Holly Berries by Hero Arts

WELCOME BACK! Today Hero Arts published their 2021 Holiday Catalog with the full release of their stamps for the holiday season. So for today, I’m featuring one of the new stamps – Holly Berries – available as a clear stamp with coordinating die. You’ll see in the directions below that I didn’t have a coordinating pattern paper so I made my own using a Hero Arts background stamp and ink blending with Distress Oxides.

As always, I’ve linked the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Holly Berries by Hero Arts

Step by Step for Holly Berries

Rowhouse Greetings | Holly Berries by Hero Arts

Hope you enjoyed today’s project! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: R24, R37, R39 (holly berries); YG03, YG17, YG67 G28 (holly leaves); G20, G21, G24 (mistletoe leaves); BV20 (mistletoe berries) E23, E25 (branch); BV20, BV23 (shadows)

Rowhouse Greetings | Holly Berries by Hero Arts (Color strip)

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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

Featuring:

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″

Featuring:

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.

BB Sunflower Sweetheart by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m not quite sure what to say about today’s card. It just sort of evolved! Stenciling, ink blending, Copic coloring – it’s all there paired with a sweet stamp from My Favorite Things. As many of you know, I love the Birdie Brown stamps from My Favorite things and was sad to hear that she is retiring. This stamp – Sunflower Sweetheart – is one of my favorites so I decided to pull it out and get to work!

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Sunshine Sweetness by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

I cut a piece of white cardstock using the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX die by My Favorite Things. For the bottom edge of the card, I used the Grassy Edges Stencil blended with Distress Inks in Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn. Next, I placed the Radiating Rays Stencil in the upper left corner, blending with Distress Inks in Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade. Then I filled in the middle using the Cloud Stencil with Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China.

For the images, I stamped the images on Hammermill cardstock with Nuvo Hybrid Ink in Shadow Black. I colored the images with Copic markers (see list below) and used the coordinating dies to cut out the images.

For the sentiment, I used the Sweet Hello Die-Namics from MFT Stamps to cut the hello sentiment twice from Neenah 110# cardstock. I colored one of the die cuts with Copic markers (BG01, BG02, BG07) to create a gradient. I glued the two die cuts together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Sunshine Sweetness by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

So that’s all from me today! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

SUPPLIES

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, E21 (skin); E53, E55, E57 (hair); RV10, R81, R83, R85, B0000, B000 (dress); R83, R85 (sandals); B000, BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07 (hat); Y35, Y38, E53, E55, YG21, YG03, YG17 (yellow flower & leaf); R81, R83, R46, N3, N5, Y35 (pink flowers); B23, B24, B26, Y35, Y38 (bluebirds); BG01, BG02, BG07 (hello diecut)

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.

High Flying Adventure by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another card featuring the High-Flying Adventure stamp set by My Favorite Things. This stamp sent reminded me of my husband. Every time we get in the car, my husband and I joke that we are off on another adventure. Usually those adventures are on the ground, but a couple of summers ago, we had the opportunity to fly to Tangier Island, a small island community in the Chesapeake Bay accessible only by air or by ferry boat. A friend of my husband is a pilot with a single-prop plane and he offered to take us along on one of his trips to the island.

Our high-flying adventure to Tangier Island, Summer 2018

I’m not a good flyer — in fact, I don’t like to fly at all — so I was hesitant to go along. I knew that I would regret not going, so after a lot of reassurances from the pilot, I decided to go.

Flying in a small plane is not the same as flying in a commercial airliner. We flew at a much lower altitude so we could see the details of the landscape below us. On the one hand, it was interesting, but if you are also afraid of heights like I am, you want to be either a lot closer to the ground or high enough that you don’t see it! But after awhile, I relaxed enough to enjoy seeing the world from a different perspective.

We walked around the island, had lunch with the locals, and thoroughly enjoyed our day. If I hadn’t gone, I would have missed out on a memorable high-flying adventure!

Our high-flying adventure to Tangier Island, Summer 2018

TODAY’S PROJECT

OK – so back to the topic at hand. Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | High Flying Adventure by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

DIRECTIONS

SUPPLY LIST for HIGH FLYING ADVENTURE

COPICS: E31, E33, E37 (bunnies); B12, B24, B26, B39, R24, R46, R89(plane); N8 (tires); Y15, Y19, YR04 (yellow flag); R24 (striped flag)

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Botanical ArtFoamies Background with Birdie Girlie

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m this week’s guest artist over on the ArtFoamies blog. I needed a card to send to a friend who has been ill so I did a quick look through my ArtFoamies to see what I could use for a quick background.

Now as many of you know, my style is really clean and simple. I love the randomness of mixed media where lots of colors, textures, layers, and patterns come together to create a beautifully organic design. And I love to experiment with my inks and paints. But when I’m short on time, I just keep it simple. 

Today’s ArtFoamies project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Balzer Designs | Botanical by ArtFoamies and Jone Hallmark | Birdie Girlie by RubberMoon

I started by inking the Botanical foam stamp with Versafine Clare in Verdant and Bluebell on with a piece of white cardstock trimmed to 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″. I did a few trial runs with Distress Oxides, but I wanted the stamped image to be fairly crisp so I switched to a pigment ink. After stamping, I set it aside to let the ink thoroughly dry.

In the meantime, I stamped the Birdie Girlie stamp on Hammermill white cardstock (110#) with Hero Arts Intense Black. The image was colored with Copic markers (marker list shown below). 

Since my stamped image was now dry, I used the Lawn Fawn Mini Picture Frames die to cut an opening in the center of the image. I cut the frame three more times from white cardstock so that I could stack them on the oval opening. I positioned my Copic colored image behind the opening and adhered it in place. 

The rest is pretty straightforward. I cut green and dark blue cardstock, each layer being 1/4″ larger than the next. Once the cardstock was cut, I adhered all of the layers together and then to a card base made from Neenah Classic Crest 100#. My finished card is A2 in size (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″). 

Rowhouse Greetings | Balzer Designs | Botanical by ArtFoamies and Jone Hallmark | Birdie Girlie by RubberMoon

Hope you enjoyed today’s project! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: E50, E51, E21, E11, V20 (skin); E53, E55, E57 (hair); B000, B12, B24, B26 (sweater); RV 32, RV34 (flower)

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.