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…

HCS-14_DashingJingle copy

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.

HCS-14_TreeBeMerry copy

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!

HCS-14_SilverEmbSnowflake copy

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.

Holiday Card Series 2014 – Best Wishes Jingle Bell

Card #5  | This card happens to be one of my very favorite in the entire series… couldn’t wait to share this one with you!

HCS-14_SqPineJingle copy

I started with a square base card in vanilla, measuring 4.25”. I added a panel of Twas the Night card stock slightly smaller at 4” square. I then cute a Labels 8 die panel out of cherry card stock and heat embossed a greeting from the Wishing You the Merriest stamp set in white embossing powder.

I die cut one of the snowflakes from the Snowflake Trio 2 set, the largest one, out of fern card stock and cut it into pieces to resemble a pine bough, gluing them together with some adhesive to form a little bunch. I glued them to the sentiment panel, wrapped a bit of French roast & white baker’s twine around the panel and attached a jingle bell (the larger of the two sizes offered by A|S). I then attached the entire sentiment panel to the base card using 3D foam adhesive.

This card has such a nice, traditional Christmas design and I love the added touch of the jingle bell, even though this card might be difficult to mail because of it. If you love this card too, but will need to mail it, try wrapping some vanilla satin ribbon around the sentiment panel and tying it in a knot with tails instead of incorporating the jingle bell. This might help it get through the postal machines a bit better, and arrive safely to your recipient.

Thanks to those of you leaving feedback in the comments! I read every comment and truly appreciate them.

If you would like to purchase the supplies to make this card at home, you can shop right HERE.

Until next time…

2014 Holiday Card Series – Package Tower

Card # 4  |  What would Christmas be without a few gifts under the tree?!

For this festive card I started with a base card in cherry petite pinstripe. This card is top folding and I rounded the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper tool on the 1/4″ rounded setting.

HCS-14_GiftTower copy

For the package tower, I stamped the image from the Oh What Fun stamp set using Memento tuxedo black ink and colored it in with Copic markers using two shades of green (YG17 + YG25) and two shades of red (R29 + R39) to create some depth. I then cut the package tower out of the white card stock using the corresponding die (sold separately).

NOTE | If you are having trouble cutting out stamped images from our corresponding dies please let me know in the comments!! I can provide a trick that will make lining up the dies with the images a snap!

I layered a cherry circle cut from the small circle dies, to the pinstripe base card and then attached the package tower with some 3D foam squares. I then cut a strip of white card stock, stamped a sentiment from this same stamp set in cherry ink and cut each end in a fish tail before adding it on top of the package tower image with adhesive.

The last step was to add a few cherry sequins to make the card shine… glue dots work great for this!

Thanks for having a look!  If you’d like to order the supplies I used to make this card you can do that HERE in my stamp shop!