Friday, September 23, 2016

Happiest of Holidays Card

Hi all!
I'm here today sharing another easy Christmas card using the new Stampers Anonymous stamp sets Doodle Greeting #1 and Stripes and Holiday Type. 

I have cut a piece of Distress Watercolor cardstock to work on.  I love the Distress Watercolor cardstock because it is so thick.  I takes repeated wet mediums and yet yet maintains its rigidity.  Perfect for this technique.
1. Use Archival Ink to stamp the image onto the card front.
2. Create a palette on the Craft Sheet of Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Pine Needles.  Add spritz of water from the Distress Sprayer and pick up the ink using a Detailer Water Brush.  Color in the image and let dry.
3. Cut a piece of tracing paper (I like it because it is so thin) in a circle to completely cover the stamped image.
4. Add removable tape to the back to keep in position.
5. Stamp over card front with Holiday Type in Red Geranium Archival Ink.

6.  Peel off the mask paper.
7.  Cut card to size and lightly ink the edges with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs.
8.  Mount on red cardstock.
9. Add Alcohol Ink Meadow to a Mirrored Star and adhere to card front with Glossy Accents.
10.  Wrap idea-ology Trimmings metallic ribbon around card front and tie a bow.
NOTE: I also used the Holiday Type stamp to add a bit of detail on the inside of the card.
This is one of my favorite cards I've made lately.  I  love these two stamp sets...perfect for all kinds of holiday cards and tags!
Now carry on,

Thursday, September 15, 2016

May Your Days Be Merry and Bright Card

Hi Everyone!
I created a few cards for the Tim Holtz Facebook Live event last week.  I thought I could share the cards here to give you a better view and show you how I did it.  My number one rule about making Christmas cards is that they need to be easy so I can make multiples.  This card is just that...easy! It also uses Ranger products you probably already have in your stash.  I am using two of my favorite new stamp sets from the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Christmas release, Doodle Greetings #1 and Stripes and Holiday Type.
I cut the largest size of the Stitched Ovals using Distress Watercolor Cardstock.  Then stamped the image using Distress Embossing Ink and heat embossed it (I never tire of seeing the dust turn to shiny gold!).
Once the embossing was cool, I made mixed water and Fired Brick Distress Ink on my craft sheet.  Using the broad Water Brush, I create a wash of color over the Watercolor paper.
Once the wash is completely dry, you can start the inking process.
Start with Festive Berries and ink all around the oval but not quite to the center.
Change to Candied Apple and go back around the oval enhancing the color.
Use a Mowed Lawn Distress Marker to color in the leaves.
It looked good just embossed on white, then it looked good with the light wash, but it looks great with the bright red ink!
Next the background...
I stamped TWO pieces of Mixed Media Cardstock with the Stripes stamp.  The reason I needed to stamp it twice was that my card front needed to be wider than the stamp image (to accommodate the Stitched Oval).
I cut right along one of the thick lines, then joined the two pieces with tape.  The card on the left is my card front that has been pieced. 
Can you tell where? I bent it just slightly so you can see the joining of the two pieces.  It's on the third wide stripe from the right side of the card front.
Here is the back
I mounted the card front onto another piece of Mixed Media Cardstock and then onto a Forest colored card.  Seriously, you would never know I pieced that front...
I also need some Crinkle ribbon for the front.  I stained it with a combination of Pine Needles and Mowed Lawn.
Once I put the card together, I sliced a small hole  in the fold of the card to accommodate the Crinkle Ribbon.

I used foam tape to raise up the Stitched Oval so the Crinkle Ribbon will be able to run underneath to the bow.
And there you go.
An easy, doable Christmas card that could easily be repeated for multiples.
If you missed the Live Facebook event and you want to see the rest of the samples everyone made, just follow the link at the top of this post to Tim's Facebook page.  You will have to scroll down a bit but the video will be there.
I'll be back in a few days with another of my cards!
Now carry on,