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

Celebrate Today and Every Day

I was feeling very zen as I left an early morning yoga class. The neighborhood was still and quiet. It’s been raining here off and on for days (weeks actually). When I stepped out of the door of the yoga studio, the sun was shining and the air was crisp and clear. The first thought in my head was:

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.

I’m not particularly religious, so on the one hand it was startling that a Bible verse would come to mind. And yet, with all that is going on in the world, it felt good to take a moment to find beauty, rejoice, and be glad.

My new found zen inspired me to combine a stencil, stamp, and sentiment that have been sitting unused in my stash for quite some time. I stenciled the background with Distress Inks – Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, and Mustard Seed. While the stencil was still in place, I applied a layer of transparent matte texture paste.

Rowhouse Greetings | Yoga Yolanda by Art Impressions

After coloring and fussy cutting the image, I attached it to the card with foam adhesive squares (I use Thin 3-D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives). However, the squares do not adhere well to texture paste. So I applied a little liquid glue to each of the foam squares to ensure that they bond to the background.

That’s all for now. Go celebrate today and everyday!

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: Yoga Yolanda by Art Impressions; Pretty Phrases by Paper Smooches
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, and Tumbled Glass
Stencil: Glorious Petal Stencil by Hero Arts
Dies: Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Transparent Matte Texture Paste by Ranger
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E93, V20 (skin); Y15, Y19, Y38 (hair); B000, B00, B02, V20 (leotard); V20 (shoes & socks)

Feeling Fall

PhebeAs a member of the Instant Gardener team for Power Poppy, I get to color all the new digital stamps that are released each month. But when I saw the new Feeling Fall clear stamp set, I knew that I had to have it. After all, why should the Bloom Brigade get all the fun!

To be honest, I loved it for the spooky black cat (here colored as a slightly menacing tudexo cat) because she reminded me of the grumpy face (shown here) of our own cat Phebe. While Phebe is normally a pretty sweet cat, she does have a way of communicating her displeasure when we run out of her favorite treats.

The background paper is from the Vintage Halloween 12×12 paper pad by Love Nicole that I found at A.C. Moore. I don’t usually add a lot of embellishments to my cards (although I recently admitted my addiction to enamel dots), but loved this spooky spider die from Memory Box and thought that it was the perfect enhancement to the paper. I cut him from Bazzill cardstock in black and added a little Glossy Accents to make his body shine.

Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Feeling Fall by Power Poppy
Rowhouse Greetings | Halloween | Feeling Fall by Power Poppy

Rowhouse Greetings | Celebrate Everyday by Hero Arts
Rowhouse Greetings | Celebrate Everyday by Hero Arts

That’s all for now — thanks for stopping by!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Bazzill Basics in Black and Yam; Vintage Halloween 12×12 pad by Love Nicole
Stamps: Feeling Fall by Power Poppy; Celebrate Everyday by Hero Arts
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Versafine Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!; Big and Small Spider Dies by Memory Box
Copics: W1, W3, W5, RV10 (cat); Y32, Y35, Y38, R05, C01, C03, C05 (pumpkins); YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99, W7 (ribbon); BG70, BG72, 0 (background)

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