A Fun Christmas Card and Coloring Tip for Embossed Images

So, this started out as me trying to figure out the answer to a question for my downline, Liz, about how to get rich color on the top of the flowers from the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  I thought I knew what to tell her, but I wanted to try it out first so I could make sure I told her the right technique (since there are quite a few ways to color with your embossing folder).  Plus it was a great excuse for me to get back into creating videos too!  Yay!

Anyway, I finally figured it out and then thought I ought to do something with the finished colored and embossed paper, so this is what I came up with:

Christmas Card with Petals a Plenty and Tag It

Isn’t he cute?  I finally busted out my Tag It stamp set and used the coordinating Chalk Talk framelits to create the center tag.  Plus I accented it with my beloved Stitched Satin Ribbon in Gumball Green.  It makes it so happy, no?

Want to know how easy it is to color the flowers on this embossing folder?

Check out this quick video I made to show you how I did it.  (if you are reading this in email, click here to view the video on my blog)

 

Thank you, Liz!!

Now that I have this technique figured out, you can be sure I’m going to use it a lot.  It is so fast and I love the look.

I’m also thinking of including this card in my upcoming Holiday Card stamp-a-stacks.  What do you think?  Would you want to make this card? Smile

And check back tomorrow for another card idea using this same folder and technique.  See you then!

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Sponged Holiday Ornament Card for the Stamp-a-Stack

Last night I was finished up the final design touches and prepping for my first Christmas Card stamp-a-stack this weekend.  I need to get the cards photographed so I can share some of the fun things we will be doing but I really wanted to get at least one up today so I hope you don’t mind the more “rough” photography I did for this one card.  🙂

delightful decorations christmas stamp a stack card

 

I wanted to have a good mix of colors for the cards so they weren’t all red/green combos, so I started thinking blue and that got me thinking sponging for whatever reason.  So, this card started coming together.  We are going to be punching out an ornament shape from some cardstock (the backing from the designer series paper packs you get) to use as a mask for our Whisper White base.  Then we will sponge using Baja Breeze and Island Indigo to make the mottled ornament shapes.  Add a bit of Dazzling Details for their “strings” and they make a nice background.

The front ornament is stamped in Island Indigo and punched out with the Ornament punch but if it looks a little funny to you, that is because we are going to cover it with Shimmer Paint!  It gives it a really pretty shimmery sheen when you stamp.  Check it out:

shimmer paint delightful decorations close up

 

To get this look, you ink up your stamp in your color of choice, and then take a sponge dauber and dab it in your Shimmer Paint.  Tap the sponge dauber all over the surface of your inked stamp to add the shimmer and then stamp like normal!  Very pretty effect!

Add a rhinestone to the middle and some Whisper White bakers twine for the string and you are done!  Its an easy card with a lot of pizzazz  I may have to do more of these for my own personal Christmas cards this year. 🙂

 

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Happy Hannukah Card

I know I’m running a couple days behind since Hannukah started on the 1st, but I created this card on the first… does that count?  Smile 

I made this card using scraps and one of my favorite retired sets – Hebrew Holidays.

It is also hard to see, but I used Crystal Effects on the candle flames…such a fun use of Crystal Effects.  It adds a little shine and dimension when you see the card in person.

So, to all of you celebrating the Festival of Lights right now.  I wish you a very happy Hannukah!

A Designer Fabric Holiday Card

I ordered the new Designer Fabrics a long while back as part of a special for Stampin’ Up! convention attendees and was excited to try experimenting with incorporating fabric into my projects.  Well, I kept looking at the pretty fabric sitting on my shelf and couldn’t bring myself to cut into it (ok, and I’ll admit I was a little intimidated to try something different).  But after my friend kept asking me about the fabrics, I knew i needed to break them out and just start cutting!

So, this card was a fun way to play with the fabric, experiment with fraying the edges (since I had seen a few cards that did this to a very cute effect), and then also use the matching designer series paper as an accent in the Build-a-Brad.

Fabric Christmas Card smSide note – for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about when i say “Build-a-Brad”, it is that brad in the center of the card.  What makes these brads cool, is that they come as a blank flat-topped brad.  They are meant for you to punch out any paper/stamped image using a 1/2” circle punch and adhere that punchout to the top of the brad.  Then you can use the provided clear  adhesive-backed plastic pebble to make the brad looked finished. 

Here is a close up of the brad showing how we punched out a circle from the Designer Series paper that had the same pattern as the fabric:

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I started with the idea of using the fabric and fraying it.  Then I added the Build-a-Brad.  I had the card done and all ready for the class when I looked at it and said, “Its so vintage, I bet a torn edge would look cool”.  So, I tore the bottom edge of the card, which looked cool but really popped when I added some Crumb Cake cardstock to the bottom of the card inside. 

This card probably took the longest to make, but I love its fun accents and vintage feel.

Some tips for this card:

  • When we adhered the DSP to the top of the brad, I like to use Crystal Effects as my glue as opposed to Snail or Glue Dots because you can get a flat even coating of the adhesive on the brad top and you know it won’t slide around on you in the future.
  • To adhere the fabric onto your cardstock, your best bet is probably going to be the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.  But if you don’t have that (and we didn’t for the class), you can use sticky strip to do the job.  For this card, I recommend cutting your fabric and determining where you are going to lay it on your card.  Cut a piece of Sticky Strip that is 1/2 – 2/3rd the height of your fabric piece and place it on the edge of the cardstock and then press your fabric onto the sticky strip.  I found that if you tried to put sticky strip directly onto the fabric, it can be hard to get the red backing off the tape without pulling the tape strip off of your fabric at the same time.
  • When fraying the edges of your fabric, only pull one or two threads at a time to minimize punching and pulling of your fabric. 
  • Pull extra threads for fraying by using the tip of your Paper Snips to separate the thread you are going to pull from the flat fabric piece.

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A Clean and Simple Holiday Card

When I was at the Stampin’ Up! regionals in Portland, I saw a demonstration that showed how cute a scalloped edge could be on a card.  I got inspired by the example and started playing with a card layout that has evolved into this design which I really like. 

I have made this design in the past using Whisper White cardstock as the base with Cherry Cobbler accents but I had some scraps lying around and so went ahead and tried it with Soft Suede.  It looks really nice in person (better than I think it shows in the picture).  The other thing I vary with this card – in this example I used a strip of Soft Suede cardstock for the string the ornament is hanging on, but when I used a white base, I really like using Early Espresso narrow taffeta ribbon.

Thanks for looking! 

Happy Holidays Card Recipe:
Stamps: 
Tags Til Christmas, Many Merry Messages
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Paper:  Whisper White CS, Cherry Cobbler CS, Soft Suede CS
Accessories:  Ornament Punch, Scallop Trim Punch, Adhesive Rhinestones, Stampin” Dimensionals


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Another early Christmas card

Here is another Christmas card I put together trying to use just a few pieces.  The layout is not too complex but I just love how it turned out. 

The hardest thing about this card was making the bell gold and still have the bell’s ribbon red.  I didn’t have a gold marker, so I cut a small circle out of an index card and used that to mask the Jingle all the Way stamp except for the bell.  Then I inked it up with my gold Encore inkpad and removed the index card.  At that point, I could go to town on the stamp using markers to color the words and the ribbon.  I seriously don’t know what I would do without my marker set…best purchase ever!  The rest is just straight forward cutting and layering of paper.

 

 Recipe:
 Stamps:
Christmas Classics
 Ink: Encore Gold
 Paper: Kiwi Kiss CS, Ridinghood Red CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Whisper White CS, Real Red DSP (retired)
 Accessories: Stampin’ Write markers
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