Monday, October 8, 2018

The Stockings Were Hung By The Chimney With Care

My girlfriend and I were crafting this weekend making some Christmas cards for a swap that we are having in December. What a great way to spend World Card Making Day, right?!?! Anyway, as I was rummaging through a box I keep new stuff in that I want to play with, I came across a die that she saw and she commented how cute it would be to make it and light it up with a tea light. The next day I started creating a card with this die and just knew I had to come up with a way to light one up for her Christmas card this year. I am so happy with the end result!
temp(16)The die I used for this project is called Fireplace w/ Accessories by Cottage Cutz. Like most die cuts I believe it is intended to cut out colored paper to paper piece the design together. But if you take a close look at this, this die has a multitude of itty bitty pieces. I cannot imagine how many times I would have had to run this die through my Big Shot to get all the pieces I would need to make this happen. So I came up with an alternative option. And what a time saver!!
I die cut this die out of white cardstock instead and used my Copic markers to color the pieces. Now this was still a bit time consuming because there were so many pieces, but in my opinion much, much quicker. And it saved a fair amount of paper waste too since I didn’t have to run it through multiple times with multiple colors. Once I had everything colored I used my Tombow Multipurpose Glue to adhere it all together using the packaging display as my guideline. It went together pretty easy.
This card is one of those fun folds that worked out perfect to display this fireplace. I really didn’t want to put it with a patterned paper because it is pretty busy all on it’s own.  I used a stitched scallop die from MFT (always my go to mat dies) to cut the white background for my fireplace. I adhered my fireplace flat to this with Tombow. This dies measures approximately 4” X 4” so the Cherry Cobbler mat is cut to 4 1/4” X 4 1/4”. I adhered my white scallop to this with foam tape so that it is popped with dimension. Then I cut a white piece of cardstock 4 1/2” X 4 1/2” that would adhere behind the red mat and the card face as well.
Now to create the card base with this fancy fold I took my Cherry Cobbler cardstock and cut a piece 4 3/4” wide and 9 1/2” long. I used my scoreboard and put the long edge to the top of my board and scored at 2 3/8” and again at 4 3/4”. The 4 3/4” score is to fold the card in half and the 2 3/8” score is half of the half to create the fun part. Both score marks will get a mountain fold.
temp(15)Here is another picture that I hopes helps demonstrate how this works. Next I adhered my fireplace stack onto the card face, but I only adhered it on the LOWER half of the card front. Below that score mark. And because this part will probably get handled a lot I used double sided sticky tape for that. Now when I open the card that extra mountain fold will allow me to prop it up as if it were on an easel.
To hold that easel position up I created the sentiment that is hidden on the inside of the card. So you will only see it when the card is in the open position. I adhered this down with foam tape also so that the dimension of it would act as a catch of sorts for the fireplace panel. And you don’t have to use a die cut sentiment. Any sentiment will work, just make certain you pop it up with dimension so that it catches the top to keep it standing up and open.
So that is basically the card. But unto the my tea light card…
temp(14)For this I simply changed up my assembly a bit. Instead of adhering my pieces down to the white scallop I adhered them only to each other, with no backing. Then I laid my assembled firepalce on my white scallop and traced the opening of the fireplace lightly with a pencil. I cut it out slightly larger than my outline with an exacto knife. Next I lined up my white scallop on the Cherry Cobbler mat and traced the opening onto that mat. I cut that one out as well. Then I lined up the Cherry Cobbler mat on the next white mat, traced the opening, and cut it out. And finally I lined them all up again on the front of the card face, traced that opening once again, and made my last cut. Now all my mats line up with the same opening and can be adhered together. I adhered my fireplace over that opening. This will allow your tea light to shine as if the fireplace is glowing with embers. And because this card can be opened and closed so easily, the tea light can be removed or replaced as needed. I love how it turned out. I think my girlfriend will too!
IMG-5692Here is one more picture of the tea light card taken after the sun was setting for the day and my house was getting a bit darker. You can really see the glow the tea light adds to the fire!
This card is definitely a little harder than others I have posted but don’t let it stop you from giving it a try. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. It is always my pleasure to help and inspire.
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting!


  1. This is marvelous!!! Your comment about cutting the pieces from white cardstock and coloring them with Copics is an excellent one. BTW, I'm on the CottageCutz DT, and I do that all the time. I think I have that die and may CASE your card -- it is so creative!

  2. I think your friend is going to love this amazing beautiful card 😉

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