I am working hard to get my Christmas cards finished, and mailed! Am I the only one behind this year, or are you scrambling, too? For some reason (self inflicted, I’m sure) I’m just feeling more under pressure this season than usual. So anyway, here I am to share more Christmas card with you. If you’re on my mailing list – spoiler alert!
HERO ARTS CATHEDRAL OF TREES
I think part of my issue is that I waited longer than usual to order my holiday stamp sets. This Cathedral of Trees by Hero Arts was one of the first; I just love the upward looking perspective through the trees.
A while back, I created similar cards for one of our Scrap ‘N Stamp blog hops. You can see that card HERE. Although basically the same colours are used, they do look a bit different than the cards above.
The only difference between these cards is either the layout (photo vs. landscape) and the sentiments. So, I’ll just describe the basic technique, as it applies to all of them. Start with a panel of light blue cardstock. Around the outer edges, blend on Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide ink, and then Faded Jeans ink. Next, add first Wilted Violet in 3 areas, moving more towards the middle of the panel. Finish off by blending in a bit of Dusty Concord, which is a darker purple. If needed, go back and blend in some more Faded Jeans ink to smooth out the blending. Distress Oxides do blend together beautifully, so there’s not a lot of ‘re-working’ to be done. Now, set up the Cathedral of Trees stamp and your panel in a stamp platform. Ink up the stamp in Nocturne ink, and stamp on the panel. Cover with clear embossing powder, and heat set. Repeat these steps for each card.
Set up your panel again in the stamp platform, and stamp the sentiment in Versarmark ink. I ink & stamp twice each time, to ensure a good coverage of ink. Next, cover with gold embossing powder, and heat set. Finish off the panel by adding snowflakes with a Posca white paint pen, or a white gel pen. Finish off your card by attaching 2″ x 2″ squares of gold cardstock on 2 opposite corners, and then attach the whole thing to a dark blue card base.
The gold foil and gold embossing make picture taking a bit tricky! Here’s a closer view, above, of 2 of the cards. The sentiments for the cards are from Penny Black, Thrill of Hope and Peaceful Season stamp sets.
MODERN HOLLY LAYERING STENCIL
These next cards are variations of the card I did for our most recent Scrap ‘N Stamp blog hop, that you can see HERE. I love using the fun Layering Stencil by Taylored Expressions for traditional colours.
I created all 4 background panels in an assembly line fashion. There are 3 layers to these stencils, so I would complete 1 colour for all 4 panels, before moving on to the 2nd stencil and 2nd colour.
The first stencil is the leaf base. Use your blending tool and add Shabby Shutters to a white panel. Next, blend on Mowed Lawn for the inside leaf detail. The final stencil is the berries; use Festive Berries ink for those. After adding the berries to each panel, I went back to the first one, and layered the berry stencil on top again. With a palette knife, apply Nuvo Glimmer paste Moonstone through the stencil, repeating for each panel. I did this as the very last step, so that all of the panels could be done, without having to wash it off between panels.
The ‘merry’ is die cut from red foil paper, from an old die in my stash. The word ‘Christmas’ is stamped onto dark green cardstock in Versamark ink, covered with white embossing powder, and then heat set.
To create some variation, I created different layouts for each card; one is a whole panel vertical, another horizontal. One has opposite corners trimmed off, and the last one is cut into strips. Layer the stencil panels onto a dark red cardstock with foam tape, and then to a dark green card base.
If you’re still working on your Christmas cards, I hope that I’ve given you some inspiration! I know that when the pressure is on, creativity can decide to take a break – personal experience! Or maybe you’re that person who had her cards finished weeks ago, and now you’re getting ideas for next year. (does that kind of person exist? I don’t think I want to know).
Anyway – whatever you’re working on, I hope that you’re having fun!
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