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Alicia McNamara Card Making Christmas Sparkle

Stamped Sparkle Christmas Cards

August 17, 2018

Send some SPARKLE-ly love this Christmas.

There is never a better time than now to start making that stash of Christmas Cards – as before we know it, the Christmas season will soon be upon us.  

With so much going digital and paperless there is nothing better than opening up your letterbox and finding a home made card – something that someone has spent time creating especially for you – plus it’s a welcome change to the usual bills.

PAPERS:  Sparkle Collection: P2591 Radiance, P2589 Glistening, P2588 Illuminate,
P2587 Shiny, P2593 Aglow
KC PRODUCT:  CS333 Clear Stamps, CT943 Collectables, CD510 Black C6 Card Pack,
PL505 Latte Pearl Strips, FL631 Flourish Pack Shine, SS369 Sticker Sheet.


Today we share with you three cards that Alicia McNamara has created using using the Sparkle Coordinating Stamp Set.  

CS333 Clear Stamps



Stamp some clear stamped images of Large Christmas Tree, Small Christmas Trees and Baubles onto RADIANCE and GLISTENING. 


TIP:  Stamp or Emboss the image onto a patterned background for a different effect.

Fussy cut around each of these images.


Cut three 4″ X 6″ rectangles for the backgrounds from P2591 RADIANCE measuring 4×6 inches. 
Ink edges with Petal Pink Ink and mount onto base of cards with foam tape.


Cut three 4″ x 3.5″ rectangles from ILLUMINATE (reverse – reindeers).
Cut three 4″ x 2.5″ rectangles from GLISTENING.  

Position the black piece horizontally across the bottom half of each card. 
Layer the pink rectangle on top using foam tape.

Adhere a strip from the sticker sheet across the bottom
Repeat for on other two cards.



 Add a sticker sheet to top and bottom of layered rectangles. 
Apply Latte Pearl Strips horizontally to layers on cards.


Layer all stamped images onto SHINY (Reverse) and fussy cut around leaving a thin black border. 


Choose Collectables to compliment the stamped images. 
Tie organza ribbon onto the three baubles. 
Position collectables and stamped images onto cards with a variety of double-sided and foam tape.

Choose a Wooden Flourish for each card and ink with a Petal Pink Ink.  Glue to desired position.


Cut AGLOW (Reverse) to 3 rectangles measuring 4×6 inches for inside of cards. 
Stamp sentiment onto rectangle and then adhere to inside of card.


 Click HERE to download a set of these instructions if you would like to create these yourself.

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Christmas Layouts Sparkle Videos

Sparkle Tutorial – December Magic

August 15, 2018

December Magic Layout
Today we are sharing a gorgeous layout from our Design Team member Rikki Graziani

“When I look at a collection for the first time, I break it down in a couple of ways…. What can be fussy cut? What can be layered and how can I get it to interact with a photo once I chose one. So with that in mind I wanted to make a sort of branch with the geometric background and cut out different pieces. Then what’s a tree without some leaves? The poinsettias are always a great one to fussy cut and layer with foam tape; they can easily be cut in a number of ways and even with the spare petals they can be tucked in and around to bulk out the flower. Then things to hang off the branch….. The snowflake and rhinestone strips are perfect for that to help draw your eye down and around the layout. And the decorations being white and foil draw your eye to the photo”

Geometric patterns are all the rage.  Team that with rose gold and this paper is so versatile.
P2592 Auroral (reverse)

Rikki has carefully cut away sections of this to make a feature for the top of her layout.

Watch the video below to see how she has created the rest of this layout or download the instructions by clicking on the image above.


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Card Making Christmas HOW TO: Sparkle step by step

HOW TO: Make a Tri-Shutter Card

August 10, 2018

Add a little SPARKLE into someone’s day by sending them one of these gorgeous
interactive Tri- Shutter Cards similar to the ones that Alicia McNamara has made for us here.

Follow these Step by Step instructions and you will discover these aren’t as difficult to create as they look
but ever so effective and eye catching, especially using the gorgeous SPARKLE collection with its rose
gold foiled elements like on the following pages.


STEP ONE – Make the Card Base

  • From a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock – white is a great colour to use as a base
  • Cut it in half so that you have two 6 x 12″ rectangles.  (this will make two cards)
  • Score each card piece at 2 inches, 4 inches, 8 inches and 10 inches vertically.
  • Score horizontally at 2 inches and 4 inches as per the diagram below.

  • Cut your card horizontally following the red cut lines as per the diagram below starting at two inches from the top and two inches from the left-hand side and stopping two inches from the right-hand side.
  • Repeat at four inches from the top.

  • Fold your card into mountains (folding towards you) and valleys (folds away from you) as per example below.


STEP TWO – Decorate the Card Base

  • Cut two    6″ x 2″ rectangles of printed paper to cover the left and right sides of the cards
  • Cut six      2″ x 2″ squares of printed paper to cover each of the squares
  • Cut three  4″ x 2″rectangles of printed paper for the middle sections.

TIP: Cut the above pieces slightly smaller to give a white border on each section if desired.

Download full instructions to recreate the SPARKLE tri shutter cards shown below HERE.


STEP THREE – Embellishing the Cards

  • Create three card bases as per the above instructions
  • Use  a combination of the paper gold foiled papers LUSTER, GLISTENING and ILLUMINATE  and cover the small squares and inside rectangles as per the downloadable instructions or as desired using coordinating papers



  • Use the top three 4″ x 3″ rectangles and matte onto white cardstock
  • Fussy cut poinsettias from GLINT.  Cut each in half and attach behind each sentiment using foam tape to add dimension.
  • Adhere these sentiments to the card fronts using foam tape
  • Further decorate cards as desired using a combination of collectables, rhinestone strips and ribbon.


TIP:  You could keep one of the rectangles in the middle blank to write a personal greeting or message.


Don’t forget you can shop this collection online by clicking below

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Alicia McNamara Christmas Open Road

DIY Australian Themed Christmas Cards Tutorial

December 19, 2017

Do you send any Christmas Cards Overseas?  Have you ever bought Australian Themed Christmas Cards or made any of your own? I have a few special Overseas friends and family members I like to send Christmas cards to.  A quick search on Google doesn’t bring up a huge selection of hand made Australian Themed Christmas Cards.  I searched the archives of my blog and found some Australian Themed cards from several years ago.  I have a fond spot for the Aussie Christmas Card, but not many people seem to make them.

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

This week I have been shopping and wrapping along with everyone else in this mad rush of Christmas preparations.  So Christmas has certainly been on my mind, and while I was deciding what to make for my Tutorial today, I thought of the possibility of combining the very Australian, Open Road Collection with a Christmas Card Theme.

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara


When I make a set of cards I like to try and make ten cards.  This is a nice round number and gives you a good stash of cards to send out to family and friends and also is a nice number to sell if you decide to sell your cards.  Sometimes it is hard to create such a large number and I stop at four or five or six.  Today I managed the full ten set.  I tried to keep the cards fairly simple because I know people often prefer to make Christmas Cards in bulk.  These took me about a day to make, but could be quicker for you if you follow this tutorial.  I have included a Video Tutorial for you as well if you are more of a Visual person.

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

Tutorial to make a Set of Ten Australian Themed Christmas Cards

Step One – Gather Your Supplies

I like to collect all my Kaisercraft Supplies that I think I might use in my project and have them on my desk ready to go.  This saves me having to rummage through my craft room looking for things and it reminds me what I have.  Even if I don’t use all the supplies that is ok…it is just handy to have them within reach and for inspiration.

Step Two – Prepare the Base Cards

For these card I worked from the Base up.  I chose ten papers from the Paper Pad to decorate the base of each card and I inked everything with Bark Ink.  Once the base was ready I could concentrate on the design elements.

Step Three – Decide on Focal Point

I love the Australian Map Decorative Die and I really wanted to use this in the card set.  I decided to cut it from Corrugated Card to give a Rustic effect.  I also wanted the Sentiment – Merry Christmas, to be a part of the Focal Point.  First I cut all of these sentiments out in Orange paper from the Paper Pad, but once I had them on the card I realised the orange was not a strong enough colour so I cut them all again from red card stock.  The red made the sentiment pop out more and added a touch of red for a more Christmassy feel to the cards.

Step Four – Layer the Background

I felt the Australian Map die needed something to anchor onto so I decided to create a 9cm x 9cm square.  I didn’t want the square to be completely plain so I stamped it with some gum leaves and Australian flowers.  Then I fussy-cut leaves from two 12×12 Papers P2447 Bushwalk and P2442 Roaming.  I arranged these with some Collectables in a diagonal fashion from corner to corner of the square.

Step Five – Embellish

Next I decorated my cards with Wooden Flourishes, Natural Twine and Mini Paper Blooms to add some texture to the cards.  Finally I finished with a few splashes of brown misting spray.

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

Video Tutorial

Here is the Process Video I made while making my Australian Themed Christmas Cards:

Kaisercraft Supplies: P2442 Roaming | P2447 Bushwalk | CS317 Clear Stamps | PP1034 Paper Pd | CT896 Collectables | FL615 Flourish Pack – Australiana | CD512 C6 Card Pack – Kraft | IP724 Ink Pad – Bark | CD113 12 x 12 Card Stock – Vanilla | CD133 12 x 12 Card Stock – Cherry | CB153 Corrugated Cardboard | LDB1059 Natural Twine | F650 Mini Paper Blooms – Olive |

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

I hope you have enjoyed my Australian Themed Christmas Cards.  This is my last personal post on the blog before “The Big Day” so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a magical 2018.  Take time to enjoy the peaceful moments and remember to snap some photos to scrap!  We will be needing them ; )

Kaisercraft Australian Themed Christmas Cards by Alicia McNamara

Don’t make Christmas Cards? Check out my Kaisercraft Mini Album and Advent Calendar from another Christmas here.

Happy Crafting,



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Christmas Competition Giveaway

12 Days of Christmas GIVEAWAYS!

December 5, 2017

Our annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways kicks off this Thursday and we’ve got plenty of goodies for you to get your hands on! We’re giving away 12 AMAZING Kaisercraft goodie packs to celebrate the silly season and say a very big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful followers!

If you’re a self confessed scrapbooking, card making, colouring or planner addict then listen up! Our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways kicks off at 12pm on our Facebook and Instagram pages this Thursday 7th December until Monday 18th December. Follow the prompts and you could be one of our 12 lucky winners.

Below is a rundown of the amazing goodies on offer!


DAY 1 – Thursday 7th December 100 Individual Kaisercraft Paper Bundle

DAY 2 – Friday 8th December Kaiser Style Lunar Stationery Bundle

DAY 3 – Saturday 9th December Rose Avenue Paper Collection Pack

DAY 4 – Sunday 10th December Large Kaiser Style Planner & Accessories Pack

DAY 5 – Monday 11th December Ghost of Christmas Past Collection Bundle (Silent Night, Frosted, Glisten and Christmas Wishes)

DAY 6 – Tuesday 12th December Kaiser Cutter with Replacement Accessories

DAY 7 – Wednesday 13th December 16 Clear Stamp Bundle

DAY 8 – Thursday 14th December 5 Paper Pack Bundle (Hanami Garden,

DAY 9 – Friday 15th December 6 Paper Pads & 7 Collectable Packs

DAY 10 – Saturday 16th December 2 KaiserColour Colouring Book & 24pk Artist Coloured Pencils, 24pk Gel Pens, Postcard Book and Greeting Cards

DAY 11 – Sunday 17th December Letters to Santa Advent House DIY Kit

DAY 12 – Monday 18th December DIY Cuts Machine with 2 Kaisercraft Decorative Dies.


Terms & Conditions

1. You can enter via our Facebook or Instagram pages.

2. The more times you enter, the more chances you have of winning.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook/Instagram. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of the Facebook/Instagram page and not to Facebook/Instagram.

3. Each giveaway will run for 24 hours from 12pm until 12pm (AEDT) from Thursday 7th December until Monday 18th December.

4. Day 10 cannot be shipped to the USA.

5. Winners will be chosen at random and announced at the end of each day and notified via Facebook and Instagram.

6. Winners are to email with address details to claim prize.

7. This is a worldwide giveaway.



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