Designer Cardmaking Joanna Sheen Special is on sale now!
Christmas has definitely arrived early with this stunning 4-in-1 die set and co-ordinating stamps, elegant wreath embossing folder and fabulous paper pack, plus sparkling gems and ribbon. AND there’s a 68-page magazine bursting with inspiration for using all your free gifts.
The magazine is full of gorgeous projects you’ll want to make now, but our Design Team had even more projects to share – so here are a few bonus makes to get you started…
First up, Katrina Austin’s card gives the shaker trend a fun, full-on festive twist:
free papers, stamps, ribbon & gems
kraft A5 card blank
mini star sprinkles
Walnut Stain Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
gold glitter fine embossing powder
DecoArt Snow Writer
3D foam pads
3D silicone glue
Step by step
1 Randomly stamp over an A5 piece of kraft card with the holly stamp from the kit. Using a gold glitter embossing powder, heat-emboss the stamped images.
2 Measure and cut out a small window for the shaker blister pack to fit through.
3 Distress the edges with Walnut Stain ink.
4 Cut out one of the decoupage panels from the free paper pack, ink the edges and adhere to the main image with 3D silicone glue.
5 Layer the decoupage panel onto red paper from the kit, and ink the edges. Affix with double-sided tape.
6 Attach ribbon from the kit, wrapping the ends through the window to secure. Tie a small bow and adhere using 3D silicone glue.
7 Cut out a sentiment from the paper pack, ink the edges and attach using 3D foam pads.
8 Secure the blister pack to the back of the cut window with a strong tape.
9 Fill the blister pack with little stars and use Glossy Accents to apply a small amount of glue around all the edges. Attach a piece of backing paper to stop the pieces slipping out of the individual domes. Adhere this to the card front.
10 Finish off with glitter glue and gems from the kit.
TOP TIP: Use an anti-static bag or wipe on your shaker windows to stop the contents clinging where they shouldn’t be!
Andrea West’s simple yet effective card places the versatile wreath embossing folder centrestage – dive into the magazine for a host of other ways to show it at its best, from heat-embossing to creating stylish aperture designs:
free embossing folder, stamps & dies
white Bazzill Basics cardstock
Hunkydory Christmas cardstock
Olympia Green VersaFine inkpad
Ranger Stickles glitter glue
Elizabeth Craft Designs Sprig with Berries die
manual die-cutting machine
Step by step
1 Emboss the Bazzill Basics cardstock with the wreath.
2 Stamp the pine needles twice in the centre top. Add Stickles glitter glue.
3 Create a bow from the free patterned papers and finish off with a small bell.
4 Die-cut a few sprigs from white cardstock. Cut them down and add them to the wreath.
5 Matt the finished panel onto red patterned paper and attach to the card front, leaving a narrow border.
TOP TIP: Adding sprigs to the simply embossed wreath gives depth to the design
Kayleigh Smith had been busy with some of the new Joanna Sheen Christmas 2016 dies, conjuring up wintry scenes with images of bracing walks, shopping trips, falling snow, and these lovely festive stars:
white 5”-square card blank
Joanna Sheen Snowflake Ornament & Large Snowflake Corner Signature Dies
Hint of Silver & Platinum Centura Pearl cardstock
Stick It adhesive sheet
3D foam tape
Papermania glazed gems
white docrafts Artiste pigment inkpad
True White Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder
Creative Expressions Dasher Deer stamp set
craft knife & steel ruler
Step by step
1 Cut a panel of Platinum cardstock to fit the front of the card blank and attach it using double-sided tape.
2 Cut another panel of Hint of Silver cardstock measuring the same height, and trim it to a width of 110mm. Adhere centrally to the card front.
3 Die-cut the Large Snowflake Corner twice out of dark blue paper with Stick It on the reverse so that they face each other on opposing corners with a space between them. When both have been cut, take the negative and adhere it to the lilac paper (keep the snowflake corners to use on other projects).
4 Use a craft knife to trim the panel so that the dark blue border measures approximately 3mm, then use 3D foam tape to adhere it to the card front.
5 Die-cut the Snowflake Ornament four times – twice out of Hint of Silver and twice out of Platinum cardstock, all with Stick It on the reverse.
6 Cut the Platinum stars away from their bows by using scissors to follow the shape of the top star point. Adhere the Platinum stars on top of the full Hint of Silver stars.
7 Attach the two star baubles to the card at different heights so they look like they’re hanging from the blue garland. Place a large glazed gem at the centre of each snowflake and a small glazed gem at the centre of each bow.
8 Cut a small panel of striped paper measuring 50x30mm. Stamp the ‘Merry Christmas’ sentiment from the Dasher Deer set in white pigment ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.
9 Matt the sentiment onto a panel of Hint of White cardstock measuring 55x35mm. Attach it to the top-left corner of the card using 3D foam tape.
10 To finish, add three gems to the bottom right of the card, with a large gem in the centre and a small one on either side.