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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!!!!

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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.

Art Journal

Imagine the Possibilities Art Journal Page

Hello friends. Today’s post is a little different. Coming to you with a with an art journal layout. I haven’t done one of these in quite a while but it’s time to start it up again. An art journal is just a fun place to play with your products and experiment. Sometimes it comes out great and sometimes not so much but it’s about having fun. If you haven’t tried art journaling yet I highly recommend it. You don’t need a ton of supplies to do this either. I like to keep some printed tissue papers and some Acrylic paints on hand. I use stamps and pattern papers from my stash. God knows I have plenty of those!!! LOL I recently purchased the Stamperia paper after seeing Umut Radios use them in her videos. They are beautiful papers. Check out her videos for more inspiration. She inspired me to get started; she makes beautiful layouts using printed napkins!

Ok so let take you through my process. First I gathered some supplies.

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I stamped the Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp BOOKS SKETCH Stampers Anonymous several times onto scraps of Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock with Ranger Black Archival Jet Black Ink. At this point I only had a slight idea of what I was doing on these pages but I kind of knew I wanted stacks of books. I will continue while those dry.

I added Canvas Tissuestock Printed French Script, 12-Inch by 12-Inch, Ivory, 10-Pack to the pages. I used Matte gel medium to adhere. I added some to the back and then some over top once down on the page. This seals it and allows you to add other mediums on top without saturating the paper. Next I tore up some of the pattern paper from the Stamperia Scrapbooking Paper – Clockwise collection and randomly adhered them onto the pages. No need for perfection here because I want it to look organic. I sealed everything with Matte gel medium. And now I wait…and wait…and wait for it to dry. A couple of hours later….

Step 1 – Adding Paper

Time to add ink some. I spritzed the pages with water and again very randomly sprayed distress sprays in Tumbled Glass and Walnut Stain. I spread it around with a brush and used my heat tool to dry it some but I still had to wait for it to dry a few hours before continuing with other colors. Once it dried, I added some Broken China Distress Stain, Ground Espresso Distress Stain, and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and kept layering color until I was happy with the results.

Step 2 – Adding Ink

While that dried, I cut out and colored all my images. i distressed the tag edges and added distress ink at the edges. I added Walnut Stain Distress Stain and Ground Espresso Distress Stain around the edges of all the cut outs, except the books. Set those aside to dry and got my Stencils out. I used some brown and aqua acrylic paint with the Catherine Pooler Harleen Creative Screenings to some texture. The pattern is similar to the one on the paper I added in the background. Then I used the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil BURLAP with gold acrylic paint and added some small areas of gold.

Final page

Next I laid out the images on my spread and adhered them down with Matte gel medium. Let that dry and completely and added shading with my Faber Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and highlights with a Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen. Lastly I added splatters with gold and white acrylic paint.

Here are some closeups.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to make some adorable critter cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.