clean & simple sunday no. 114

I don’t mean to rush the holidays, I really don’t, but I want to let you know that my 2014 Holiday Card Series is right around the corner! Starting this Wednesday, October 15th, for 12 days straight, I will be sharing a handmade Christmas card to get you thinking about making your own cards this year and hopefully provide some inspiration!

To kick off the anticipation, I chose Bottle Brush Forest for my card today, it’s one of the new stamp sets in the A|S Holiday Catalog for 2014…

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For this card, I started with a white card base. I thought a subtle background would make this card a bit more special so I inked up the Haunted Mansion Background stamp in pebble ink and stamped the front of the card. I then stamped a few of the larger limbed trees in a row, using fern ink. The sentiment, Season’s Greetings, is included with this stamp set. I cut a small strip of cherry card stock and heat embossed the greeting with Versamark ink, white embossing powder and my Milwaukee Heat Tool, popping the sentiment strip off of the card front with 3D foam adhesive. The finishing touch was to add a few cherry sparkle stickers. Every holiday card needs a little sparkle!

This clean and simple Christmas card would be super easy to mass produce and wouldn’t require a lot of supplies. Just enough “cuteness” to put some magic in someone’s mailbox this holiday season!

I hope you’re excited about the Holiday Card Series for 2014… I have lots to share and hope you will respond with comments!  Thanks so much!

Until Wednesday…

 

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Kristine Vicente
A Muse Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, CT

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Holiday Card Series 2013 – Cherry Reindeer

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Day 10

The card for today features the die that coordinates with the On Dasher stamp set. Ironically, we are not using the On Dasher stamp set today, but the reindeer shaped die is a perfect shape and size for the front of this contemporary Christmas card…

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This card features a white on white card panel so I started with a base card in white and set it aside. I then cut a white card panel to measure 4×5.25″ and rounded all four corners with my Corner Chomper tool set at the 1/2″ setting. I used two large post-it notes to mask off the right and left sides of the white panel leaving just the middle exposed and then I inked up the Haunted Mansion Background stamp in Seattle ink and stamped that beautiful background image in the middle space of my card panel, proving yet again, that this background stamp is great for way more than just Halloween cards!

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The sentiment is from the Holiday Greetings Inside & Out stamp set. I stamped this sentiment in Versamark ink on a strip of Seattle card stock and used white embossing powder and my heat tool to heat emboss the sentiment.  I added this strip directly to the card panel with adhesive. I then wrapped the panel with cherry & white baker’s twine. Finally, I added that Dasher die to the front of the card with foam adhesive to pop it off the front and then attached this entire panel to that white base card I created earlier. I love the striking, modern look of the grey and red color combination…unexpected but still very festive!  I hope you are inspired :).

All stamp sets and card-making supplies used to make this card can be purchased through my secure web store at your convenience, and orders ship directly to your door anywhere in the U.S.

 

Holiday Card Series 2013 – Comfort & Joy

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Day 9

The card I made for today was created using a masking and sponging technique and features the Let It Snow and the Mini Holiday Messages stamp sets…

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I started with a white base card with the fold to the left. I created a “mask” with printer paper, just cut it to the same size as my card front, cut a square out of the center with my Spellbinders Square die set and used washi tape to tape it down over the card front. I then took a sponge and dabbed Winter Sky ink all over the inside of the square to get that blue, splotchy background. I then took a snowflake image out of the Let it Snow stamp set and stamped it in Eucalyptus ink all over the sponged area (keeping the mask in place). I then took the smaller snowflake image from the On Dasher stamp set and filled in some of the spaces.

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I then carefully removed the masking piece from the front and I was left with the blue square of snowflakes. I stamped that little “comfort & joy” sentiment in the bottom right corner in cherry ink and then wrapped a bit of cherry & white baker’s twine around that front panel of the card to tie in a bit more red. The finishing touch was to add a few “twinkle” stickers in the center of some of the larger snowflakes. Very sweet and simple and again, easy to mass produce!  This would also be really cute as a 4.25 x 4.25″ card.

All stamp sets and card-making supplies used to make this card can be purchased through my secure web store at your convenience, and orders ship directly to your door anywhere in the U.S.

 

 

Holiday Card Series 2013 – Peaceful Snowflakes

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Day 4

This card features blues and greens from the cooler side of the color wheel, creating a more non-denominational holiday greeting…

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The stamp sets used include images from Nordic Noel, Holiday Greetings Inside & Out, plus the new Haunted Mansion Background. The base card is in kraft, the snowflakes are stamped in sage and eucalyptus inks. The background image is stamped in eucalyptus ink on a sage card stock panel. The sentiment is stamped in onyx ink.

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I used a few sparkle stickers and some polka dot organdy ribbon in sugar to finish off the card.

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All stamp sets and card-making supplies used to make this card can be purchased through my secure web store at your convenience, and orders ship directly to your door anywhere in the U.S.