Monthly Archives: December 2016
Technique Junkies Christmas Cards
We are coming into the home stretch of the Holiday season and I hope you all are taking some time to get a little holiday crafting in before the season passes. As a tip to be prepared for next year, why don’t you make a few extra cards this December then store them away in preparation for next year!
My first card today uses one of my absolute favorite holiday stamps called “Christmas Dove”. I created a shaker card after I white heat embossed the dove and colored it with Distressed Stains. For more great ideas using Distress Stains check out the techniques on “Artistic Effects CD”. The sentiment I used is from “Christmas Ornaments Set of 9″, which is so versatile and can be used as either a holiday or a thank you card.
My second card features “Oh Holy Night”, which I silver heat embossed and stamped over a watercolor background. This is perfect for mass production.
I want to wish each and every one of you the most wonderful holiday season. We’ve got some exciting new stamps to feature for you on January 1st so we’ll see you then when the design teams returns for our first Blog Hop of 2017!
Until next year,
Cards in Envy Challenge: Celebrate the Season
Happy Monday! It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge. This week our theme is “Celebrate The Season.”
As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope, which is 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple. You have until January 1st to enter.
For today’s card I used Tim Holtz “Stamptember” Holiday Poinsettia stencil. This came in combination with a beautiful stamp set called “Holiday”, which can’t be found in the set, but can be purchased separately at Simon Says Stamp. I began by applying Picket Fence Distress Ink through the stencil, then shifted the stencil down and applied Festive Berries Distress Ink. I was inspired by Jana Millen who featured this stamp in September when it was released. I also added a few sequins and placed Stickles in the middle of each for extra bling.
I wish each and every one of you a special holiday season in whatever way your family celebrates. We hope you’ll join us at Cards in Envy for our “Celebrate the Season” Challenge!
Christmas Cards Part II
Thought I’d share a few more of the Christmas cards that I’ve made recently. All use the Hero Arts Layering Tree and Impression Obsession tree dies. I stamped them with Alte New inks, then added a layer of versamark for the final white embossed snow. I then tipped the trees in glitter after I distressed them a bit. Those gorgeous stars are My Favorite Things dies cut from glitter paper.
Hope you all are getting ready for the holidays as we don’t have much time left. Stay warm – it’s darn cold out there at least here in Virginia!
Thought I’d share a few of the Christmas cards that I’ve made recently. This year completely got away from me and I while I normally make 40 or 50 cards per season, I’ve only been able to get to a handful.
For the first two I used My Favorite Things BB Santa’s Elves to create holiday scenes. The final two cards are from the Tim Holtz’s Stampember “Holiday” set using the technique Jennifer McQuire teaches using her fingers with Distress Ink.
Technique Junkies – 30 Days of Christmas, Day 23
The Crafty Nurse here celebrating Day 23 of the 30 Days Of Christmas. Pat is generously offering 25% off all holiday stamps over at the Technique Junkies store.
I’ve featured a favorite TJ stamp, “Father Christmas” which I colored with Distress Markers. The background has another great holiday stamp, called Snowflakes, which I heat embossed in white and used the Stained Resist Tutorial from the Artistic Effects CD. I finished off with some Distress Mica Spray for some glitz.
We would love for you to follow the Design Team Blog for more Christmas ideas using the Technique Junkies stamps. There are only a few days left so we hope you’ve enjoyed the cards and found inspiration for your holiday card making.
By for now,
The Crafty Nurse
Cards in Envy Challenge: Wouldn’t That Be Sweet
Happy Monday! It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge . This week our theme is “Wouldn’t That Be Sweet.” Some examples would be candy, cookies, cupcakes or maybe a sweet teddy bear, animal, or even a child.
As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple.
For today’s card I used My Favorite Things “Twice The Wishes” card kit from July 2016. It’s sold out but the die and paper can be purchased separately. This layered cake has a cool slider die that I elected not to use, but is really fun. I thought the Gnome also from MFT would sit perfectly on top of this cake. I colored him with Copics in BG45, BG23, & BG11 and skin tones in E50, E51, E11 & R20. I finished off the card using some wink of stella and yellow Pico Embellisher Irresistibles.
What sweet treat will you show us when you enter in our challenge over at Cards in Envy? You have until December 18th to enter.
Ellen Hutson 12 Tags With A Feminine Twist 2016 & Mixed Media Monthly
It’s that time again over at the Ellen Hutson Classroom for the 12 Tags with a Feminine Twist. If you want to double down, you can combine this with the “Mix-it-up” challenge also featured in the classroom. The Mix-it-up” challenge features Art Impressions so I have used a holiday set I picked up at Michael’s last year but doesn’t appear to have a specific name on the package.
I’m also entering this tag into the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge “Merry & Bright”.
For the Ellen Hutson portion of the “Mix-it-up” Challenge I used the “Merry & Bright” die but only used the “&” and a … which is part of the letter “i” to imply Madge may have something else in mind! The other component of the Mix-It-Up up challenges is to use Red, Teal and Green.
For my mediums, I colored her with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and instead of a waterbrush to move the paint, I used a Wink of Stella pen. Perfect for the holidays. The background tag is covered with Distress Paint in Evergreen Bought & Peacock Feathers then stamped with Hero Arts Silver using the Hero Arts Snowflake background. I then foiled around the edges, a technique on Day 3 over at the Ellen Hutson Blog.
I’m sure many of you have noticed that I’m not posting much these days. I’ve removed myself from all but two of the many design teams that I was working on but do plan on sharing intermittently as I find time to create.
Ellen Hutson: Pin-Site Challenge; Art Impressions
Ellen Hutson: 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 – Used Foil
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge “Merry & Bright”