Merry Christmas to You from Us

Hello It’s LauraJane!

I have two cards to share with you today using the Poinsettia Garden Cling Background.

One is inked directly to the white CS and the other Embossed with White EP then colored with Distress Inks and Ziggys. I’m continually amazed with the versatility of this stamp background!

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To You From Us card:

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Merry Christmas card:

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  • Repeated the first steps from the first card …used the 4 masks and placed them at a diagonal on white CS. Taped them down around the edges to hold in place.
  • Placing the stamp  Poinsettia Garden Cling Background in my MISTI: inked with Versamark, then embossed with WOW white EP.
  • Removed the diagonal masks
  • inked over the embossed areas with Twisted Citron being careful to allow a bit of feathering into the white space of the diagonal stripes.
  • Added shadowing details with Ziggys..Blue Haze, and Blush
  • Trimmed with largest Double Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Cut Merry Christmas from Colored CS and adhered to finished panel
  • Embellished with Mint Frosting Couture Mix

I think with this type of masking, the Poinsettia Garden Cling Background might be used throughout the year for all occasion cards.

Hope you have a Super day!

Hugs,

LauraJane:)

 

Mistletoe Kisses

Hi peeps. Vera here today for hump day take over on The Ton blog. Only 4 more days till Christmas! Hah…. I haven’t even get my presents wrapped. And…. yep, still need to clean my house, too, to get it ready for Christmas dinner.

Anyhoo…. house cleaning can wait, right? When there’s card making to be done, we need to get the priority right. Hah! 😉 Just kidding. I am just procrastinating at starting the cleaning chore.

Instead, I played and made this fun card.

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I stamped and heat embossed the Poinsettia Garden Background on a piece of watercolor cardstock, then colored it with ZIG Kuretake watercolor brush. Love their brilliant colors. Once that done, I trimmed the panel and put it aside.

Next, I stamped Minor Stripes Background directly on the card base using versamark. I wanted to add pattern without overwhelming the whole design. So, subtle pattern is the way to go. Then, I adhere the poinsettia panel on the card base and stamped  the mistletoe sentiment from Mistletoe Kisses vertically on the side of the panel. I used misty here, so I can re-stamped the sentiment a couple times to get the white ink to really show up.

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And, I am really into playing with liquid enamel, right now. So, I added some liquid enamel to make my card for extra texture and also to make it more festive.

Actually, this is the 1st year in a while where I am actually short of Christmas cards. So, yep, this one being used right away.

I hope you enjoy today’s inspiration and I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas. May your Christmas be merry & joyful. Hugs to you all!

Vera

 

Video: Gold Flourish Holiday Card

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I’m back with another holiday card using our Holiday Flourish stamp set!

I started off by prearranging my flourishes on my acrylic block (these flourishes look great when clustered together).  Next I gold glitter heat embossed the stamps on two corners on an A2 card panel. I set the panel aside and got to working on my holly leaves. The Holiday Flourishes comes with an outline and solid version of the leaves and berries. For this card, I used the outline leaves. After I heat embossed the leaves, I watercolored them using a No 48 Emerald Green and No 40 Green Zig marker. For the berries, I heat embossed the solid version with Red Tinsel embossing powder.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed the banner and stamped the sentiment in our Noir Dye Ink.  Then I die cut the banner using the coordinating dies.  The tiny sentiment from our Christmas Poinsettia set fits perfectly in the banner!  Once I finished my coloring, I die cut the leaves and holly using the coordinating dies.

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Next I blended some Caribbean Turquoise dye ink onto two corners of my heat embossed panel. Then I flicked on white and gold splatters onto the minty corners using our Hampton White pigment ink and my Finetec metallic watercolors.  You can also use the Zig Starry Night palette which is very similar to the Finetec paints.  If you don’t have either, Perfect Pearls work for this technique as well.   I also added stitching to the edges of my panel using the largest die in our Double Stitched Rectangle dies.

Next I assembled my holly leaves and berries and adhered them onto the flourishes which created a gorgeous backdrop for the leaf clusters. Then I popped up the sentiment banner with a double layer of foam tape. Lastly, I finished the card by adhering our Dew Drops in a similar pattern to the flourishes.

I love how the card turned out! Before this card, I don’t think I ever gold heat embossed the flourishes (which is crazy because I heat emboss everything).  I’ll be using the flourishes in this set all year round! That’s all for today, folks! Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

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Festive and chic

Good morning! Emily here with you today with a pair of chic and festive ladies (and a gent!). The fashionable figures in the Born Classy and Haute Wedding Dress sets are SO much fun to color, and I’ve colored them and one of the gents from Plus One using two different techniques to create a pair of haute holiday cards! Let’s get started on the details!

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For my first card, I wanted to create a stunning figure surrounded by swirling snowflakes and color. What’s more festive than red and gold? I started by heat embossing the lovely lady from Born Classy, holding a glass of champagne, using gold embossing powder. I watercolored her with my Zig markers, adding a liberal amount of Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to the draped portion of her dress. It kind of moved the color around, mottling my shading, but it made it look a little like tulle. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. 🙂 I fussy cut the image instead of using the coordinating dies, because I had attached the champagne glass to her hand already.

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For the background, I simply blended two different shades of red, Red Sangria and Valentine Red concentrating the darker shade in a swirling motion across the card, leaving some areas a little lighter to add some highlighting to the central figure on the front of the card. After I had finished ink blending, I added a bunch of snowflakes from Crystal Flurries and some dots from Holiday Confetti using Delicata Gold ink, taking care to follow the swirl I had created with my ink blending. I heat embossed some of the same snowflakes using gold glitter embossing powder, then used the same embossing powder to add my sentiment from Born Classy. I popped up the lovely lady in red in the center of the card using dimensional adhesive.

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For my next project, I wanted to showcase the beautiful gown from Haute Wedding Dress. It’s such a classic silhouette that I think it could be used for other occasions than just a wedding… in my mind’s eye, I saw it as a beautiful emerald ball gown, perfect for a holiday soiree, complete with a handsome date. I stamped the beautiful lady and her date with black ink onto kraft cardstock, then used my Prismacolor pencils to color them. I die cut both figures using the coordinating dies, then turned to the card base.

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I needed a larger canvas than just a typical A2 in order to proportionally accommodate the dashing couple, so I cut a 5×7 white card base. I wanted something festive for the background, and thought the Brushed Merry and Holiday Confetti sets would easily accomplish that. I stamped the greeting from Brushed Merry and heat embossed it in silver, then stamped the confetti in the corners using Deep Sapphire ink. The couple was popped up with dimensional adhesive.

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And there you have it! A pair of chic, festive holiday cards with multiple techniques on each card… not exactly the best for mass production, but pretty nonetheless. I hope you’ve enjoyed these projects and they jumpstart some ideas for your own holiday projects! Have a fantastic day, friends!

Pretty Poinsettias

Merry Christmas, friends! (Don’t shoot me; it’s November, and I can say that!)  Emily here with you today with a card that’s a little different from my normal style. I did not get to use the gorgeous Poinsettia Border stamp as much as I would have liked during the release, so I am making up for that now by playing with it to my heart’s content. 🙂 Let’s get started!

This project is a little different for me. I started  by heat embossing that stunningly detailed image onto a bright red card base using white detail embossing powder. I then used my white Prismacolor colored pencil (is it really a colored pencil if it’s white? Hmm.) to add in some shading on the poinsettias. I used a white Wink of Stella brush pen to add some shimmer and variation to the berries.

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The next step was to stamp and emboss some of the pretty poinsettias and foliage from the Fresh Cut Poinsettia Outlines stamp set onto vellum using the same white detail embossing powder, then die cut them with their coordinating dies. I added some more shimmer with the white Wink of Stella pen, but it’s not really captured very well in the photos. Sadface.

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The next step was to cut the greeting using the new Holiday Word Dies. I started with some of the green adhesive foil, then die cut the greeting three more times using (cheap but sturdy) watercolor paper and glued them all together. I adhered the greeting down, then arranged my vellum poinsettia die cuts and adhered them with clear dimensional adhesive. The final step was to add some sequins: Deep Sage, Glass Slippers, and Engine Red.

And that’s it! This card would be really easy to mass produce if you left off the extra vellum die cuts and only did one layer of die cut greeting… Bonus, it’s nice and flat, too! I’m all about just dropping my cards in the mailbox instead of having to actually get out and go inside the post office… ain’t nobody got time for that! I’m too busy making Christmas cards haha! Have a fantastic week, friends!

 

Merry & Bright

Hi peeps. Vera here. Well, look at that, we’re already in the middle of the week. I don’t know about you, but I like Wednesday as it means I am only two days away from the weekend. 🙂

I am still growing my Christmas card stash, so… on to more Christmas card from me. This time, I used Fresh Cut Poinsettia (Coord. Outlines) set. And, am so excited that I finally have the Fresh Cut Poinsettia Coordinating Dies. As much as I love fussy cutting, having the dies definitely help. Especially when you’re short on time.
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For this card, I decided to give my ol’ but goody vellum stash some playing time. The vellum just give you a different look and texture that I do enjoy from time to time.

I first stamp and heat embossed all the images on vellum, then color them on the back side with Copic marker. To add some glamorous touch, I used the beautiful Adhesive Glitter Paper Gold. Seriously, this adhesive paper is perfect for adding pretty, fancy glitter without all the mess.

For finishing touch I stamped sentiment from Mistletoe Kisses set and added texture using liquid enamel around the card. Clean, simple, yet it let the flower shine & take the center stage.

That’s all from me today. Enjoy your day and have a fab day! Cheers…

Die-Cut Stenciling for a Background

Hello! It’s LauraJane. Welcome to a new week:))

I was interested in trying out a technique that Jennifer Mcguire shared, a while ago, for creating a background by using dies to make a stencil.  I’ll share with you the steps in photos using the Holiday Cones Coordinating Dies for the stencil.

Here are the steps to create the background panel:

  • First I repeatedly cut the two smaller branch dies from Holiday Cones Coordinating Dies on CS to makes a stencil.
  • Then Sponged a shade darker than the chosen colored CS..I chose Bright Emerald Dye
  • Next, stamp the coordinating images in an even darker shade…Basil Mojito 
  • For the shadows, I slightly misaligned the stencil and traced the images where the shadow would be with COPIC N1.
  • Trimmed the panel down with the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies
  • Adhered that onto an A2 sized CS in the same color as the original blue

For the embellishment:

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Hope you enjoyed my card tutorial today.

Have a GREAT week!

LauraJane:)

 

From Our Family To Yours

Good morning, lovely peeps. Vera here today to start off the week here.

So, I’ve been playing quit a bit with Fresh Cut Poinsettias and usually I go with the non-traditional color, but today I chose a color that much closer to the traditional poinsettia color. It’s not quite red, but more in pinky tone. 🙂

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I am mixing it with Outlines Holiday Cones with sentiment from Mistletoe Kisses set.

I first stamped the poinsettia and then masked it before stamping the leaves and the pine cones, which I color with Copic. For the poinsettia I used Rose Quartz, Hollywood Stars and Cosmopolitan Pink. I cut an opening for the candle, by cutting around the top part of the poinsettia. Then I stamped the candle, fussy cut it and insert it on the slit opening.

Come to think of it, I could just leave the masking on the poinsettia and stamped the candle, but I like adding depth and texture to my card. Also, since I love shimmer, I brushed the poinsettia with shimmer marker. Here’s a closer look to show the pretty shimmer.

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Oh, the pretty strip of glitter is the pink glitter tape from the Sampler Pack. I sure do love this glitter tape, since it allowed me to add glitter without the mess.

That’s all from me today peeps. May your week starts off wonderfully. Cheers….