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.
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.
I was struggling to figure out what to get my hub for his birthday. It finally hit me, make a fun frame with a photo from our recent Tahoe trip.
I started out with a plain light wood frame. I used several different colors of Distress paints on the frame to create the streaky wood look. I was very happy how that came out.
The trees were die cut from water color paper that I had water colored with a couple different greens. The die is Sizzix/Tim Holtz Woodlands (660978). I ended up cutting a couple more trees out and glued them together so the trees were thicker. I also put some inks over the original watercolor. Then I was having trouble with white showing from the bottom layers of trees so I ended up spraying the trees with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. So let’s just say those trees have many layers. Note to self go around at least the edges of the paper layers underneath with some ink or spray.
The letters I had and inked them up with some Distress Oxide inks.
All the wood pieces I had and I just colored them with different inks or Copics. The bird is supposed to be a blue jay which are very common at Lake Tahoe.
The photo is of my hub and our two dogs Aspen and Lucy at Fallen Leaf Lake. The brown and black dog is Aspen and Lucy is the black and white dog.
This was a fun project and I am really happy with how it turned out.
Here is a few more photos of our dogs in Tahoe.
Merry Monday’s Challenge 224 was to create a masculine Christmas card. It is not to easy for me to create the masculine cards but I thought this blueprint sketchy tree stamp worked.
I had a lot of fun creating this since it is not quite my usual but I like the inky grungy Tim Holtz look. The green and red background papers were from a Christmas paper pad by Pink Paislee called Yuletide. I stamped the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tree Blueprint (659379) on off white paper. I also stamped the tree 2 more times and the star 1 more time. The dies that go with the set cut out sections of the tree (one cuts the top 2 sections and the other the top section only) and there is a star die. There is also a die for the whole tree which I did not use. So the tree at the top has 3 layers and the middle has 2 layers and the star has 2 layers. This is hard to see in the photo. I colored the tree, star and the ornaments with Copics. I also used a gold Wink of Stella pen and Pilot silver marker. I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink around all the edges of each layer of paper.
I made this card intending to submit it to Merry Monday Challenge #223. I had part of it made and knew what I was going to do but waited to finish on Sunday morning. Well every time I think that is going to happen I get up take my time, fix breakfast etc and forget to do it by 12 my time. So I still got a card done but it didn’t get submitted.
The theme for Merry Monday Challenge #223 was light blue, dark blue and pink. At first I thought I was going to struggle some. I really like the way my card turned out and love the color combination. If you would like to check out Merry Monday you can find their challenges here.
For the background on my card I used a Darice Snowflake embossing folder. I then sprayed the light blue paper with Perfect Pearls. The ornament is cut from patterned paper with a die from the Hero Arts set Joyful Tidings by Lia (DC167). The snowflakes are stamped with a stamp from Hero Arts set Swirl Christmas (CL469) with silver pigment ink. The sentiment was die cut from pink patterned paper with a die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix set of Christmas sentiments (660058). The bow was some silver ribbon/twine I saved to use on cards.
A slightly different version of the card above. The differences are the snowflakes are heat embossed with silver powder and a little silver bling in the middle of the snowflakes. A different sentiment with a gemstone to dot the i.
Merry Monday’s Challenge this week was to create a card that is snowy.
Merry Monday Challenge 202
I felt like doing something other than snowman for snowy so here we go with a tree. I just got the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tree Blueprint stamp die set from a store unfortunately closing which means there is nothing but box stores close now. I do shop at them but I would rather support the small mom and pop stores. Anyway..
For the background I used Memory Box stencil Tiny Snowflakes and Hero Arts white pigment ink on kraft.
The tag I had in my stash and I used a Tim Holtz Burlap stencil and sprayed it with Glimmer Mist.
The tree and sentiment is from the Blueprint set. I stamped the tree with brown Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I “painted” the tree with Distress Inks. I cut it out using the die in the set and popped it up with pop dots which is hard to see in the photo.
The sentiment I stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and cut it out with the die in the set. The sentiment is stamped with Distress Ink.