Tonic Comfort Trimmer

Quick Contemporary Christmas Cards

Hello Friends and Merry Christmas!  It's crunch time for all of us so if you still have "make Christmas cards" on your list or if you want to start on next year's stash, I've got some great ideas for you.  Not only are these handsome cards quick to make, but you need only a few inexpensive supplies -- all available at The Stamp Act. Yeah!

The cards start with this 12" x 12" acetate sheet of Christmas designs from PinkFresh Studio's Oh Joy collection.  The sheet is printed in bright gold on heavy acetate.  Each sheet yields at least 10 focal images and costs only $2.00!

PinkFresh-oh-Joy-acetate PinkFresh Studio Gold Acetate Oh Joy Christmas sheet $2.00

I also used PinkFresh Studio's Oh Joy 6" x 6" paper pad.  You will love this paper pad and be pleasantly surprised by the heavy weight of the paper.  The images are unique and each pad of 32 pages has 2 each of 16 designs.  Here's a link so you can see the individual designs.  The paper pad is $7.00.

PinkFresh-oh-Joy-paperPinkFresh Studio Oh Joy paper pad 6" x 6"  $7.00

To add sparkle and shine to the cards I used gold and red glitter tape from Best Creation.  It's great as an adhesive, a border or just an accent. 

Glitter-tape-goldBest Creation Gold Glitter Tape $2.29 Glitter-tape-redBest Creation Gold Glitter Tape $2.29

Here are the cards I made with these supplies.  For this first card, I cut the packages image in half so I could make two cards with it. I adhered the acetate to a white card with the red glitter tape; stamped the sentiment (Taylored Expressions In & Out Christmas) and embossed it in white; and added gold stars (die cut from gold mirror cardstock with Taylored Expressions Starry Nights die).

Ho-Ho-HoFor this card I used a sheet of paper printed with the packages from the Oh Joy paper pad and added the Christmas lights die cut with the TE Skinny Mini Borders Christmas.  I die cut them from white cardstock, colored them with Copic markers, glued them to the card and added Glossy Accents to the top of each bulb.  The sentiment is from TE's In & Out Christmas stamp set.

Lights-PackagesThis is a quicky card.  Mount the acetate image over the decorative paper and adhere to the card with tape or glue.  Add some gold glitter tape as an accent to the top and the Joy (TE Script Joy) die cut from white glitter paper.  Done! 

Make-it-a-DecemberFor this pretty card simply adhere the decorative paper to a white card and cut aout 3/4" off the bottom of the front panel.  Adhere the acetate border (I used Tombow Mono Multi glue) to the bottom of the front panel, die cut the sentiment (Poppystamps Old Fashioned Merry Christmas) from gold mirrorcard and adhere it above the acetate border.  Add a few sequins and you're done!
The next card is just as easy.  Cut the mistletoe panel, adhere with glitter tape over decorative paper (adhered to a white card) and add a festive sentiment (Penny Black stamp set Festive Snippets).

MistletoeLove this next card -- probably because it's so colorful!  Again adhere the decorative paper to a white card and color in the trees with a green Copic marker.  Die cut the Gift Stack solid background (Impression Obsession) from red cardstock, and the gift stack outline image from red striped and green polka dot papers.  Cut the gift stack outline from white cardstock and adhere it over the red cardstock background.  Paper piece or inlay the stripe and dot papers and add a sweet sentiment (Penny Black).

No-peekingHere's where I used the other half of the packages acetate image.  Same design as the first card above.

Santa-Coming Another pretty card with decorative paper (Memory Box), gold acetate image and gold glitter tape.  I added a snowflake cut from gold mirrorcard.

ShineSame design as the cards above with a sentiment (Taylored Expressions Deck the Halls) that matches the swags of lights.

Shine-Bright Another quickie using decorative paper, a sentiment embossed in white and mounted on top of gold glitter tape with a few stars.

Tis-the-Season Similiar design on this card.


 New Products at The Stamp Act!

In addition to the products used above, we've just gotten in some really fun products. 

Delicata Inks are shiniest shimmer inks available and the brand new white and black shimmer have just arrived at The Stamp Act.  Seeing is believing so here's a link to a video by Jennifer McGuire where she uses the white ink pad.  Check it out and come and get them!  We also have Delicata inks in gold and silver.  Price is $11.00.

Delicata-shimmer-whiteDelicata Metallic and Shimmer Inks, $11.00

Need a great stocking stuffer for your crafty friends that won't break the bank?  Check out the new Pentel set of Gold and Silver gel pens.  Priced at just $4.39 for the set, it's a great buy!  And they write smooth and vivid!

Pentel-gold-silverPentel Gold and Silver Gel Pens, $4.39

Several customers have already bought the Tonic/Tim Holtz Guillotine Comfort Trimmer for themselves for Christmas!  Priced at just $26.49, this cutter is economical and efficient.  This is the cutter that I have used for more years than I can count and the blade stays sharp and the cuts stay true.  The ruler across the top goes to 6" so there's no need to get out the bigger cutter to cut a typical A2 size card.  Trust me, this will be the last cutter you buy!

Tonic-comfortTonic/Tim Holtz Guillotine Comfort Trimmer  $26.49

Lawn Fawn Dies

When Christmas is over and you are looking for something new, check out these Lawn Fawn dies for creating interactive cards that move and pop up. With the Slide on Over die you can make all kinds of slider cards and this die matches/coordinates with the stitched hillside borders below.  Check out this video that introduces you to all the possibilities of the Slide on Over die.

Slide-on-overLawn Fawn die Slide on Over, $16.99

Now make any kind of pop-up card easily with these dies that cut the pop-up mechanism for you.  Need ideas?  Check out this video.

Everyday-Pop-UpsLawn Fawn die Everyday Pop-ups, $16.59

The next three dies coordinate with each other as well as with the slider die above.  So many possibilities!  See this video for ideas.

Stitched-Hillside-BordersLawn Fawn die Stitched Hillside Borders, $16.59


Lawn Fawn die Forest Border, $7.99

Grassy-Hillside-BordersLawn Fawn die Grassy Hillside, $24.99

The Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect

Our first order of Stamp Perfect tools has sold out, but a new order will arrive in a few days.  Great tool for stamping layering stampsand much more.  Reservie this hot item now!


Stamp Perfect Positioning Tool, $24.99

Holiday Hours

Good luck with your Christmas preparations.  The Stamp Act will have some crazy holiday hours -- here's what I know now:

Closed Tuesday, December 13 for one day only

Close early at 3pm on Saturday, December 17

Closed Tuesday, Dec 20 and maybe Wednesday, Dec 21

Closed for Christmas Sat, Dec 24 through Monday, Dec 26

Closed for New Years Sat, Dec 31 through Monday, Jan 2

Merry Christmas!!!

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