clean & simple sunday no. 115

Welcome November!! Back this week with a regular clean and simple Sunday card but I wasn’t quite ready to put my Christmas card stamps away after the Holiday Card Series 2014 ended…

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I created this card using a panel of sugar card stock on top of a base card in sugar card stock. The background snowflakes were stamped in lime and sky inks, the sentiment was stamped in lime ink and the snowflake on the sentiment panel was stamped in cherry ink to compliment the cherry snowflake. I popped up the sentiment panel with 3D foam squares and added a few cherry twinkle stickers to tie the card together and give it a bit of sparkle.

This is another one of those holiday cards that would be very easy to duplicate in large quantities.

I’m going to try to pull together some ideas for Thanksgiving since many of you like to send a Thanksgiving card across the miles to friends and relatives you don’t get to see over the holiday weekend. I’m also planning to put together a few stamped table accessories to add something special to your holiday table so stay tuned for more stamping ideas this month!

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!

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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!

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.

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.