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)

Leaf Burst Stencil by Altenew

Altenew Educator Certification ProgramGood morning friends! I’m off to a rocky start today. I just broke my glasses so everything is a little blurry right now. So please excuse any typos! Hopefully my project photo is in focus!

I’m back today with my first project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program Level I classes. This project is based on a variation of Lesson Two in the Celebration: Stencil Techniques class. My project features Altenew’s Leaf Burst Stencil and Halftone Hello stamp and die set. I began by stenciling the leaf design on watercolor paper with Distress Inks. Then I applied transparent glossy embossing paste through the stencil which slightly mutes the colors of the Distress Ink. I purposely offset the sentiment and die cut to the right so that they would not distract from the central part of the stenciled design.

I’m not quite ready to let go of warm weather so I decided to use lighter spring colors instead of the golds, browns, and oranges that characterize fall. Besides, this is one of my favorite Distress Ink combinations. I also love using embossing paste for the extra texture and dimension it adds to a card design.

Rowhouse Greetings | Leaf Burst Stencil by Altenew

To create the stenciled image:

  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4 inches x 5.25 inches.
  2. Tape the Leaf Burst Stencil to the watercolor paper, offset to the left.
  3. Working from the center outward, blend Distress Inks through the stencil in the following order: Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, Shabby Shutters, and Mowed Lawn.
  4. With the stencil still in place, apply an even coat of Ranger Texture Paste (transparent gloss) with a palette knife. The texture paste will appear milky in color but will dry clear and glossy.
  5. Carefully remove the stencil. Rinse the stencil and palette knife to remove any remaining texture paste.
  6. Set the stenciled image to the side to dry for at least 30 minutes.

To create the sentiment:

  1. Cut a piece of vellum 5/8 inch x 5 inches.
  2. Stamp the sentiment on the vellum using Ranger Archival Ink. Allow to dry.
  3. Stamp the Hello image using Ranger Archival Ink. Cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.
  4. Die cut the Hello image and glue to vellum strip.

To complete the card:

  1. Adhere vellum strip with sentiments to card, wrapping edges of vellum around the edges of card.
  2. Glue a piece of craft foam (cut to 3.75 inches x 5 inches) to the back of the stenciled image. I use craft foam rather than foam tape because it provides even support across the entire card.
  3. Glue image layer to a top folding card base.

That’s all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you find some inspiration in the simplicity of this project.

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#; Canson 140# Watercolor Paper; White Vellum by Bazzill
Stamp: Halftone Hello by Altenew
Die: Halftone Hello Die by Altenew
Stencil: Leaf Burst Stencil by Altenew
Inks: Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Embellishments: Ranger Texture Paste – Transparent Gloss

2018 Card Design Superstar – Clean and Simple

Good afternoon! I had a design idea bouncing around in my head this morning so I decided to create a second card for the 2018 Card Design Superstar Contest at My Favorite Things. I’m posting this project in the category for Clean and Simple Genius.

Rowhouse Greetings | Gnome Me by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

For this project, I chose one of the images from the Gnome Me stamp set which I paired with a retired MFT die and a sentiment from MFT’s Aim for the Clouds stamps set. The second die used for the yellow strip is one that I received as a free gift from MFT for placing an order last month. I added a few dew drops from Honey Bee Stamps – this is my new favorite embellishment!

This will be my last post of the day (promise!). There’s a basket of laundry calling my name and I have to get ready for my class tomorrow at Queen’s Ink so time to put crafting aside for now.

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#; Bazzill Basics in Mexican Poppy and Devil Red; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamps: You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things; Aim for the Clouds by My Favorite Things
Inks: Black Amalgam by Gina K. Designs; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Dies: Die-namics You Gnome Me by My Favorite Things; Die-namics Friend [retired] by My Favorite Things; Essential Slanted Sentiment Strips Die-namics by My Favorite Things
Embellishments: Honey Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21, E97, BV20 (skin); C00, C1 C3 (beard); R32, R35, R39, R46 (hat); B18, B24, (pants); V20, 0 (shirt); Y19 (buttons); T6 (suspenders & boots); B18, B21, B24 (flower pot); B01, BV01, YG07, YG09, RV63, Y19 (flowers)

Trumpet Vine Visitor by Power Poppy

Trumpet Vine Visitor by Power PoppyGood morning everyone! Today I have a card featuring Trumpet Vine Visitor, the latest digital release from Power Poppy! Happy trails are guaranteed with Power Poppy’s trailing trumpet vine and hummingbird. Whether you start with the composite image of the bird and blooms, or create your own scene digitally with the individual components, this set promises to bring joy! Includes one sentiment and 4 images, all in black and no-line versions.

I decided to feature the hummingbird image and the sentiment. I reversed one of the hummingbirds so the pair together would look like they were dancing in air. After coloring the images, I stenciled the background using Distress Oxides.

That’s all for today! Soak in some inspiration from the Power Poppy blog and be sure you take a look at what the rest of the Instant Gardener team has for you.

Barbara Walker
Broni Holcombe
Nancy Sheads (me!)
Rhea Weigand

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# & 80#; XPress It Blending Card by Copics; Bazzill Basics in Admiral
Stamp: Trumpet Vine Visitor (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Small Stitch Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Tumbled Glass
Stencil: Cloud Stencil by My Favorite Things
Copics: YG01, YG03, YG07, RV02, RV04, YR 02, C1, C3, B00, B66, BV02