Making Christmas Cards (Yes, It’s That Time Again!)

I decided two things about making Christmas cards this year. First, I would stop worrying about making each card unique and come up with some designs that could be massed produced. Second, I would start early so that I wouldn’t be frantically making cards as fast as my husband mails them out. Apparently this year, I’m defining mid-October as early. Since I have several holiday stamps, stencils and dies, it’s time to pull them out and start putting them to use for this year.

I love this snowflake background stamp from Hero Arts so I decided to make it the star of the show. I stamped the image on white card stock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder to create a resist pattern. I blended Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Blueprint Sketch over the embossing to make the design pop. I used the Country Landscape die from Memory Box to create the village scene in the foreground and added a sentiment from the Comfort & Joy stamp set by Avery Elle. For the inside, I added a bold sentiment from the Wishing You Love stamp set by Neat & Tangled.

Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Print by Hero Arts; Comfort & Joy by Avery Elle; Wishing You Love by Neat & Tangled
Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Print by Hero Arts; Comfort & Joy by Avery Elle (front sentiment); Wishing You Love by Neat & Tangled (inside sentiment)

I made all the individual component parts first. I cut the card bases from Neenah 110# card stock and stamped the inside sentiment using my Misti.  I cut all the bases for embossing and all of the village scenes from Neenah 80# card stock. Using my Misti, I stamped the sentiment on all of the village die cuts and stamped and heat embossed all of the snowflake backgrounds. Finally, I ink blended all of the snowflake backgrounds.

In a couple of hours, I had all of the component parts ready for assembly. At the moment, I have ten cards assembled and will finish the final five cards later today.

Rowhouse Greetings | Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Print by Hero Arts
Mass producing Christmas cards. 10 down – 5 to go!

While I love how these cards turned out, the design is still a little labor intensive. So hopefully my next design will have fewer moving parts!

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; Neenah Solar White #80
Stamps: Hand Drawn Snowflakes Bold Print by Hero Arts; Comfort & Joy by Avery Elle; Wishing You Love by Neat & Tangled
Inks: Midnight Blue Premium Ink by Dare 2B Artzy; Versamark by Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Blueprint Sketch
Dies: Country Landscape by Memory Box; Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn

September Art Du Jour Project Details

Yesterday was my last Art du Jour at Queen’s Ink for this year. I’m away next month and the store has a different format for this event in November and December. So I wanted to take time today share the details on yesterday’s cards.

For my first card, I used the Skeleton Lady stamp by Stampendous. Unfortunately, it’s a retired image, but it’s an oldy but goody that’s perfect for a Halloween card. The stamp includes the entire scene so you can pull the card top together with just a little stamping and coloring. Initially, I stamped the image with Memento but the result wasn’t as crisp as I wanted. For my second attempt, I stamped with Versafine. Since Versafine is not Copic safe, I quickly covered the wet ink with clear embossing powder and heat set it. This gave a glossy appearance that enhanced the overall appearance. I scribbled (literally!) some color on the image with my markers as a color wash. I used the Antique Frames die set from Penny Black to create the deckled appearance on the edges and paired it with a paper from Authentique.

For my second card, I used the simple, but lovely Grateful stamp set by Avery Elle. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The acorns were stamped with Memento. Of course, even though there were only two acorns to color, I still managed to use six markers. The E markers were used for the acorn cap; the Y markers for the body.

Hope you enjoyed these projects. Thank you to everyone who joined me for Art du Jour this year. It’s been fun getting to know everyone and I’ve learned a lot from each and every one of you!

Although I won’t be participating in Art du Jour until January, I will still be offering monthly Copic classes at Queen’s Ink. Be sure to check my teaching schedule to stay informed on upcoming classes.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.

Rowhouse Greetings | Skeleton Lady by Stampendous Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Nightfall Five by Authentique
Stamp: Skeleton Lady by Stampendous
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black
Die: Antique Frames by Penny Black
Embellishments: Ranger Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: RV63, RV66, B63, B66, Y35, E30, E33, BG000, BG01
Rowhouse Greetings | Grateful by Avery Elle Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Cardstock; Penny’s Paper Doll Family by Graphic 45
Stamp: Grateful by Avery Elle
Ink: Memento in Tuxedo Black; Versafine in Onyx Black
Die: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Ranger Embossing Powder in Clear
Copics: Y21, Y26, Y28, E33, E35, E39

September Art du Jour at The Queen’s Ink – Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Join me at The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, September 11th for Art du Jour! Kate, Kim and I will have a variety of make and take cards, tags, and ATCs to help you build up your stash at this open house style event. We’ll be on hand from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM so stop by on your lunch hour, on your way home from work, or stay all day! Work at your own pace and relax! Projects are $3.00 each and new projects are available each month.

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone(301) 497-9449 | websitehttps://queensink.com
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10:30 AM – 4:30PM

This will be my last month at Art du Jour for the rest of the year. I’ll be away most of October and Queen’s Ink has special workshops planned for November and December in place of the usual Art du Jour format. So here are my last two Art du Jour cards for this year, featuring images from Stampendous and Avery Elle.

Hope to see you there!

Rowhouse Greetings | Skeleton Lady by Stampendous

Rowhouse Greetings | Grateful by Avery Elle

October Demo Day at Photo Scraps featuring MFT Stamps and Avery Elle

I’m at Photo Scraps today from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM for their monthly Demo Day with three cards featuring stamps and dies from My Favorite Things and Avery Elle. Stop by and join in on the fun!

CARD 1
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Basics in Patina (*)
Stamps: Magical Dragons by MFT Stamps; Cakes & Candles by Avery Elle
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Magical Dragons Coordinating Dies by MFT Stamps; Diagonal Stripes Elle-Ments by Avery Elle; Simple Puffy Cloud Frames by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: B000, B00, B01, B02, BG10, B04, V04, C0, C1, C3 (dragon); B0000, B00 (clouds)

CARD 2
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Basics in Smoke (*)
Stamps: Magical Dragons by MFT Stamps; Handwritten Happiness by MFT Stamps
Dies: Magical Dragons Coordinating Dies by MFT Stamps; Horizontal Stripes Elle-Ments by Avery Elle; Simple Puffy Cloud Frames by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Festival of Lights (stars & sequins) by 28 Lilac Lane; Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: YG03, YG17, YG21, YG67, Y02, Y15, Y19 (dragon); B0000, B00 (clouds)

CARD 3
Paper:
 Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Boardwalk Seaside (*) by Bo Bunny; Bazzill Basics in Admiral (*)
Stamps: Magical Dragons by MFT Stamps; Sentiment Stampler by Paper Smooches; Cakes & Candles by Avery Elle
Dies: Magical Dragons Coordinating Dies by MFT Stamps; Simple Puffy Cloud Frames by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Wink of Stella in Clear
Copics: RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66, Y02, Y15, Y19 (dragon); B0000, B00 (clouds)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased.

September Demo Day at Photo Scraps!

Come see me today at Photo Scraps where I’ll be offering two cards featuring stamps from Avery Elle and My Favorite Things. I’ll be there from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. There will also be a variety of cards and layouts available from Lisa, Traci, Karen, and Gina.

Hope to see you!

Rowhouse Greetings | Canopy by Avery Elle

Card 1
Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Basics in Atlantic
Stamp: Canopy by Avery Elle
Copics: YG03, YG17, B000, B02, V01, V04, R21, R22, R81, R85, Y15

Rowhouse Greetings | Canopy by Avery Elle

Card 2
Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Basics in Atlantic
Stamps: Canopy by Avery Elle; Handwritten Happiness by My Favorite Things
Copics: YG03, YG17, B000, B02, V01, V04, R21, R22, R81, R85, Y15

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased.