Sparkle & Shine

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Lisa here!  I hope you all are having a wonderful day celebrating with your families and friends and giving thanks for all that is good.   Tomorrow we begin the hectic season of decorating, shopping, baking and those fun Christmas parties.  In the next couple of weeks, most of us in the card making community will be addressing, stamping and mailing the Christmas cards that we’ve been working so hard on.  Are you ready?

Today I’d like to share a couple Christmas cards  I made using two new Christmas stamp sets that hit The Ton shop earlier this month.  Both of these cards are loaded with a golden sparkle and shine that I think really gives an elegant, formal feeling to a card.

 I stamped and blended the base of my first  card with the pine boughs from the Holiday Cones Coordinating Outlines stamp set and Everglade Moss, Basil Mojito and Soft Garden ink. After coloring the stems with a Mid-Brown Kuretake watercolor marker, I flicked on some watered down Gesso splatters for a snowy affect.   Next, I used stamps from the new Holiday Ornaments stamp set and embossed them using a heat tool, Ranger Gold Tinsel and Blue Tinsel embossing glitter.  These ornaments have very delicate pattern that stamps beautifully.

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For my blue ornaments you’ll notice that my Versamark pad was a little dry so the embossing glitter didn’t stick as well as I would have liked.    But the more I looked at them the more I liked the worn vintage look so I decided to use them anyway. Each ornament was adhered with dimensional tape for a little pop.

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I used a banner from the Basic Banners stamps and coordinating dies.  The sentiments from the Holiday Ornaments stamp set fit perfectly into this banner.  I swiped over the banner with some Delicata Gold pigment ink to make it sparkle.   For the finishing touches on this card I added some Gold Glitter Tape along the bottom and glued some random gold sequins from the Kiwi Smoothie Couture mix.

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For my second card I used the amazing Vintage Christmas Block stamp set created by Effie for November’s release.  This stamp set tops my favorites list for 2017.  It’s so different from any of the stamps I own.  It’s big and bold but the images are also very detailed and delicate.  Instead of stamping the sentiment and images, you are actually stamping the background.

Keeping with my gold theme, decided to go all out and do some embossing with Ranger Gold embossing powder on top of some of The Ton’s Gold Foil Paper.   I honestly didn’t know how this paper would hold up but it surprised me and turned out way better than I expected!

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I cut this foil paper about an 1 1/2″ larger than the image.  It ended up being a good thing because the heat tool did make the edges curl and I had to trim them down.  I made sure my heat tool was running hot before I used it on the embossing powder.  It embosses really fast you really have to be careful not to scorch the paper.

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The tiny, detailed images in this stamp embossed beautifully! I layered this card up first with a 3/4 strip of paper at the bottom stamped with Minor Stripes Cling Background and Deep Emerald ink.  Then I took a Valentine Red ink pad directly to the edges of a 4 x 5 1/4″ piece of white cardstock and adhered it at an angle to the card base.  I adhered the embossed foiled image to a piece of 3 3/4 x 5″ piece of cardstock and glued a piece of fun foam onto the back before attaching it to the card front.  Using the Holiday Flourishes stamp set, Valentine Red and Deep Emerald inks, I created a holiday embellishment for the bottom right hand corner.  A little Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and some gold sequins from the Kiwi Smoothie Couture Mix added just a little more sparkle to this card.

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Just a reminder:

The Ton’s November Challenge is now live! Our theme this month is HOLIDAY!  You have through November 30th to stop by and enter your holiday cards for a chance to win!  One winner will get $50 gift certificate to The Ton’s Shop!*

*Gift certificates only apply to The Ton stamps, dies, ink, gilding and embossing powder.

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Thanks so much for taking a little time to stop by today.  Now, it’s off to sleep off that turkey and pie and rest up for Black Friday, woohoo!  Have fun!

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