2017 Holiday Card Series #6: Merry Christmas

I picked up the Hero Arts Leaf and Berries stencil at the end of last year during my local craft store’s Christmas clearance sale.  I knew right away I wanted to use the stencil with sponge daubers to create my own background, but waited until this Christmas season to put that plan into motion.  I think it was worth the wait…IMG_4253

I cut out a focal panel from kraft cardstock using the largest WPlus9 Gift Card Layers die.  I then secured the panel to my work surface and taped the stencil on top.  I used Post-it tape to mask off the leaves and sponged Avery Elle Cherry pigment ink over the berries.  Next, I masked off the berries and used Avery Elle Lemon Grass and Celery pigment inks to add color to the leaves.

I let the inked panel air dry, then used my MISTI (and my trusty Simon Says Stamp MISTI Grid Transparency) to help me place my sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink then heat set it with my newly acquired WOW! Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder.  The background really seemed to overpower the sentiment — I see now it was a mistake to sponge on at least 3 layers of ink through the stencil! — so I stamped the sentiment a second time (thank goodness for the MISTI!) and heat embossed it again.  This resulted in a bolder, smoother sentiment that stood out a bit more.  Finally, I adhered the panel to a top-fold A2 kraft card base to complete this project.

I am submitting this card to the current A Blog Named Hero Challenge (Winter Holiday)and Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge 87 (Something New).

Thanks for stopping by!!


Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Merry Christmas

Dies: WPlus9 Gift Card Layers

Stencil: Hero Arts Leaf and Berries

Paper: Bazzill Kraft cardstock

Ink: Avery Elle Celery ink, Avery Elle Cherry ink, Avery Elle Lemongrass ink, Versamark ink

Adhesive: Tombow Mono Multi Glue

Misc: MISTI, Simon Says Stamp MISTI Grid Transparency, Sponge daubers, Post-it tape, WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Super Fine embossing powder, EK Success embossing powder tool


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