Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Trio of Christmas Cards for So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Thanks for stopping by today.  I am sharing three easy to make cards.   I have a one-layer, one with just an additional layer and one with additional embellishments which don't take very long at all.



I used the following stamps on the above cards:


Here's how they were made:


Card #1:


This is a one layer card.  Started with an A2 white card base (4.25" x 5.5").  First I placed the three ornament stamps and sentiment on the card (inside my MISTI) to determine the spacing and placement.  I then inked up the bulbs separately with 3 different Catherine Pooler inks in Party Dress (pink), Aquatini (aqua), and Flirty Fuchsia (purple).  I used Lime Rickey (green) on the sentiment and pine branch.   I stamped the pine branch across the top about 3 times, just stamping the bottom half at the top of the card.  To make the pine branch look more realistic I used a Marvy Olive Brown marker direct on the stamp in random places to add color variation.  The MISTI helped a lot with making sure I could stamp multiple times to get this effect.

I drew in the hangers for the ornaments with a gel pen (metallic color) and embellished the ornaments with stickles on the fuchsia ornament, pink Nuvo drops on the pink one and applied sparkle to the turquoise ornament by brushing on a layer of Spectrum Noir Clear sparkle marker.

Stamps used: (also linked at bottom of post)
Pine Branch
Ornament Bulb Stripe
Ornament bulb swirl
Ornament Swirl round
Christmas Simple

Card #2:



Used a patterned paper with trees in the background.  Stamped the horse & sleigh in blue ink (Distress Oxide) at the bottom left and the peace sentiment at the top right corner.  I added a stripe of Nuvo mousse at the top and bottom of the panel.  To do this cleanly, I used some post it tape about 1/4" in from the edge at the top and bottom.  Using a light hand and an ink blending tool, I swiped on a thin layer of the mousse.  It added a nice, elegant touch to the card without a lot of fuss.  I layered the patterned paper on top of a card base made of dark blue cardstock.   The exact paper I used doesn't appear to be available,  so an alternative would be to use a stencil or a tree stamp to create a similar background or you might like this digital Christmas paper set from Etsy.

Stamps used:
Card #2 (Bottom left)
Sleigh & horse
Peace

Card #3:



Starting with a piece of white cardstock (approximately 3.75" W x 4.5" H - stamped the pine branch using Memento green dye ink.  To add the silver strands of tinsel (much like the old fashioned kind I remember from my childhood) I used a Heidi Swapp Minc pen to draw in the tinsel hanging off the branches.  Once it was dry I put silver heat reactive foil (either Minc or Decofoil - don't recall which I used) on top of the card front and ran it through my Minc machine (any heat laminator you might have should accomplish the same thing).  the sentiment was stamped in Versamark, then I added silver detailed embossing powder and melted the powder with a heat tool.

I layered the white cardstock on top of plaid patterned paper, then attached this to an ivory card base. If I had been paying closer attention at the time, I would have used the ivory as the top layer too. In the end it still looked ok.  The "embellishment" is some silver metallic pipe cleaner that I bent to form a frame (took about 1-1/2 pieces to do this).  I adhered the pipe cleaner with low temp hot glue because it seemed like the best way to make sure it stayed in place.  I finished it off by adding 4 die cut snowflakes (cut out of an holographic silver cardstock to decorate each corner of the frame.

Stamps used on card #3
Pine Branch
Tinsel Cheer


4 comments:

  1. Love all of your cards! Such creativity! That tinsel on the branch is great! The ornaments look beautiful on the branch. What an elegant card with the sleigh and saying. Love them ALL!
    Vicky Briggs

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  2. These are all great cards Teresa, I esp. like the ornament card, very pretty.

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    1. Teresa - I greatly appreciate your kind comment!

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