Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

October 24, 2007

Christmas Project #1: Details

Here’s a closer look at some of the cards: the whole idea is to keep it simple (embossing and gloss can be simple once you get the hang of it) + playful + to use bits and pieces of pattern and product.

These two cards both have glossy surfaces. The first is the result of using UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) and the second with Diamond Glaze (you could also use Glossy Accentstips on Rangers website for using that can be found here).

For the first card I used a Fiskars square punch for the patterned papers + covered the entire card with Versamark + then covered with UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel). Then I tapped off the excess and used my heat gun to melt the UTEE. I think my UTEE may be old – I did not get the same sort of smooth coverage I have gotten in the past.

The “ho ho” card was used by painting over top of a Heidi Swapp alphabet mask (my favorite red is cranberry from Making Memories). After the paint dried I peeled off the mask letters and then used Diamond Glaze all over the top of the card to create the “seal” layer (it goes on cloudy and then dries clear – you can read a basic tutorial about using this here). You can just use your fingers to smooth it around the card. I let it dry over-night.

Each of the above cards include red Embossing Tinsel from Ranger – essentially embossing glitter. For these I stamped or rubber with Versamark (embossing ink), then sprinkled the tinsel, and used a heat gun to set the glitter. If you want to learn more about embossing, Ranger has some great tips near the bottom of this page. (Merry Christmas stamp is from Catslife Press)

The middle frame was created by cutting out the center of two cards (using an xacto knife), embossing the outside of both with the tinsel, and placing a transparency between the two (Red Hambly Rub Ons were used for the red trees on the transparency).

The white pen used on the third card is the Sharpie Poster Paint Pen.

Some of the other products used:
Anna Griffin Dorothy Epoxy Stickers
Anna Griffin Elegant Embellishment Stickers
K & Company Wild Saffron Fabric Brads
Also, lots of stuff from Making Memories St. Nick holiday collection.

Edited: Candi asked how I punched the cards after covering with paper – I used a craft knife to cut out the space (using another card as a template on top).


  • 1.
    Beth Deckard said…

    Well…all I can say is wow! You never cease to amaze and inspire me with your creativity.
    I am going to try this project but think I will use pictures from Christmas through my life and my children’s lives along with other holiday-ish things.
    Thanks for sharing your talents!!

  • 2.
    alyssa said…

    Fabulous as ever! I just got those great Hambly Christmas rubons in pink and green – a very *bright* holiday awaits!
    A (hopefully) quick question for you: I’m curious about the cards themselves. The look pretty sturdy. Did you do this on top of playing cards?

  • 3.
    alyssa said…

    Oops – just saw the answer to my question in your first post about the cards. :)

  • 4.
    Candi Tardio said…

    thanks for the up close shots of those cute cards :)
    have fun @ sharin memories this weekend and give my girl carole a hug for me!!!!

  • 5.
    Candi Tardio said…

    i did forget to ask u something about those cards…{might be a dumb ?} if the cards come punched….after you embellished the cards w/your patterned paper how did you re-punch those cards??? did you use a roledex punch???

  • 6.
    Niella{NZ} said…

    Darling cards!!
    I love that cranberry red from MM too. It’s the perfect shade. Even though I won’t be able to get a holder, am going to use lots of red and green moss flocking on my Christmas cards and w/ a lil’ bit of extra details, they should come out darling too.
    Thanks for sharing the little details too Ali! Love how you let us know how to achieve this & that…Now that’s what I call Sharing the Creative Flow:)

  • 7.
    Jennifer said…

    I have a question. On the card with the square-punched cutouts. I was wondering…when you heat the UTEE doesn’t the glue you used to adhere the squares heat as well and then release from the card? If it does, how do you counteract that? I want to try the UTEE technique but if there is something special I need to do when embossing on top of already glued down images I want to be prepared.
    Also, what tool did you use to get the correct holes on the side of the card to put it on the spinner? Is there something special that comes with the spinner?
    Thanks Ali! Love your project!

  • 8.

    very cool stuff – love seeing the process.

  • 9.
    jennifer davis said…

    oooh..oooh…oooh!!! I love this project! Especially loving seeing all that red!!

  • 10.
    jamie said…

    SOOOOOOO LOVELY! sigh. you’re amazing!

  • 11.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    Good question Candi – hugs to you !!! ALi, this is so darling I am loving it & LOVE the MM red color – thank you for sharing your talent with us – you are inspiring !! See you Saturday ~

  • 12.
    suetreiber said…

    you totally have me wanting to do this project now. Thanks a lot.

  • 13.
    Kristi said…

    Amazing! These are so gorgeous. I want to do it!
    Another question – did you UTEE over the text strips or before adhering them?
    Thank you for sharing!

  • 14.
    gabbe said…

    Thank you for the close up photos- they are so beautiful!
    I just got some UTEE and wasn’t sure how to start to use it so thanks for the info & inspiration!
    My dear daughter & I are going to make something similar for the holidays- this is so wonderful!

  • 15.
    chantille said…

    Another question about the ATC holder, how many cards in all do you have on there?

  • 16.
    LizP said…

    I have found that with UTEE that you need a really juicy pad of embossing ink or it will look “pebbly” on the first coat. I also typically do 2 or 3 coats of UTEE.

  • 17.
    marion said…

    I got one of these last Sat. and didn’t know what I wanted to do with it—now I know! Thanks.

  • 18.
    Sue said…

    I just had to tell you that I really enjoy your blog. I love seeing the projects you’re working on and I really appreciate that you show so many ‘close-up’ pictures of each project. It’s also good to be reminded that the hobby of scrapbooking is really meant to be fun and playful. As a reader, I’ve enjoyed comparing notes with your reviews on the “good reads” website. We’ve got similar reading taste and have loved several of the same books. And as the mother of a special daughter, I can appreciate the challenges and the joys you face with your son. (My daughter is 6). I think what I’ve enjoyed the most about your blog is that you’re really focused on your son but you haven’t forgotten yourself. You still have projects and dreams and goals for yourself. It’s so hard to remember that sometimes. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 19.
    Karla said…

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!! Bustin’ out my stuff now. It’s soooooo time to play :)
    Thanks for sharing with us honey,

  • 20.

    so classy!
    such great ideas…

  • 21.
    Marilyn Tan said…

    Ali, thanks for the tutorial and photos on the close up of the ART. It’s great project which I would love to try on. I like it that you have so many techniques used. I esp love techniques like UTEE and embossing. The effects are great on projects.

  • 22.
    PJ said…

    Thanks for sharing Ali! I’m completely inspired… I’m starting with a christmas ‘count down book’ and I’m sure I’ll be using some of your techniques!

  • 23.
    Idan Asinely said…

    thanks for sharing.

  • 24.
    briohny said…

    You are always so fresh in everything you do. I do have to ask though, often in CK there is mention of your favourite square punch. I’ve assumed it’s a 2″ punch???? Having some trouble locating it in Australia. Can you provide us with the brand?

  • 25.
    Monica said…

    Ali, Awesome inspiration as always. Great cards. I have been wanting to try embossing for some time now but just haven’t gotten to it. After seeing this I am wanting to even more. I love the HO HO card. It looks great.

  • 26.

    Thanks for sharing the details, because I LOVE this project.:)

  • 27.
    Jen said…

    Is there any chance they make a punch to do this instead of having to cut it out manually?
    Did you do the whole poem Ali? That’s a LOT of cards.
    GREAT job. I absolutely love it.

  • 28.
    Christine Villacarlos said…

    Thanks for sharing these details, Ali!

  • 29.
    Tiffany K said…

    Hey everyone! I got my Ali Edward’s enabled purchase: 7 Gypsies ATC Holder at They were great – I already got it in the mail and they weren’t sold out either! :) Good luck!

  • 30.
    jamie said…

    just want to say thanks for all your input and inspirations. it’s always a joy to see what new creation you have posted. am very much enjoying seeing what you have in mind for christmas home delights.

  • 31.
    Annie said…

    these are brilliant…can’t wait for mine to arrive so I can get working!!!

  • 32.
    Susan said…

    There are a couple revolving holders left at this store:

  • 33.
    Sheila said…

    I’ve read your blog for sometime – dreaming of how great it would be to have your creativity. (I’ve settled happily for taking good pictures and sliding them into a photo album.)
    This project i LOVE and simply must try. Just one question. What is the benefit to glossing and embossing the cards? Is this a regular step in projects you do? Thanks!

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