Sunday, October 16, 2011

Jackie Topa's Singing Reindeer Christmas card

If you've never visited Jackie Topa's blog, you simply MUST!  She is the MASTER of the most adorable punch art you've ever seen -- including this adorable singing reindeer.  This little guy takes a lot of punches, and some patience to put together, but he's sure to make everyone you send him to, smile!
I embossed the folded Bashful Blue card with the new Snow Burst embossing folder.  I LOVE this new folder, and it works great for much more than just holiday projects.  See the fall wine tags where I used this same folder.
To make this project go together faster, apply the Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive sheets to the backs of the card stock you are going to punch out of.  One of the FANTASTIC features of this adhesive, is that you can punch through it.  It is a double sided adhesive -- you peel off one side -- stick it to your paper, punch or die cut your designs, peel off the other liner and stick it directly to your project.  It makes building this little reindeer SOOOOO much faster -- and I am loving this adhesive so much, I have been using it constantly.  So handy to just punch, peel, and stick!  To make the book, use the curly label punch -- punch out the book, fold it in half, then cut the top and bottom off at an angle to make the book.  Put a little dimensional under the middle of the book to make it stand out just a little.
The antlers are made using the Swirls Scribbles Sizzlit die.
Tips for assembly:  Start with the head and the antlers -- put these on your card first, then put the body about an inch below the head.  Fold a Word Window punch out in half -- snip a V in one end to make the hooves, cut in half and use a half for each foot.  Adhere to the book sides and fold over to the back.  Put a dimensional on the back of the book so it stands out from the card a little.  Add your book.  Use a black marker to draw in the black on the face and the teeth, and the white gel pen to draw the white on the nose.
For the snow, I used the new mica flakes from the Holiday Mini catalog.  I put a thin layer of Crystal Effects all along the white "snow" panel, dumped the flakes on, patted them down a little to help them stick, then dumped off the excess.  Makes a super glittery, chunky snow panel.

Supplies list:
Card Stock: Bashful blue, chocolate chip, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Basic Black
Punches: Extra Large oval, small oval (retired, but you could use the other small oval punch we carry), 1/2" round, 1 3/4" round, curly label, Word Window
Big Shot and the Snow Burst embossing folder, Swirls Scribbles Sizzlit die

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