Hi there! It’s Mendi here today. Can you guys believe it’s almost a new year? Where did this year go? If you’re like many of us, you may have run out of time when it came to making Christmas cards, but I’m hoping I can inspire you to send out New Year Cards instead! To create my cards I turned to the classy Home+Made Collection by Jen Hadfield.
My first card uses all the soft and pretty gold and cream specialty papers and embellishments with the collection. I punched a snowflake from the gold foil cardstock and layered it with a smaller snowflake in vellum to give it a softer feel.
For my next card I alternated 1-1/8″ wide strips on a 9″ x 3-3/4″ card base. I then stitched down each side of the patterned paper and adhered gold foil alpha stickers for a sentiment with big impact. To complete my sentiment I typed my words on the computer using a text box in Microsoft Word, layering it with some of the gold glitter scalloped tape from the collection. My finishing touch was a pair of black buttons which I topped with gold sequins.
My last card has a holiday bokeh effect or exploding confetti look. I’ve included a little step-by-step photo tutorial below sharing how I created it.
I started by cutting a piece of black cardstock to fit the front of my card (5.5″ x 4.25″). I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment using gold powder onto one of the chalkboard labels from the collection. When I was done I lightly centered the label on my card front and traced around it with a pencil (and set it aside for later).
I then cut the gold foil cardstock into thin strips and punched it with a 1/4″ hole punch. We R Memory Keepers Power Punch would be perfect for this. It’s a pretty thick cardstock so you’re going to want a strong punch.
Next I started adhering the gold foil dots to cover the pencil line that I traced around my label, offsetting and spreading the dots out as I moved towards the edge of the card. I found a glue pen to work best at this stage for minimal mess, but as I started to layer them in the next step, I had to switch to a liquid adhesive with a stronger hold.
When I had completely covered the front of my card, I cut off the dots that bled past the edge of the card front.
I adhered the label to the center and stitched around the edge for extra holding power. The last step was to adhere the front panel to a notecard. This card ended up being extremely flat and is perfect for mailing!
I hope I’ve inspired you to give one of these fun looks a try! 🙂
Home+Made 12×12 Paper Pad
Home+Made 12×12 Double-Sided Cardstock- Cool Quatrefoil
Home+Made 12×12 Double-Sided Cardstock- Cottage Blues
Home+Made 12×12 Specialty Cardstock- Cream with Gold Foil Dots
Home+Made 12×12 Specialty Cardstock- Cream with Glitter Stripe
Home+Made 12×12 Gold Foil Cardstock
Home+Made Chalkboard Label Stickers
Home+Made Phrase Tags
Home+Made Numbers & Glitter Decorative Tape
American Crafts Gold Glitter Paper Tape
Home+Made Gilded Gold Chipboard Thickers Alpha Stickers
Home+Made Large Gold Alpha Stickers
Sentiment Stamp Set
Steffanie S says
I feel so privileged to be the lucky recipient of one of these cards! The careful detail in each of your cards really shines. They are all so creative and unique!
Mendi Yoshikawa says
Awe… Thank you! You’re too sweet! 🙂
Helen Gullett says
Stunning cards! WOW!