The Details

Where did it come from

Papercraft Inspirations

When did I get it

December 2014!

When did I try it

6th August 2017

First quick impression

It is somewhat unfair judging a kit from 2014 in 2017, isn’t it? But I did warn you at the beginning of this series that I have a big craft stash to work through and declutter. So as this is a straightforward toppers and card set rather than stamps, dies or embossing folders that need more “work” to complete a project it makes me wonder why I didn’t use it at the time of getting it. Maybe because it is not 100% my style. If I am honest I can’t even put my finger on why not. I like the cardstock and the topics of the toppers are to my taste so I can only say that I don’t love the style of artwork. However, the whole purpose of these posts is to make decisions and I certainly don’t dislike it enough to not use it, therefore, let’s see what I come up with.

Well, there is no prep needed other than popping the toppers out of the backing so let’s crack on and see what I came up with shall we! I have made two cards so far:

Card One

I used an 8″ x 8″ card blank for this. I cut my backing cardstock to 19cm x 19cm and some gold mirror card to 19.5cm x 19.5cm on my Cutterpillar Pro, one of the first paper cutters I have had that you can rely on to be accurate! I used Collall All Purpose Glue to fasten the patterned cardstock to the mirror card and then the mirror card to the card blank. I like to use a wet glue for these jobs because it gives you some wriggle room to ensure they are lined up as you wish. I cut some of the red polka dot cardstock to 4cm x19cm  and some gold mirror card to 4.5cm x 19cm and used the Collall again to layer them up and fasten the strip near the bottom of the card. I attached the Season’s Greetings sentiment to the strip with 0.5cm depth sticky pads. The two toppers were fastened with 1cm depth sticky pads. I used Ranger Crystal Stickles randomly dotted over the fir tree topper and Gold Stickles to do the same thing with the reindeer topper. Here is the completed card
Festive Flourishes Card 1

Making the Second Card

For this card, I didn’t have a card blank in the right size so I cut a piece of Centura Pearl cardstock to 20cm x 21cm. I used my Hunkydory Adorable Scoreboard to score the 21cm length at 10.5cm and folded it in half and burnished it with the scoring tool. I cut the background cardstock to 10.5cm so it would fit across the card front perfectly. Then I chose the gold metallic ribbon to go down the centre and fastened it on the back with acid-free tape. The cardstock was fastened to the card base with Collall All Purpose Glue. I fastened both toppers to the card with the 1cm deep sticky pads. I once again used the Ranger Crystal Stickles and dotted randomly over the toppers. I used my new Crystal Ninja Tanto (from eBay) to pick up the tiny red flat backed pearls and used a dot of Cosmic Acrylic Glue on the cardstock and fastened the pearls down to the card. Here is that completed card.  
Festive Flourishes Card 2

The Verdict

Confessing time, once I had made these cards I was really happy with them and I will certainly go on and use up the rest of the set. (I’ll be honest though I haven’t done the other two pop up boxes from last Sunday yet – feel free to pester me unless I am in a Flare up I am open to the odd nudge :)) Again this kit makes life easy because there are no decisions to make. Once I have used the rest of the kit up it will be gone and will not need a spot in my decluttered stash – if you don’t know what I am talking about check this post.

I hope you like what I came up with. Drop us a comment at the bottom of the page if you did and be sure to come back on Wednesday to see what I will be digging out and using them.

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