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Friday, February 28, 2014

Christmas Inspiration: Fancy Nesty

It's never too early to get started making Christmas cards.  Hopefully this one will inspire you.  It was created using the technique Sue demonstrated on her PartiCraft blog - Fancy Nesty Tutorial. It was a fun card to make and SO pretty when completed!  This is what it looked like on the inside.

Materials used:
  • Spellbinders "Heirloom Ornaments 2010" Nesting Dies
  • Just Right stamp sets: "Deck the Halls" and "Noel Christmas Ornaments"
  • Spellbinders M-Bossability Folder "Imperial"
  • Red Ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Embossing Gun
  • Red/green patterned paper
  • Red satin 1/8" ribbon
  • Adhesive
The stamped ornaments were cut with the ornament die and then stamped in red and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I did the background by embossing two 5" x 7" pieces of white glimmer paper in the M-Bossability folder.  For the outside I basically cut it in half and cut a piece out with the die so it would line up nicely. 

For the inside I cut a piece out of the middle of the 2nd piece - once again using a die. I did this because it's rather difficult to write a message on embossed paper! :) You can see the piece I cut out is matting my focal element on the left side. 

I thought I had measured carefully enough so my cut hole would line up with the front, but it didn't line up as well as I would have liked. That's where the red frame on the inside came in so nicely - it not only framed the space for a message, but covered up the fact that the hole hadn't lined up with the front the way I had wanted.

The frame was made using two of the dies together.  I find that blue painter's tape works great to hold multiple dies in place when I prepare to cut them out.

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