Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Echo Park's A Perfect Christmas collection - 38 cards from one 6x6 paper pad

The Christmas decorations are going up in stores, so it's definitely time to get started on more Christmas cards. I used the A Perfect Christmas collection from Echo Park. It has a rustic look with some wood grain and plaid designs along with the traditional red and green colors. There's even a little bit of black on some of the designs. It definitely has a more mature look, even with the few reindeer and santas.

I used my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial and one paper pad to make 38 cards.


I recorded my entire process of disappearing the 6x6 paper pad. The video is sped up 7 times since the full recording time was just under 5 hours, not including any of my planning, prep, or die cutting time. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.



In addition to using the 6x6 paper pad, I also used 13 sheets of  8 1/2" x 11" and 11 sheets of  12" x 12" solid colored cardstock. 


Here are the pictures of the cards I made, including sketches and measurements. Operation Write Home sketches are the only ones that already provide measurements. For all the other sketches, I simply figure the measurements out on my own, for what works for me. All of my cards are A2 size. Go HERE to see my video explaining how I determine card sketch measurements. All cards are made using Echo Park's A Perfect Christmas 6x6 paper pad.



Stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched circle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Circle die cut - Spellbinders
Stitched star die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Stamp - My Favorite Things
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Stitched circle die cuts - Lawn Fawn
Embossing folder - Darice
Ink - Reverse Confetti






Stamp - Technique Tuesday
Stitched background die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Small circle die cuts - Paper Smooches
Ink - Reverse Confetti



Stamps - Reverse Confetti
Stitched frame die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Stitched circle die cut - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn and Reverse Confetti






Stamp - My Favorite Things
Stitched circle die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Circle die cut - Spellbinders
Small circle die cuts - Paper Smooches
Ink - Reverse Confetti




Stamp - My Favorite Things
Stitched square die cut - Lil Inker Designs
Stitched circle die cut -  Lawn Fawn
Banner die cut - American Crafts
Ink - Reverse Confetti



Squared off cover panel die cut - Reverse Confetti
Sentiment die cut - Reverse Confetti
Swirlies circle die cuts - Reverse Confetti
Owl stamp - Lawn Fawn
Markers - Copic
Ink - Lawn Fawn
Gold shimmer spray - Heidi Swapp
Pearl Pen - Viva Decor


Stamp - Lawn Fawn
Circle die cuts - Spellbinders
Embossing folder - Darice
Ribbon - May Arts
Ink - Reverse Confetti


Some of my favorite and commonly used crafting tools:
Tonic Studios guillotine paper trimmer
Scotch ATG (Advanced Tape Glider) glue gun
Sizzix BIGkick die cut machine
Scor-Tape
We R Memory Keepers brad setter and piercing tool
We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper
Scotch Mounting Tape 3/4"
Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive liquid glue
MISTI stamping tool
Accent Opaque Digital 100# cover weight paper for card bases
Tombow Xtreme Tabs

Thanks for visiting my blog today!


*All card sketch images used with permission.

26 comments:

  1. That is so awesome, now I of have an idea of what am I going to do with the 12x12 christmas paper pad I have. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Carla! I'm glad I can provide some inspiration for you. Happy Christmas crafting to you!

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  2. Wow, so few scraps left over! Great job!

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    1. Thank you! Using the Squared off die cut from Reverse Confetti really helps use up all the teeny tiny paper scraps. And it makes pretty cards too. :)

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  3. These were really nice Kristie! I've volunteered to make & donate cards to a local nursing home. They have 92 residents. I had been doing just Children's Hospitals but heard you mention nursing facility in another video and thought "wow, I should do that. That's a thoughtful idea". Our elderly are just too often forgotten which is really sad. Thank you for remembering them and for guiding me to another place where I can bring a little joy! Sincerely, Angela F

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    1. Thank you, Angela! There are so many wonderful organizations that accept handmade cards. But I really wanted to donate locally. And since I live in a populated area, it is pretty easy to find places that could use cards. I like to use my cards to put a smile on someone's face and the elderly do get forgotten quite often.

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  4. I really REALLY ought to use up some of my 6x6 pads in this way, and I know the hospice shop would really appreciate it too!
    Jane

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    1. Using 6x6 paper pad is a great way to make lots of cards. I think donating them to hospice is a wonderful idea. Thank you for your giving spirit.

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    2. Oh I LOVE the Hospice idea! We have several here where I live. (sadly)

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  5. Love your videos and terrific way you use a paper pad. Getting ready to try it myself. Do you use premade card bases or do you make your own?

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    1. Thank you! I just love using 6x6 paper pads for card making. I buy a full case of Accent Opaque Digital 100# cardstock from a local paper store and have them cut the entire case in half for card bases. Then I score the card bases myself.

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  6. Another fabulous video! I can't believe how few scraps you have left over this time. I really liked your cards from this paper pad--the tan/kraft(?) paper was such a great idea, and I loved how you added texture to some of them for added interest (and still able to be mailed easily). I am impressed that you can get through a whole pad. I stall out about half way, but that's okay--I'll just use it later.

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! Since this paper collection has a rustic look with the wood grains in it, the kraft cardstock matched perfectly. I love adding a little texture to the backgrounds, especially with the faux stitched die cuts from Lil Inker Designs. So fun! I have no problem using up a 24 sheet paper pad. But if the 6x6 has more than 24 sheets, I do start getting tired of the paper collection. Lol!

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  7. I found you on YouTube. These are amazing cards and your designs are amazing. I love how you mat all your pieces. I use a lot of Kraft cardstock for card bases and never think to use black to mat. Thank you for sharing your work and all the awesome photos.

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    1. Thank you, Molly! With all the wood grain papers in the collection, the kraft cardstock coordinated nicely. And since a few of the pattern papers had a little bit of black, it just looked right to use black for matting. Thanks so much for watching my videos. Happy crafting to you!

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  8. I just noticed you listed how much cardstock you used to go with the paper pad. That is so incredibly helpful. I truly enjoyed the video and inspiration.

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    1. Thank you, Karla! Since it was a common question, I started keeping track of the amount of cardstock I use for each 6x6 paper pad. It definitely varies depending on each paper collection and how many layers I add. Thanks for watching my video! :)

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  9. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm pretty new to card making and I struggle when I sit down as to how to get started. I love the sketch ideas.

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    1. Thank you, Delia and welcome to the world of card making. Be careful, it's quite addictive. :) Card sketches are super useful, especially when first starting out.

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  10. J'adore vos cartes, quelle bonne idée d'utiliser nos jolis pads 6 x 6. Merci beaucoup! Carmelle

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Carmelle! Have a wonderful day!

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  11. Very nice and helpful thank you

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  12. I’m so very new to card making, and I love how efficient you are ...... may I ask, what is your base card measurements? And, do you just attach to the front these beauties you’ve made? Thanks....

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    1. Thank you, Cyndi! Welcome to the wonderful world of card making. All of my cards are A2 size. 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I always make cards fronts to attach to my card bases. :)

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  13. Thank you for your inspiration

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