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16 December 2021

Nordic Winter Digital Paper Set - Card 2

Here is the second card made with with the Nordic Winter digital paper pack (see the first here).  

To make the card:

  • I used a card blank measuring 14 x 14cm.
  • On the back of one of the brown patterned papers draw around a circular-ish shape and then cut it out.  This will be the Christmas Pudding.
  • On a piece of contrasting card (I chose plain beige) use the pudding shape to draw and cut out a half circle.
  • Cut along the bottom edge of the half circle to create the effect of dripping frosting and then glue that to the pudding shape.
  • On another piece of coloured cardstock (I used grey picked from one of the patterned papers) draw two holly leaf shapes and cut them out.
  • Cut or punch three small circles from the plain pink cardstock for berries.
  • Cut a square from the pink snowflake patterned paper to 13 x 13cm
  • Glue the pudding, holly leaves and berries to the patterned paper, leaving enough room below for a sentiment.
  • Glue the sentiment in place.
  • Cut a square from the grey cardstock to 13.5 x 13.5cm and glue the pudding and pink patterned paper on top of it leaving an even, narrow border all around.
  • Glue the stack to the front of the card blank.

Watch the process video:


*I get my photo paper from StinkyInk.

15 December 2021

Snowflake Wood Slice Ornaments

Here's a quick and easy project using wood slices, glitter paint and a dimensional medium to create sparkly, festive ornaments.

To make the ornament:
  • Spread an even layer of diamond paint on to the wood slice with a paintbrush.
  • Leave to dry (it only takes a few minutes).
  • Repeat on the other side.
  • Draw a snowflake pattern onto the painted surface using the Crystal Drops.
  • Add some small dots around the snowflake using the Crystal Drops.
  • Leave to dry thoroughly (a few hours or overnight).
  • If desired do the same on the other side.
  • Thread some ribbon or sparkly twine through the hole at the top of the wood slice.
The glitter paint comes in lots of different shades - from gold to hot pink! Check out the range here.

Aladine Izink Diamond Paint
Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops - White

14 December 2021

Nordic Winter Digital Paper Set - Card 1

I recently downloaded the Nordic Winter Christmas Backgrounds digital paper set.  I wanted to do a 10 cards 1 paper pack for this set, but I don't think that I'll have time to get that all done.  So I'm going to post about each card as I go rather than waiting for all the cards to be completed.

Nordic Christmas Digital Paper Set by Green Light Ideas (via

To flesh out the paper pack I used the colour picker tool in my graphics program on the patterned paper to create some solid-colour coordinating cardstock  in pink, brown, grey, beige and blue.  I also made some generic Christmas sentiments using the brown background.  Take a look at this post to find out create your own sentiment strips. 

To make the card:

  • Draw (or print) a template for a Christmas jumper (sweater) onto plain white card, trace around it on the reverse of the patterned papers and then cut it out.
  • Trace around just the neck, cuffs and bottom of the jumper on plain white card, cut them out and glue them into place.
  • The card blank is 10.5 x 14.5cm.
  • Cut a piece of 10 x 14cm printed brown cardstock and glue to the card blank.
  • Cut a piece of 9.5 x 13.5cm blue and grey argyle patterned paper and layer on top of the brown card.
  • Glue the jumper (sweater) to the front of the card.  Use foam tape for added dimension (optional).
  • Place a sentiment of your choosing below the jumper (sweater). 

Here's the finished card:

Watch the process video:


280gsm+ White Card

190gsm matte printer paper* to print:

  1. Nordic Winter Christmas Backgrounds digital paper set 
  2. Brown cardstock (use the colour picker tool in a graphics program to get the same brown as on the patterned paper)
  3. Christmas sentiment strips on brown background (handmade)

*I get my photo paper from StinkyInk.

11 December 2021

Stained Glass Papercut Collection - Peacock

Here's another design from the Stained Glass Papercut Collection from CraftWorld.  I love peacocks, so it was a given that this would be one of the first designs that I chose from the collection.

To make this card:

  • I wanted to back the peacock with a colourful patterned paper, so I imported the SVG to Canvas Workspace and created a mat to fit the peacock by drawing around it with the Path Tool.  So now when I resize the peacock design I can resize the mat at the same time!
  • The SVG was 8.5 x 14cm.  So I cut a piece of gold glitter card to 9 x 14.5cm and the card blank was 9.5 x 15cm.  
  • I glued the papercut and mat to the gold (champagne) glitter card, and then onto the card blank.
  • I added some gems to the peacock's tail in a coordinating peacock green.
It's a relatively simple design, but it has a lot of impact.  I can't remember where I got the glitter card from, but it is absolutely gorgeous 😍.

The papercut includes the sentiment "Best Wishes" , but it would be easy enough to make some additional sentiments.  The Breamcatcher font would fit the Art Deco aesthetic very well and is available to download for free.

The patterned paper that I used for the peacock is from this set.

Get the Stained Glass Peacock cut files and others from the collection here.

10 December 2021

DIY Hanging Hearts - No Craft Supplies Required!

Back in March I released a Skillshare class about crafting with digital supplies.  The class is about making use of digital supplies to create physical items - in this case hanging hearts for home décor.  

I made a few samples, but I just realised that I haven't shared them on the blog!  I used old cereal boxes for the heart base, and the background and embellishments are items that I downloaded, printed and cut out.  

This was the prototype that I made when I was feeling out the idea for the class:

I wanted to show how the same basic ingredients could be used to produce different results, so this was an alternative arrangement that I designed:

I also had the idea to make the butterfly a real statement, so in this example I put it front and centre surrounded by the flowers and foliage to give a wreath-like effect.

For the final example I wanted to use a different papers from the sets that I used to make the hearts.  I also wanted to show a slightly different way to use the elements and still achieve a nice result.

The only supplies used were old cereal boxes, printer paper, scissors and glue.  All of the digital resources that I used in the class are available to download for free!

Free Mixed Media Painted Butterflies

Free Rose Gold Floral Sprays

Free Fantasy Watercolor Digital Paper Set

If you want to find out more, head over to Skillshare and check out the class here.  If you aren't a member you can get a free 14-day Premium membership trial which will allow you to watch this class and hundreds of others.  While you're there, take a look at my Easel Card class as well.

09 December 2021

Stained Glass Papercut Collection - Rose Buds

I was browsing the CraftWorld website a couple of weeks ago and came across a call for digital cut file testers.  On a whim I applied and imagine my delight when they sent me a bunch of files to try out!

There are 9 files in the Stained Glass Collection consisting of a mix of traditional stained glass imagery as well as some landscapes and florals.  For the first card that I made, I used the Rose Buds set.

  • First of all I imported the SVG into a graphics program and adjusted the line colour so that it was very faint.  
  • Then I printed that out to use as a painting guide.  I used Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush to colour in most of the elements. 
  • I cut the file (being sure to keep the same dimensions* as the printed version) from black card and then glued that on top of the coloured image and put it onto a card blank.
  • To finish the card I added some gold gems and a sentiment strip, which I popped up with foam tape.

*For this card the SVG had width of 9cm.  The card blank was 10 x 16cm.

Originally a set of metal dies, which are no longer available to buy, the designs have been resurrected as SVG cut files.  Get the full set from CraftWorld.