Slimline Holiday Cards featuring Scrapbook.com

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GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! So I’m back today with something a little different for me. Yes – I’m still making holiday cards – afterall, it is Christmas in July — but I tried my hand at slimline holiday cards.

I was asked by Scrapbook.com to make a few cards featuring their exclusive papers, stamps, and other supplies. Their Christmas in July Sale is going on now with thousands of items up to 50% off! So it’s a great time to start planning your holiday cards and stock up on supplies.

I have three cards for you today featuring products that I received from Scrapbook.com (items marked with an asterick) as well as products that I purchased personally. As always, I’ve linked the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

CARD 1

Size: 8.5″ x 3.5″

Rowhouse Greetings | Scrapbook.com

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For Card 1, I cut a piece of Neenah 110# cardstock to 8.5″ x 7″ scored at 3.5″ as the card base. I adhered a piece of red cardstock from the *Smooth Cardstock Paper Pad – Slimline – Christmas to the card base using *1/4″ Double Sided Tape.

I cut a piece of white cardstock to 8.25″ x 3.25″ and set it aside until it was time to assemble the layers. On the far right side, I stamped two of the images from the Wordfetti – Holly Jolly stamp set in Cardinal Red Hybrid Ink using my Misti. Leaving the stamps in place, I stamped the images again using Versamark ink, covered the images with clear embossing powder, and heat set the images.

For the sentiment, I used the “Merry Christmas” sentiment from the Merry Sentiments stamp set. I just wanted the word “merry” so I cut the stamp so that I would just have the one word (gasp!). I lined it up using my Misti and inked it with Cardinal Red Hybrid Ink. Again, I stamped the image using Versamark ink, covered the image with clear embossing powder, and heat set it.

For the stenciled layer, I selected a sheet of gray cardstock from the *Smooth Cardstock Paper Pad – Slimline – Christmas and adhered it to my craft may using repositionable tape. I placed the *Vintage Floral Stencil on top, centering the portion that I wanted over the paper, and secured it in place with Mint Low Tack Tape. I applied Ranger Embossing Paste through the stencil with a palette knife and then smoothed the surface using a craft scraper.

After the embossing paste was dry, I trimmed the stenciled panel to 3″ x 6.75″ and assembled the layers as shown using *1/4″ Double Sided Tape. For the sentiment, I used the Merry Christmas Sentiments Die Set to cut the word “Christmas” from a piece of red foil cardstock and adhered it to the front of the card.

CARD 2

Size: 8.5″ x 3.5″

Rowhouse Greetings | Scrapbook.com

Featuring:

For Card 2, I cut a piece of Neenah 110# cardstock to 8.5″ x 7″ scored at 3.5″ as the card base. I adhered a piece of gray cardstock from the *Smooth Cardstock Paper Pad – Slimline – Christmas to the card base using *1/4″ Double Sided Tape. I cut a piece of white cardstock to 8.25″ x 3.25″ and set it aside until it was time to assemble the layers.

I selected a piece of pale gray cardstock from the paper pad and trimmed it to 3″ x 8″ and secured it to my craft mat with repositionable tape. I centered the Vintage Floral Stencil and secured it to my craft mat with Mint Low Tack Tape. Then I used a blending brush to stencil the pattern with *Pine Premium Hybrid Ink.

I selected a piece of red cardstock from the paper pad and die cut the sentiment using the Merry Christmas Sentiments Die Set. I lightly ink blended *Pine Premium Hybrid Ink along the bottom of the words and then covered it with *Cardinal Red Hybrid Ink. I applied Versamark ink to the die cuts, covered them with clear embossing powder, and heat set the sentiment. I assembled the layers as shown, glued the sentiment in place and added gold metallic sequins from 28 Lilac Lane.

CARD 3

Size: 3.5″ x 8.5″

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Card 3 was actually the first card that I made. Since it was my first time creating a slimline card, I had to get used to the proportions and layout. Again, I cut a piece of Neenah 110# cardstock to 8.5″ x 7″ scored at 3.5″ as the card base and adhered a piece of dark green cardstock from the *Smooth Cardstock Paper Pad – Slimline – Christmas to the card base using *1/4″ Double Sided Tape.

I cut a piece of white cardstock to 8.25″ x 3.25″ and set it aside until it was time to assemble the layers. I selected a piece of green cardstock from the paper pad and trimmed it to 3″ x 8″ and secured it to my craft mat with repositionable tape. I centered the Vintage Floral Stencil and secured it to my craft mat with Mint Low Tack Tape. Then I used a blending brush to lightly stencil the pattern with *Pine Premium Hybrid Ink.

I die cut the main sentiment from white cardstock using the Mirthful die set by Penny Black. I used a blending brush to ink blend *Cardinal Red Hybrid Ink along the bottom of each letter. Since the letters are separate, I was able to arranged them vertically on the front of the card. Along the bottom, I selected one of the sentiments from the *Merry Sentiments Stamp Set and used my Misti to stamp the text with Versamark Ink. I applied white embossing powder and heat set the sentiment.

Afterwards, I assembled the layers as shown.

TIPS

  • When stenciling, I find it helpful to apply repositionable tape to the back of my cardstock and then stick it down to my craft mat. Then I hold the stencil in place using Mint Low Tack Tape. When using texture paste, I apply it using a palette knife and then smooth the surface using a craft scraper. When stenciling with ink, you can use either blender brushes or an ink blending tool.
  • Since red and green are complementary colors, you can use green under red (and red under green) to deepen the color. That’s how I created two shades of red and two shades of green using only one ink pad in each color.
  • I apply clear embossing powder on die cuts to get a dimensional glossy finish. I find this much easier than using Glossy Accents or a similar products. And there’s no lengthy drying time which is an added benefit!

That all from me today! Hope you enjoyed today’s projects! A special thanks to Scrapbook.com for supplying some of the featured products!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

SUPPLIES

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Queen Bee Shadow Box featuring ArtFoamies

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with something different. As some of you know, I manage the blog for Kae Pea’s Creative Community featuring ArtFoamies. For those of you not familiar with ArtFoamies, they are foam stamps perfectly suited for art journaling, tags, and other mixed media projects. Today, I’m the guest artist over on the blog and I have a mixed media project featuring the Queen Bee Foam stamp as well as several others in supporting roles.

I’m usually a card maker and my main medium is Copic markers so this was really out of my comfort zone. But I was inspired by the clay work projects by Jenn White and Wendy Taylor-Aspinall so I decided to give this shadow box project a try.

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Queen Bee by ArtFoamies

Step by Step

Clay Medallion

  • Tape a piece of Glad Press ‘N Seal (sticky side down) on your work mat to prevent the plastic from moving while working with the Creative Paperclay.
  • Rolled out a small amount of Creative Paperclay so that it is larger the Queen Bee stamp and about 1/4″ thick.
  • Cut the Paperclay in a circular shape slightly larger than the stamp. I used a plastic drink cup to cut a circle out of the Paperclay.
  • Carefully lifted the circle from the plastic and lightly rolled any frayed edges to the back of the circle. Lightly rub the surface with a tiny amount of water to smooth out any imperfections.
  • Press the Queen Bee stamp into the Paperclay with even pressure. Lift the stamp and clean immediately to remove any residue from the clay.
  • Make a small hole at the top of the clay medallion using a plastic drinking straw.
  • Allow clay to thoroughly dry. This may take a few days. You can also bake the clay in an oven at 250 degrees for 30 minutes or until dry. See Craft Tips for Creative with Paperclay Products for additional information.
  • Apply two light coats of white gesso to front and back of the clay medallion. Allow gesso to dry thoroughly between coats.
  • Select acrylic paints in desired colors. I used Liquitex Basics in Brilliant Yellow Green, Light Green Permanent, Primary Yellow, Primary Blue, Primary Red, and Titanium White. You can mix color to get desired shades. I added white to create paler colors.
  • Apply first coat of paint as a light wash (I mixed each color with a small amount of water).
  • Apply second coat, deepening colors as desired.
  • Apply two lights coats of Gloss Gel Medium. Allow medium to dry between coats.
  • Create a brown wash (water + paint) and lightly coat the medallion. Lightly wipe off the paint, allowing the color to remain in the indentations and crevices of the medallion.
  • Complete any additional painting and apply another light coat of Gloss Gel Medium to seal.
  • Set aside and allow medallion to dry thoroughly.

Background

  • Apply two light coats of white gesso to a 6″x6″ canvas panel. Allow gesso to dry thoroughly between coats.
  • Randomly brush a couple of acrylic paint colors onto the panel. I used the same colors as the medallion, applying patches of Brilliant Yellow Green, Primary Yellow, and Primary Blue (mixed with Titanium White). Allow paint to dry.
  • Apply a light coat of Gloss Gel Medium to seal the first layer of color.
  • Apply acrylic paint to Stamp Buddy to use as an stamping pad. Use the Stamp Buddy to apply paint to the ArtFoamies of your choice and stamp randomly on the canvas panel. I used Microcosms, Lavender, Dino Skin, by ArtFoamies.
  • Apply a light coat of Gloss Gel Medium to seal the second layer of color.
  • Stamp Honeycomb Texture Background with Archival Ink in black.
  • Set aside to dry.

FINISHING

Rowhouse Greetings | Queen Bee by ArtFoamies
  • Thread a small piece of rawhide through hole in clay medallion and tie.
  • Glue medallion to canvas panel.
  • Frame in shadow box if desired.

That’s it for me today! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

ArtFoamies Guest Artist

Hey Friends! I’m over on the ArtFoamies blog as this week’s guest artist. Today I’m featuring a mixed media project that was actually a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law so hop over to the blog for the details.

In other news, I’ll be offering a new class at The Queen’s Ink that can best be described as “color your way” featuring stamps from Stamping Bella. Watch this space for more information!

In the meantime – stay safe!

Aviator by Katzelkraft

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Hope everyone is holding steady during these crazy, unsettling times. We’ve been working on the backyard, occasionally wandering out with our masks to local nurseries to pick up flowers. Our backyard is really coming along. A few days ago the weather was fabulous so I grabbed my ink pads and stencils to move my crafting outside.

I’ve been looking for new to me stamp companies to change things up a bit. I recently came across Kazelkraft Stamps and love the quirky images. I also stocked up on sentiment stamps from Impression Obsession to add a few tongue in cheek stamps to my stash.

Rowhouse Greetings | Aviator by Katzelkraft

For today’s project, I started by using the largest die in Lawn Fawn’s Large Stitched Rectangle die set to cut the cardstock. I stamped the sentiment along the bottom in Versafine Clare ink, added Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, and heat set the image. I stamped the Aviator image in Gina K.’s Amagam Ink and colored it with Copic markers (see list below). Using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, I stenciled the cloud background using the Cloud Stencil by My Favorite Things. Originally, I planned on using gold star shaped sequins but they stood out too much. So I used the Falling Stars Layering Stencil by Tim Holtz and Delicata Golden Glitz Ink to add the stars. After stenciling the stars, I added clear embossing powder and heat set the images. For an added touch, I applied Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the glass on the aviator googles to make them shine.

That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#
Stamps: Aviator by Katzelkraft; Possible by Impression Obsession
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass; Delicata in Golden Glitz by Tsukineko
Die: Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Stencil: Cloud Stencil by My Favorite Things; Falling Stars Layering Stencil by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder by Tonic Studios
Copics: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21 (skin); BV0000, BV000, B0000 (eyes); E53, E55, E57 (collar strap); YG91, YG95, YG97 (jumpsuit, hat); N0, N1, N3 (goggles); YR27, E35 (buckle, controls)

Go Wild by Power Poppy for Inspire Me Monday!

Rowhouse Greetings | Go Wild by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today for Inspire Me Monday with a new card featuring the Go Wild clear stamp set by Power Poppy. So hop on over to the Power Poppy blog to see the full tutorial.

Full supply list for today’s project is shown below. See you back here soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#; One Fine Day 6×6 paper pad by My Mind’s Eye
Stamp: Go Wild Stamp Set by Power Poppy
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko
Die: A2 Matting Basics A by Spellbinders
Stencil: Flourish Layering Stenci by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Embellishments: Dreamweaver Embossing Paste by Stampendous; Sequin Mix in Silver Bells [RETIRED] by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: