A Slimline Skyline Die Brought to Life!

I was playing around with the new slimline skyline die from Rubbernecker and was layering pieces together to see what they looked like. It was when I arrived at this combination that I felt like it was really brought to life with all those lit windows peeping through. And, it ever so slightly reminds me of scenes of Bethlehem so I thought this might make a really interesting take on a Christmas card! To make my card I used the Slimline Skyline, Slimline Nested Scallop with Stitch, Stars and Slimline Waves.

A scenic nighttime skyline on a slimline card made using a new slimline skyline die from Rubbernecker

The Card Base

  • Cut the 8.50″ x 7:00″ card base and the slimline frame using white cardstock.
  • Cut the 8.50″ x 3.50″ background layer using dark blue cardstock.
  • Score the card base at 3.50″, fold and use your bone folder to sharpen the fold crease.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the blue layer and attach it to the card base,

Die cuts made using a new slimline skyline die from Rubbernecker layered on a card front to show a nightime scene

The Frame and Snow

  • Use the largest Slimline Nested Scallop die to cut a gray cardstock layer.
  • Place the gray layer back on the cutting platform, line up the second die in the set and cut the frame.
  • Use the Wave die to cut the snow layer using white cardstock. Note:  There are three wave dies in the set and I used the one with the least amount of waves in the design.
  • Turn the frame face down, apply double stick tape to the bottom and attach the wave die.

The Slimline Skyline and Star

  • Cut one Slimline Skyline using gray cardstock and one using white cardstock.
  • Turn the skyline face down, cut yellow sections to attach to cover the window openings and attach with glossy accents.
  • Slightly offset the white skyline behind the gray skyline and attach together using double stick tape.
  • Trim the skyline to fit behind the frame.  
  • Apply double stick tape to the sides and bottom of the frame and attach the skyline.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the frame and attach to the card base.
  • Cut the yellow star using the Stars die using yellow cardstock and attach it to the sky using a small piece of mounting tape.  Note:  The Stars die not only creates a fun die cut image to use on a card but it also cuts out stars of several sizes to save and use on other projects. 

A beautiful handmade card showing a nighttime snowy skyline made using a new slimline skyline die from Rubbernecker

 
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This is just one way you can use this very fun slimline skyline die to add some instant interest to your slimline cards. What would YOU do with this cool skyline?

Santa Christmas Cards – Quick and Easy!

Santa Christmas cards are always popular and this one is an example of how Santa’s face can be the only thing you need to evoke that fun feeling of Christmas. Of course, I had to add some little details but this die cut set from Rubbernecker could be all you need to make some super cute – and QUICK! – Christmas cards this year. To make this I used the new Santa’s Face, Santa Mini, Christmas Mini and Nested Ovals.

One of my santa Christmas cards showing a die cut santa face in an oval window surrounded by die cut gifts on a handmade card

The Oval Matted Frame

  • Cut an A2 sized card base using white cardstock.
  • Cut a white 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ piece of cardstock and a red 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ piece of cardstock.
  • Place the white cardstock on the cutting platform, line up and center the largest oval die and cut the frame opening.
  • Place the red cardstock on the cutting platform, line up and center the next sized down oval die and cut the frame opening.
  • Cut 1/16″ off of all four sides of the red frame layer so it will not show behind the white layer when they are attached.
  • Apply adhesive to the back side of the white frame, line it up over the red frame and attach the two together.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape all the way around the borders on the back side of the frames .
  • Place a few small pieces of mounting tape around the edges of the oval.
  • Attach the frames to the card base.
  • Note:  Check out my Frame Tutorial if you would like to see a step by step tutorial on how I made the matted frame.

 

santa Christmas cards made using die cuts from Rubbernecker with a santa face surrounded by tiny gifts

Santa’s Face

  • Cut the Santa pieces out using red and white cardstock.
  • Line up where the hat needs to be on the card base and attach it using ATG adhesive.
  • Attach the white fur pieces to the hat using pieces of mounting tape.
  • Lay the mouth and beard in place on the card base to measure where to color the cheeks and mouth and them aside.
  • Use a mini applicator to apply pink ink.  Note:  After you apply the ink to the mini applicator be sure to rub it on scratch paper a couple times before applying the cheeks and mouth.  Then use a very light touch when applying the ink.
  • Attach the beard below the mouth and cheeks using pieces of mounting tape.
  • Use double thick pieces of mounting tape to attach the mustache so it will stand above the beard.

The Minis

  • Use red and green cardstock to cut out all the mini pieces and yellow cardstock for the star.
  • Assemble all the mini pieces and attach using glossy accents. Note: I always use my reverse tweezers to pick up and attach small pieces.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the minis and attach them to the frame.

One of my santa Christmas cards featuring a die cut santa face in an oval layered window surrounded by tiny gifts all made with die cuts from Rubbernecker

If you aren’t into the more religious aspects of the Christmas holidays or are sending cards to people who aren’t, these Santa Christmas cards are just about perfect. You get to make a nod to the season with a little smile and spread that cheer to anyone! To see another whimsical Santa Christmas card check out my Santa Stuck in the Chimney box.

 
5337-02D Santa’s Face Die
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5338-01D Santa Mini Die
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Nested Oval Die Cut Set 5004D
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Santa Christmas cards are so much fun to make.

Yes You Can Make Your Own Christmas Cards!

If I were to tell you that you could make your own Christmas cards this year using this one as your sample, what would you say? Would you THINK that this card was too “hard” to make? Well, I am here to tell you, it’s NOT! Yes, it’s really pretty. Yes, it has a lot to look at. But hard? Nope.

Essentially, this is a shallow tunnel card – which I will show you how to do – with a small arrangement of die cut greenery – which I will show you how to make – and some tiny but wow details – which I will show you how to add. Ready?

To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Winter Candles in Circle, Poinsettia #2, Greenery #2, Wreath Set and Nested Circles.

an example of a way to make your own Christmas cards featuring die cut greenery and candles in a dimensional window

Winter Candles and Circle Frame

  • Cut the Winter Candles using red, pink and yellow cardstock.
  • Apply the pink candle wax drippings to the top of the candles using glossy accents.
  • Set the yellow flames aside to attach later.
  • Use white cardstock to cut a 5.50″ x 5.25″ layer and the largest die in the Nested Circle set to cut the frame.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the white frame layer and attach it to the red candle circle.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the red and white frame layers and attach them to the white card base.
  • Cut small pieces of mounting tape, tuck them in behind the top portion of each candles and attach them to the card base.  Note:  I wanted the red frame to be flat to the surface of the card base but wanted the candles to be popped up to add dimension and interest.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the flames and attach them right at the top of each candle.

One way to make your own Christmas cards using die cuts in a circular window on a card front

The Poinsettia

  • Cut two each of the smallest poinsettia section using red and green cardstock.
  • Cut the tiny center flower sections using yellow cardstock.
  • Place the green and red flower sections face down on the molding pad and form them using the small round stylus.
  • Place them face up on the molding pad and push down in the center using the tiny tipped stylus to push the flower sections up.
  • Offset and attach the the two red sections together using glossy accents. 
  • Offset and attach the green flower sections to the bottom of the red poinsettia sections
  • Form the tiny yellow flower centers using the molding pad and tiny tipped stylus and attach them to the poinsettia center using glossy accents.

The Evergreen and Holly

  • Use green cardstock to cut several sections of greenery and holly branches.
  • Attach the four greenery branches to the bottom section of the candle circle using glossy accents.
  • Set the poinsettia in the center of the four greenery sections and attach using glossy accents.
  • Trim the four greenery sections to shorten and attach them to the top of the frame using glossy accents. 
  • Punch several red circles using a 1/8″ punch and attach them to the holly branches using glossy accents.
  • Place the holly branches on the molding pad and form the leaves using the leaf tool.
  • Tuck the holly branches under the poinsettia to fill in the arrangement and attach them using glossy accents.
  • Tie a red multi loop bow using 1/4″ ribbon and attach it to the top greenery arrangement using several glue dots.  Check out my multi loop bow video tutorial to see how I made my bow.
  • Finish the card by applying yellow stickles to the flames to make them sparkle like fire.

Learn to make your own Christmas cards using this die cut candle arrangement with greenery and fine details from Rubbernecker

 
5336-01D Winter Candles in Circle Die
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Poinsettia #2 5169D
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5217-04D Greenery#2 Die
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OK! Are you ready to make your own Christmas cards now? Remember, this is just an example – you can take any or all of these elements and make your own card design. Don’t want to bother with the window? No worries! Too much foliage? Skip it! Not enough for you? Make a wreath! That’s the beauty of being able to make your own Christmas cards – you can do whatever you like!

 

 

 

Simple Handmade Christmas Card

A clean and simple handmade Christmas card is fast and easy to make when you’re going to mass produce holiday greetings for your loved ones. To make this card I used the Stockings in Circle, Nested Circles, Tiny Leaves and Christmas Phrases Large and Small.

This simple handmade Christmas card with the matted circle frame and stockings is fast and easy for everyone on your list.

The Stockings in Circle

  • Cut the Stockings in Circle using red cardstock.
  • Use white cardstock to cut the toppers of the stockings.
  • Attach the white toppers to the stockings using rolled up double stick tape.

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  • Cut the tiny holly leaves using green cardstock, form them using the leaf tool and molding pad and attach them to the stocking toppers using glossy accents.
  • Punch out 1/8″ circles and attach one to each of the stockings using glossy accents.
  • Photo tip:  Adding a small touch of red and green to the white stocking toppers makes it pop against the white background. Not only does it draw the eye in but it also helps my camera expose more correctly in auto mode since I’m basically a point and shoot photographer. 

 

A simple handmade Christmas card made using the Stockings in Circle cut with red cardstock pops against the white background.

Finish the Card

  • Cut a white 5.50″ x 4.25″ layer to fit on the front of the card.
  • Place it on the cutting platform, line up the largest circle die and run through the machine.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the white frame layer and attach to the red Stocking in Circle layer.
  • Lay the framed Stockings in Circle in place of the card base to figure out the placement for the sentiment.
  • Remove the framed Stockings in Circle and stamp the sentiment with black ink.
  • Apply double stick tape around the back of the frames and small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the stockings and attach them to the card base.

 

A simple handmade Christmas card made using these framed die cut red stockings really pop against the all-white background.

 
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I hope this inspires you to make a simple handmade Christmas card for a sweet and simple card of your own! I love Christmas stockings and how these are the major focus of the card.

Halloween Card Ideas and Halloween Sale

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Since Rubbernecker is having a Halloween sale this week I thought I would share several of my Halloween card ideas to get you in the mood.  Whether you like really cute card or spooky there is something for everyone in the Sale Category.  Can you imagine how cute these dies would be embellishing a trick or treat bags and boxes?  So many ideas and so little time.  LOL! And while you are browsing through the sale items you will also see lots of fall themed stamps and dies.

You can click on each picture to be taken to the original post and step by step tutorial.

Halloween Pop Up Box

Come see how I made this scary Halloween pop up box card.

Halloween Spider and Spiderwebs

Come see how I made this spooky Halloween spider and spiderwebs card.

Halloween Ghosts and Bats

Come see how I made this Halloween ghosts and bats card.

Spooky Halloween Card

One of my spooky halloween cards made using several black card stock die cuts set against a purple background and a witch against a bright yellow moon

Trick or Treat Witches

Come see how I made this fun clean and simple trick or treat witches card.

I hope these Halloween card ideas have inspired you to get out your Halloween dies and stamps and make cards for your family and friends. Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day.

 
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I love sharing Halloween card ideas.

Fall Leaves and Pumpkins and Halloween Sale

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We celebrate fall with trees full of colorful fall leaves and pumpkins and a cooling relief from the hot summer heat.  Sadly for me, we get no fall colors and cooler weather here in Florida so I enjoy making fall cards and enjoy my memories of how beautiful fall was where I grew up in West Virginia. I have made lots of falls cards over the years and you can see them in my Fall Category.  

To make this card I used two Halloween die sets, Spooky House and Owl and Halloween Tree and modified them to create my pretty fall scene.  I used the Nested Rectangle Scallop for the scene base and filled the scene using the new Slimline Grass, Apples, Pears and Corn Set (pumpkins), Tiny Leaves, Flower Stems and Tiny Flower Buds

Check out the Rubbernecker Halloween and Fall Sale Category to see all the dies and stamps on sale.  I am especially excited that the fall and Halloween dies are all 15% off.

I love making fall cards with a tree with colorful fall leaves and pumpkins around its base.

The Scene Base

  • Use white cardstock to cut the A2 sized card base.
  • Cut the scalloped layer using white cardstock and the largest die in the nested set.
  • Use green cardstock to cut the grass sections and cut again using the nested die to create matching scallop borders.
  • Mask the scalloped edges of the scene base, apply light blue ink using a large blender brush and then remove the tape.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scene base and attach it to the card base.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back grass layer and attach it to the scene base.
  • Use a strip of mounting tape to attach the front grass layer.

The Owl and Tree

  • Cut the tree using tan cardstock and apply brown ink using a mini applicator and then light wipe with a wet baby wipe to smooth out the color.
  • Use tan, dark brown and mustard cardstock to cut the owl.
  • Assemble and attach the pieces together using glossy accents.  Note:  I placed the small owl parts on my molding pad and used my reverse tweezers to pick them up.  The spongy surface of the molding pad allows you to slip the tweezers under the small pieces making it lots easier than trying to pick them off your hard work surface.
  • Cut the tiny leaves using green, orange, mustard and dark red cardstock.
  • Place the leaves on the molding pad, gently form them with the leaf tool and attach them to the tree branches using glossy accents.
  • Attach the owl back of the branch and the feet to the front of the branch branch using glossy accents.

Handmade cards with colorful fall leaves and pumpkins arranged are so fun to make with die cuts.

The Not So Spooky House

  • Cut the house using tan cardstock.
  • Color the roof sections, door and windows using a dark brown marker.
  • Use a dark red marker to color the tiny bricks and chimney top.
  • Attach the roof sections and chimney top to the house using rolled up strips of double stick tape.

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  • Cut the porch roof section of the house using tan cardstock, trim it, color it with the dark brown marker and attach using rolled up double stick tape.
  • Attach the tiny bricks and windows to the house using glossy accents.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the house, tuck it in behind the front grass section and attach to the scene base.

The Pumpkins, Foliage and Flowers

  • Cut the apples and pear using orange cardstock.  Note:  I used the apples and pears to make pumpkins so they would fit the scale of the house and tree.
  • Color the pumpkins using a mini applicator and orange ink.
  • Use a green marker to color the stems.
  • Cut the foliage stems using green cardstock and the tiny flowers using yellow cardstock.
  • Use a mini applicator to apply a light shade of orange to the tiny flowers and form them using a small tipped stylus and molding pad.

Finish the Scene

  • Apply double strips of mounting tape to the back of the tree limbs, tuck the tree in behind the front grass layer and attach to the scene base.  Note:  I used double thickness of mounting tape so it would stand away from the scene base and would allow the branches to appear hanging over the house roof.
  • Tuck the pumpkins in behind the front grass layer and attach using small pieces of mounting tape.
  • Tuck the foliage stems around the pumpkins and grass borders and attach using glossy accents.
  • Finish by attaching tiny flowers to the foliage branches and attaching two leaves and a tiny flower to the front door using glossy accents.

Fall cards featuring colorful die cut fall leaves and pumpkins and an owl in a tree for a classic Fall scene.

It was so much fun creating this scene with the fall leaves and pumpkins.  I like finding more ways to use my dies and the Spooky House and Owl and Halloween Tree are easy to serve double duty.  Check out my Halloween Category to see all of my Halloween themed cards. And if you have Fall and Halloween items on your wish list you will definitely want to check out the Rubbernecker Halloween Sale.

 
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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Making cards with fall leaves and pumpkins are perfect for both fall and Thanksgiving cards.