I’ve been busy on some projects that aren’t ready to share yet. So, I thought I’d do a throw-back Thursday post, sharing an easy holiday card that I created last year. Actually, I created & shared 2
versions using the one main image stamp. This was for a Scrap ‘N Stamp blog hop last year. Two versions makes it even easier to create easy holiday cards, when you don’t want to send out identical ones to everyone on your list.
CATHEDRAL OF TREES
The main image stamp is from Hero Arts, called Cathedral of Trees. This stamp was in their holiday release of 2019. Remember last year? Yeah, good times…. Anyway, for this first card, I created the background first, and then stamped the image.
Here’s a designer tip for you – to create this blended background, start with a light blue cardstock base. That way, you have a bit less ink blending to do! Start by blending your darkest colour around the edges of the panel. Next, add your darkest purple, then medium blue, light purple, and finally lightest blue in the middle. The colours I chose are Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet and Broken China Distress Oxides. Next, with a damp water brush, flick water onto the panel. Let the water sit for a few seconds, then blot up the excess with a paper towel. The water lifts the ink, giving you an easy ‘starry’ look to the sky.
Now set up the ink blended panel in your MISTI, or other stamp platform. Line up the Cathedral of Trees stamp, and ink with Nocturne ink. Stamp firmly onto the panel, repeating the ink & stamping if necessary for a solid image. Now, clean off the stamp, and ink it again, this time in Versamark ink. Stamp on top of the first image. Now remove the stamped panel, cover it with clear embossing powder, and set with a heat tool. For the sentiment, use the Concord & 9TH Mistletoe Messages stamp. Stamp with Versamark ink, and then cover it with white embossing powder. Set the sentiment with a heat tool. Finally, layer the card front onto a blue card base.
I won’t go through all of the steps for the second design; it’s pretty self-explanatory.
I repeated the steps in creating the background, but stamped the trees in Versamark, and then embossed in silver. Instead of flicking water on the background, use a white gel pen to create the stars/snowflakes, and a little shooting star. If you’d like to see the original post for these cards, CLICK HERE.
HOW MANY HOLIDAY CARDS TO YOU CREATE?
Do you create and send a lot of cards for the holidays? I probably send between 20-30 cards, and I always like to have at least 3 different designs. So I’d better get started soon, right? I hope that this throw-back Thursday has given you some creative ideas for your holiday card making. Supplies for making these designs are listed below.
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