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Holiday Cards – Day 3

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Hi All,

I’m back with another clean and simple holiday card. I used some extra fine clear embossing powder with a simple sentiment to heat emboss a tone-on-tone look. I also choose to use some woodgrain embossed cardstock as a card base, I love the overall vintage feel of this card.

Here’s a look at how it all came together.

 

Holiday Cards – Day 2

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Hi All,

I’m back with another day of holiday-themed cards. I wanted to continue using up some of my 6×6 paper stacks and decided to go with one of my all-time favorite ways of adding a sentiment to cards. I used some rub-on appliques from Little Yellow Bicycle. I love the opaque results an applique can give to a card and it is a no-mess solution as well. I like to cut up an applique sheet and separate the images so that I don’t transfer any images I don’t want accidentally. There are many tools out there that are designed to help get the image on, but honestly, a simple craft stick will work just as well.

To finish off the card I made a faux stitched white line using a gel pen. I think this is a great way to create some beautiful cards for the holidays with minimal supplies needed.

Here’s a quick video on how it all came together.

Here’s a closer look at the finished cards.

With the extra bit of paper trimmed from the background, I created an additional card. I used the same stitched line around the edge and added a simple sentiment from the paper stack.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again real soon for another project.

Holiday Cards – Day 1

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Hi All,

Welcome back! As you may have known, I’ve been on quite the holiday card kick. I spent the last few posts working on cards for Merry Making for Online Card Classes. Now, I am onto a new series! I’m excited to say for the first year, I will be creating 25 posts (that’s 3 posts a week) that will lead us all the way up to Christmas 2017! Each week I will be posting up new projects every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

For this card, I wanted to focus on the very simple concept of background inking. I have a plethora of 6×6 Christmas cardstock and decided to flip through them all and pull out a bunch of sheet music themed papers. As you will see in the video below, I ended up with quite a stack.

The papers are from the following collections:

Old World Winter – The Paper Studio
HS01073 – Heidi Swapp
Noel – American Crafts (I pulled these patterns in the video, but didn’t end up using them)

I used a single cube of Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to ink the sheets so that they coordinated better. To finish off the card I added some red bakers twine and some simple American Crafts embellishments.

This set coordinates well with a kraft envelope and can be gifted as a set, or sent out individually.

Here’s a video on how it was all created.

Here’s a closer look at the finished cards.

Holiday Card Using Gouache

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Hi All,

I’m back with my final project that I made for Merry Making. The lesson included some absolutely stunning painted cards using gouache. I was fortunate to be gifted a set last Christmas, but I have not had the best results with them. I think this lesson really brought up some great tips and tricks to using gouache. I think one major problem I had in previous attempts was that I treated the paints more like watercolor. Although it’s just fine to do that, it doesn’t produce great opaque results. So this time around I used minimal water. Also, since gouache dries opaque, when painting it is easier to cover up mistakes and add layers of color.

I have yet to master this, but I think as far as achieving opaque results, I am slowly on that track.

Here’s a closer look at the wreath-like card I made.

To finish off the card I used a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and added some gold embossed edging to the layer of the card.

Thanks for checking out all my projects this past week for OCC Merry Making. I’ll be back real soon with more holiday projects!

Last one for #occmerrymaking @onlinecardclasses 🙂 Tried using some gouache and free hand simple stroke painting.

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