Wednesday, 9 September 2009


I set myself a challenge !

I HATE wasting beautiful paper so I cut a 12" sheet of DoveCraft "Victorian Christmas" into four 7"X5" pieces and set about using the pieces to make 4 cards.
Card 1 -
I first scuffed around the edges of the card with a Brown ink pad, mounted the picture on Beige card cut with decorative scissors and edged it with Brown ink.

A strip of paper which I had left over from card 3 was cut with decorative scissors and also edge inked with Brown.

The snowflakes and sentiment were die cut I lightly dabbed the sentiment with blue and beige ink pads as it was too white.

The snowflakes, picture and sentiment were applied with foam pads.

Card 2 -
Again I first edged the card with a Brown ink pad, then after stamping "Merry Christmas" on a strip of white card I used re-positionable glue to adhere some small die cut snowflakes.

I rubbed over the whole thing with chalks trying to match it to the paper as best as possible.

I peeled off the die cuts and gently rubbed over the whole thing to blur the effect.

I then backed the strip with a slightly larger piece of Gold mirror card and cut with decorative scissors ( I seem to use these scissors a lot) and topped it off with small "Gold" gems.

The 3 Gingerbread men brads were each pushed through a punched Gold square of mirror card and then pushed into position on the card (1" apart)

Card 3 -
I measured half way down the card then cut it across horizontally, then measured 1" down from the top of the card and cut again.

(the waste center part of this card went to on make the "strip" on card 1)

A piece of 5"X7" clear acetate was glued inside to the 1" top part of the card using double sided tape.

I then adhered the bottom part of the card onto the front of the acetate using double sided tape.
(you could just use a small strip of acetate inside the card I suppose but I thought that using a whole sheet would stabilise the card more.)

With our new "Crocodile Chomper" I rounded off the card edges. this cut through the acetate and card like a knife through butter!

Now I had a 7"X1 1/2" window to fill ...

I decided to use the same "Merry Christmas" stamp as on card 2 as this filled the area perfectly.

I made 2 small marks with soft pencil on the right inside edge of the card and drew faint lines horizontally across the inside of the card this gave me the position of the window and made positioning the "Merry Christmas" stamp much easier I erased the pencil marks afterwards.

I used thin silver peels offs on the top and bottom edges of the window to cover the "raw" edges.

The 5 girls picture was first applied to white card to make them sturdier then cut out and adhered with thick foam pads.

I wanted snowflakes on this card too but didn't like white ones as they stood out too much, so I rubbed over a piece of White Glitter card with a sponge and different coloured ink pads and then die cut the ink stained Glitter card with the Cuttlebug snow flakes die.
These were also applied with foam pads with some overlapping onto the window.
Card 4 -
The corners were first rounded off then inked with a Blue ink pad.

On this card I used a quote cut from "Christmas card quotes" by Hot Off The Press.

Using chalks I rubbed around the quote trying not to get too much chalk on the letters.

Using a clear "Stardust" Sakura pen I drew round the "Christmas Greetings" message to make it pop a bit more, cut the whole thing into a rectangle and punched the corners with a decorative corner punch.

I matted this using Gold Mirror card and rounded off the edges.

The sentiment was then added to the card with foam pads.
I glued a length of Blue ribbon to the card using double sided tape and made a bow with more of the same ribbon wrapping a Gold brad around it before adhering it to the card with sticky dots.
3 Gold mirror card die cut snowflakes glued to the bottom right of the card finished it off.

(The Blue ribbon is not as bright as it appears in this photo)

Hhhmmm ! I still have a 2"X2" piece of paper left over !
I'll put that in my "scraps drawer" for another project.


  1. Hi Vince

    great use of this fantastic paper all your projects are super.

    Ali x

  2. Vince, these cards are SO lovely! You are truly a card ARTIST!

  3. I love them all, Vince. The colours are beautiful and really classy.

  4. This use of a single 12x12 is nothing short of inspirational! I love the idea of 4 cards coming from it - 7x5 rather than the obvious 6x6. Lovely, Vince. Well done that man!

  5. What a beautiful set of cards, and well done you for minimising wastage :D

  6. WOW these are amazing, I can't decide which is my fav, Love them all, Hazelxox

  7. I've just found your blog Vince and love what I see. These cards are fabulous. :)
    Edna x

  8. These are gorgeous Vince. I love your style and the way you pull all the colours in together.

    Don't forget you could also have made 4 6" square cards instead.

    6" square is my preferred size of card, and often if I want a small section of say a Basic Grey paper for a nestie mat or similar, I cut it out of the centre of the sheet, that way later on I can use the outside of the sheet as the background on something else; provided of course that whatever you are putting on top covers up the hole you made!

    Thanks for the idea of 5x7 though, I shall no doubt use that in the future.


  9. Wow! I do like these. Gorgeous colours, and a very effective use of a 12 x 12 sheet.

  10. These are cards I truly like.

    I wish I could click onto my cards to enlarge then just like yours!
    Is it the same magic you used in thinking up your designs I wonder - or is it computer skill :)

  11. Gorgeous cards, Vince! I was going to pick a favorite, but I love them all. The designs are perfect. I do like the little children :) Thanks for sharing the link. It is amazing that you used only one sheet of paper.
    hugs xo


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