Cards, Christmas, Holidays 2019

Clean and Simple Christmas Cards

Hello friends. Today I will teach you how to use one stamped background to make two cards. These cards can be easily massed produced. Using a variety of different colored inks as well as embossing powder helps turn these cards into something that looks like it took you hours to make but it didn’t. Shh! I won’t tell. 😀 These will also available in my shop November 1.

I started by stamping the Holiday Knits Background stamp from Tim Holtz onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ using Catherine Pooler Designs Rockin Red, Stampin’ Up! Old Olive and then onto a piece of Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist Cardstock (Discontinued) with Versamark Ink and Simon Says Stamp Silver Embossing Powder. I trimmed those 3 pieces to 4 x 5-1/4”.

I figured out which section of the pattern I wanted to use for my first card and cut that out of each panel, varying the pattern selection for all 3. I reserved the rest of the pieces to make a second card for each. I will end up with 6 cards. Cutting up your background patterns once stamped is a great way to make multiple cards at once.

I cut 2 card bases from Stampin’ Up!Midnight Muse (discontinued) and 4 from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″. From the same Neenah cardstock I also cut 6 panels measuring 4 x 5-1/4”.

I stamped 2 poinsettias from the Catherine Pooler Designs ‘Tis the Season stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ using Catherine Pooler Designs Rockin Red for the flower and Catherine Pooler Designs Rose Petals for the inside of the flower, 2 berry sprigs in rose petal, and 1 leaf sprig in Catherine Pooler Designs Eucalyptus and 1 in Stampin’ Up! Old Olive. Then stamped and diecut 2 snowflakes from the Catherine Pooler Designs Peaceful Flakes Stamp Set, 1 in Catherine Pooler Designs Stone Blue Ink and 1 I heat embossed using Simon Says Stamp Silver Embossing Powder.

I adhered each of the Holiday Knits pattern strips (about 1-1/8″ x 5-1/4″) to the bottom 1/3 of the white card panel. Then stamped the sentiments from the Lawn Fawn Offset Sayings Christmas stampset in the same color ink as the Holiday Knits pattern above and below the pattern strip. I added some Love From Lizi peel-offs in Red Mirror and Clear Iridescent Pink Glitter to the green and red cards only. I adhered the leaves and berries to the card panelS and popped up the poinsettias with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added the Snowflakes to the blue card as well with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the second set of cards using the left over pieces, I stamped the sentiments in Catherine Pooler Designs Rockin Red, Catherine Pooler Designs Stone Blue Ink, and Stampin’ Up! Old Olive. Then stamped the presents from Lawn Fawn’s Simply Celebrate Winter with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″

I colored the little presents for the blue card with Copics R17, R29, B12, B34, C1, C3 and C5 and the ones for the red and green ones in R81, R85, R29, R59, G94, and G99.

I diecut them with their coordinating dies and adhered them partially behind the longer piece of the pattern paper. Then I added 3M Foam Tape to the back of the two pieces of patterned paper and adhered it to the white panel I previously cut and adhered that whole piece to the card base. I repeated this for all three cards. And that completes these 6 simple and quick cards.

Dimensions

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Thanks for reading this post and I hope I’ve inspired you to give these cards a try on your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Christmas, Holidays 2019

Christmas is Coming! Oh no I’m Not Ready!!!

September is coming to a close very soon and you may be starting to panic if you don’t have enough or any Christmas cards made yet. I’ve been there so I know the feeling. Much as we try to keep to schedule and timelines sometimes life gets in the way.

Well I’m here to help. Beginning my Christmas card series today and hopefully will give you lots of ideas for cards. I rarely mass produce cards for Christmas (unless I run out of time) but some of the cards I will be making can be easily mass produced. I will do my best to give you as many options as possible.

Non Traditional Christmas Card

Going to kick this off with this cute card featuring fish from the Lawn Fawn Christmas Fishes Clear Stampset. While this card is a little involved (lots of coloring), the results are worth the effort. For this one I wanted to try not to use 100% traditional Christmas colors since this stampset is not your traditional Christmas one. Fish with santa hats and an underwater Christmas tree?!? What a brilliant idea! And as always Lawn Fawn sea creatures are super cute. Ok, I digress…

I started by cutting down a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4-1/4″, another piece to 4 x 5-1/4″, and lastly I cut a piece to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″ using the largest of the Lawn Fawn SMALL STITCHED RECTANGLE STACKABLES and Lawn Fawn LARGE STITCHED RECTANGLE STACKABLES, creating a 1/4-inch stitched border.

Using my MISTI, I stamped all the images onto the 4 x 5-1/4″ white panel. Originally I was going to make this card flat but in the end I decided to pop things up. So I stamped all the images as well as additional presents, a fish and the tree and plants onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I also stamped 2 additional images of the fish tank and 1 of the tree onto Super Sticky Post-It Notes to use as a mask. I fussycut the masks out and placed them on my card. Time to get inky…

I taped off the bottom portion of my panel with some 2-inch Post-It Tape. Using Distress Oxide Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry (in that order from the bottom) I created a gradient. Distress Oxides are awesome because you don’t have to blend them super well to get a smooth transition in color. I sprayed some water droplets using my Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer by Ranger. Then I splattered some pearlescent acrylic paint onto the panel using Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Pearl Acrylic Craft Paint. Once that was dry, I removed the Post-It Tape from the bottom and placed it just above the edge of the background. Using Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs, I inked up the bottom of the card.

Once the ink was all dry, I colored all the images using COPIC markers and diecut them using the coordinating dies. I added some highlights to the images with Uni-Ball White Signo Broad Point Gel Pen. I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the images in the front. Then I stamped the greeting onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and fussycut it out.

I glued the top panel to the card base and then added the white stitched border with some Simon Says Stamp Foam Tape. I added the sentiment strip to the card with Foam Tape as well. To finish off the front of the card, I added some Nuvo Drops in Morning Dew to the water bubbles.

I kept the inside of the card very simple and just stamped another sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and some water bubbles.

Lastly, I stamped the little crab and some water bubbles onto a white envelope with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink .

Dimensions

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Thanks for reading this post and I hope I’ve inspired you to start making Christmas cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Christmas, Christmas, Uncategorized

Christmas in July

Hello friends. Another Monday is upon us and July is almost over. I don’t know when the whole Christmas in July phenomenon started but I look forward to it every year now. The Hallmark Channel shows Christmas movies all month long, which I just love; those cheesy Christmas movies are the best! There are crafty sales and giveaways and crafters share cute Holiday cards and crafts. What could be better? It’s also a great time to get a jump start on your holiday cards. Before we know it will be December and time to send out cards!

And since I love a good Christmas card just as much as the next gal, I had to join in the fun before July was over. I kept things simple with this card. First I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ and scored it at 4 1/4″ for my card base. Next I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100lb Lipstick Red to 4 x 5 1/4″, grabbed my Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz – Holiday Script Stencil and some Therm O Web TRANSFER GEL iCraft Deco Foil and began the foiling process. It’s super easy but requires patience and drying time.

I taped the red cardstock to my work surface using some Post-it Tape and then taped in place the stencil where I wanted it. Since this stencil is narrower than the cardstock panel, if you want to cover the whole background you will have to do these steps twice. I did not have to do this however since I will be covering the left side. I used a palette knife to spread the deco foil transfer gel over the stencil, making sure to spread it evenly and thinly. You don’t want a thick uneven layer or the foil will not stick correctly. I set that aside to dry (it took a couple of hours) and took cut a piece of Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock to 1 1/8 x 5 1/4″ and ran it through my diecut machine using the Darice Diagonal Stripe Embossing Folder.

Still waiting for the first half of the deco foil gel to dry, I proceeded to diecut my snowflakes. I cut 3 snowflakes using the Delicate Snowflake Die by Catherine Pooler Designs from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ and adhered them together to create a dimensional snowflake.

Several hours later…

The transfer gel will look shiny once it is dried. I placed a piece of the Therm O Web Gina K Designs RADIANT RED Fancy Foils Deco Foil over the red panel, sandwiched it inside a folded piece of parchment paper and ran it through my laminator (make sure it is good and hot). It comes out so pretty! I took the embossed piece of Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock and adhered it to the left side of the red foiled panel, added a strip of the wider Pin Stripe Peel-Off Stickers – Gold Mirror Moondust from Love From Lizi and then adhered that all to my card base, leaving a 1/8″ border all around the card.

Time to add the snowflake. I adhered that 3D white snowflake roughly in the center of the card, added some Tonic PALE GOLD Nuvo Crystal Drops to the center of the snowflake, the top and bottom of the card panel. And the card is finished! Oh wait! we need a sentiment!

I added the “Merry & Bright” sentiment from Peaceful Flakes Stamp Set by Catherine Pooler Designs to the inside of the card using my Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad by Stampin’ Up! as well as a large snowflake from Peaceful Flakes Stamp Set by Catherine Pooler Designs in Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad | Stampin’ Up! to the bottom right corner. Ok now this card I complete!!!!

Supplies

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to start making your Christmas/Holiday cards. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.