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

Online Registration Now Open! Celestial Celebrations – Tuesday, October 16th at The Queen’s Ink

Just a quick note that the online registration for the October class at the Queen’s Ink is now available. See below for information and the class supply list. This class does not require a lot of technical skill (other than coloring between the lines) but the end result is at the top of the WOW scale. Hope to see you there!

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | website: https://queensink.com
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Rowhouse Greetings | Laurel Burch Celestial by Stampendous

Rowhouse Greetings | Laurel Burch Sun Chase by Stampendous

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • RV13: Tender Pink
  • RV14: Begonia Pink
  • RV17: Deep Magenta
  • RV19: Red Violet
  • YR04: Chrome Orange
  • Y02: Canary Yellow
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • YG07: Acid Green
  • BG02: New Blue
  • B24: Sky
  • B66: Clematis
  • B69: Stratospheric Blue
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E00: Cotton Pearl (formerly Skin White)
  • 0: Colorless blender

OTHER SUPPLIES:  Please bring

  • Scissors suitable for fussy cutting
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.

 

 

Fall Wellies by Power Poppy

Power Poppy | Fall WelliesGood morning friends! I’m back today with a new digital release – Fall Wellies by Power Poppy. When there’s a crispness in the air and a vibrance in the leaves, you want to bring that wonderful fall feeling into your cards. It’s only natural! This snappy tartan welly looks quite cute paired with falling Japanese Maple leaves. In this digital download, you get two extra leaves along with the main image, and a punny sentiment wishing someone “well-y”. :)

I know for some of you, this image will look familiar because it’s included in the Feeling Fall clear polymer set. Here’s a project that I did last year using the same image from the that stamp set. As you can see, there are endless color combinations for the tartan plaid.

Rowhouse Greetings | Feeling Fall by Power Poppy

That’s all for today! Be sure you hop over to see what the Instant Gardener team has in store for you. As always, be sure you stop by the Power Poppy blog for some “welly” good inspiration.

Barbara
Broni
Nancy (that’s me!)
Power Poppy Blog

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 Vellum; Marine Gingham by American Crafts; X-Press It by Copics
Stamps: Fall Wellies (*) by Power Poppy
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Copics: Y35, Y38, B24, B26, R32, R35, N3 (boots); Y35, Y38, YR68, E31, E35, E39 (leaves); B0000, BG0000, BG10, 0 (background); BV000 (shadow)

New Class! Celestial Celebrations – Tuesday, October 16th at The Queen’s Ink

Join me at the The Queen’s Ink on Tuesday, October 16th for a new Copic marker class featuring the Laurel Burch Celestial themed stamp sets from Stampendous.  We’ll make two cards in this class, with emphasis on basic Copic skills such as ink blending. Details are below. All necessary techniques are taught in class. Seats are limited, so sign up today!  CLASS FEE: $25

The Queen’s Ink
Savage Mill Box 2048 | 8600 Foundry Street | Savage, Maryland 20763
phone: (301) 497-9449 | website: https://queensink.com
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Register online or call the Queen’s Ink at (301) 497-9449

Rowhouse Greetings | Laurel Burch Celestial by Stampendous

Rowhouse Greetings | Laurel Burch Sun Chase by Stampendous

BRING TO CLASS: The list below reflects the Copic markers that I will use in class. You can follow along using the same colors OR substitute colors based upon your personal Copic collection. Please bring all your markers to class and make sure your Copics are marked with Washi tape or some other means of identification. Markers are available for purchase at The Queen’s Ink. Students will receive a 10% discount on Copic markers. I will be available prior to class to help with selection.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring your own markers to participate in class. If you need markers, please contact The Queen’s Ink in advance of class. If you wait until class time, you may not be able to purchase the markers you need.

  • RV13: Tender Pink
  • RV14: Begonia Pink
  • RV17: Deep Magenta
  • RV19: Red Violet
  • YR04: Chrome Orange
  • Y02: Canary Yellow
  • Y15: Cadmium Yellow
  • Y19: Napoli Yellow
  • YG07: Acid Green
  • BG02: New Blue
  • B24: Sky
  • B66: Clematis
  • B69: Stratospheric Blue
  • E000: Pale Fruit Pink
  • E00: Cotton Pearl (formerly Skin White)
  • 0: Colorless blender

OTHER SUPPLIES:  Please bring

  • Scissors suitable for fussy cutting
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Tape runner adhesive or double-sided tape.

 

 

Stamping with Copic Markers featuring Penny Black Brush Stroke stamps

Good morning friends! Lately, I’ve been playing around with different techniques to extend the use of my Copic markers.  Afterall, when you have 358 markers lying around, you start looking for different ways to use them.

I love the Penny Black brush stroke stamps, but most tutorials for this stamp line rely on watercolor techniques. While I love the look of watercolor, I find the process frustrating because I can’t seem to control ink with a brush the same way that I can with a marker. So I’ve been looking for ways to use Copic markers with this line of stamps.

A few months ago, I came across this article from Marianne Walker, who is the North American Product Director for Copic Markers. She showed a method for coloring directly onto rubber stamps with Copic markers, lightly misting the stamp with colorless blender to reactivate the ink, and then stamping the inked image onto paper.  Gina Krupsky (Gina K. Designs) posted a tutorial at Splitcoaststampers for a similar method, but used rubbing alcohol instead of colorless blender.

So I decided to give it a try and today’s cards are the results of my experimentation. I used my Misti so that I could stamp multiple times if necessary to get the effect that I wanted. I used Copics to color directly onto the rubber stamp. Once the image was colored, I lightly misted my paper with colorless blender and closed the Misti to stamp the image. You need to keep the Misti closed for several seconds to allow the ink to transfer. If the image wasn’t clear enough, I lightly misted the stamp and stamped the paper a second time and this was usually sufficient to get a clear image.

I had very different results, depending upon the paper. I got the best results – or at least the results I was looking for – using Spectrum Noir’s Ultra Smooth Card Stock. This paper produced a crisp, clean image. I found that using Copic’s X-Press It Blending Card produced a looser, blurrier effect – a little more impressionistic than I wanted.

And here are the results:

Rowhouse Greetings | Garden Gems by Penny Black
CARD 1: Garden Gems by Penny Black

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock by Spectrum Noir
Stamp: Garden Gems by Penny Black
Inks: Versafine by Tsukineko in Onyx Black
Dies: Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn; Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Water Lily Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: R32, R35, R39, Y03, Y17, Y67, Y35, Y38, 0

Rowhouse Greetings | Belle by Penny Black
CARD 2: Belle by Penny Black

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Mixed Media Cardstock by Ranger – Dina Wakely; Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock by Spectrum Noir
Stamp: Belle by Penny Black; Spiritual Snippets by Penny Black; Indian Wheel by Penny Black.
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in Tuxedo Black; Versafine by Tsukineko in Onyx Black; Distress Oxides by Ranger in Twisted Citron, Broken China, and Fossilized Amber
Die: Belle Cut Out by Penny Black; Large Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Water Lily Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: R32, R35, R39, Y03, Y17, Y67, 0

I should note a few things:

  1. The background of Card 2 was created with Distress Inks and heat embossing. The technique described above was only used for the floral image.
  2. There seems to be some debate whether or not alcohol can damage rubber stamps. I rinsed my thoroughly with water to remove an alcohol residue and they appear to be surviving my experimentation just fine.
  3. Some people are particularly sensitive to the odor of alcohol. Be sure you are working in a well-ventilated area and follow any necessary medical precautions, particularly if you have any respiratory issues.

Want to see more? Splitcoaststampers has a whole gallery devoted to cards using this technique.

Please note: All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.