Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pastel Christmas Stocking Card

The first few days with the Cricut Imagine I made many "trial" cuts just to figure out how to use the machine and to practice some of the more advanced functions.  This means that I have many bits and pieces on my scrap table again and they must be put to use! 
This stocking in pink and blue is from the Snow Angel cartridge. I hope you aren't tired of seeing cuts from this cartridge.  Snow Angel is probably my favorite of all of the first set of Imagine cartridges and of course it it also very timely with Christmas less than a month away.

I am a little embarrassed to admit how fast my Imagine cartridge collection is growing - I guess I just need a lot of variety in my crafting options.  I feel limited by the current set of cartridges and I would much prefer to use the digital content I have accumulated and created on my own over the past few years.  However, at least for the time being, the Imagine is a closed system so I have to add cartridges if I want some more choices for my projects.

I used the Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch Around the Page set for the white card mat.  The piece of white cardstock was cut to 3 1/4 x 5 inches.  This is one of the sizes that will work properly for the corners and edges to line up.  The dark blue mat layer is cut at 3 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches.

I had some dollar bin ribbon from Michael's that was a great match for the colors in the stocking.  I cut a piece and wrapped it around the front of the card to fill in the area beside the matted image on the A2 card.  I simply used my ATG adhesive to hold the ribbon in place.

To hide the ribbon ends on the inside, I created a liner for the card.  I cut a piece of good quality writing paper to 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches, scored and folded the paper in half and then punched one edge with the border punch from the snowflake Punch Around the Page set.

I added adhesive to the plain side and set the liner in the card, then folded the card over to be sure that everything lined up correctly.

I find that the cards are more attractive if the liner is only adhered to one side.  This helps to prevent misfit liners that pull and tear.  It also give you more places to write inside the card.

In this view you can see how the liner keeps the snow theme going to the inside of the card.  The pale pink card base is Papertrey Ink cardstock.

 I cut another short piece of ribbon and tied it around the long border piece.  Then I trimmed the ends.  The ribbon had a tendency to fray so I added some Stickles glitter glue to the ends to act as a fray check.

The stocking has a lovely printed design but it seemed a little flat.  I decided to give them some sparkle with the Stickles.  I was eager to take the photos and I took this while the Stickles still were wet.  They look a little lumpy here but they do dry nice and flat and give just the right amount of sparkle to the card.

You could make a card in more traditional Christmas colors by using the red and green stocking on the Snow Angel cartridge and changing the colors of the card base and mats to suit.  If you don't have the Imagine you can make a similar card by cutting a stocking from another cartridge from some lovely patterned paper.

I hope you were able to snag some great bargains if you went out for Black Friday. I managed to spend money from the comfort of home with a few bargain internet purchases and one splurge!

One other note - I finally decided to have my own .com address for the blog.  This will help with some plans that I have for next year.  Unfortunately, I must have waited too long to claim my own name - several versions are already owned by "squatters" who would charge me a small fortune to get my name back.  So, I dropped the "s" and the new address will be

Everything is supposed to transition automatically over a few days and if you have the old address bookmarked it should just forward along seamlessly.  A few things did get mixed up in the conversion and I lost my blog list on the side bar so I will be doing some blog housekeeping to try to tidy things up in the next week or so.

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  1. Congrats on the new website. It looks like I'm already there.

  2. This is where a "like" button would be very useful.

  3. so cute - i just got my first two imagine carts in the mail and opened them today - can't wait to play. i too feel i need more as i don't like to be limited either but i have to take it slow BLECH!

  4. What a cute card and I've learned a couple of new things, too. I like the way you do your card liner. Also, using stickles on the end of the ribbon as fray check is a very useful idea! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love this card and I am going to scrapfift it. But wouldn't the liner need to be cut at 8 x 5 1/4 to fit both sides? also did you cut the sock at 3"?
    I know you are still recouping and I love this it it so elegant. TFS


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