2016 Holiday Card Series #5: Peace on Earth

Merry Christmas everyone!!  While I didn’t meet the goals I had set for myself for my 2016 Holiday Card Series, I did learn that I need to start working on my holiday cards earlier next year…


I used the stitched rectangle die from WPlus9’s Gift Card Layers die set to cut out a focal panel from Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I blended on Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot Distress Inks to create a night sky, then added flecks of white paint from my cheapie Crayola Watercolor set.  I think I flicked my brush with a little too much enthusiasm because I ended up dropping the brush onto the panel THREE TIMES!!  I tried to blot out those blobs with a dry paper towel immediately, but ultimately decided that I would need to cut the panel down to “save” it.  I let the panel air dry then used the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Oval die to cut out the most usable part of the panel.

I stamped the images from Paper Smooches’ A Blessed Christmas onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored the images with COPIC markers (individual colors used are listed below), then cut them out with the coordinating dies.

I die cut the Paper Smooches Cityscape die from
black cardstock, then used the SSS Stitched Oval die to add a curved stitched line to the bottom of the die cut.  I adhered the Cityscape die cut to the ink blended oval, then stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.

I used the WPlus9 stitched rectangle die to cut out 3 panels from grey kraft cardstock, then cut out the centers of each panel with the SSS Stitched Oval die.  I stacked the 3 frames and glued them together using Tombow Mono Multi Glue.  I adhered the stacked frames to a top-fold A2 card base made from white cardstock, then I laid the ink blended oval in the center.  Finally, I attached the angel to the card front using a combination of Tombow MMG and homemade glue dots.

Here is the accompanying tag made using Paper Smooches’ Gift Tags 2 dies:


I am submitting this card to the current SSS Flickr Challenge (Anything Goes) and SSS Work It Wednesday November 2016.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Other supplies: Recollections 65 lb Grey Kraft cardstock, COPIC Sketch Markers (Angel: 0, B00, BV00, BV02, E000, E02, Y13, Y15; Dove: 0, G07, G09, W1)


2016 Holiday Card Series #4: Good Tidings of Great Joy

When I first started making cards, I invested in the 48-count tin of Prismacolor Premier colored pencils and used them on almost every project.  Since then, I’ve slowly built up a collection of COPIC Sketch Markers and tend to reach for those first when it comes time to color an image.  I dusted off my colored pencils for the 30-Day Coloring Challenge and am so glad I did — I had forgotten how fun they were to color with!!  I decided to create a card using a non-traditional holiday color scheme:


I used the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die to cut out a focal panel from Neenah Solar White cardstock.  Using my Fiskars Stamp Press, I stamped the circled numbers border from Simon Says Stamp’s Holiday Borders onto the panel with Versamark ink and heat set it with clear embossing powder.  I then blended on Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, and Spun Sugar Distress Inks to achieve the embossed resist background.

I stamped the adorable penguin from Purple Onion Designs onto Neenah Solar White cardstock using SSS Black ink then colored him in with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils and blended with gamsol.  I then fussy cut the image leaving a small white border.

I didn’t have any matching lavender cardstock, so I created my own by blending Shaded Lilac Distress Ink onto a scrap of white cardstock.  I then used the smallest SSS Stitched Rectangles die to cut out a small rectangle to house my sentiment and ground the penguin.   I stamped the sentiment from SSS’ Peace on Earth in Versamark ink and heat set it with silver embossing powder.

I mounted the penguin and sentiment onto the focal panel with foam tape, then added a scattering of Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins.  I adhered the card front to an A2 top-fold white card base with Tombow Mono Multi Glue and my card was complete.

I am submitting this card to the current SSS Wednesday Challenge (Christmas Critters) and SSS Flickr Challenge (Take Some Time to Color).

Thanks for stopping by!!

Other supplies: Prismacolor Premier Pencils: (Penguin: PC1061, PC1063, PC1065, PC1069, PC942, PC1003; Scarf: PC1007, PC1008), Gamsol, Blending stumps, Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder

2016 Holiday Card Series #2: Merry & Bright

My order containing a set of Claritystamp stencil brushes arrived this past week from Simon Says Stamp and I couldn’t wait to try them out!  I watched a bunch of YouTube instructional videos on them, then decided to christen them along with the Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stencil I got last year but never (successfully) used on a card.  I decided to play along with the current MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge: Continue reading

2016 Holiday Card Series #1: Warm Holiday Wishes

Welcome to the first post in my 2016 Holiday Card Series!   I plan to create (at least) 12 unique holiday projects and post them on my Flickr account and blog every week until Christmas.  I’ve decided to further challenge myself these next 12 weeks to fulfill at least one of the following criteria with each project:

1. Make coordinating card and tag sets

2. Use non-traditional holiday colors

3. Utilize non-holiday stamps

When creating holiday cards, I find myself automatically gravitating towards a blue and silver or white color scheme.  In an effort to break out of my shell I decided to use a grey and purple color palette for this first holiday card.


I began by cutting my focal panel from grey cardstock using the WPlus9 A2 sized Stitched rectangle die from the Gift Card Layers die set.   I also trimmed a strip of lavender cardstock to 3/4″ x 6″ then ran it through my Big Shot with the same stitched rectangle die to add the stitching detail to the edges.

I created a custom background using the snowflakes from Avery Elle’s Noel stamp set and pigment inks.  I stamped the largest snowflake using Avery Elle Pixie ink in two of the corners of the panel, then layered the other snowflakes over and around those images using Avery Elle Sugar Plum ink and Mama Elephant Plumberry ink and Sweet Lilac ink.

While I let the pigment inks dry, I stamped one of the penguins from Avery Elle’s Penguin Greetings stamp set onto Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I colored in the penguin using COPIC Sketch Markers (individual colors are listed below) then cut out the image with the coordinating die.

I stamped one of the sentiments from Penguin Greetings onto the lavender cardstock strip using AE Sugar Plum ink, then heat set it with clear embossing powder.   I trimmed down the sentiment strip and cut one end into a banner shape.

I attached the penguin to the sentiment strip with Tombow Mono Multi glue, then adhered the sentiment strip to the focal panel with foam tape.  I wrapped some American Crafts purple twine around the top of the panel and tied the ends into a bow.  Finally, I added double sided tape to the back of the panel to secure the twine then adhered the focal panel to an A2 top-fold white card base with Tombow Mono Multi glue.


Since I had stamped and colored two penguins, I decided to make a coordinating gift tag as well.  I cut out a tag base from the same grey cardstock as my focal panel using the largest Avery Elle Gift Tags die.  I also cut out a tag base from the same lavender cardstock I used for the card sentiment strip to glue to the back of the grey cardstock tag to provide some additional support.  I stamped out the snowflakes using the same ink colors (minus the Pixie ink) but this time die cut the word “warm” from maroon cardstock and stamped the rest of the sentiment underneath it.  Finally, I looped the same purple twine through the tag opening to complete this project.  (Criteria 1 and 2…CHECK!)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Other supplies: Core’dinations 110 lb White cardstock, Play Shop Paper 110 lb Grey cardstock, Lavender cardstock, Maroon cardstock, COPIC Sketch Markers (BV00, BV02, W1, W3, V09, V17, Y17), Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, American Crafts purple twine, Meriken 7/16″ Double Stick tape