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Cuttlebug Backgrounds for Holiday Cards

Cuttlebug Backgrounds for Holiday Cards

By: Nancy Thaut, Artistic Guide


I make all my Christmas cards and I usually use a wide variety of designs and techniques for each individual card.  I usually start creating earlier than this.  To begin, I decided that I’d first see what I could do with backgrounds, using my Cuttlebug and embossing folders.

On the picture shown above, I used five different techniques .

  1. For the red base card I used white ink that I applied to a brayer and rolled the ink on the inside of the embossing folder.  I then ran the cardstock through the Cuttlebug.  Once I removed the card I cleaned the embossing folder immediately.
  2. For the leaves paper I used home made mulberry type paper.  I ran it through the Cuttlebug and rubbed the green ink across the embossed leaves.
  3. The two snowflake pages are basically the same technique.  The first white page is embossed and rubbed with VersaMark watermark ink across the snowflakes, I then added glitter embossing powder and heat set.  The other white page is embossed and rubbed with blue ink and heat set.
  4. The house and trees is one of the embossing borders.  I embossed this and colored with copic pens and accented with glitter glue.
  5. My final embossing border piece is at the bottom left of the page.  I had problems when putting the border edge, as shown, away from the edge of the cardstock.  So I put a popsicle stick on each side of the border and it left a nice clean line on both sides of the border design.

Some of these pieces of cardstock I’ll die-cut into circles, ovals, squares, etc.  The last border I’ll probably add ribbon to the left side, color the border design and stamp and add a verse to the right side.  It’s now time for me to figure out how to incorporate these with my stamps and final product, my Christmas card.  Cuttlebug dies and folders have given us so many more options for our creative imagination.

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3 Responses »

  1. Great idea---will go and grab mine--right now!

  2. the card backgrounds are fabulous...awesome ideas for quick Christmas cards...love your site.
    connie paxman

  3. Love the card backgrounds you've shown us. I'll have to use some of your ideas this season!