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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 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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Holiday Gate-Fold Card Using Embossing and Dies

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Hi All,

I’m back with another card for OCC Merry Making. For today’s card, I created a gate-fold card that was inspired by a project shared by Jennifer McGuire. She used a gorgeous detailed die to create her background image. Unfortunately, I don’t own very many background dies, so I decided to go with an embossed background instead. To create this background I used a Darice birch wood embossing folder. The folder is really narrow and measures 2.5″ wide so I had to use it twice to create this background. To give some emphasis to the embossing I used Tim Holtz distress ink in Iced Spruce to give a light shadow to the embossing.

The interactive part of the card is very simple. To open the card, you have to remove the red belly band that has a simple holiday greeting. I also stacked several layers of a reindeer head silhouette. Both the sentiment and reindeer are from a Hampton Art set.

The reindeer silhouette was attached to just one side of the folded card so that it opens up to reveal the sentiment, but also closes the card nicely.

I added the coordinating sentiment to the interior of the card and then die-cut it to give it a bit of a border.

To finish off the entire card I added a tiny red gem to the silhouette of the reindeer.

Hope you enjoyed reading about the process of creating this card. I’ll be back tomorrow with my last and final project for OCC Merry Making.

Christmas Giftcard Holders

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Hi All,

Today’s post may not be entirely new to some of my readers (I posted a picture of a box of these on my facebook page earlier this fall). These lil’ pockets will hold the average size giftcard and has a flap that folds over to keep contents in. I think they are pretty darling and look totally vintage.

I will be selling these in variety packs at an upcoming craft fair and will have them up on etsy for any who are interested in having an elegant addition to their holiday gifts.

Christmas Gift Card Holders