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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 Non-Traditional Stamps

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Hi All,

Welcome back! Today I’d like to share a card I made for OCC Merry Making. This card was inspired by a card demonstration in the class that used non-traditional images to create a holiday card. The demonstration used some non-traditional colors as the card base and I wanted to give that a try as well.

For this card, I used images from 3 different stamps sets. The gold floral embossed image is from Inkadinkado Flowers stamp set. The background tone-on-tone images are from Altenew Vintage Roses and the sentiment is from Little Yellow Bicycle Faith (CSS-104).

I love adding extra embellishments with white gel pen and typically do so by just creating lines or faux stitching. This time I took a note to try some scattered dots similar to the card demo as well. I think using the white is a simple and easy way to bring in some nice contrast.

Here’s a closer look.

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

Holiday Card Featuring Stamped Background

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Hi All,

I’m back to share another card featuring a technique from Merry Making. It’s is a very simple technique that is simple to do, but it is more focusing on the overall aesthetic than the technique.

The technique shared featured a layered stamp image that crosses over solid white score lines.

I wanted to give this a try, but I put a bit of a twist on mine. I went with an outline stamp from Concord & 9th and colored it in with my pencils.

I used several different hues to achieve this look. I also made sure to keep my strokes in the same direction so that you could see the veins of each petal.

Here’s a closer look.

Yesterday's #whatsonmydesk for #occmerrymaking was some Christmas florals using pencils and score lines. 🖌

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To finish off the card I added another layer of cardstock trimmed at the opposite angle and a simple holiday sentiment.