Friday 12 October 2012

Gingerbread Man Christmas Cards

Last last year, I asked our local scrapbook store (The Scrap Yard) to order me the Tim Holtz Gingerbread Man die. I had so many ideas for it that I didn't get to do last Christmas. Hopefully I can use it more for this holiday season!

One of my ideas, was to cut it out of patterned paper, instead of a gingerbread coloured solid card stock - and not add the icing and other traditional gingerbread man details. I think he turned out so cute!

I actually made three cards, using the latest sketch at the Freshly Made Sketch blog:

I had to eliminate the top layer of the sketch in order to use the gingerbread man die, just because of the size. The cards are 6.5 x 5" as it is, and I didn't want to go all the way up to a 5x7" card. I didn't put the ribbon on the cards either - it just seemed to take away from the popped up gingerbread man.

The patterned paper has glitter embedded in the pattern, which is hard to capture in a photo.  I cut a strip of the new tulle (Stampin' Up), cut the strip in half horizontally so I had two less bulky 'ribbons', then tied them around two of the patterned gingerbread men. I really like the tulle - it is far less bulky than ribbon for mailing!

The words were stamped on scrap white card stock, punched out and I outlined the punched label with a Sakura gel pen for some sparkle.  The card below is nearly identical except for the patterned paper strip at the bottom of the sketch. Rather than cut into a brand new 12 x 12" sheet, I used a scrap I had from the same paper stack.

This third card doesn't qualify as "Fresh & Clean", as the edges of everything are inked with brown so it is more 'grungy'. I really wanted to use this brown snowflake printed paper for a gingerbread man though, so went with it.

There is so much sparkle in these papers!  I used a narrow ribbon for this card, adhering the ends with sticky dots.

I think I'd like to take this idea a step further, still using a patterned paper for the die cut, then layering a pleated rosette on his belly.   :-)

I haven't been updating my blog too much this week - I've been trying to finish a couple of loom knit projects & I'm just not getting in the studio as much. The darn chores and errands are taking up the rest of my time. 

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Wow! I love these gingerbread men! They look so elegant crafted from these papers! Thanks for playing at Freshly Made Sketches!

  2. what a nice idea
    Hello from Elma

  3. Super cute ... love the papers and love their sweet scarves!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

  4. Such fun Christmas card! What a great idea to change up the look of the gingerbread men! I love that sparkly paper! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!


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