Evergreen + Cutting File





Alexes Brown: I don’t know about you guys but I love, love, love Christmas time! It really is the most wonderful time of the year for me and I look forward to holiday themed projects every year!


Imagine how excited I was when I was asked to make a project using the new Evergreen assignment! This line is so refreshing! I love the mixture of traditional and modern in this line! The reds, creams and green mixed with some teal and yellow?? So fun and fresh, I just love it!


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I made a fun cut file, a large circular 24 tag for this Christmas Eve page and I’m excited to tell you that you can have it for FREE! Click HERE and Take a look!


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You’ll notice when looking at this line that it has some watercolor textures to it, so  I decided to draw off that and add some teal watercolor to my white background. I was having a hard time with my layering and I thought it would be nice for my layered embellishments to have something to “ground” them to the page. I think it worked out fantastically! Also note that the watercolors kind of bent the paper a little bit but it wasn’t anything a heavy book couldn’t fix!


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I’m totally not going to lie, layering can be quite a challenge for me. I sit and sit and sometimes I really struggle with putting things in that perfect place. I think it took an extra long time because there was too much white space and I didn’t realize that’s what was bothering me for quite some time. After I added that watercolor to my page, things just really took of from there. So if you’re having a hard time with layering your embellishments onto a background, think of a way to ground them. Maybe you could use a mask and mist or even some acrylic paint!


Go ahead and try it and don’t forget to let us know how it goes here in the comments!!


DIY Holiday Home Décor




AudreyPettit BG Evergreen SnowmanBox

Audrey Pettit: Our new holiday line, Evergreen, is perfect for creating special handmade decor pieces. I love the traditional color palette in this collection that works so well for Christmas projects. Throw in a bit of the nontraditional with the addition of the soft blue, and you now have a combo that carries way beyond the holidays and well into winter.


Today I have a fun paper mache altered art snowman project and tutorial to share with you that would make a great holiday gift for you or a loved one, or a fun home decor accent to chase away the winter blues.


AudreyPettit BG Evergreen SnowmanBox3 The base for my snowman is a chipboard box that I covered with two different prints from the Evergreen 6×6 Paper Pad. The top of the box was painted and inked, and once dry, I wrapped the box in satin ribbon to mimic a present. The chipboard box actually houses a small mini album, which I removed for this project. But I did cover one page of the mini with solid blue 6×6 paper and added it to the top using foam adhesive for dimension. That gives my sweet snowman his own little platform from which to shine.


And speaking of that snowman, he is a fun paper mache sculpture that I put together to dress up the top of my box. Here’s how.


AudreyPettit BG Evergreen SnowmanBox Tut1


First we need to create a body armature for our figurine. I’ve seen several ways of doing this, but I like to use tin foil. Tear off a big piece of foil, then squash it together into a barbell shape. If it’s not the right size, you can add additional tin foil over the top and continue working it until you have a basic shape. Wind a chenille stem around the center body of the snowman and let the ends go off to the sides. Clip off the excess with a wire cutter. Wrap a little more tin foil over the body to help keep the arms in place.


Tear lots of small strips of newspaper or scrap paper to use for the paper mache. I used kraft paper recycled from some packaging material. Then create a simple paper mache paste from flour and water. I used about half a cup of flour, then added water until I had the consistency of pancake batter.


AudreyPettit BG Evergreen SnowmanBox Tut2

Dip the paper strips into the paste, then apply all over the tinfoil armature. It may seem a little tricky to get that first layer of paper to stick to the foil, but keep working at it. It may help to cover the tin foil with masking tape first, however I didn’t have any so I skipped that part. Continue adding paper strips until you have a fairly thick coating all over, smoothing the strips as you work.


You can also use the paste mixture to smooth out any dips and dents, and to add facial details like cheeks or nose. I also added a light coat of paste over the chenille arms. Allow your paper mache sculpture to dry thoroughly, which may mean overnight.


AudreyPettit BG Evergreen SnowmanBox Tut3 When the snowman is completely dry, paint it with a base coat of creamy white acrylic paint. I combined ivory and white paints for an antique white finish.


AudreyPettit BG Evergreen SnowmanBox Tut4 Then add the facial features using pink, orange, brown, and black acrylic paint. I used a fine tipped paintbrush to apply the cheek and nose paint, and added the eye and mouth dots using the back end of the paintbrush dipped into paint. I like things on the shabby side, so once my paint was dry, I lightly sanded it to give a chippy appearance.


AudreyPettit BG Evergreen SnowmanBox4To finish off my snowman, I gave him a coat of clear crackle paint, and sprinkled mica glitter into the paint while it was still wet. In his hands is a fun banner I made by gluing some of the Evergreen chipboard letters to simple white string. And on his head is a silly cone hat made from rolled up 6×6 paper, hot glued to his head with some additional mica glitter. The pom pom on the top is actually from the Fresh Cut Pom Pom pack.


AudreyPettit BG Evergreen SnowmanBox2 The final touch was adding a few Evergreen embellishments to the front of the box. Super fun and festive, right? I hope you enjoy!


BasicGrey Evergreen Collection:
6×6 Paper Pad
Title Stickers
Printed Chipboard Shapes
Printed Chipboard Alpha
BasicGrey Fresh Cut Collection:
Pom Poms


Box: 3″ Vintage Memory Box w/ Coaster Album by Maya Road Photo Corners, Adhesive: Therm O Web
Trim: Craft Supply
Mica Glitter: Stampendous
Paint: Plaid, Art Impressions
Ink: Clearsnap


Brag Book | Metal Snowflakes





Kelly Rasmussen: The Metal Snowflake Embellishments from the Evergreen collection immediately caught my eye because I knew I could use them for so many different projects! So today I’m going to show you a few ways to use them on your holiday cards.


This first card uses a fun technique where I used the metal snowflakes to dry emboss a background. I just ran it through my die cut machine the same way I would if I were embossing from a die and it worked perfect! To create the pearly shine, I rubbed the entire piece with my VersaMark ink pad and then dusted on some Perfect Pearls.


I heat embossed the greeting from the Merry & Bright Holidays clear stamp set onto a strip of vellum. Then I adhered the Metal Snowflake with Glossy Accents and a scattering of sequins. And I thought the falling snow patterned paper from the 6×6 paper pad was the perfect backdrop for this snowy scene.

On this next card, I decided to turn the red metal embellishment into a poinsettia. To help me do this I used a gold candy button for the center of the flower and a leaf from the Die Cuts & Transparencies pack.


I heat embossed the gold sentiment onto a banner and nestled it behind the flower. I just love the petite sentiments in both of the clear sets from the Evergreen collection — they are perfect for stamping on the die cuts!  And that gorgeous tone on tone kraft background was stamped with the Leaves Berries & Branches background stamp. Such a beautiful holiday background!


If I happen have any of these metal embellishments left after making my cards, I will be sure to use them up by decorating packages and gift bags!