Hello, friends! It’s been awhile since my last post – I ended up taking a big break over Thanksgiving. I hope you all enjoyed your holiday, too, for those in the U.S. who celebrate. I am excited to be back in my craft room and creating again! First up is this fun slimline card featuring the Christmas Cookies die set from Tim Holtz. I made a card with this set last year, focusing solely on the snowflake cookie, and I’ve been wanting to do a follow-up ever since.
For this card, I planned on following the same process that I did for my snowflake cookie card. (See picture below)
However, I quickly realized that the other cookie shapes are not the same as the snowflake. Although each cookie shape consists of two dies (a base layer and a detail layer), there are a lot more cutouts and details on the other shapes. So, I had to come up with a plan for what I wanted to do. Just like with my previous card, I really wanted the cookies to look realistic with layers of icing. In other words, I wanted to make things more difficult than they needed to be – ha! First thing to do was to cut the base shape of each cookie. I cut each shape three times from Kraft card stock and glued them together. I then darkened the edges of each cookie with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give them that fresh-from-the-oven look.
For the snowflake cookie, I cut the detail layer twice from white card stock and twice from blue card stock. I popped the fine detail snowflake out of the white layers and glued them together. For the blue layers, I left that fine detail snowflake intact and glued the two layers together. I found that it was easy to die cut the detail layers and have all the pieces stay intact if I only ran it through my die-cutting machine once. For the most part, to get all those tiny details to pop out, I had to run the dies through my machine a couple times. Once I figured out that I could keep the detail layers intact, I cut two of each shape using colored card stock – green for the tree, turquoise for the house, red for the bell, and white for the candy cane. I glued these two layers together for each cookie. I also cut two of each shape out of white card stock (except for the candy cane) and removed just the thin outer frame. I glued these two layers of outer frame together, as well.
Once I had all of my pieces ready, it was time to make them look like icing. To do that, I used embossing ink and clear embossing powder. I simply laid the die cuts on a clean piece of paper, pressed my ink pad directly onto the die cuts, transferred them into a coffee filter where I could cover them with embossing powder, and then embossed them with my heat tool. I embossed each piece twice to make the icing really shiny and smooth. The pieces that I embossed include all of the colored base layers, the white snowflake detail, the white candy cane detail, and the white outer frames for the other cookies.
To assemble the cookies, I glued the colored, embossed icing layers onto the Kraft base layers. I then glued the embossed white detail layers on top of those. The only thing left to do was to cut out all of the tiny details from colored card stock. I cut the bell, tree and house out of yellow card stock. I cut the candy cane and tree out of red card stock. I used some of the leftover white detail pieces that I had previously cut to fill in some items, like the dots on the bell and the ornaments on the tree. I glued all of these tiny details onto the cookies, and then I covered them with Glossy Accents to maintain a consistent look of shine.
To assemble the card, I first used the scalloped die from the Mama Elephant Slim Card Basics set and cut it from white card stock. I stamped my sentiment along the bottom of that panel. I don’t have many colors of embossing powder, but what I do have is a lot of Distress Oxide inks. So, when I want a colored, embossed greeting, I stamp it with Distress Oxide and emboss with clear embossing powder. For this sentiment, I used Candied Apple. I love these slimline sentiments! These are rubber cling stamps, so they stamp really crisp. I adhered the panel to a 3.5″x8.5″ card base that I made from Kraft card stock. To finish, I just glued my cookies to the card and added a red enamel dot in the center of the snowflake.
I love how this card turned out, and I hope it puts a smile on your face. I may still love that snowflake card more, but I think it’s because it reminds me so much of cookies I used to make. Let me know which one you like better! Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.
Wishing you all a crafty day,
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