How to: Shimmery Go Press and Foil Christmas Card

Hello, hello!

As promised we have an amazing card that uses several techniques and your Go Press and Foil Machine! What’s great about this card is that you get a foil outline,  embossed foil layers and the regular foil stamped images. This project may be a little complex, but the outcome is definitely worth it! You’re going to create a card that is elegant, intricate and packs a serious holiday punch! At the end of the post be sure to read through some of our favorite tips and tricks for perfect results every time.

Are you ready to get started?

Shimmery Christmas Card

Finished Size: 5”x 7” card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Go Press & Foil Machine, 529-122
  • Anna Griffin® Holiday Art Hot Foil Stamps, 572-701
  • Anna Griffin® Baubles and Bells Embossing Folders, Scattered Holly
  • Anna Griffin® Holly Cutting Dies
  • Anna Griffin® Terrific Tags, Stamps and Dies, 505-094
  • Anna Griffin® Pocket Embellishment Christmas Die Cuts
  • 1, 5”x 7” ivory card base
  • 1, 5”x 7” light green cardstock
  • 1, 4”x 6” and 1, 3”x 4” green cardstock
  • 1, 4”x 5 ½” dark green cardstock
  • 1, 3”x 4” ivory cardstock
  • Metal shim
  • Cardstock shim
  • Red bow
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Foam squares
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Using the Cricut® Cuttlebug™ die cut the largest Terrific Tag die from the 3”x 4” green cardstock and die cut the 2nd largest Terrific Tag die from the 3”x 4” ivory cardstock.

Follow the steps in the Go Press and Foil instruction manual for the following:

2. Green foil on the light green cardstock using the Holly cutting die.

3. Gold foil on the dark green cardstock using the holly Hot Foil Stamp.

4. Gold foil on the ivory cardstock using the “Season’s Greetings” Hot Foil Stamp.

5. Use the Scattered Holly embossing folder to press the red foil to both pieces of green cardstock. Place in the Go Press and foil machine in the following order: metal shim, foil (colored side down), cardstock, embossing folder (open, embossing side down), cardstock shim.

6. Using scissors, fussy cut the Pocket Embellishment as shown.

7. Fussy cut around the dark green frame with scissors.

 

Assembly:

Adhere the light green cardstock to the ivory card base using a tape runner.

Using foam squares, adhere the green cardstock, then the dark green cardstock to the center of the card.

Attach the ivory cardstock tag to the green tag with a tape runner.

Using foam squares, attach the red bow to the tag.

Adhere the tag to the center of the card with foam squares.

Attach the fussy cut pocket embellishment pieces as shown.

Tips:

  • Cut the foil to roughly the same size as the surface to make a more even impression.
  • If the foil is not making a clear enough impression, use an extra layer of cardstock or poster board as a shim.
  • Place a piece of thin cardstock closest to the lid to keep the foil from getting on the lid of the Go Press and Foil Machine.
  • When using a foil stamp or cutting die, heat it in the Go Press and Foil machine for 1 minute before adding foil or cardstock.
  • When using an embossing folder, let the metal shim, foil, cardstock and embossing folder sit in the Go Press and Foil machine for about 30 seconds with the lid closed before running it through the Cricut® Cuttlebug™.
  • When using an embossing folder, do not close the embossing folder. Leave the embossing folder open, with the back fold of the embossing folder on the cardstock, embossing side facing down. It is okay for the front fold of the embossing folder to hang out of the Go Press and Foil machine.

Here are a couple more examples of the professional results you can easily acheive with this machine and accesories!

Friday we will have another project for you to follow along and create with us! Be sure to tune in, and happy crafting!

Bye for now,

Anna

How to: Colorful Christmas Double Gatefold Card

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Today we wanted to dive into a fun way to add color to your embossed images! This project combines the gorgeous Christmas Tree design with 3 vibrant colors from our set of Chameleon Markers. Get out your Christmas Double Gatefold Folders from the October show, and let’s get to crafting! If you don’t have these exquisite holiday embossing folders, you can still get them here. You’ll get 4 beautiful designs, and friends and family will love to receive these interactive cards!

Christmas Double Gatefold

Finished Size: 4”x 5 ½” card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3 510-398
  • Cricut® Cuttlebug™ 6”x 13” A Spacer Plate, 115-2174
  • Cricut® Cuttlebug™ 2, 6” x 13” B Adapter Plates, 114, 0198
  • Anna Griffin® Holiday Gatefold Embossing Folders, Holiday Tree, 574-338
  • Anna Griffin® Baubles and Bells Embossing Folders, Christmas Baubles Border
  • Anna Griffin® Holiday Vintage Collage Card Toppers, “Sending Christmas Cheer”
  • Anna Griffin® Chameleon Perfect Palette Markers, Red Coral, Evergreen, Warm Sunset, 532-431
  • Sentiment embellishment
  • 1, 5 ½” 12” piece and 2, 1” x 7” ivory metallic card stock strips
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Emboss the 5 ½” x 12” card stock with the Holiday Tree embossing folder.

Emboss the two strips of 1” x 7” card stock with the Christmas Baubles embossing border folder.

Using the markers, color the embossed tree as shown.

Assembly:

Adhere the Christmas collage topper to the inside of the card.

Close the card and fold the 1” x7” embossed card stock strip around it.

Cut the second strip of embossed card stock to approximately 3” long.

Adhere the strips together to form a band that wraps around the card, securing it closed.

Attach the holiday sentiment to the front of the band with adhesive.

Here are two other examples of how lovely cards made with our Christmas Double Gatefold Folders are!

Aren’t these cards so gorgeous? You can use your Chameleon Markers on all your embossed cards for a pop of color. On Monday, we are doing an exciting project with the Go Press and Foil Machine. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Xoxo,

Anna

How to: Overlay a Perfect Patterned Card

Hi everyone!

We hope that you had a fun and crafty weekend! We love coming up with new ways for you to use our products, and today we have a card that utilizes our Perfect Pattern Cards for Christmas! If you missed out on this set of 50 cards during Craft Day on HSN, you can get them here. You can jumpstart your Christmas card making with this adorable set of 5×7 cards and envelopes.

Today we are showing you a new way to layer your cards. Dig in to your craft stash and let’s create this card together!

Christmas Perfect Pattern Card

Finished Size: 5×7 card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Perfect Patterns Xmas Cards and Envelopes (green striped card base), 574-354
  • Anna Griffin® Christmas Collage Toppers 2(“Have a Holly Jolly Christmas”), 574-353
  • Anna Griffin® Baubles and Bells embossing folders ( “Scattered Holly”)
  • Anna Griffin® Glorious Greetings embellishments (sleigh and holly)
  • Anna Griffin® Craft Essential Tool Set (craft knife, cutting mat), 442-864
  • Adhesive (tape runner)
  • Foam squares
  • 5×7 ivory metallic card stock

Instructions:

  1. Using a craft knife and cutting mat, cut away the center of the design by following along the inside of the red ribbon design.

2. Emboss the metallic ivory card stock layer with the Scattered Holly embossing folder.

Assembly:

  1. Using a tape runner, adhere the embossed metallic layer behind the cut out window.

2. Using foam squares, adhere the collage card topper to the center of the card.

3. Attach the sleigh and holly to the collage card topper with foam squares.

It is amazing that by cutting out the middle of this Perfect Pattern Card, and adding an embossed layer underneath that you can create something new and different!

Thank you for all the product requests that you left us on the blog all week. We have added them to our list, and we’re checking it twice!

Xoxo,

Anna

How to: Haunting Halloween Card

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Welcome to a very scary edition of our blog posts! It’s Friday the 13th, and we are getting into the Halloween spirit with a frighteningly fun card! If you haven’t already, you have 18 days to get ready for All Hallows Eve! Today we are showing you how to use your Spooky Glitter Papers and our Halloween Paper Crafting Collections to create a card that is “booootiful” in the making!

Spooky Glitter Halloween Paper

Finished Size: 5×7 card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Gold/Ivory Cricut® Cuttlebug™ Version 3, 510-398
  • Anna Griffin® Spooky Glitter Halloween Cardstock, 442-900
  • Anna Griffin® Fretwork Cutting Dies
  • Anna Griffin® Paper Tricks Embossing Folders (“Pleated Rosette and Border Small”), 395-853
  • Anna Griffin® Tool ‘n One, 457-852
  • Cricut Cuttlebug® 12”x5” Magnetic Cutting Mat
  • Cricut Cuttlebug® 12”x5” Embossing Mat
  • Cricut Cuttlebug® 12”x5” Spacer Plate A
  • 2, Cricut Cuttlebug® 12”x5” Spacer Plate B
  • 1, 5”x7” and 1, 1 ½”x 12” orange patterned cardstock pieces
  • 1, 2 ¾” x 7” black patterned cardstock piece
  • 1, 3”x 6” orange glitter cardstock piece
  • 1, 3” x 6” black cardstock piece
  • 1, 5”x 7” ivory folded card base
  • Black glitter bow
  • Hot glue adhesive
  • Foam squares
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Using the Fretworks die and your Cricut® Cuttlebug™ die cut and emboss the orange glitter paper.

2. Repeat step 1 with the black card stock.

3. Fussy cut the embossed die cut through the center of the circles on each side as shown, cutting approximately 1 ½” off each side.

4. Using the rosette folder and your Cricut® Cuttlebug™ emboss the 1 ½” x 12” orange patterned card stock strip.

5. Accordion fold the orange patterned card stock strip and attach the ends with hot glue.

6. Hot glue a small square of extra card stock to the back of the rosette to secure it in place.

Assembly:

  1. Using a tape runner, adhere the 5”x 7” orange patterned card stock to the ivory card base.

2. Adhere the black patterned card stock vertically down the center of the card with foam squares.

3. Attach the black die cuts to the back edges of the orange patterned rosette as shown. Then, attach to the center of the card.

4. Hot glue the orange glitter die cut vertically over the center of the paper rosette.

5. Adhere the sentiment with foam adhesive.

6. Attach the black glitter bow with hot glue.

Here’s another fun option! Use your Spooky Glitter Paper and Halloween Dies to create a scary spider web background!

Do you have a product request? Now is the time to let us know what that is! Post all of your crafty product wishes in the comments below and we just might make them come true!

Boo! for now,

Anna

How to: Christmas Shaker Card Making Kit + Layers

Hi everyone,

Happy Monday! Today we have another beautiful in the making project for you featuring our Christmas Shaker Card Making Kit! It is a rainy day here in Atlanta, and it’s absolutely perfect for crafting!

Thank you to all who have posted about getting your HSN orders so quickly. Why don’t we make a card right out of the box? Get out your new Christmas Shaker Card Making Kit, and let’s take it to the next level!

Christmas Shaker Card Kit

Finished Size: 5×7 card

Materials:

  • Anna Griffin® Christmas Shaker Card Making Kit, 572-265
  • Anna Griffin® Craft Essential Tool Set (scissors, craft knife, ruler), 442-864
  • Red glitter paper, cut to 4”x 6”
  • Gold cord trim, tied into 1” bows (4)
  • Adhesive (tape runner, glue)
  • Foam squares

Materials From Christmas Shaker Card Kit:

  • Card base- “Wishing you a festive and fun holiday season”
  • Card front- pine branches ornament, gold and white ornament
  • Shaker frame- large green ornament
  • Sentiment-“Peace & Joy”
  • Embellishments- red ornaments (2), green ornament, white ornament
  • Shaker insert
  • Red paper bow

Instructions:

  1. Remove the center from the two card fronts and the shaker frame, along the scored lines.

2. Fussy cut the gold and white ornament card front along the dotted lines.

3. From the 4×6 red glitter rectangle, cut away the center to get a 1/4″ frame.

4. To assemble the red paper bow, fold each of the smaller tabs in to the back center and adhere with glue. Then wrap the longer tab around and adhere with glue.

Assembly:

  1. Adhere the shaker insert to the front of the card base using a tape runner.

2. Remove the sticker backing of the pine branches ornament card front and attach it to the card, with the shaker insert between the card base and card front.

3. Remove the sticker backing of the gold and white ornament layer and adhere it to the red glitter paper.

4. Attach the red glitter paper to the card using foam squares.

5. Adhere the shaker frame to the card using foam squares.

6. Attach the four ornament embellishments using foam squares.

7. Attach the sentiment to the bottom right corner using foam squares.

8. Adhere the red paper bow to the top of the shaker frame using glue or foam squares.

9. Adhere the 1” gold cord trim bows to the top of each ornament embellishment using glue.

Our card kits rule! The gold sequins and festive prints in this kit are so versatile, that you can make each card your own work of art! These are a fun alternative to traditional cards, and we think your friends and family will love them! If you missed on our Christmas Shaker Card Making Kit during Craft Day you can get your own set here.

Love,

Anna