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Quick and Easy Christmas Cards Using Cuttlebug Embossing Folders

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a handmade card or gift but sometimes it’s hard to find time to get them all made. So we thought we’d give you a little help with some quick and easy ideas for cards that are all made with Cuttlebug embossing folders and some basic supplies. None of these cards take more than 15 minutes to make and we’ve included a supply list and basic instructions for each one.

We hope they inspire you and make your life a little easier this holiday season.

PS You will find that we use 3D foam squares quite a bit on these cards and although you can do them without you will find that it adds a lot dimension and makes your cards have that extra “WOW” factor.

Card #1 : Sparkling Winter Village

sparkling winter village

Supplies :

Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder – Winter Village, Cuttlebug 2×2 die – Snowflakes, Stardream Shimmer Cardstock – Silver & Ice Gold, Inkadinkado Stamp – Merry Christmas, Encore Metallic Ink Pad – Silver, Ranger Embossing Powder – Silver, Stampendous Ultra Fine Glitter – Crystal Multi, ZIG 2 Way Glue Pen, 3D Foam Squares,

Instructions :

Cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Silver cardstock. Score and fold to make an A2 (4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) card. Emboss 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Ice Gold cardstock with Cuttlebug Winter Village embossing folder. Trim off area outside embossed edges. Stamp and emboss sentiment on bottom of embossed cardstock. Apply glue to roof tops and smoke and add glitter – set aside to dry. Cut snowflakes from Ice Gold cardstock, cover with glue and glitter – set aside to dry. To assemble card, use foam squares to mount winter village embossed image to card front and then snowflakes on top.

Card #2 – Holly & Berries

Supplies :

Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder – Holly, Bazzill Cardstock – Capers & Barkley, Stardream Ice Gold Shimmer Cardstock, White Pearls, VersaMagic Chalk Inks – Hint of Pesto & Red Brick, Encore Metallic Ink – Gold, Fiskars Punch – Sunburst, 3D Foam Squares

Instructions :

Cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of green cardstock. Score and fold to make an A2 (4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) card. Emboss 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Ice Gold cardstock with Cuttlebug Holly embossing folder. Using a small disposable foam eye shadow applicator pick up a little bit of ink and apply it to the holly and berries.  Trim to 4″ x 5 1/8″ and mount onto red cardstock that has been cut to 4 1/2″ x 5 1/4″. Use 3D foam squares to attach this to the card front. Cut a piece of red cardstock 2″ x 4 1/8″ and punch along both sides with Sunburst punch. Adhere to lower part of card front. Cut Ice Gold cardstock 3/4″ x 4 1/8″. Stamp sentiment with gold metallic ink. Mount onto piece of green cardstock 7/8″ x 4 1/8″. Adhere over punched red cardstock. Attach pearls.

Card #3 – Snowflake Wonder

snowflake wonder card

Supplies :

Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder – Snowflakes, Cuttlebug 3×3 Cut & Emboss Combo – Ice Crystal, Bazzill Sea Breeze cardstock, Ice Gold Shimmer Cardstock, Clear Rhinestones, 3D Foam Squares, Nestabilities Classic Squares – Large

Instructions :

Cut 4 1/2″ x 9″ piece of blue cardstock. Score and fold to make a 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ square card. Cut a piece of Ice Gold Shimmer cardstock 4″ x 4″ and use the 2 1/16″ square Nestabilities die to cut an opening in the center. TIP – I measured and positioned the Nestability on the back of the cardstock and held it in place with Scotch removable tape so that it wouldn’t move when I ran it through my Big Shot. Now emboss the same piece with the Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder. Attach to the card front with 3D foam squares. Cut a snowflake from the Ice Gold Shimmer cardstock using the Ice Crystal die. Cut 3D foam squares into small piece and attach to back and then center and mount on the card front. Adhere rhinestone.

Cards Made with the New Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folders

We just received some of the new Cuttlebug A2 embossing folders, borders and cardmaking combos and couldn’t wait to share some of the cards I made with them. These new embossing folders are absolutely irresistible! I love how you can mix & match from the embossing border sets and the cardmaking combos. It makes them so versatile.

Hope these cards give you some ideas and inspiration.

card using cuttlebug A2 embossing folder leafy branch

I made this card in soft colors using Bazzill cardstock in aloe vera, horizon & white. First I embossed the white cardstock with the leafy branch embossing folder and then I used a sponge tip applicator to add sage VersaMagic chalk ink to the leaves. This chalk ink blends beautifully and I found that I could create shading on the leaves just by going over some of the areas a second time. The key here is to use very little ink and go lightly.

The border and corner embellisment were punched from horizon cardstock using the Paper Shapers Corner Adorner punch, Square Steps. It’s really easy to do and I hope I can describe it here so that it makes sense. Just cut a 1-2″ strip of cardstock the length you want your border. Carefully remove the ‘wings’ from your punch and turn it upside down so you can see the bottom. Line up the edge of the punch with the outer edge of your paper and make sure that the long edge of the cardstock is against the bottom of the punch, then squeeze. Now, move the punch along and line it up again with the side of the area you just punched and squeeze. Continue moving along until you have punched your border. To make the corern piece I just punched a corner slot with the wings on the punch and then trimmed it detach it from the rest of the cardstock. Just for fun I added a latte self-adhesive pearl in the corner.

The ovals were cut using the Big Shot and Spellbinder Nestabilities S4-112 Classic Ovals, Small and S4-113 Scalloped Ovals, Small and stamped with a saying from the Melissa Frances clear stamp set ‘Simply Said’ using aegean blue VersaMagic chalk ink. And for a little more pizzaz I added pearls instead of brads.

A little ribbon from on the side to finish it off and you have a simple, elegant card that would work for many different occasions.


card made with cuttlebug a2 embossing folder argyle

The second card was made with a whimsical stamp set from Amy Smyth called The Flourish Pack. I love this set! It’s got lots of little birds, butterflies, flowers and flourishes that are great for watercoloring. I cut the scalloped circle first from Bazzill white cardstock with Spellbinders Nestabilities S4-124 Classic Scallop Circles, Large and then stamped the bird with black StazOn ink and then watercolored the bird. The pink frame was cut with Nesties set S4-114 Standard Circles, Large from petalsoft cardsstock. If you need help with cutting frames using your Nesties check out my post about Nestabilities and chocolate. Are you just a little bit curious?

To make this card background I embossed white cardstock with the argyle embossing folder and then used pixie dust VersaMagic chalk ink applied direct to paper from the pad to highlight the raised areas. Again, a light touch is best otherwise you’ll get ink where you don’t want it.

A little ribbon and some layering and this card was done. It would be an easy one to adapt to a baby theme, get well or thank you. Flowers, die cuts or more embellishments could be added to give it a whole new look.

There are more card and scrapbooking projects on the way so check back soon!

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