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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 Cards 2014 – Day 4

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Hi All,

Welcome to Day 4!

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Today’s card was entirely handmade/painted. I’ve seen many cards created in a similar fashion using holiday stamps, however, I don’t own any big wreath stamp sets. Instead, I used Tim Holtz distress markers which react with water to create a watercolor type feel. I love the control you get from using a blending ink rather than actual paint.

For ideas on how this was created, stay tuned for tomorrow’s post. It uses the same concept, but I have a different image to share! 😉

See you next time and have a great weekend!

Distress Ink & Paper Piecing Bridal Card

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Hi all,

Welcome back! I hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of summer.

For today’s card I wanted to try using an alphabet stamp set to create my sentiment. I’m one that almost always chooses to use a sentiment that’s ready to go. I don’t mess around with my stamps by splitting them apart, I like things already assembled and ready to go for me. So as you may guess, this card in particular took quite some time to conceptualize. However, once I had an idea of what I wanted, it came together pretty quickly. I knew I wanted to use the scooter element in a whimsical way, and the rest of the card just fell into place immediately after I had the element figured out.

Here’s the how-to on the card:

Here’s a look at the finished card.

HereComesTheBride

Supplies

Cardstock: Neenah Desert Storm & Cosmo Cricket – Sweet Disposition Collection

Die-Cuts: Cosmo Cricket – Sweet Disposition collection

Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo

Watercolor Paper: Ranger Watercolor

Stamps: American Crafts Ginger

Stamp Ink: Versafine Onyx Black