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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Red, White & Blue...

#1: Here's to the Red, White, and Blue!

There is a new 613 Ave C  challenge starting July 7th:  "ATG or the optional Twist: Use your countries flag colors".  You have the month of July to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's inspirational contributions -  click HERE!

Trying to make a few Christmas cards a month - and this one will also be with the colors of the USA flag.  I recently fell in love with this technique/ construction and I am now reviewing my stamp collection for ones that will lend themselves to this design.
Below are the steps to create this unique design:
#2: Image aligned with center of card.

  1. Start by choosing an image that is symmetrical right to the left side.  This is important because that will allow the whole image to be displayed as part of the card front when the card is closed. [See #1 ]
  2. I started with a 5.5" x 8" CS base card.  Locate the center at 4.5" and mark with a pencil.  [Do NOT yet score the fold!!]  Stamp the image centered on that line.
  3. Now the score along that center line can be created from the top of the image [in this case his hat] to the top edge of the CS.  Do NOT score thru the image.
  4. With this image, I used an Exacto Knife to cut around the image on the LEFT side only.  You could use a Die if it has one or if you have a Brother's Scan and Cut or a Silhouette, you can cut only the left half of the image by covering the right side with paper during the scanning.
  5. Now when you fold the card the entire image should be visible at the spine.
  6. At this point, I measured from the far left edge of the Nutcracker to the 4.25" width of an A2 card and cut off the right edge so it would fit in an A2 size envelope.  Once you have the final size of your card, you can finish decorating the inside and front.

Closing the card allows the entire image
to be viewed on the front.


Image was colored with Copics and the added bling consists of gold embossed sentiment, gold foil added to the uniform and a metallic snowflake glued to the front of his hat.

Create wildly and color with abandon!

Sisterhood of CraftersAny Occasion
Crafty Sentiments –Bright Colors
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Aud Sentiments - #230 – ATG + Sentiment
Crafty Creations - #393 – ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #437 – ATG Always
The Male Room #114 – Multiple Layers for a Male
Sweet Stampin' Christmas – ATG X-mas
CHNC- Christmas #445 – ATG X-mas/Option:  For a Male
Gem of a Challenge - #13 - ATG [WINNER]
Tuesday Throwdown #435 – ATG
SheepSki Designs #28 – Early Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's DP Challenge – Always ATG
Winter Wonderland – Christmas


  1. WOW brilliant technique and great result and stamp
    Carol x

  2. Wahoo Great idea to do a Christmas card in the heat of July, love the cut you've done! Fantastic!

  3. Great technique i love the card ! Tartan and blue is fab xx

  4. Oh my word, this is SO CLEVER!!! I've never seen this technique! Thanks for sharing the details on your process Ginny. I love the effect! Love the wonky pattern on your paper too!

  5. great fun card Ginny..what a great image and a really beautifully created card....never to early to be making christmas cards is it.....xxxx

  6. Beautiful project, thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Creations this fortnight.
    Linda xxx
    Crafty Creations DT

  7. Now how clever is that!!! I applaud you for the effort you've made in doing this and it's certainly paid off in a fantastic Christmas card. Alas, I am far too lazy to attempt techniques such as this...sigh...I'll just have to live vicariously through you. Besides the design, the stamp coloring is fantastic (as always!) and I love that paper, too. Bravo, Crafty Buddy!!!

  8. WOW what a great design! So creative! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

  9. Lovely project! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to seeing you again next challenge.
    Hugs, Zowie.
    Crafts from the Fairy Den {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  10. I love this!!! So cool!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's, and good luck with your entry! :)

  11. This is such a great idea Ginny! Jackie teamie x

  12. Lovely card! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge this week. Looking forward to seeing you again!
    Crafty hugs

  13. Wonderful Christmas card, great design. Thanks for joining us at the CHNC Christmas Weekly this week for our Anything Goes, optional "For a Man or a Boy" Challenge.

  14. Ginny: marvelous Christmas card! Brilliantly made! Thanks for sharing at PPCC's #437!!! Becca/DT

  15. WOW! what an awesome and fabulous design card. Thanks for instructions too. Thank you so much for joining us in our Multiple layers challenge at The Male Room this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Faith The Male Room DT
    Daffodil Cards {My Blog}

    The Male Room

  16. This is very clever, I love the soldier on the fold line, great colours too. Thank you for sharing it with us at CASS.

  17. I love your little red white and blue Christmas soldier Ginny..gorgeous card.

    Luv CHRISSYxx
    [ little boat from Ali express]

  18. Super cute and fun image, and stunning card design.... Thank you for joining us at A GEM OF A CHALLENGE this week, hope to see you again
    Željka DT xx

  19. Great card. Love your soldier man.
    Thanks for joining us at Winter Wonderland.
    Narelle DT

  20. Very clever design!
    Thank you for sharing with Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge!
    DT for Patterned Paper Challenge
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!


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