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Falala-mingo! Holiday cards don’t all need to have pine trees and wreaths!

Holiday cards are magical. Lots of beautiful winter scenes, snow, candy, red and green ornaments, and of course glitter.

I’ve created a lot of these holiday cards this season. But they can start to run together.

Want to make a card that stands out from the crowd? Maybe stands out on one foot from the crowd??

Try this flamingo card!

flamingo holiday card

Supplies:

Easy steps to create this holiday flamingo card:

 

  1. Fold 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Cherry Cobbler cardstock in half. Adhere on 4″ x 5 1/4″ holiday designer series paper (this one from the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit).
  2. On a scrap of white cardstock, stamp the flamingo outline, and stamp the lightest color (mango melody) for the fill, and stamp the darkest (cherry cobbler) for the highlights. Fussy cut out, and adhere to the left side of the card.
  3. Die cut “Falala” from both the Red Glimmer Paper and from Cherry Cobbler. Adhere these together with a slight off-set. Cut a 1″ banner from cherry cobbler and write “mingo” on it. Adhere both to the card in the lower right corner.
  4. Adhere a 2″ strand of the gold thread to the upper right corner, leaving enough room for the bulbs. Punch 4 bulbs from the red glimmer paper, and 4 bulb threads from the copper glimmer paper, and glue them together before adhereing them over the thread using dimensionals.

 

I think this card is an excellent way to use the stamps you have and see how versatile they can be. I fully support creativity and sometimes trying something less than traditional can yield a great result!

non traditional holiday card _ pinterest

With this card, I’m playing along with the following challenges:

 

Did you make any holiday cards using something not normally associated with the season? I’d love to see it! Comment below or Check out our Facebook Page and post your festive card! I can’t wait to see your cards! Happy Crafting!

Quick and easy christmas card
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Quick Christmas Card – No Stamping Required!?

Every cardmaker both loves and dreads the holidays. Creating cards for our loved ones is our passion, but suddenly we need…how many cards?? How do we know so many people??

Elaborate cards that use advanced techniques and tiny details are so fun to create, but when you have 30, 40, 50+ cards to mail out, you need a card that can be made in a shorter amount of time.

This card is quick, and can easily be made into multiples. See the steps below on how to create this quick holiday card and for bonus tips on how to easily make multiples when you are short on time!

christmas card with alcohol ink ornaments

Supplies:

  1. Alcohol inks — You can DIY your own with this tutorial, or have the bottles shipped to your door!
  2. Real Red 8-1/2 Red Cardstock, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  3. All Is Bright 12 Holiday-themed patterned paper
  4. 8-1/2 Glossy Paper
  5. Detailed Baubles Thinlits Dies Ornament dies
  6. Gold 3/8 Gold ribbon
  7. Mini Stampin' Dimensionals Dimentional adhesives

Steps:

  1. Create your red and green paper. TIP: When making multiple cards, create multiple sheets of glossy red and green with your alcohol inks. This is the bottleneck for time on this card, so if making multiples, create a bunch of sheets!
  2. Meanwhile, fold your red cardstock in half to form your cardbase. TIP: You can get 2 cardbases from one 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock but cutting it in half the short way. 
  3. Cut your favorite holiday-themed DSP to 4″ x 5 1/4″. Adhere to your cardbase.
  4. Die cut a few ornaments from your alcohol inked paper.
    • Arrange on your cardfront.
    • Glue strips of ribbon onto the patterned paper to their location.
    • Adhere the ornaments using dimensionals.

 

With this card, I’m playing along with the following challenges:

How many cards do you make for the holidays? I’d love to hear the number you strive for each year, so leave a comment below! Are you already done or just getting started? Don’t worry, you have time!

I’ll be posting lots of cards right here on the blog; many quick and easy, some a bit more elaborate, but all with step-by-step instructions and tips for how to make it easy! To see more creations, be sure to follow Laura’s Craft Closet on Instagram, too!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and are feeling crafty for the holidays! Happy Crafting!!

Quick and easy christmas card

 

Update: I was chosen by Crafting By Designs as the winner with this card for the “Get ready for Christmas, November edition” winner! Woot!!

CBD+Winner+Badge

Thankful Fall Colorful Maple Leaves Cards
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Thanksgiving and Fall Cards made using Homemade Alcohol Ink

Last week, I created some homemade alcohol inks and shared the tutorial with you crafties! Take a peek at that post and check out how to make your own alcohol inks here!

The colors are gorgeous, and I wanted to use these inks immediately! They looked so pretty in the bottles, but I needed some cards to celebrate Fall. This ink could be used to make some gorgeous leaves!

 

The cards with the mason jar and falling leaves is easy to create! Check out the steps below:

Supplies:

Important supply–> Alcohol InksDIY or the Brand Name, or the slightly larger pack of the other Brand

Steps:

  1. Create your alcohol inked paper!! Choose 3 colors. (I chose red, yellow, and green)
    • Place a sheet of glossy paper in an old baking pan (or something that’ll keep your workspace clean).
    • Spritz a few sprays of hairspray to cover the glossy paper.
    • Drop a few drops of one color on the paper, then repeat with the other colors. Tilt your paper to move the colors around, but don’t let them mix too much.
    • Optional: Spray a few spritzes of hairspray over the colors to add a little depth.
    • LET DRY!
  2. Meanwhile, fold your Old Olive 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ cardbase in half.
  3. Cut your Brown cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 4″.
    • Emboss it with the falling petals or woodlands embossing folder.
    • Adhere it to your cardbase.
  4. On a scrap of white cardstock, stamp a short jar in black, and die-cut it out. Adhere it towards the top angled down.
  5. Cut a banner from old olive, stamp your sentiment with versamark and heat emboss using gold powder. Adhere towards the top of the card.
  6. Die cut the leaves using your big shot machine, and adhere towards the base of the card.

Thankful Fall Colorful Maple Leaves Cards

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Fall colors are just so gorgeous and comforting. I can’t wait to create some more fun projects with these inks!!

I’m playing along with the following challenges:

Did you decide you want to also try playing with alcohol inks? I wrote a quick and easy tutorial using things you likely have at home, even if you aren’t a crafter. Click below and get your ink on!

make your own alcohol inks

Happy Crafting!