Saturday, December 07, 2013

Day 7 - Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials

I am teaming up with the Graphic 45 Design Team for an amazing Twelve Days of Christmas event!

December 1st through December 12th, on the Graphic 45 Blog, you will see a card designed by me, plus a gift tutorial inspired by my card and created by one of the current G45 team! 

On the Seventh Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me...

Seven Swans a-Swimming
I gave this card lots of small layers and added sparkle by using metallic cardstock. I stayed true to the vintage feel of the paper by adding vintage-look embellishments.

I made a red 5x5-inch card, lined with cream cardstock. I used gold metallic and green cardstock for matting the designer paper. Because the Swans strip on the Joyeux Noel paper contained red and blue, I decided to add the blue to the traditional red/green color combo on this card. I think it gives everything an "icy" feel.

I painted a Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole Staple with white paint. When it was dry, I rubbed it with glitter glue to add sparkle. I glued pearls to the "screw holes" of the keyhole. I paired the fancy keyhole with vintage-style flowers and a crystal spray.

I die cut the swan image and matted it with dark green cardstock. I hand cut the sentiment to look like a vintage banner. A bit of chalk ink makes it look like an old sign.

I decorated the inside of the card a sticker and a few strips of paper. 

Now go over to the Graphic 45 Blog to see Denise J's gift tutorial! I hope you go on to visit at Denise's Blog! She has a layered, vintage style that you have to see to believe! I am in awe of her altered books and boxes!

Remember, leave Graphic 45 a Blog or Facebook comment for a chance to win this amazing prize! A grand prize winner will be announced on the Graphic 45 blog at the end of this event, on Friday, December 13th. 

Joyeux Noel
Ladies Dancing
Christmas Rose
Holly and Ivy
My True Love
The Twelve Days of Christmas

Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas Cardstock Stickers

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Original ColorMates Light Berry Red, Light Totally Tan, Elan Metallics Mocha
Flowers, leaf: Petaloo
Crystal Spray: Pro 31 Designs
Pearls: Couture Creations
Die cut templates: Spellbinders Large and Small Labels
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Chestnut Roan
Glitter glue: Ranger Stickles Star Dust
Paint: white acrylic
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape runner; Beacon Fabri-trac; Aleene's Tacky Glue


  1. Oh my goodness, each card is so unique! I just love the flower & keyhole embellishment on this one. Your designs are awesome!

  2. OK...THIS one is my favorite! Hahahaha! Seriously..each one more gorgeous than the one before. Those elegant swans....yummy!

  3. So gorgeous! I love that deep red flower and all the other details.

  4. Each one of your cards has been so gorgeous! I look forward to seeing the rest of your beautiful cards, Gloria, and hope you're feeling better!