Holiday Card Series 2014 – Bottle Brush Forest #3 + bonus card!

Card #12 | The final card in the holiday card series for 2014, but not to worry, there will be plenty of additional holiday card inspiration coming as we get closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas! This is my favorite card-making time of the year and I have plenty more to share with you, but for now, here is a little bit more inspiration for using Bottle Brush Forest

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This card measures 4.25″ square and I started with a base card in sugar. The stamped panel measures 2.5″ square, also in sugar card stock. I stamped the trees in first, using sage ink. The deer I stamped next in cocoa ink. I drew in a line of glue between the trees and added a dash of glitter to make the snow sparkle. I added a scalloped square die cut mat in lichen card stock. The greeting is one that comes with the stamp set. I stamped this on a little strip in cherry ink and added a fish tail end with my scissors. I attached a cherry button (threaded with vanilla twine) to the sentiment strip with a glue dot. The strip I attached to the stamped panel with some 3D foam adhesive. I used more 3D foam adhesive to attach the entire stamped panel to my base card. Although this card is square, it still fits in a standard, A2-sized envelope.

Cards always look better in person and this one is no exception to that little “rule”. The glitter adds just the right amount of shine and the light greens paired with the bold cherry among all of the clean, crisp white, gives these traditional holiday images a fresh, modern design.

I so hope you have felt inspired and excited by the ideas I’ve shared through this series—maybe a color combination you hadn’t thought of, a design “recipe” that appeals to you, a use for a stamp set or some of that new Christmas Sweater patterned paper you hadn’t thought of!  Lots of ideas for different design elements if you look closely.

Please put any questions or feedback you have in the comments, also if you’d like to see any other types of “series”, I would love to make cards or other items that you would love to see and find more ways to inspire your own creativity. The whole point of CheckerberryLane is to provide fun and inspiration so I hope you are getting some of that here :).

Oh yeah!, that bonus card…

Card #13 | {a baker’s dozen}

This last card is one that might be familiar to some since I used it this month as a workshop project and I’ve also posted it in the A|S Consultant Lounge Gallery! This was a fun, easy card to create in a workshop setting and it would be a fun, easy card to make as your holiday cards as well! It’s a great way to use up scraps and it incorporates the stamping “magic” of heat embossing…

Snowflakes

This card starts with a base of kraft card stock. I chose kraft because it’s so neutral, but the white heat embossing of the snow flakes pops nicely too. I cut strips of different card stocks that incorporate cherry—petite polka dot, petite pinstripe, Twas the Night, candy cane stripe + solid cherry. The first step is to lay out the strips across the card front to provide a guide for where you’ll be stamping the snowflakes. Put two images from the Snowflakes stamp set on your block and ink them up in Versamark ink. Brush aside the strips you set down as a guide and stamp your snowflakes. Use white embossing powder and your heat tool to heat emboss the snowflake images. Arrange the strips of card stock again, this time adhering them down with tape runner adhesive. Stamp your sentiment, in this case I chose BE MERRY from the Oh What Fun stamp set. To embellish, I took a cherry button, threaded it with vanilla twine and tied a bow. I found it easier to tie the bow if I threaded the button and then glued it to the card front with a glue dot before making the bow.

DESIGN NOTE | By stamping the images in a way that the card stock strips can overlap one of the snowflakes a little bit, you create a connection between the stamped images and the paper strips. It literally connects the design elements and pulls the card together!

So that’s it for the formal Holiday Card Series for 2014— I hope you enjoyed!

I will be back with my regular clean and simple sunday posts starting next week and I’ll be sharing other ideas on ways you can incorporate stamping into your Thanksgiving and also your gift-giving this holiday season, so stay tuned!!

 

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KRISTINE VICENTE
A Muse Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, Connecticut

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Holiday Card Series 2014 – A Gift for You

So sorry to those of you who noticed card #11 didn’t post yesterday! Had a craft fair with my Checkerberry Lane Studio booth and forgot to post it!  Anyway…

Card # 11 |  Another card to showcase those adorable 6×6 Christmas Sweater papers…

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I started this card with a 3.5″square panel of cherry card stock and cut nine 1″ squares of the various patterns in the Christmas Sweater paper packet. I glued the paper squares to the 3.5″ panel and popped this panel off of the sugar card base with some 3D foam squares. I added a large, white bow using the sugar 5/8″ satin ribbon and tucked in a little tag with the “Be Merry” sentiment from the Oh What Fun stamp set.

I will wait until tonight to post the final card in the Holiday Card Series… enjoy!!

 

 

Holiday Card Series 2014 – Christmas Sweater Paper #1

Card #10 |  This particular card would be super easy to reproduce in multiples and you could do it rather quickly, too…

Card#10-HCS2014I started with a base card in sugar, cutting the card stock to 4.25 x 11″ and folding in half so that the fold is on the top edge of the card. I rounded the bottom corners and added a narrow strip of cherry and a larger panel of the deer paper from the 6×6 Christmas Sweater paper packet.  I stamped the sentiment from the Wishing You the Merriest stamp set in cherry ink on a smaller sugar panel, rounding the corners on this piece as well, and popping it off of the card front with 3D foam squares. The final touch was to add a few Bermuda sequins (with Glue Dots) to give the card a little sparkle.

Holiday Card Series 2014 – Dashing through the snow…

Card #9 |  Another favorite of mine in this Holiday Card Series for 2014…

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This card begins with a base card in sky cardstock. I then cut a strip of sugar cardstock to measure 1-3/4” x 4-7/8” + three squares of cherry cardstock measuring 1-1/2” each. I stamped the snowflake image from the Snowflakes stamp set in Versamark ink on all three cherry panels and then heat embossed them in white embossing powder. I then layered them onto the sugar strip and attached them to my base card with 3D foam adhesive.

To embellish, I used a couple of wraps of toffee twine, including a larger jingle bell and a bow. The sentiment is from the Wishing You the Merriest stamp set. I stamped this in cherry ink to finish off the card.

Three more cards to go! I hope you’re getting lots of ideas!

Thanks for taking a peek today…

If you would like to purchase any of the supplies to create this card you can shop right HERE.

Holiday Card Series 2014 – Be Merry

Card #8 |  This card features a stamp set you’d never expect, Rolling Seas Background, plus a sentiment from the Oh What Fun stamp set.

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I started this card with a base card of cherry and my favorite corner rounder, the Corner Chomper tool. I then cut a panel of sugar card stock and proceeded to dry emboss a grid pattern on the panel using my score board. I lined up the groove every ¼” and scored the card stock all the way across, then I turned it 90 degrees and scored lines every ¼” again. I love the subtle texture and the interest it adds to the card design.

I then layered on a panel of petite polka dot card stock in mermaid. I cut a ½” strip of sugar card stock and stamped my sentiment in cherry ink, cutting a fish tail on one end. To make the tree, I cut a triangle of sage card stock and used the Rolling Seas Background stamp with grass ink to create the scalloped boughs on my triangle tree. I popped up my tree with 3D foam adhesive and added a cherry button and some cherry baker’s cording to embellish.

This was fun to make because I love to use stamp sets in a way that you wouldn’t normally expect, I love any way to stretch my stash!

To order the supplies I used to make this card you can shop right HERE.  Thanks so much for taking a look today!

Holiday Card Series – Thick embossed snowflake

Card #7 | I’ve often watched some of my favorite stampers cut a die shape and then heat emboss multiple layers of embossing powder to give the die a thicker, more substantial look. I finally decided to try that technique myself and it was really fun!

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I took the largest of the snowflake dies from the Snowflake Trio Too set and pressed the cardstock snowflake into my Versamark ink pad, being sure to coat it really well with the embossing ink. I then sprinkled it with silver embossing powder and heat set it with my Milwaukee Heat Tool. I repeated those steps 5 more times to get a nice, thick coating of heat embossed powder on my snowflake.

To make the card, I took a sage card base, using my Corner Chomper in the upper right corner of the card. I then stamped a sweet sentiment from Very Merry in the lower right corner in cherry ink, added the embossed snowflake to my card with Tombow adhesive and then finished off the card with a little bow in sugar polka dot organdy ribbon.

A clean and simple design and a fun technique!

Holiday Card Series 2014 – Snowflakes Sponged

Card #6 |  The card for today involved a bit of technique, to mix things up!

HCS-14_SpongedSnowflake copy

I started by cutting a sheet of regular printer paper to measure 4 x 5.25”. I then used a square die to cut a window into the printer paper panel to create a sponging mask for my card panel. I placed this mask over a piece of white card stock that I cut to measure the same size, 4 x 5.25”. I took out my Bermuda ink pad and my sponge and lightly sponged the area around the edge of the square mask opening. Keeping the mask in place, I stamped snowflakes in various sizes and ink colors of sage, eucalyptus and mermaid inside the sponged area.

I lifted the mask, stamped the greeting in the lower right corner and mounted this panel directly to my sage card base. I then added a wrap of French roast & white baker’s twine. I realized it was looking a little bit empty somehow, so I created a little tag out of a scrap of cardstock + my Corner Chomper tool, stamped a tiny, sage snowflake on it, punched a little hole and tied it to the twine already on the card, popping it up with a 3D foam square. I added a few twinkle stickers for some shine and hooray, it’s complete!

Thanks for taking a look today!  We are half way through the Holiday Card Series for 2014!

To purchase the supplies I used to make this card you can shop right HERE.