Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Last Christmas Cards of 2016

Hi there friends!  Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah...and Happy Festivus for the rest LOL!  I hope your holidays have been wonderful.  My daughter and her family joined us yesterday and we had lots of fun, then today my husband and I enjoyed a quiet day together.  Tonight I thought I would share the final two Christmas cards I made this year.

The first card was made with the cute Holiday Home stamp set from Stampin' Up! that came out a couple of years ago.  The variety of stamps are amazing for making cute scenes like this one.  I started by taking a small panel of Neenah Solar White card stock, stamping the stars and Santa in Versamark and Versafine Onyx Black inks, respectively, heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then sponging the sky with various Distress inks (listed below).  I hand cut the snowy hills from white card stock, then stamped that cute little snowman.

The little house was colored using a Blender pen, using Abandoned Coral for the door, Worn Lipstick for the frames and chimney, and Hickory Smoke for the roof.  I added Scattered Straw to brighten up the window interiors.  The string of lights stamp was first stamped in Mowed Lawn, then went over the "string" with a Basic Black marker.  It was then die cut with the matching Homemade Holiday Framelit and mounted on foam tape. 

Next I created the frame from a panel of Riding Hood Red card stock that was cut in the middle with a Wafer Stitched Rectangle from Simon Says Stamp, the frame then adhered to the white card stock base, and then the inked panel centered in the middle and mounted with foam tape.  The sentiment is from the old tried and true Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and was punched out with the Word Window punch.  Snow flakes from Frosted Sequins were the final addition.

The next card was made without any stamps.  Starting with a panel of Crumb Cake card stock and using the Tim Holtz Woodland Stencil, Pineneedles and Peeled Paint Distress inked up the stencil fir trees, adding a bit of Ground Espresso for the tree trunks.  After letting that thoroughly dry, I took a tool and smoothed embossing paste over different images of the same stencil to create snow on the trees.  I removed the stencil and added snow drifts underneath the trees, then covered all the embossing paste with Dazzling Diamond Glitter before it all dried.  I've based my card largely on the design of this gorgeous card from Kristina Werner, who first presented it as part of her Holiday Card series (Holiday Card Series - Day 16).  In her video she indicates that the Distress inks will seep into the embossing paste, but I forgot about that when making my card, and of course it happened.  So, to cover up the rather greenish tint of the "snow" on the trees, I took a small paint brush and added some Ranger Pearl Metallic Paint, which pretty much took care of that problem.  Evidently, using Tim Holtz Grit Paste eliminates this problem.  So maybe for next time...

Isn't that pretty with all the glitter and metallic paint?  After everything dried, I used a white gel pen to add snowflakes in the background, die cut the sentiment from Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper and adhered to the panel, then mounted the panel with foam tape onto a Crumb Cake card stock base that was sponged with Craft Whisper White pigment ink around the edges.

Thanks so much for looking - as always, your visit and comments are so appreciated.  I hope to be back in the next few days with another card to share. 


Holiday Wishes
Stamps:  Holiday Home, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Riding Hood Red
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, Chipped Safire, Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Hickory Smoke, Mowed Lawn, Scattered Straw
Other:  Homemade Holiday Framelit, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Basic Black marker, Wafer Stitched Rectangle, Frosted Sequins, Word Window punch

Peaceful Pines
Stamps:  None
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper
Ink:  Pineneedles, Peeled Paint, Ground Espresso, Craft Whisper White
Other:  Tim Holtz Woodland Stencil, Stampendous Dreamweaver Embossing Paste, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Ranger Pearl Metallic Paint, Christmas Greetings Framelit

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