December 24, 2012

Adorable Animated Video Card - Merry Christmas!

 I'm reposting this adorable Christmas Animated Video Card, from last year!  This was created by Mark Pyper from Bottletop Design, you may recognize many of the graphics from my blog. This is just too fun not to post again, so I hope you enjoy it!! Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas from Bottletop Design on Vimeo.

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December 20, 2012

Quick & Easy Holiday Mini Cards

Hi, it's Emily again for Graphics Fairy Crafts.  I found some really cute mini envelopes at the craft store last week.  They were $3.99 {before coupon} for a set of 20 envelopes, how much fun is that?  This week, I needed some cards for my fancier gifts, and decided to pull them out and make some quick cards using a few of Karen's images.

First off, gather your supplies.  I used 65lb. card stock, mini kraft envelopes {3.25" x 3.25"}, and scissors.  A bone folder is helpful, but optional.

I made this template in my graphics program.  It's optional, but helpful, and can be made in really any program, including Microsoft Word.  It's an 8.5" x 11" document with three boxes that are 6" wide by 3" tall ---- perfect for 3" x 3" cards ---- and I can use it over and over again.

Next, design your cards, utilizing the 3" x 3" area on the right side of each card.  Layer graphics and wording.  I used Karen's French wreath, her lovely deer, and pretty angels.  I used two fonts we recommended for your holiday crafts in this postLavandaria went well with the wreath, while I liked Metro Retro with the deer.  Rotate your image {like I did with the angels below} if you want the fold to be at the top of the card instead of the left side.  TIP:  if the font you select doesn't offer the "e" with the umlaut for Noel, two periods together work well.

I printed the cards out on card stock, cut them out, and folded in half....I love quick and simple!

Here are the cards with a few of Karen's holiday images.  You could also take these to the next level with glitter, ribbon, or other embellishments!

Happy Holidays!

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December 7, 2012

Rosette holiday ornament tutorial

Hi everyone!  It's Emily again with a guest post for Graphics Fairy Crafts.  Handmade ornaments are so beautiful and I wanted to share this sweet holiday ornament I made with you today.  I just love how this one turned out.

This ornament is about 5" in diameter.  I made it in to an ornament, but you could just as easily use it to embellish your holiday wrapping for some wow factor.

For this project, you will need:
  • One piece of 12" x 12" decorative paper {many craft stores have these on sale this time of year}
  • Two scraps of paper, at least 3" square, that coordinate with your 12" x 12" paper
  • Bone folder or stylus
  • Scoring board {optional, but very, very helpful}
  • Edge punch {optional}
  • Graphics Fairy image printed on card stock {I used the elf girl and angel}
  • Hot glue gun
This tutorial seems to have a lot of steps, but take them one at a time.  Once you do one or two of these ornaments, I promise they go pretty quickly and the results are well worth it!

1.  Cut two paper strips, one 12" long x 2" wide and one 6" long x 2" wide.  Both paper strips will be joined later in step 6.

2.  Using one of my edge paper punches, I punched a design on one side of the long sides of the strips.

3.  Next, score one side of the paper every inch.  For my edge punch, four diamond shapes were approximately an inch, so I scored every four diamonds. 

4.  Turn the paper over and score every inch, but start in the middle of each of the other scored sections.  In my case, I scored two diamonds over from every existing score mark I'd made.

5.  Fold along the score lines back and forth {remember making fans in grade school?}

6.  Using a hot glue gun, join the 12" long and 6" long strips together by overlapping the ends and gluing them.  Then glue the remaining ends together to form a circle.  Next, punch or cut a 2" circle out of coordinating paper for the back of the rosette.  Cut a second 2" or 3" {your choice} circle for the front of the rosette.  {I used a 2" circle for my angel ornament & a 3" circle for the elf}

7.  I resized and printed out the Graphics Fairy's angel and elf girl on card stock.  Cut your image out and glue it to a circle.  {I resized the images so the longest side was 3 1/2"}

8.  To make the rosette, push the plain ends downward and inward to create the rosette.  Hot glue the 2" circle in the center of the back of the rosette to hold it together.  When that side dries, flip over and glue the second circle with your image to the front side.

I threaded some fishing line through the edge to hang the ornament.  Here they are!  I really like how the punched edges of the rosette turned out.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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December 4, 2012

Font Picks for Winter Holiday Crafts

Fonts for Winter Holiday Crafts

I'm consolidating some things around here so that everything will all be in one place, and easier to find! This post has been moved to The Graphics Fairy, you can find it HERE.

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