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…

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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 – 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…

Holiday Card Series 2013 – Season’s Greetings

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Day 7

This cute holiday card is a perfect one to showcase on my normal clean & simple Sunday…

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For this simple design I chose to use the Sweet Wishes stamp set, brand new this year in the current A Muse|Studio Holiday catalog. I started with a piece of sugar card stock, cut to 7 x 5″ and folded in half to create a 3.5×5″ base card. I added a strip of petite polka dot in cherry to the very bottom of the card and then did my stamping in Memento black ink since I knew I’d be coloring with my Copic markers. If I’d decided to, I could have continued the string of lights across the card front using my Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp positioning tool to line up the image perfectly.

I picked a few Copic markers and colored in the light bulbs and then added a bit of glue with my Quickie Glue Pen and dusted them with glitter.  This adds just the right amount of sparkle! A stamped greeting and a bit of onyx & white baker’s twine finishes off the design.

 

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