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Holiday Cards – Day 6

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Hi All,

I’m back with another holiday card to share with you. Today’s holiday card was rather simple to make but did take quite a bit of time in terms of coloring. I wanted to spend some time practicing my blending technique with colored pencil and decided to use that as my main medium today.

After coloring the entire image, I used a white pencil to go around the entire outline of the image. I think that really finishes off the coloring and makes the image pop off the page. I also love the look of colored pencil on kraft paper. It looks much more refined this way than simply having it on white.

To finish off the card I used a vellum strip with a holiday sentiment. I wanted to use vellum so that I wouldn’t have to really cover up any of my images. I love the way it still peeks through the sentiment and can be seen.

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

Here’s another look at the finished card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again real soon with another holiday card!

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.