from Paper Wishes.  

By this time I just had one die-cut left, and decided to make a card for an occasion other than Christmas!  I needed a birthday card, so that's what I decided to make.  I stamped on the die-cut tag with red StazOn ink (because the tag has a bit of a shiny surface to it).  Then I stamped it a second time with a slightly different color to try to make it look a bit more like the color of the outline.  I added another element at the bottom with little word Dazzles.


Carol J said...

Wow, good job. I am very impressed and thank you for giving me inspiration to use that sheet I received.

Fabrizio Martellucci said...

Gorgeous cards Cheryl, I can't pick a favourite they're all lovely. Xxoxo Fab

pennyd said...

They are all terrific Cheryl! You certainly got your money's worth from this freebie! LOL