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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

2014 Holiday Card Series – Bottle Brush Forest 2

Card #3  |  Today I have another simple card to share using Bottle Brush Forest

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This clean & simple, one-layer card starts with a base card in sky. I then stamped a few trees in grass ink, and a deer in French roast ink. I took my quickie glue pen and drew in a little hill behind the trees which I then dusted with diamond glitter to give the “snow” some sparkle. I stamped a few snowflakes in Bermuda ink above the trees and finished it off with a sentiment from this stamp set, in cherry ink.

This is such a simple, easy, classic-style Christmas card, it could be fun to reproduce for holiday cards this year.

Thanks for the look!

You can pick up all of the supplies you’d need
to make this card right here.

 

2014 Holiday Card Series – Snowflake Cluster

Card #2  |  I knew the minute I opened the 2014 A|S Holiday Catalog that I was going to have to get that Snowflake stamp set! I have many, many (many!) snowflake images in my collection, but I can never resist another!

HCS-14_SnowflakeCluster copy For this card I started with a base card in white and rounded the outside corners with my Corner Chomper tool. I stamped a sweet sentiment from the Very Merry stamp set in Slate ink on a separate square panel of white card stock. On the base card, I randomly stamped three different snowflake sizes in a cluster, using sage, Bermuda and heather ink colors. I added some lime twinkles to the center of the Bermuda snowflakes to add a bit of sparkle.

A more traditional color combination can be used, but I chose cool, soft, wintery colors for a more modern, graphic design.

Thanks for taking a look! If you’d like to purchase the supplies to make this card, you can do so here.

2014 Holiday Card Series – Felt Snowflake Medallion

Card #1 | I’m kicking off the Holiday Card Series 2014 with a Christmas card using some felt! A|S has brought back a few colors of felt through the 2014 Holiday Catalog – Red, Green & White. I used white felt along with our new Snowflake Trio Too die set to cut the medium snowflake for this card…

HCS-14_FeltSnowflake copy I started with a base card in sky and added a strip of grid card stock, cutting the bottom into a fish tail pennant shape with my scissors. I stamped on a sentiment in cherry ink from the Very Merry stamp set.

For the medallion, I cut a scalloped circle in cherry card stock and a regular circle one size smaller in sage card stock and layered them together. I attached the felt snowflake with a glue dot and then added a Bermuda sequin and a pearl sticker to the center of the snowflake with additional glue dots.

This color combination is fun and whimsical and the felt snowflake adds some nice texture!  Thanks for taking a peek!

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