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.
Here is my take on the theme. This time I made this on Sunday morning and got it posted without skidding in at the last moment. Yeah me!
All the papers except the base card are from a Pink Paislee Christmas paper pad called Yuletide.
The ornament is cut with a die from Hero Arts – Joyful Tidings Tag Set by Lia (DI167). The circle I cut out to back the ornament is a die from Spellbinders (S4-114). That white circle actually has a bit of a pattern on it which is probably impossible to see in the photo.
The sentiment is from the same tag set by Hero Arts. It is heat embossed with Hero Arts white powder. A little oops on the embossing…. I made an ornament and backing circle and was doing the heat embossing when I realized I forgot to powder first. The first round the powder got all over. So I wiped it off and started over. The re-stamping was close but the embossing didn’t look that great. So I cut out another ornament and circle. And what do I do with the heat embossing process again? Ha no powder. So it is a bit messy because the stamping left a bit of extra Versamark in a place it shouldn’t be and the powder flies around as we all know. I wasn’t going to try the re-stamp thing again so it is what it is.
I am excited that I finally got one in without the stress of the last minute! Their theme this week at Merry Monday #267 is an inspiration photo with blue, green, silver/white/vellum. A great combination.
So for my card obviously the background is silver glitter paper (not made by me). The white panel is a die cut which is also obvious. The die set that I used to cut all of the snowflakes is brand new to me. I was wanting some pretty snowflakes and my local paper crafting store was having a good sale so I was happy to buy from them and find something I had on my list. I made the glitter paper by using the double sticky sheets and some fine glitter. Possibly I should have added a little more glitter because those snowflakes were sticking in the dies and challenging to get out. I know the detailed dies do that but they were also a little sticky. I did use some was paper on a second round which helped some. I then colored the snowflakes with Copics. The vellum strip has a pearl finish to it which I think went nice with the card and made it a little less transparent. I cut the sentiment out with dies from that same glitter paper.
If you are interested see the crazy colors of this card in the photos below because of different lighting and such. I was taking the photos late at night with different lamps and the camera flash. I finally used my ott lamp and I think that is the one that came out ok. On top of it all, glittery and shiny is just hard to photograph. I like to use natural light coming in the window in a specific place in my house and very occasionally outside.
Silver Glitter Paper – DCWV paper pad
White Panel – MFT Pierced Rectangles Stax (MFT-349)
Snowflakes – Penny Black a blizzard (51-268)
Sentiment – Tim Holtz/Sizzix die set 660058
Glitter – Elizabeth Craft Designs Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter
I got another one just barely done for Merry Monday. Challenge #264 was to use kraft and red with only just a bit of neutral colors. I love this combination and I wish I would have made a couple different ones but one is better than none.
So here we are with a fairly simple card. Red patterned paper in the background. I decided to be different and die cut kraft snowflakes. I used snowflake dies by Tattered Lace (D111). You can’t really see it in the photo but I used a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to give them just a little sparkle. The greeting also has Spectrum Noir on it. The greeting is die cut using a Sizzix Tim Holtz set Holiday Words (660058). As usual I was putting this together at the last minute. Literally I posted it at the last minute. The greeting is not actually stuck down because the Spectrum Noir pen was dumping lot’s of liquid so I could not get the backing paper off the back or I would have messed up my die cuts. As I was writing this up I realized there is no stamping on this card which is unusual for me.
Another similar card with kraft snowflakes and a slightly different look.
That kraft background – I used a Memory Box stencil Winter Tiny Snowflakes and some white ink.
The red panel is a patterned paper which is hard to see in this photo.
The sentiment – Hero Arts set Color Layering Dimensional Bird (CL906) and white ink.
Kraft snowflakes – Same die as above.
These were fun to create and the fun started with the Merry Monday Challenge. This challenge was last weeks challenge of include gifts on your card. I created the first card for that challenge and decided I wanted to make another another one. I don’t do well with mass producing so even the second card has small differences. Can you spot them?
The background – I used the Memory Box Snow Flurry stamp and used the Distress ink Picket Fence or possibly Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink.
The hill I cut from glitter paper using a die from Simon Says Stamp called Stitched Slopes and Hills (SSSD111400).
The raccoon, hat and presents are from a Lawn Fawn set called Holiday Party Animal. I colored them with Copics, a Pen-touch silver pen, a white glaze pen. I have the dies for these but I hand cut them.
The tree and the sentiment are from Hero Arts Swirl Christmas set (CL469). I used the Distress ink Picket Fence or possibly Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink to stamp the tree. I colored over the trunk with a brown marker and then hand cut the tree. The sentiment is embossed with white on the first card, silver on the second card.
Finally getting one in for Merry Monday. The theme this week is clean and simple. Not so easy for me.
Background – Gold Delicata pigment ink & Hero Arts stencil Long Leaves (SA062).
Poinsettia and Leaves – Memory Box die Blooming Poinsettia & Metallic Rub-On accent. Tiny ball things by Recollections for center of flower.
Sentiment – Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880) embossed with PSX gold powder. I actually meant to use a different one.
I decided to make another one but I did not submit this card because it is to similar to my other card.
Background – Gold Delicata pigment ink & The Crafters Workshop stencil Mini Capricious.
Poinsettia and Leaves – I used more of a burgundy paper for this one. I like the red on the other card better. Memory Box die Blooming Poinsettia & Metallic Rub-On accent. Tiny ball things by Recollections for center of flower.
Sentiment – Hero Arts set Peace & Joy (CL880) embossed with PSX gold embossing powder which is not what I meant to use. Oh well.
The inspiration from Merry Monday #232Kind of a different card but fun to make. You can’t really see but I stamped a plaid pattern with Versamark on the red background. I did not enter this to their challenge but I like playing along whether I make the challenge or not. I appreciate that they do this all year long. The coffee cup was from a set by Avocado Arts called Perfect Blend. I heat embossed the cup and colored the coffee with Copics. The two gingerbread people are from Tim Holtz set Cling Christmas 3. The sentiment is from a set by Art Impressions called Holly Jolly Set. The mat is cut with a Spellbinders die called Labels Seventeen (S5-025). I decorated them differently to have one be a boy and one a girl. I used some bling and enamel accents.
I was inspired to make this card from challenge #214 on Merry Monday located here. I didn’t quite make it for the challenge since I was getting ready to go out of town and got sidetracked by other things. The challenge was to create a card using something warm.
The background paper and the red strip are from my stash.
The pattern on the coffee cup was created by stamping a few flowers from Hero Arts set Holiday Petals & Leaves (CL787) and embossing with gold and red powder. The steam was stamped with an Avocado Arts stamp from the Perfect Blend set. The cup was a stamp from The Ton set Tea Party but that is coffee in that cup.
The sentiment is from an Art Impressions set called Holly Jolly (4667) and embossed in gold.
I spattered some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in gold on the green paper around the coffee cup.
The first card. I used several snowflakes and stars from Hero Arts stamp sets (CL803, CL469, CL622, CL540, CL880). I heat embossed the snowflakes with white powder and the stars with silver powder. I glued down a piece of white ribbon over the back ground. I stamped the sentiment on a Heidi Swapp die cut and heat embossed it with silver powder. The sentiment is a Hampton Art stamp from many years back called Merry Christmas Circle.
The second card. I had red snowflakes on my mind when I started working on this challenge. So I kind of reversed the design. I thought I would stamp the background with a little less. These snowflakes are heat embossed with red powder. No stars this time. Instead of ribbon I remembered my silver washi tape. It is good to use it since I don’t very often. For the sentiment I cut the shape with Spellbinders die Blossom Two. It is also heat embossed with silver powder.
I really liked the theme for this week so I decided to make another card. For the background I used an Impression Obsession stamp called Wooden Plank. The ornament was cut out with a Hero Arts die from the Joyful Tidings set (DC167). I really like the ornaments Hero Arts has and I need to get some more of them. They have some that are for other sentiments and times other than Christmas. I stamped the greeting from Hero Arts set Season’s Greetings (CG223) with a “kraft” colored pigment ink and embossed with clear powder. The hanger and bow are upcycled ribbon from a pack of glow sticks.