I had used the Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background stamp on a lot of cards this year, but never let it take center place, but it a gorgeous stamp and deserves to be seen.
I stamped it on a large 6″ x 6″ square of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a light ink. I don’t like to color with Copic Markers when an image has been embossed. I’ve found it can leave a residue on the nib that ruins it. So, I stamp with a light ink and leave the stamp in my MISTI. I then color the image and restamp it with VersaMark Ink and heat embossing after the coloring is complete.
I cut down the image using a scalloped rectangle and adhered it to a top folding white cardbase.
For the sentiment I used scraps of Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine cardstock and heat embossed the smaller sentiments from Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas with gold embossing powder. I used the smaller Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label to cut them out.
The die cut word is a new one from Birch Press Designs. It comes with the word and a shadow. I cut the word from gold mirror cardstock and the shadow from vellum. I also cut the word from sticky back foam and adhered it behind the word for dimension. Darice thin strip foam was used to adhered the small sentiment strips. The final embellishment was to add Ranger Gold Stickles to the stamen of the flowers and the card was done.
Going through my Christmas stamps I ran across Hero Arts Happy Holly Days. I don’t think I had used it before, but as I was looking at it the curved holly branch caught my eye and I wondered if I could use it to make a wreath, paring it with the holly cluster.
For my first attempt I free handed it and it turned out pretty wonky. So the next time I got smarter and die cut a circle from typing paper and used that as a guide for placing the branch. I first stamped the cluster in tree separate locations on the circle, visually dividing it into thirds. I then masked them and stamped the holly branch between and it worked. A lovely wreath was formed.
I colored the leaves and berries with Copic Markers and added Ranger Glossy Accents to the berries. I colored a piece of scrap cardstock with the red Copic markers I had used on the berries and cut the word peace. The background to the word was cut from gold mirror cardstock and the two were adhered together with liquid glue. Glossy accents were added to the red “peace” word. I also stamped the secondary sentiment on a scrap of the red colored cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold.
I wanted to pull more of the gold that was used behind the sentiment into the design so I sized down the wreath image with an Ellen Hutson Essential Square and cut it again from gold mirror cardstock. When I am adhering the thin frame to the focal image I like to turn it over and use scotch tape to hold the two pieces together. This is a lot easier than trying to adhered the thin frame with liquid glue around the center focal image.
As I was looking at the card I thought it might look lovely to add a thin gold circle to highlight the wreath. I love the way it turned out. The focal image was adhered to a square of Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine cardstock, and then it was all adhered to a square cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.
This is my favorite Christmas card that I’ve made this year, but it would just be too time consuming to mass produce.
Hero Arts Happy Holly Days
Memory Box Peace Jotted Script
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas
Copic Markers: R59, R39, R29; G28, G24, G21
Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
Gina K. Designs Base Weight Christmas Pine Cardstock
I must have been in a rainbow mood lately since I made several cards with rainbow colors today. For this card I pulled out Your Next Stamp’s Confetti Panel.
I ink blended a quarter sheet of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Distress Oxide Inks. I planned to place the panel behind a white die cut of the confetti die, but I got distracted and cut it from the rainbow inked panel instead. I think if you ink blended both sides of the panel the confetti pieces would make good shaker stuffing, but I didn’t think of that either. Maybe next time.
I decided to place the confetti panel onto some gold glitter cardstock. I cut it down to be 1/8″ smaller than the panel and used Be Creative Double Sided Tape to adhere the two together, since it can be very difficult to adhere to glitter cardstock.
I tried a lot of different options for the sentiment and finally decided on a black strip embossed with gold. I die cut it down with a Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label and added foam tape behind it for dimension. When I went to place it on the card front I felt it needed a little something more. So I die cut two balloons from the glitter cardstock and added gold embroidery floss for the strings, which were glued behind the sentiment, and the card was done.
I was in need of some masculine birthday cards and decided to used My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes.
I went through my scraps of paper and die cut the sentiment from a rainbow of colors, along with a white panel that had been sized with a stitched rectangle. I cut a piece of typing paper just smaller than the rectangle and completely covered it with dotliner adhesive and added it to the back of the white panel with the negative sentiment. This makes it very easy to piece all the different colored letters in place.
I wanted to add a little visual interest and ran the panel through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up’s Subtle Embossing Folder. To add additional visual interest I cut a couple of balloons using the Birch Press Design Party Balloons and ran them through with a swiss dot embossing folder for texture. I used the balloon strings from another die set and cut them from gold mirror cardstock and adhered them behind the balloons. I glued the two balloons together with liquid glue and added foam tape behind them for dimension and added them to the top of the sentiment panel.
I decided to use a colorful cardbase. This one was cut from Gina K. Designs Red Hot to make an top folding A2 card and the panel was adhered using liquid glue.
Since I had a lot of leftover letters I also made two more versions (see below).
My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes
Birch Press Designs Party Balloons
Honey Bee Balloon Numbers
My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
Paper Accents Gold Foil Cardstock
Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Hot Cardstock
Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple, Blue Cardstock from Scraps