Happy New Year! I hope you all had a nice Christmas. Let’s hope we are in for a better year. It’s got to be better so on we go.
I am having a little trouble getting back into my crafty life for some reason. At least I am getting some stuff done around the house such as getting rid of things. Much more of that needs to happen.
I finally got a TH project done which I finished over a month ago. Such fun! Here are several photos of my snowman glass display dome decor. Some with the dome on and some with it off.
Luckily I wrote up what I did to post in the Tim Holtz group. It saved me time trying to remember everything.
I painted the snowman with Distress Paint.
The deer is painted with Distress Paint and alcohol ink.
The tree is sprayed with Distress Spray Stain and decorated with Tim Holtz small bells and glitter.
The “ground” has texture paste and I used the Glitter Duster to add some glitter to it. I also tapped the deer and snowman with a glue pen and used the Glitter Duster for that too to look like a bit of snow.
There is mica in the scene also.
All of the bells have Gilded Alloy Alcohol Ink on them.
The pieces under the bells on the ribbon in the first photo are cut up boughs from the Tim Holtz Pine Branch die cuts.
On the back side I added a couple die cuts to cover the ribbon seam.
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Display Dome
Tim Holtz Salvaged Snowman
Tim Holtz Decorative Deer
Tim Holtz Woodland Tree Lot
Tim Holtz Tiny Bells
Tim Holtz Pine Branch die set
Tim Holtz Mica Flakes
Tim Holtz Texture Paste
Tim Holtz Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter
Tim Holtz Distress Paint
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain – Rustic Wilderness
Here’s a little Christmas card I created. I have a large stash of Christmas cards so I don’t need much more for this year. So the ones I have been creating are more for fun than oh no I need more Christmas cards. I like it that way.
First off I used the Hero Arts Snowflake Confetti die to cut out the background. I then backed that with some pretty dark blue paper. I sprayed over that with some shimmer spray.
I die cut the two smaller paper layering snowflakes and sprayed them with shimmer spray too. Then I glued on the snowflakes carefully so I could pop all the pieces.
I die cut a banner and heat embossed with silver for the sentiment.
You see that little white snowflake? That is two of the snowflakes from the panel die cutting (confetti). Unfortunately something got on the front of the card and that covers it up.
Howdy and here we are rolling along in a new year! I am playing catch up. Here is what I think is the last of holiday cards I made in 2018.
This one was a fairly quick card. I glued down some silver glitter paper on a white card only far down enough to be behind the greeting. The greeting is cut out using a Hero Arts die Cut-Out Holidays which you can get at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. I glued the blue panel down and then used some peel off sticker snowflakes someone gave me.
Here is another fairly simple card. I die cut a bunch of snowflakes and put them on the card.I used two different snowflake die sets for this card, Penny Black A Blizzard and Tattered Lace Snowflakes. I then die cut the greeting out of blue glitter paper and glued that on. Done! There is a bit of a challenge getting the die cuts apart when using the glitter paper. I need to get a metal shim. I really like the white and blue and on the above card the silver and blue.
Howdy and happy holidays! Well they are kind of past now but I hope yours were nice. Mine were! As you can see I am catching up on posting some cards I made for Christmas.
When I got out the card above I decided it needed something done to it so I changed it a bit. Here is the altered version.
These are quick cards to make. This die set is called Bo Bunny Christmas Card Die. I don’t need to explain much here. I made the all white die cuts card first. I like red, white and kraft together so I made that next. I am not sure I love the white snowflakes over the red ones. Maybe I should have just had the unattached snowflakes be white. Anyway you just die cut everything and glue it down. Done!
I started my card by sizing and printing out two coffee cups from the Hero Arts digital set Caffeine Fix in the a2z Scrapbooking store. I colored them with Copics and a Gelly Roll metallic pen and cut them out. I really like that gold pen. The coffee has to be two different types, one with cream how I drink my coffee and one black.
The background is stamped with white pigment ink on kraft.
The snowflakes were die cut, sprayed and then colored over with the gold pen. You know sometimes it takes doing a few things to have it look right.
The sentiment was die cut also with the same steps as the snowflakes and one additional step of coloring around the edges with a red Copic pen. The reason the red came about is when I sprayed the pieces in my spray box some red paint from a previous spray soaked thru the gold a little and it looked pretty nice. I covered that on top of the letters but thought I would go around the edges with the red pen.
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Howdy! It is time to get some Christmas cards done. For my card today I used the Hero Arts Home for the Holidays stamp and die sets. There are so many cute things to make up a scene.
To create this little scene I started by doing some ink blending with Distress inks on an oval, that I cut out, using two different colors of blue. I cut a hill using a die and glued that over the ink blended oval. There is a little bit of glitter along the top of hill which might be kind of hard to see.
For the houses I stamped them and colored them using Copic pens. For all of the snow I used a Quickie glue pen and then sprinkled on ultra fine glitter. The glue pen worked really nice to get in the small areas and cover the roof of the brown house. I stamped the smoke for the chimneys with Oxide Distress ink in gray. I really like that smoke stamp in this set.
I stamped the trees and die cut them along with the snowman. On the snowman I also used the Quickie glue pen and he got some glitter too. For his hat I colored it with a black Glaze pen. For his scarf I used a Copic pen.
The sentiment is also from the Home for the Holidays set but I did a little altering. It is actually We wish you a Merry Christmas. I like that sentiment but it was a bit to long so when I inked up the stamp I just covered the first part with paper so there wasn’t any ink on that part.
To frame it I used an oval die from the Hero Arts Nesting Oval Infinity Dies to cut an opening in a panel.
Inspired by Merry Monday challenge #291. The challenge was add candy canes, cookies, and/or sweets to your cards! I did not enter these cards but the switching things around ideas kept coming after I made the first one.
Check out Merry Monday Challenges here.
Let me know which you like best, which one second, which leaves third place for the other…
For the backgrounds on the right and left I stamped those using Hero Arts stamp Cling Dots (CG139). The middle card background is from a paper pad.
The frame die cut is Simon Says Stamp Holiday Frames (SSSD111393). As you can probably see I backed the word Christmas with red paper on two cards. On the third I glued the cut out letters back into the frame.
The gingerbread man is from the set Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprint 3. I stamped with Versamark and used white embossing powder and heat embossed. Two guys I left as it stamps and one guy I cut out.
The candy canes are from the same Tim Holtz set. One I stamped with Hero Arts Royal Red ink and cut it out. The other two I heat embossed with white powder and cut them out.
For my card I had in mind to use this star from a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero set. Then I thought why don’t I use something other than the traditional colors. I did a search on the internet and decided on a color scheme. I used several of the colors but not all.
I started out with a few different things and as we all do at times you make several different pieces until they all work together. It is kind of different from my norm but you have to try different things occasionally. I have a white panel with the background pattern stamped in Aged Mahogany Distress ink and that was too busy with the stars over it. I won’t go on about all the different pieces but I will say that if someone took apart the card there is clear embossing on the back side of the burgundy panel. I decided that the Versamark stamping of the background was the best.
The stars I heat embossed on blue paper with gold powder and the same on red paper. I hand cut those and then decided they needed a little border so I used the die to cut the stars out so they are layered which I think adds a nice touch.
For the sentiment I heat embossed using the same gold embossing powder on a white piece of paper. I then cut out the sentiment with dies.
Background – Hero Arts Snowflake Pattern Bold Print (CG723)
Stars – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero November 2017 kit, Queen’s Gold embossing powder by Ranger
I created a card for Merry Monday #286 and got it in before the last minute. Yeah! The theme this week was use your Favorite Christmas Verse. I looked around and only had simple Christmas sentiments. The first thing I thought of for this was the last line from Twas The Night Before Christmas. This always reminds me of my Mom who loved to read it out loud at Christmas more when I went home to visit after moving out.
The background – I created it by applying Distress Oxide ink to a craft mat and spraying it with water. I wet the watercolor paper also before putting it down on the ink. At the end I stamped some snowflakes, from Hero Arts set Snowflakes by Lia (CL901) using Versamark Frost ink, across the sky. They pretty much don’t show in the photo. After I took the photo I brushed some Perfect Pearls pearl powder over the snowflakes and went over it with a heat gun. If you tilt it or in the right light you can kind of see the snowflakes.
The houses and trees – I cut this with my Cameo and it is christmas house border design #52275. I was starting to think I would do a monochromatic color scheme at this point.
The santa and sleigh – I stamped with a Stampabilities stamp called Santa Sleigh Silhouette that I got at Hobby Lobby using Cobalt Archival ink. It didn’t stamp all the way so I colored in with a Copic marker.
Favorite Christmas verse – This was probably the most time consuming thing on the card. Hard to believe but true. My printer doesn’t seem to like thick cardstock. This wasn’t 110 lb. Neenah paper either. I was using the 80 lb. Neenah and every single time the ink smeared all over. I probably printed this at least 8 times trying to make it better by changing settings. I ended up using some thinner cardstock but it still has a few streaks. I had another one that I went over with Distress ink but decided I didn’t like the blue so I printed once again and smudgy once again just a little. I was running out of time so I just went with it. I ended up going over it with ink and then went over it with a Copic pen to get the “perfect” color.
I slightly update this card so that the sentiment would be easier to read.
I was playing around trying another Jennifer McGuire technique she calls Layered Oxide Stamping. So I made this background just playing around. Then I had a idea for a Merry Monday card for challenge #285 which was to use ribbon. I didn’t have the ribbon idea until the end. I also did not get it submitted but like I have said before “another Christmas card done”.
The background – I did a direct to paper layer of Oxide Distress ink in Fired Brick. I stamped on top of that with Oxide Distress ink Antique Linen using a Hero Arts background stamp Designer Woodgrain (S5208). I like the look a lot.
Then I decided I would have everything be Oxide ink.
So the tree stamp is Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tree Blueprint (649379). I stamped it with a darker green Oxide ink on top of a lighter green Oxide ink that I applied direct to paper using the ink pad. I die cut all three tree layers. Under the second layer I put foam tape and the third layer thick glue. The star is where the ribbon comes in. I was struggling with that part. At first I just tried to glue the ribbon down on the background and the ribbon wasn’t sticking very well to itself and the star shape wasn’t working out. I took the star I cut off the tree and glued the ribbon to that so it had a better shape. I would say it looks ok not great.
That cute little reindeer is from Hero Arts set Christmas Reindeer (CL540). For him I also applied Oxide ink in Antique Linen ink pad direct to paper. I then stamped the reindeer with a darker brown Oxide ink. I colored his nose and sweater with you guessed it Oxide ink using a paint brush and picking up the ink from my craft mat. I used red and two different greens. I hand cut out the reindeer. Instead of trying to cut out the antlers by hand I stamped them on the background.
The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz set mentioned above and stamped with a dark brown Oxide ink.
It was kind of hard to photograph in a way. It looks washed out but that is the look of Oxide ink.