Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pear & Partridge Card Workshop

It's so easy these days to order your Christmas cards online.  Pick a template, add a photo and greeting and your done.  It's that easy.  Even still, I feel that these cards can be a tad impersonal.  They are great to mail out in bulk to friends and family, but I still like to have a few handmade cards on hand to go to those special people in my life. I use them to put with a gift or they even can become the gift. Using the Cricut Artiste, I can cut fun inserts to hold a gift card...or better yet, a Studio J 5 pack gift card.

A few weeks ago, I sat down with our Pear & Partridge Card Workshop On the Go and within a couple of hours, I have 15 cards and a beautiful box to store them in.

Add an insert to hold a gift card. This one is cut using the Cricut Artiste.

This poinsettia is super easy to make.  Using the Cricut Artiste, I cut the snowflake image in red and green, varying the sizes. Fold the petals and sponge with Cocoa ink and layer them together.  Use a gold bigger brad to hold the layers together and using a glue dot, adhere the cluster to the front of the box.

An easy way to add ink the the edges and corners of the box is to use our spray pen. Add a few drops of Cocoa reinker to some water and spray away.  This does get a bit messy so make sure to clear away anything you don't want sprayed.  I used a sponge to smooth out puddles.

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