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 – 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!

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!