Clearly Inspired Christmas Cards!

In this week’s webisode on WOW! Embossing Powders, Paulette and Gail featured two Christmas cards created with Heat Resistant Acetate and these projects were so gorgeous, I just had to show them off again! The lights in the studio are so bright that it can be difficult to tell just how much visual interest and texture these cards really have. I didn’t want you to miss out! Click on each image for instructions and supplies.

This first card actually uses the acetate in two different ways. The first piece of acetate is embossed with an embossing folder. Susan then dabbed Picket Fence Distress Paint onto the words from the back, and wiped away the excess. This gave her background a very cool chalkboard look that works well with the letterpress-style embossing folder.

THEN Susan took it another step further by die cutting her reindeer and snowflakes from acetate. She inked them with VersaMark™ and heat-embossed them with WOW! Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder. Check out the texture! I just love it!!!

Designed by Susan Cobb

Designed by Susan CobbDesigned by Susan Cobb

This next card from LeNae has a sweet little snowman image heat-embossed onto the Heat Resistant Acetate with WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Ultra High embossing powder. Not only do I LOVE the gold and ivory combo, but again, the dimension and texture you get from the Ultra High embossing powder makes this card extra-special. You could even say it has has a real WOW-factor. Haha.

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

 

WOW! Ultra High embossing powders have a coarser grain than regular embossing powders which gives them fantastic height and dimension. I just love the little individual snow droplets too! No special technique required to create them—they are just stray embossing powder granules that LeNae left in place before heat-setting from the underside of the acetate. What an easy way to get a fabulous snowy effect! And notice the snowman shows up beautifully, even the fine lines.

 

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And here is one more wintery card from our Ann’s Fall Look: Cutting Dies webisode a few weeks back. It’s a shaker card she created using Heat Resistant Acetate for the window. Using the Heat Resistant Acetate allowed Ann to heat-emboss the snowflake and ice skate images on the window front, and they look SO CUTE paired with her snowy shaker “filling” (White Encrusted Jewels embossing elements). For this card, Ann used our Super Fine White embossing powder which really helps to capture all the stamp details. The window frame was created with the Paper Artist™ Layering Frames cutting die set and a beautiful 12″x12″ Pearl Sheet that changes from pink to iridescent depending on the angle of light.

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Heat Resistant Acetate gives you so many more creative options over standard acetate. I also wanted to share an awesome tip for working with acetate that Ann mentions in the instructions of yet another Acetate-Christmas Card (here).

Ann says: “To help the acetate lay flat on the front of the card, I scored two lines about 1mm apart and creased them well, creating a very narrow spine to fit over the card fold.”  This technique really does help your acetate flap to lay flat against the card—genius!

Click here to view even more ideas and inspiration for projects with Heat Resistant Acetate!!!

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • You still have 3 days left to take advantage of our Breast Cancer Awareness Promotion 20% off of everything pink!!! Plus, we have created a special set of FREE Tags & Labels for you to download and print!
  • Our webisode this coming Tuesday features some truly fabulous projects created using IndigoBlu’s gorgeous rubber cling stamps and Megaflake metal leaf! These multi-colored metallic flakes add such a luxurious touch to your holiday cards… Just wait until you see what our Design Team has done!!

 

I hope you all enjoy our last October weekend, and that you take a little time to create something you love!

Michelle

 

 

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Not Your Normal Cards!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed World Card Making Day! We had some fun contests and challenges, and the fun hasn’t ended! Right now you can still join our October Card Making Contest that takes place on the Paper Wishes Message Board and this month the challenge is to design a card that is uniquely shaped or folded! So I went in search of a little inspiration for you all! Don’t forget to click on each image for supplies and instructions!

This first card was designed by Teresa Welch, who always has a new folded card up her sleeve. This one is simple to create and uses Hot Off The Press’ new Winter Wishes Artful Card Kit (ACK). The easel portion simply gets propped up behind the adorable die-cut embellishments on the inside of the card.

Easel Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Easel Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Here is another card Teresa designed using the same ACK, combined with Silver Ripple holographic paper and Silver Jewel Dazzles™ stickers. The front focal flap lifts upward, and the lower circle-covered section unfolds, revealing a pocket inside the card! So cool! The pocket is perfect for a gift card or family photo!

Front Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Front Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Inside of card

Inside of card

This Oval Swing Card was created using the Oval Swing Card template and the Gingerbread ACK. The thing I love about these templates is that you can easily create an unlimited number of moveable cards IN ANY COLOR. No more plain white cards! Although as Teresa shows us below, sometimes white is still the perfect choice.

Oval Swing Card designed by Teresa Welch

Oval Swing Card designed by Teresa Welch

This spooky, sparkly Halloween card was designed by Debbie Samples, and features a blank Center Step Card as its base. The blank Center Step cards have been pre-cut and even pre-folded for your convenience! Just dive right in and start decorating (my favorite part)! Debbie used Hot Off The Press’ Halloween Papers along with the Twisted Tree Cling Rubber Stamp and Spoonful of Midnight Embossing Powder & Elements from Stampendous to create this haunting look!

Center Step Card designed by Debbie Samples

Center Step Card designed by Debbie Samples

This card is not quite as seasonal as the others, but it’s a beautiful example of a Cascading Card and why not show a little love year-round?! The front pulls out accordion-style for display, and the folding panels give you lots of options for embellishing. This card was created with Hot Off The Press’ Red Velvet Paper Pack and Sweetie Pie Dazzles™, as well as the Paper Artist Love and 5 Hearts cutting die set.

Cascading Card designed by Teresa Welch

Cascading Card designed by Teresa Welch

And a final example of of a very cool Double-Fold Pop-Out Card! I love this card – the Butterfly Garden ACK papers are beautiful, and I love the symmetry of the pop-out section. Lots of visual impact here!

Double-Fold Pop-Out Card designed by Teresa Welch

Double-Fold Pop-Out Card designed by Teresa Welch

So – are you ready to learn the real reason behind my sudden folded-card fixation? Here at Paper Wishes, we have been working hard on a brand new DVD! Teresa’s Uniquely Folded Cards DVD has been scheduled for release in January! And trust me, it is packed with tons of projects that you are going to want to create, so mark your calendars and dust off your rulers!!!

Paper Wishes Highlights

  • Monday begins National Breast Cancer Week – a week near and dear to many of us. In fact, Paulette Jarvey, our founder and President is a breast cancer survivor. “I hope every woman will have an annual mammogram—it saved my life and might save yours,” she shares. To honor and support those who have had their lives affected by breast cancer, we have created a special promotion. Starting Monday, Paper Wishes will be offering a 20% discount on everything pink! This special offer will run through Sunday and what a great time to let those affected by breast cancer know that your thoughts are with them!
  • Our webisode this Tuesday will be featuring WOW! Ultra High Embossing Powders, and I am really excited for this one! WOW! Ultra High Embossing Powders do exactly what the name implies, creating an extra-thick layer of embossing that adds fantastic texture to your images. Embossing powders are just one of those things I get really excited about, so if you haven’t seen or used WOW! Ultra High powders yet, don’t miss this webisode!!
  • The Fall 2014 Paper Wishes Special Edition is out! Hopefully you received your copy and have had a chance to flip through, but you can also take a look at all the new products in our Virtual Catalog! Don’t miss out on all the fun Halloween projects featured in this catalog update!

Well, the fall rain has arrived here in Oregon, which is Nature’s way of telling me to grab a snack, watch a webisode and get inspired to create that next project! I hope you all have a great weekend, and make a little time to create something you love!

Michelle

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World Card Making Day & Challenges!!!

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As you are all hopefully aware, Saturday is the 9th annual World Card Making Day! To celebrate such a momentous day, Paper Wishes® along with message board hosts have planned several special challenges with gift certificates for the winners – just to add even more fun to the occasion! There will be two challenges running on Saturday through midnight, plus a third that will run through both Saturday and Sunday! Be sure to check out the Swaps & Challenges section of our Message Board for the details!

Also, I told you last week I would include a little inspiration for your card making projects this weekend, so here are a couple sneak peeks of projects that are in our Paper Wishes Fall 2014 Special Edition catalog! The Special Edition comes out October 11, 2014, so I hope you are ready for even more awesome new craft supplies! Click each project to see a larger, clearer image, and I will soon be updating each one with a link to the project instructions! Below is a super cute Halloween card from LeNae that features our Halloween Papers, new Hazel’s Halloween Card Toppers, the Lacy Rectangle Frames cutting die set, and of course, some ribbon and bling!

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Here’s another stunning card from Gail… You can create this gorgeous look simply by inking and stamping your cardstock (or paper) before sending it through your die cutting machine! She then backed her die-cuts with suede papers to highlight the elegant swirls and scrolls! The cutting die she used is the Decadence Die-sire Cutting Die that does double-duty – die cutting AND embossing!

Designed by Gail Boothe

Designed by Gail Boothe

 

And for your last bit of inspiration, I’d like to present this lovely “Happy Thanksgiving” card, submitted by our September Design Challenge winner:

Linda Holt of Laurel, MD

Winner Linda's Happy Thanksgiving Card

Winner Linda’s Happy Thanksgiving Card

Linda’s gorgeous “Happy Thanksgiving” Card showed off some great resist stamping techniques! She used the iron-off method, which removes an embossing powder resist. What a stunning, polished card! Congratulations Linda!!! Create your own inspired version using the Mini Chicken Wire Template and our Cider Artful Card Kit

Linda says, “My card emerged out of playing with supplies and techniques – the true inspiration for the piece was the Fall Swap on the message board, and those dimensional card toppers.”  Thank you for your entry, Linda!! Beautiful work! 

And with the arrival of October, we have started a new monthly Design Challenge. The theme of October’s Challenge is to create your wildest, most impressive, uniquely folded or shaped card! Hopefully that’s not too much of a curveball! There are just so many amazing folded cards that you can create (and you don’t need a degree in engineering). For full details, click here!

 

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Next week is another WOW week with new webisodes every day! The Week of Webisodes beginning Monday is called Ann’s Fall Look, and you’ll get a sneak peek at some of our brand new scrapbooking and card making supplies that you will find in our Paper Wishes Fall 2014 Special Edition! Ann will show you the latest cutting dies, embossing folders and more, along with lots of fantastic projects!

 

  • As I mentioned above, our Paper Wishes Fall 2014 Special Edition will be live on PaperWishes.com on October 11, 2014! There is so much fun and festive stuff in there – you’ll find all the inspiration you need to get started on your holiday projects including brand new cutting dies, embossing folders, stamps and stencils! So watch for yours in the mail, or take a look at our Virtual Catalog that will be available at PaperWishes.com.

 

  • And… just to make World Card Making Day even more special, we have created a special Creative Card Maker’s Bundle! Now through October 31, 2014 you can purchase over $60 worth of card making supplies for only $19.99! 1058 Card Making Goodies…in the bundle! This is a great chance to re-stock for the winter!  Click here to see the deal.

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I hope you all embrace World Card Making Day, and I hope you all join in the fun by playing along with one of our card making challenges – you could win a Paper Wishes gift certificate! Have a great weekend, and I hope you create something beautiful!

 

Michelle

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