My Mom is a preschool teacher and I offered to make all of her students’ families cards. I thought these elves were the sweetest! It took me about three hours to create 16 cards (4 of each design) because I used a card making workshop from Close to My Heart.
The sweet little icons on the Christmas stamp set from the CTMH bundle I have been working out of are so cute, but nothing to me is more iconic than Christmas trees.
How to Make It
Select two different shades of green and stamp the trees alternating between the two. Use kraft paper as your base to give it that home spun feel. Bazzil dot card stock is a wonderful card front that compliments the images. Use a circle that you die cut from the card front for the sentiment. Simply swipe your lighter ink over it and stamp it with the darker. To finish the card add a few Nuvo Drops.
To add a little more dimension use pop dots to adhere the card front to the base.
The star icon from the CTMH bundle caught my eye. I knew I wanted to create an elegant gold card featuring it.
How It Came Together
This card is also extremely easy to create. Just swap a white card base out for a black one. Emboss gold stars and add a gem to the center of each. Use the same gold embossing powder for the sentiment on black paper and back it with a little pattern paper. The gold paper is from an 8.5 by 11 inch paper pack I found on sale.
A red nose is better than a brown nose. These sweet little icons need a card all for themselves. To keep it simple use kraft paper and one color ink. A little pop or red adds just a touch of personality.
I really wanted a sentiment on the front, but could not figure out where to put it. So, I pulled out the bag of circles that were cut from the card front die. I stamped it with one of the background icons, inked the edges and stamped the sentiment.
To finish off the card a pretty little bow from twine and glitter drops were all that was needed.
I have been itching to make a striking two colored card for some time. What better holiday than Christmas than to make a red and white card for?!?
My first inclination was to make it simple. I was just going to stamp the icons from the new CTMH bundle in red and pop dot the circle card front over it and call it good.
I thought it would be so cute with the little peppermint shaker bits and red bling. Instead of combining all of it in one big shaker front, I decided to section it off into fourths and alternate my shaker fillings.
Before I added the shaker guts I used a piece of glitter foil on the card base where I stamped the images. A little red and white twine in a bow was the perfect finishing touch!
Today I am combining the old with the new! Layering stamps are totally underrated. If you are like me and not a huge fan of coloring these little gems help us create amazing art! Hero Arts has some of the best layering stamps around. The Christmas tree used on this card is one I have had in my stash for awhile. By pairing it with the new Catherine Pooler ink I was able to create a funky bright off the beaten path Christmas card.
The only Christmas product on this card is the stamp set. The pattern paper is Pink and Main Beach Babe. Once again, it is from my stash. To create the sentiment I did not have matching carstock and did not want to use white. SO, I swiped my Catherine Pooler ink over it, let it dry and stamped on top of it.
Personally, I love to use the non traditional Christmas products and things not meant for a season to create a seasonal project. Usually it turns out striking and memorable.
I found a cute stamp set and matching die set on the Picket Fence Studio website. It stumped me when at first. I did not know how to incorporate the die and sentiment because they are both large and do not fit on a standard card front. So, I created this:
I created an ombre effect in green using Distress Oxide ink and a little mist of water. The image on the die cut was stamped in Candy Apple red Distress Oxide ink. I embossed with clear embossing powder. Pop dots were used to adhere to the card front. I heat embossed the sentiment in gold. To make sure the gold only embossed on the sentiment I ran some cornstarch over the sentiment spot before I embossed it. It was still looking a little on the boring side. I finished it off with a few Nuvo drops in gold.
Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the options in the craft industry. Options of the same type product are everywhere! Trying to figure out what is best or right for you can be a challenge. A product that has a lot of options and every company claims their’s is the best is ink! I must confess, I have fallen into the “I must have it all” marketing game. A few years ago I vowed to stop buying ink pads unless something really wonderful came along.
In 2018 at Creativation I met Catherine Pooler and was introduced to her ink. I am not going to lie — I rolled me eyes in my head and thought “here we go again!” After I politely tuned the demo out I walked away — happy to escape the pitch. Over that year I slowly started to see what people were creating with her ink and I was impressed.
In 2019 I went back to the booth (willingly) and filmed a demo. There was a table in her booth in which people could play with the ink — which I did. I was impressed and saw the value of it in the craft room. The next five months I spent trying to talk myself out of purchasing it. In the spring Catherine Pooler released mini pads. That was it — I was sold. I went out and bought the Life of the Party collection and have been hooked ever sense.
Using washi tape that I fuzzed on my shirt, I adhered the stencil to cardstock.
I selected three colors of ink and carefully shaded in the stencil. I would be trimming this down and did not care if I went over the edge of the stencil.
Once I removed the stencil I noticed the images did not pop as much as I wanted them too. I placed the stencil back on the cardstock and traced a fine line around each image. I then added threads to the top of each decoration.
To assemble the card, I layered the stenciled cardstock on a glittered black sheet and adhered it to the card base. For the sentiment, I placed it on a piece of tissue paper I had from packaging and placed it on top.
Though the card is relatively clean and simple it is striking! The important thing is it was fun to make and I am one step closer to completing my Christmas cards!
I recently found a subscription box that I really like! It is bright, cheerful and whimsical. It is a bit heavy on the paper though, so using it all up can be challenging. There are not any mixed media elements to it, so I pulled in a few things from my stash to round it out. When I received my Rita Barakat limited edition die cuts I knew they would be perfect with the December 2018 Fairy Tale Club box! I also found some snowflake buttons on sale at Joann’s on Black Friday that I wanted to use on these cards.
These cards were fairly easy to create. I only used two sheets of pattern paper from the box along with a few die cuts. I pulled in some Rinea Foiled Paper in Ruby and Sapphire that I ran through my embossing machine. I cut 11 3.75 by 5 inch bases from those sheets. I cut 11 2 by 3.75 inch strips and crumpled up the extra foiled paper as another element of texture. The dollies are one of my favorite things to use on projects! I cut three up into fourths — one for each card. I assembled the cards making sure to use a few of the die cut pieces from the Fairy Tale Club box and snowflake buttons.
I did pretty much the same thing on each card, but they each can stand alone. They look like a set — but not a cookie cutter set. These were so much fun to make!
I have been secretly lusting after the Turn About stamps by Concord and 9th. I need another stamp set like I need a hole in my head and have done a good job of holding off. Well, that is until I saw the new Bundle Up Stamp Set and coordinating dies! The sweet little girl faces had me, so I placed my order for them along with two Turn About Stamps. Though I adore my new stamps and have had so much fun playing with them there were two things that rubbed me wrong about them. First, the girls are not included with the coordinating die set! I had to fussy cut them out. I would have paid a few dollars more to get them. In fact, I may not have bought the dies had I known the girls were not in it. Secondly, the Turn About stamps were created for the Misti. I don’t have a Misti, but two other stamp platforms. I had to do some tweaking to get them to work, but finally figured it out. Now that I know how to use these on other platforms I will happily purchase more! For those of you that are interested in these stamps here is a video I created showing how to use these on other stamping platforms along with a few hints and tips.