Monday, November 17, 2014

Scene Card - Reindeer Christmas Gift Card

Hello! I have a great holiday gift card project for you today. It's been a little chilly here in North Carolina so it's been easy to get in the holiday spirit. I grew up in North Dakota so I know that when it gets really cold outside, the snow glitters at night like, well, glitter! This was my inspiration for today’s gift card. This project came together really nicely and I think this one might go to a teacher this year! If you like it, be sure to become one of my followers so you can see future projects.

Card Front

Card Interior

For this card, I used my Cricut Explore to cut out all the pieces of this project. You’ll find a complete listing of cuts, sizes and products at the end of the post.

First, cut out the gift card holder from the Artiste cartridge. In order to make this an A2 sized card, I needed to cut this 13” tall so I got out my 12 x 24 mat and some Cricut black paper. You could make this from 12 x 12 paper if you didn’t make it a gift card holder and picked a similar shaped card base from your Cricut library.

Next, I wanted to create a 3-D snow effect. I used the hills scene image from the Country Life cartridge. I got rid of all the layers except the 3 solid hill images. One of the cuts had small holes in it which I shut off with the Contour feature. Then I made copies of the card base, overlaid the three hills one at a time and used the slice feature so they would exactly match my card cut. Remember that the Slice feature only works with 2 layers so make a copy of your card base and delete any fold line layers so there’s only 1 card base layer before you try to slice it. You have to go through that process three times for each of the snow layers. I did a very similar process to create the moon. I first imported a 1 ½” circle and used the Slice feature to cut the moon to match my card shape. If you don’t have an Explore, you can still do this by cutting your hills and moon, manually tracing your card area against the hills and moon, and hand cutting them with a scissor. 

To create the rest of the scene, I cut out 5 trees in three different sizes from the Doodlecharms cartridge. I cut out a reindeer silhouette from Gypsy Wanderings, a circle for my card interior and a banner for my tag from Artiste. I used ink and a finger dauber to shade the tree cuts and the circle.
I wanted my reindeer silhouette to stand out so I embossed it with two layers of metallic embossing powder. This was done by inking up the cut, sprinkling embossing powder over the top and heating it up until the powder melted. Once it cooled, I repeated the process. He still needed something so I used a portion of a Christmas lights sticker to make it look like he had gotten tangled in some holiday decorations.

To assemble the card, I first ran the front of the card through a Cuttlebug embossing folder for texture. Then I started layering the snow cuts placing the back layer against the card and using foam tape on the next two layers. This gives the snow a nice 3-D effect. I also glued the moon down in the upper right hand corner to the card base. Next I placed 1 large tree to the far left of the card gluing the brown base against the card and using foam tape for the green part of the tree. I then placed the smallest brown tree base so that the trunk slipped under the 2nd layer of snow using foam tape and another layer of foam tape on the green part. This overlaps the large tree a little bit. I placed a medium tree against the far right side of the car the same way as my large tree.

Next I attached the reindeer to my card with 2 layers of foam tape. I created the tag by stamping Joy on it and added a small piece of red embroidery floss. The interior of the card was created with the large circle and the two remaining trees. I stamped it with another Close to My Heart sentiment.

So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed it. I’ll be back next week for another project.

Cricut Cuts:
Artiste – Gift Card base (13” x 5.4”) and tag (1.19” x .61”)
Country Life – Hills scene (5.8” x 3.3”)
Gypsy Wanderings - Reindeer stencil (3.3” x 3.3”)
Doodlecharms – Trees – (2 large=1.37” x 3.13”); (2 small=.9” x 2.08”); (1 medium=1.2” x 2.76”)
Free with Design Space account – circles for moon (1.375”) and card interior (3.5”)

Misc. Supplies:
Cuttlebug embossing folder – D’vine Swirl
Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distressing Ink
Christmas Crafts Christmas Lights 3D embellishments (Hobby Lobby brand)
Recollections white holographic paper – Michaels
DCWV Glitzy Glitter paper stack – gold
Delta embossing ink pad
Aged Gold Stampendous Fran-tage embossing powder
Black Cricut 12 x 24 paper
Misc. paper scraps – brown and 3 shades of green for the trees; brown for card interior
Zip Dry glue
Stamps – Close to my Heart - Season’s Celebration D1498 and Holiday Magic S1110

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