Ice Blue Christmas Card

Christmas card gate-fold card

I created this card to use for Christmas this year. I had most of the items I needed in my stash and chose to go with a larger sized card than usual to leave room for a sentiment and message.

Supplies
Vellum
White cardstock (could be tone on tone patterned or background embossed with clear embossing powder)
Ice Blue cardstock
White 1 1/2” ribbon
Adhesive or glue runner
Dies
Merry Christmas word die (Penny Black)
Snow flake dies
Background snowflake die
Tools
Scor pal or Scor Buddy
Paper cutter
Die-cutting machine – Sizzix, etc…
Fabric cutting scissors

Finished card is 6” by 6” in a 6 1/4” by 6 1/4” envelope.

1. Cut one piece of ice blue card stock -5 1/2” by 5 1/2”.

2. Cut one piece of ice blue cardstock – top folding 10” tall by 5” wide.

3. Cut one piece of vellum 7″ by 5″.

4. Die-cut the background snowflake die using silver glitter cardstock.

5. Using your scoring board, score your silver die cut piece (in half) at 2 1/2”. Both sides will be equal.

6. Scor your vellum piece at 1″ and at 6″. That will leave a scored area to the right and the left of a 5″ square of 1″.

7. Scor your top folding piece of ice blue cardstock at 5”.

8. Place the 6” by 6” white cardstock

9. Grab the smaller piece of ice blue cardstock and add adhesive or glue to the back.

10. Center the blue cardstock on top of the white cardstock and press down when it is in the correct position.

11. Fold the scored ice blue cardstock.

12. Fold the scored vellum pieces.

13. The section that has 1”, using a scissor, cut a triangle sized piece at both top and bottom. The angle of the cut should be around 45 degrees. Feel free to estimate with your eyes. What remains is a rectangle piece that is folded at 2 1/2” and a trapezoid piece that is wide at the fold and narrows at the end edge.

14. Before you add adhesive, position the vellum pieces so they cover the blue cardstock and meet in the middle. This could mean you may have to use your cutter again to shave a bit on one side so you piece is 4.8” or 4.9” wide.

15. Add adhesive to the right piece of blue cardstock and attach it to the back of the bottom of your top folding blue card.

16. Repeat this step with the left piece.

17. Cut the snowflake background die cut in half.

18. Once cut, rotate the die cut pieces so that the borders meet in the middle.

19. Position the pieces on the already glued vellum, lift and add adhesive.

20. Glue the die cut pieces down onto the vellum.

21. Pull 15” of white ribbon from the spoil and cut.

22. Center the ribbon as you are gluing it to the back of the top-folding ice blue card. Leave enough ribbon to make a bow for the front of the card.

23. Once the ribbon is glued down. Position the top-folding gate fold card on top of the other two cards, center, as needed.

24. Flip the card over, add adhesive and then re-position the card and glue down.

25. Once the completed card is glued together, make the bow and pink the ends of the ribbon.

Sparkly Sparkling Apple Cider

In today’s world, it is always fun to add a little bit of bling to an accent or item. For this project, I decided to add the sparkle of glitter to Apple Cider bottles. For me, this became a multi-day project.Why? To be honest, it was the first time I was attempting it and I was doing it for my best friend’s Daughter who was graduating from the University with an impressive 4.2 GPA. I have seen this wonderful young woman grow before my very eyes and have been proud of all her accomplishments along the way. So, I have to admit, I was picky when examining the bottles and very careful to use non-toxic adhesives and a good sealant to ensure safety. By the end of this journey, I have to admit I learned a lot.

List of supplies:

  1. Apple Cider bottles fresh from the market.
  2. Glitter in a color that blends or matches the party theme, ideally in shaker containers and preferably fine or microfine.
  3. Modge Podge (to use as your first layer of adhesive).
  4. Elmer’s Clear Glue (to use as a sealant and non-toxic last layer to keep the glitter on the bottle, instead of falling into your beverage).
  5. Newspaper to spread on your project area.
  6. Latex gloves are optional and can be used instead to spread the adhesive and sealant on the bottles.

Day 1 Steps:

  1. Make sure you lay out the newspaper on a flat surface, ideally a nicely sized table.
  2. Place the Modge Podge, Glitter and Apple Cider bottle on the newspaper, on the table,
  3. Make sure the bottle is in front of you.
  4. Carefully remove the circle band around the white foil, making sure to keep the foil on the bottle.
  5. Lay the bottle gently with the label facing up.
  6. Open the Modge Podge, and if needed put on latex gloves.
  7. Depending on if you are right or left-handed, dip your index and center fingers of your dominant hand (gloved or not) into the Modge Podge.
  8. Gently lift your hand from the Modge Podge, making sure your fingers are covered.
  9. Let some of the Modge Podge drip from your fingers back into the Modge Podge container.
  10. With the remaining Modge Podge, bring your hand over to the bottle.
  11. With your non-dominant hand, hold the top of the bottle.
  12. Proceed to add the Modge Podge adhesive to the front of the bottle from the end of the white foil to the bottom of the bottle.
  13. Repeat as needed Steps 7 – 12 until you are satisfied that the front of the bottle is adequately covered in adhesive.
  14. Step away for a moment and rinse your gloves, if needed, to prevent the Modge Podge from drying on them.
  15. Remove the gloves if needed, but keep them handy as you will need them again.
  16. Grab the Glitter and do what is needed so that you can shake the contents onto the Modge Podge covered bottle areas. If possible, hold the top part of the bottle with your dominant hand and slightly rotate to make sure Glitter falls and sticks to adhesive covered areas.
  17. Once all adhesive covered spots have Glitter on them, step away for your project to dry overnight.
  18. Make sure to close the Modge Podge before you walk away for the night.

Day 2 Steps:

  1. Put on your gloves, if needed.
  2. Using your dominant hand, gently lift the bottle and stand it up. Some Glitter may fall off at this point,That is totally okay and normal.
  3. Gently touch the area that dried overnight.
  4. In order to lose as little Glitter as possible, move the bottle to the side and attempt to collect any spilled or fallen Glitter into a small lid or box so it can be added back into the Glitter container being used.
  5. Once collected, gently remove the lid of the Glitter container and slowly pour the collected Glitter into the Glitter container.
  6. Open the Modge Podge.
  7. Lay the bottle back down with the non-Glittered side facing up.
  8. Depending on if you are right or left-handed, dip your index and center fingers of your dominant hand (gloved or not) into the Modge Podge.
  9. Gently lift your hand from the Modge Podge, making sure your fingers are covered.
  10. Let some of the Modge Podge drip from your fingers back into the Modge Podge container.
  11. With the remaining Modge Podge, bring your hand over to the bottle.
  12. With your non-dominant hand, hold the top of the bottle.
  13. Proceed to add the Modge Podge adhesive to the back of the bottle from the end of the white foil to the bottom of the bottle.
  14. Repeat as needed Steps 7 – 12 until you are satisfied that the front of the bottle is adequately covered in adhesive.
  15. Step away for a moment and rinse your gloves, if needed, to prevent the Modge Podge from drying on them.
  16. Remove the gloves if needed, but keep them handy as you will need them again.
  17. Grab the Glitter and do what is needed so that you can shake the contents onto the Modge Podge covered bottle areas. If possible, hold the top part of the bottle with your dominant hand and slightly rotate to make sure Glitter falls and sticks to adhesive covered areas.
  18. Once all adhesive covered spots have Glitter on them, step away for your project to dry overnight.
  19. Remove and rise gloves, if needed.
  20. Make sure to close the Modge Podge before you walk away for the night.

Day 3 Steps

  1. Put on gloves you used during the past two days.
  2. Lift the bottle, so that it is standing. It should be fully covered with glitter. Some glitter will slide off during this movement.
  3. Set the bottle aside, we will be collecting any scattered Glitter and putting it back in our Glitter container.
  4. Collect all the excess glitter onto a sheet of paper, lid or object you have used before.
  5. Unseal the Glitter container and then drain all the excess Glitter collected into the container.
  6. Reseal the Glitter container.
  7. Move the bottle and leave it standing in front of you.
  8. Examine it for areas that look like they need Glitter added. Keep track of those spots.
  9. Reach for your Elmer’s Clear Glue and unseal or open it, if needed.
  10. Using your dominant hand, gently pour the Clear Glue on those areas that appear to need glitter. Be careful not to pour too much glue out you do not want drips to run down the bottle.
  11. Using your non-dominant hand, tilt the bottle so that the area needing Glitter is facing up.
  12. With your right hand, open your shaker container and gently shake Glitter onto the Glue spot.
  13. Wait about 5 minutes.
  14. With your hand, tap gently on the spot you just added Glitter. Glitter should stay in place. Attempt to stand up the bottle to see if the Glitter set or needs to remain in a laid down position.
  15. If there are any other spots of the bottle that need Glitter, repeat steps 10 through 14.
  16. If you can, keep your bottle standing, walk away for 8 to 10 hours to let everything dry.
  17. Remove gloves and rinse them off.
  18. Collect excess Glitter and put it back in it’s container.
  19. Seal up Elmer’s Clear Glue.

Final Steps

  1. If your bottle is standing, and looks like it has adequate amounts of Glitter on it and all touch-up spots are fully dried, it is time to apply a seal on the bottle.
  2. Put on your gloves for the last time, if needed.
  3. Open the Elmer’s Clear Glue.
  4. Gently pour it over  all Glittered areas on the bottle. Do not pour too much.
  5. With your dominant hand, move the clear glue to cover all the Glitter so it can be sealed in place. This step needs to be done gently as you do not want the Glitter to rub off by accident.
  6. Make sure all Glittered areas are covered with the clear glue.
  7. As needed, wipe away the excess glue at the bottom. If by error, it accumulates there, when you lift the bottle up, after the seal has dried, your bottle will have newspaper glued to the bottom edges of your bottle
  8. Once you have wiped down that bottom edge and you know it was covered with glue, go ahead and rinse the gloves (you may want to use them again) and let the seal dry overnight.
  9. The next day, you can do a quick gut check to verify the seal by touching the bottle without gloves and seeing if everything remains in place.