Seasonal Sentiments · Sentiments

Christmas sentiments

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Does your mind “go blank” when faced with writing a sentiment in a greeting card? Here are a few Holiday greetings for you, broken down into categories:

FOR FRIENDS:

“Have your best Christmas ever!”

“We hope you have a nice, relaxing Christmas, Susan!”

“So grateful to have a friend like you at Christmas and all year long!”

FOR FAMILY:

“Family is the greatest gift of all.”

“Thinking of you with lots of love this Christmas.”

“My holiday starts when we get together.”

“Looking forward to being with you soon”.

FOR THOSE FAR AWAY:

“Missing you this holiday season but we wish you a wonderful holiday.”

“We may not be together in person, but you’re always in my heart.”

FOR THOSE IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES:

“You’ve had more than your share of challenges this year. Wishing you peace and hope at Christmas and a new year full of better days.”

“It’s hard with Christmas comes during a difficult time. Just know that I’m thinking of you.”

FOR YOUR SUPERVISOR OR OTHER COMPANY CLIENTS:

“Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the year to come”.

“It’s a pleasure to work with you and a joy to wish you a Merry Christmas.”

“Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season.”

…and you can always wish them a very traditional “Merry Christmas!”

~Sallie

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To die for

To die cut

Dear Fellow Crafters,

In continuation from last week:

I also researched and yes, bought some new dies and folders. I always try to look for products that will help in ongoing projects so here are new die cut pics:

     Tattered Lace Large Numbers

     Crafters Companion Die sire edgeables:  Just for you, Thank you so much, Happy Anniversary

     Sizzix wine stem name label rose (thinlit die)

‘Til next week,

~Sallie

Adventures in Card-Making · To die for

To die(cut) for

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Last week I shared some sites for crafting and here are new sites for die-cutting that I have found brought me ideas.

Sallie

http://www.craftstash.co.uk/

http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com

http://www.sizzix.com

http://www.cardsbyamerica.blogspot.com

http://www.thecountrychiccottage.net

To die for

Tool Tips- Embossing Folders

Tool Tips: Embossing Folders

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Embossing folders have been around for several years now, and the effects they produce seem to never go out of style. These tools are great for card makers because of the ease by which wonderful textures and designs can be added to cards. By simply placing paper in the plastic folder and running it through a machine to apply pressure, the result is a beautiful, raised design. By simply adding some ink to the process, you can have stunning letterpress designs as well.

Letterpress is a paper-craft technique of relief printing where ink is added to a raised design/text and then paper is pressed onto it. The inked design then becomes the portion of the design that is pressed and the raised portion of the design is void of ink. This was the normal form of printing text from the 15th century until the 20th century, when offset printing was developed.

We are seeing a revival of letterpress in many forms as a handmade or small-batch type of specialty craft. This is a technique that you can recreate in your home using embossing folders, ink, paper and a brayer. A brayer is a hard, smooth roller that can have ink applied to it, and then it is used to roll the ink onto the raised portion of the embossing folder.

After you have gathered these supplies, simply roll the brayer over your ink pad and then roll it across the raised portion of the open embossing folder. Lay a piece of cardstock on the inked design, very carefully. It’s very important to make sure the cardstock doesn’t slide around on the ink. You may want to add a small amount of adhesive on the back side of your paper so it will stay in place once you close the embossing folder. Finally, run the embossing folder through an embossing machine such as a Sizzix Big Shot or Provo Craft Cuttlebug. There are many other machines on the market that you can use to place the pressure on the folder to embed the design and ink into your paper.

Finally, open your folder and gently remove the finished product. If you added adhesive to the back of your paper, you may need to use a bit of extra effort to carefully remove the paper. This letterpress image can be added to your card as a bold background, or it can be cut down with scissors, punches or dies, and then added to your card as an embellishment or focal point.

If you already own some embossing folders and don’t have a brayer, try lightly brushing an ink pad across the raised surface of the embossing folder. The key is not to press the ink pad onto the design. You want to keep all the ink on the very top surfaces of the design and not in the valleys. You may have to do a few trial-and-error attempts to figure out just how much ink you need to achieve the perfect result, but the effort is well worth the finished product.

One last tip is to use either a pigment ink, chalk ink or distress ink. These inks will stay wet long enough for you to place your paper and run it through the embossing machine. A dye ink may dry too quickly to transfer the ink to the paper. When you are finished, simply clean the embossing folder with a baby wipe or damp cloth to remove the ink.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie