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:
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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:
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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!
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17 comments:

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

    Have a great weekend!

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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  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!

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  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.
    Hugz,
    Chana

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

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  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!!

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

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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