Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Digital Greetings

Sunday, November 29th, 2020
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Digital Greetings

Hey guys! It’s Chala here for today’s Random Acts of Cardness word “Greetings”!

It looks like we will all be celebrating Christmas a lot differently than we all wanted to. So, I decided to take today’s challenge word and bring my handmade card to life with a digital greeting. This is a unique way to send a special video greeting to my loved ones far away.

It is a really simple process actually. All you need is a smart phone and/or a computer. I incorporated my Silhouette die cut machine, but you don’t need one to create this type of card.

I started out by searching for a *free* program that could convert a video into a QR code link. The best one I could find was a site called Mevie. It allowed me to upload a video I took with my iPhone. All you need to do is register for free, which I recommend. As a registered user you can store your videos indefinitely. Otherwise, your videos would only be available for 30 days.

The process to upload and create the code was very quick and easy, even with my old and slow Mac! Watch the video below to see how I created it.

After the QR code is created and saved you can then print it out and add it either to the front, inside or back of your card. Just make sure you let the recipient know there is a little something extra for them by scanning the code with their phone camera.

I made my code the main event of my card and wanted to make it look like it was the wrapping paper of a present. To step it up a bit, I pulled out my We R Memory Keepers All in one Foil Quill. The best part is as of the date of this posting it is part of the Black Frid’eh 50% off Sale over at Scrap’N Stamp! I won’t go into all the details of how I did the foiling as I have shown how this product works before and you can check out that video by clicking HERE. Basically, I imported the image, traced it and then instead of “cutting” I sketched the image with the Foil Quill using some Gemini Paper Craft Berry Foil and the cross hatch sketch feature ensuring that I decrease the spacing between the hatching to create a more solid sketched image.

I was a little worried about whether the QR code would work with the foiling or if the shine of it would cause issues. Luckily, it worked perfectly!! I then trimmed out the QR Code into a square for my “present”. I adhered it onto a standard A2 size folding card with some foam squares and created a ribbon bow and secured it with a brad. One very important thing to remember is to adhere the QR code the correct way up! Surprising, I got it right the first time (trust me, no one was more shocked than me! lol!). I then trimmed out the code and layered it onto a piece of red foil cardstock from the American Crafts 6×6 Holiday paper pack.

I kept the sentiment super fun and simple using the My Favorite Things Sassy Pants Holiday Too sentiment “The Card is Your Present” with VersaFine Claire Nocturne Ink in Nocturne. I thought this one was perfect! I then left the inside blank so that I could write to the recipient as well as to let them know to scan the present for a special “gift”.

I know that this card may seem really simple to look at, but if you have loved ones who would enjoy receiving a video greeting, it will be an incredibly special keepsake and something they will want to show others!

Remember, you don’t have to make it into a present, you can create your regular cards and simply print, cut out the code and adhere it on the inside or back of your card.

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Digital Greetings
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Digital Greetings

I thank you for so much for stopping by today and I hope this has given you a way to send a special greeting to those you can’t be with.

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Crafting Through the Chaos of Life!

Tuesday with Tara {take 275} Thanks, Deer

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing another card featuring one of the Darling Deer die cuts that I didn’t use on last week’s card.  I also stuck with a green color palette because I got the Rustic Wilderness Distress Inks ya’ll!!!  As I anticipated, they’re awesome!  Since today’s challenge theme is “thanks” I wanted to make a card that could be easily changed to a Christmas card with a simple change of sentiment.

I really just wanted to see what this Rustic Wilderness looked like, so I grabbed a blending tool and applied a thick layer of Distress Ink to some white yardstick.  Next I spritzed it with some water. I was a bit heavy handed and had more small splatter spots than I wanted, so I decided to layer over it with a stencil. I chose to use Candy Stripes by MFT and inked it tone-on-tone with the Distress Oxide Ink in the same color.  It gave me a panel that’s subtle, yet fun & festive-plus it shows off the variations in this gorgeous new green ink.

As I worked on my layers and the card layout, I added an embossed metallic pewter colored card stock.  I chose a pale grey as my card base, but added some stenciled snowflakes with Distress Oxide Ink to tie it all together.  I played around with adding some other details to the card, but decided I prefer the clean lines for this one!  Hope you like it too- thanks for stopping by!

Inky hugs,

Tara

November Sweater Weather Blog Hop

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Happy Blog Hop Day!  Today’s hop celebrates Sweater Weather… these cooler temps let us pull out our favorite sweaters and bundle up in cozy clothes!

As always, we’ve got a prize to be won- a $50 SNS gift certificate for one lucky person who leaves a comment on a blog or social media post!  We also have savings for everyone!  Bundle up for great savings. Various products ‘bundled’ together (ie. stamp & die together) for a great price.  Check them out this weekend in the online store!

Today you’re gonna see cards from me twice along the hop (hope you don’t mind)!  I had an idea for two variations on this new Winter Trees stamp by Paper Rose and decided to share one on my personal blog- it could use some visits since I’ve neglected it a lot and am trying to give it some life again.

For my first card, I’m embracing the winter weather I know many of my friends in Canada are facing on a regular basic.   I selected a few shades of Distress Ink (Iced Spruce, Speckled Egg, Shaded Lilac) and smooshed them onto my craft sheet, then misted them with water and picked up the color with my folded card base.  I dried with a heat tool and then dipped it again in what was left of the ink until I got some splatters I was pleased with.  I used an ivory card for this, but tried with another white card base as well and found it to be too absorbent for this technique.  Keep that in mind if you’re doing something similar at home, not all card stock is created equal and sometimes you have to play around with different mediums to get the results you want!  

The stamping on this card is all done with simple black VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink.  I stamped over the trees once the background was dry.  I also stamped the MFT Buffalo Plaid Background over some book print paper and I really liked how it turned out, so I’ve decided to use a strip of it on my card.  I selected a scrap of blue card stock that matched my inks and layered it behind the plaid as well as die cutting an oval label (from an old Spellbinders set). I stamped one of the sentiments from the Winter Trees set on the label and tied it on the card with some thin purple jute.

And that finishes off my simple sweater weather card!  The cool colors definitely have me thinking about bundling up in something cozy 🙂

Next up in the hop you’ll visit Nancy– you’ve already seen a little peek at her card in our hop graphic, so you know it’s gonna be fab!

Here’s the full hop order, be sure to leave us some comments along the way and check back in a couple weeks for us to announce the winner!

Thanks again for joining us today!

Inky hugs,

Tara