Saturday, June 8, 2013

Pinterest Inspired Christmas...and a Tutorial

Hello Maja friends! I decided to shake things up a bit and make a little Christmas card here...though the temps here in New Jersey are pushing 90F! I keep a file under my Pinterest account called 'Card Inspiration'. I never know when inspiration will strike, so if it happens to be a Christmas themed card in June...I go with it! This particular picture also encouraged me to make a tutorial after I figured out how the template was made. The original picture credit can be found here. First off, here's the end product using Maja Design's Vintage Winter collection:
I started the process by cutting out 4 hearts, two with 'Wishing You' paper and two with Soft Suede card stock. I stacked the four of them together and with my paper piercer, I punched out holes around the perimeter. I stacked them together so that the holes would all line up when I went to sew them together:
PaperHeart1Next I dabbed the edges of the fronts with Walnut Stain distress ink:
PaperHeart2I need the hearts to malleable, so I spritzed them with water and crinkled them up:
PaperHeart3PaperHeart4I carefully unfolded them and waited for them to dry before sewing. To give them a puffed up appearance, I added a bit of crinkled tissue to the inside as I was sewing them closed. The brown heart is the back and obviously the printed side is the front:
PaperHeart5aI then began meticulously sewing the perimeter, using a blanket stitch through the pre-pierced holes:
PaperHeart6Then I added an inside perimeter of sparkle using Ranger's Platinum Stickles:
PaperHeart7Lastly I added the 'Merry' and 'Christmas' banners, cut out of the same "Wishing You" paper:
PaperHeart8Here are some close ups of the hearts:
MerryChristmascuaMerryChristmascuThe Maja Design papers that I used were: Wishing You, Christmas is Coming, Cozy Inside and Cozy Inside (bs).
Vintage WinterOther supplies used were: a paper flower, Zva Creative flourish, burlap, jute, gold stars, a doily and a paper distresser.

Thanks for joining me today...hope you have a wonderfully crafty day!


  1. Oh my goodness, Andrea! This is amazing!! Thanks for showing how you made the hearts!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Thanks for the DIY - Beautiful hearts you've made! Have a great weekend.

  3. Wow, so many details on this gorgeous card! I truly love it!

  4. Wow, this is gorgeous. Love the pretty hearts and all the layers. Thanks for the tutorial on the hearts. I am definitely going to give this a try.

  5. Andrea this is beautiful, and I love the hearts.
    Thanks so much for the tutorial

  6. Awesome tutorial! The end result card is so pretty!

  7. Gorgeous card! Thanks for the tutorial. One of my crafting "resolutions" is to try stitching on a card. This looks fabulous, and I need to try it!

  8. Wow, Andrea, this is gorgeous! I don't celebrate x-mas, but I already have 15 other ideas! Thanks for the tutorial. I Love your work and I save all of your e-mails for inspiration.

  9. Thanks for the tutorial on the pretty hearts Andrea! Your card is just lovely!!

  10. I made a pledge at Christmas 2012 that I would make a couple of Christmas cards every month so I would not be rushed when the season rolled around. Guess what... I haven't made a one! Your cheery creation has reminded me that I better get busy. Mind if I copy? I really like this!!

  11. What a beautiful Christmas card! I love the doily in the background and the handsewn puffy hearts are fabulous!

  12. This is gorgeous, Andrea...I'm in the mood for Christmas cards now! LOL

  13. Oh, my goodness, those little vintage heart shaped pillows are the sweetest! Glad you showed a step by step; I can see how much love and time were put into them.

  14. One word: Beautiful. Could you tell me what font you used.

  15. One word: Beautiful. Could you tell me what font you used for the Christmas heart card.

  16. Wow, you are so gifted with creating this beautiful card. Thanks for sharing


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