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!

November Guest Designer: Stephanie Klauck

Hey everyone, it’s Stephanie and I am super excited to be back on The Ton Stamps blog today with a new card. When the newest release came out and I saw the amazing ladies and gent stamps, I was so excited. I love colouring the dresses and creating scenes and I could not wait to ink up the new stamps.

For my card today I used the Plus One stamp set and Born Classy stamp set for the main two images and then I added some greenery from the Floral World stamp set to look like mistletoe. I knew when I stamped the images that I wanted to make the card holiday themed, but I didn’t want to stamp a sentiment on the card front and take away from the scene. So I stamped the ‘mistletoe kisses’ sentiment from the Mistletoe Kisses stamp set on the inside of the card and then I stamped the mistletoe on the card front, to go with it. 😉

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I did all of the stamping on Kraft card stock and then I coloured in the man and the woman with my Prismacolor pencils. I have been having so much fun falling back in love with coloured pencils (or pencil crayons as we call them in Canada) and the fashion images from The Ton are perfect to practice with and learn about shading and dimension and achieving sparkle! I coloured her first with holiday reds for her dress and some white gel pen detail to make it look shimmery and sparkly.

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I then coloured her hair and skin and stamped the handsome tuxedo guy beside her. I coloured him with coloured pencils as well and gave him a standard black tuxedo with white shirt (so classic and timeless) and then I coloured his bow tie to match her dress. I love how the images pop off of the Kraft paper once they’re coloured.

I cut down the panel a bit, adhered it to some silver sparkle card stock and then I adhered the entire thing to a white top-folding card base. I completed the card by adding some clear sequins for some added detail and dimension.

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! I’ll be abck later this month with some more cards to share. 😉