Friday, 13 December 2013

Christmas Tutorial by DT Member Louisa Price

As the big feller in the North Pole gets his sleigh ready for the big day, we have another amazing Christmas tutorial by one more member of our very talented design team. This time it's the turn of Louisa Price. Why not pop on over to Lou's blog to check out her other cards and projects!

Over to you Lou!

Here's my Tutorial for a Large A4 Christmas Card from the fabulous Santa's Little Helpers CD from 2011, one of my favourites of all time.

Some A3 Card stock in a nice rich red, a Sheet of Super Gold Card, some insert paper, Green Gloss paper.
Green Merry Christmas Backing Paper, and the Decoupage sheets 7 and 8,
Spellbinders Grand 12" Poinsettia Border,
Versmark Pad, Tim Holtz Walnut Distress ink
Gold embossing powder, heat gun,
Wet and dimensional glue,
Gems, Glitter and 3D glaze and Glues.
Recipe printed twice from Internet.
Holly Punch.
Time: assembly, 20 mins, drying time, 4 hrs.

Score the First sheet of Red card at 21cm and fold and burnish to create an A4 card base. Next cut the poinsettia Border from a piecing of card stock, and then emboss with a mat. Before removing the die, use it as a stencil and apply them Versmark pad directly to the surface of the card though the die. Remove the die, and pour Gold embossing powder over the die cut, then heat from underneath with a heat gun, to create a smooth surface of gold embossing. It doesnt have to be perfect as the next piece to prepare is to be distressed, so imperfect works better actually.
Take the printed recipe, mine was a quick Christmas pudding one to match the main image on the card base, and roughly tear the edges all around, then using the walnut stain, distress the recipe.

Trim the edges from the Backing Paper, and use a wet glue or tape to fix to the front of the card base, leaving a border of red all the way around.
Mount the Main image onto some Super Gold Card stock, and then onto the matching base from the set, and mount the image and Matts in the Top Left hand Corner, leaving as much Border as you have allowed on the main image. And mount the Recipe in the Top Right corner, at a "Jaunty" angle.
The mount the Border onto the card base, in my case it comes slightly up over the base of the Matts, and bottom corner of the Recipe.
Next add the decoupage layers, shaping before using a dimensional glue, such as pads, or Glue Gel, and curve the Poinsettia leaves to expose the paper underneath, and provide more dimension.
Now the Basic Card is done, all that remains is to add glitz and Bling, and any accents.
I punched the Holly Leaves from the Green Gloss Card, and folded each leaf to Crack the surface and expose the white core, then arranged 3 to my satisfaction on the card front, and added red pearls for the berries. Some glitter to the Christmas Pudding, and glaze to the Elf's eyes and tree decorations, and main image Holly Berries. Dimensional Gold glue for the highlights on the Border. Add a sentiment from the sheet.
The insert was created using the insert from the set, trimmed, and mounted onto some A4 insert paper, then I added the Gift tag, and created a pocket for a removable version of the Recipe, A sentiment and some more of the creased Holly leaves, and some smaller gems and add the insert with some glue, and here's the finished Project.


  1. Love the image as the decoupage layers along with the card design .

  2. A fabulous tutorial Lou, I love the gold poinsettia border and how you've created it x

  3. Great tutorial and photos, Lou . beautiful Christmas image and love the bottom border.
    hugs Shirley-Anne