Scrooge’s Dream – I Hate Christmas

What kind of card do you give someone who hates Christmas? Sounds like a riddle doesn’t it? This was the most difficult challenge for me in the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge because I figure if someone hates Christmas, why give them a Christmas card?!!

I decided to go with more sombre colours and minimal embellishment for Mr Grumps! The Peace & Joy stamp set was perfect for creating the stamped background in Basic Gray and Misty Moonlight with a pop of Shaded Spruce just to give a hint of the Christmas Spirit (Past, Present and Future).

Some die cut leaves from the Forever Fern bundle – in Gray of course, adds some depth and interest without being festive. The sentiment chosen from Itty Bitty Christmas is neutral, making it suitable to give to anyone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas.

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I hope you’re having fun with this challenge and I’m sure you would want to check out Martin Stone’s lovely work (especially on this one – it’s hilarious). 

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Emboss Resist Technique Challenge

The Emboss Resist Technique is such a fun technique and a great challenge for Day 14 of the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge . Emboss Resist is a technique of stamping an image with Versamark and heat embossing it. Then when you stamp or add ink over it, the embossing ‘resists’ the ink and is visible while the background takes on the ink colour.

I chose the Peaceful Boughs and Christmas Gleaming stamp set to work with and then selected my colour palette.

The boughs were heat embossed in White Embossing Powder. Then I used a sponge brayer to add Bumble Bee, Terracotta Tile and Melon Mambo over the entire piece of Whisper White cardstock. I didn’t worry about the ink going over the embossing as it resists the colour and a bit of tissue would wipe that clean.

Once I had applied and blended all 3 colours, I wiped the excess off using a tissue. I found that the darker colours still didn’t make my embossing as white as I wanted. Using a cotton bud, I dabbed some Stampin’ Mist on it and set about rubbing the colour off the embossing. This brought up the white lots more and made it brighter.

The bauble was heat embossed in white and then I coloured it with Stampin’ Blends. I love how the embossing shines through.

I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black ink using the Stamparatus. This let me stamp it a couple of times so the sentiment was nice and clear. Then I die cut the word Joy from Whisper White cardstock and offset it giving it a shadow effect.

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Hope you have a joy-filled day.

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Joyful Holly Colour Challenge Card

We have a beautiful colour challenge for Day 12 of Martin Mayhem’s #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge. I love this colour combination of Soft Sea Foam, Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake.

I have combined this stamp set with the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches FMS452.

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The Joyful Holly stamp set is a two-step stamp making it a great stamp set for beginner stampers. You stamp the outline with the first stamp and then the inner colour with the second stamp.

I stepped up my stamping by stamping the outline in Gold Embossing Powder. Then I stamped the inside of the image in Soft Sea Foam and Blushing Bride.

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The label has been embossed with the Parisian Flourish embossing folder to add some beautiful texture.

The Joy Dies create this beautiful sentiment which can be layered in the coordinating colours, providing lots of versatility.

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Water Coloured Poinsettias

Day 11 in the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge had us thinking about the flowers that surround us throughout the Christmas season. I couldn’t go past the Poinsettia Petals bundle and created some water coloured poinsettias for this challenge.

I die cut the 3 sizes of petals from Shimmery White cardstock and water coloured them using Real Red and Cherry Cobbler ink. Generally, I would use ink refills for this technique however, this time I inked up a Clear Block and used it like a palette.

Once I had painted my flowers I wanted a corner flourish for it to sit on so I used the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set to create this pretty corner.

A few silver stems and adds a lovely festive look to coordinate with the metallic-edge bow on top.

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Poinsettia Petals Bundle (English)
Good Morning Magnolia Cling Stamp Set
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Shimmery White A4 Card Stock
Subtles 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper
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Pool Party A4 Card Stock
Whisper White A4 Card Stock
Daffodil Delight A4 Card Stock
Basic Black A4 Card Stock
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
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Silver 3/8" Metallic-Edge Ribbon

One of a Kind Snowflakes

Day 10 of Martin’s Mayhem #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge is a sketch challenge. I drew inspiration from the snowflake picture on the sketch itself to create my card. We all know each snowflake is unique and my snowflakes today are one of a kind because they are Rainbow Glimmer snowflakes.

The Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper provided my background for this card. I used a sponge dauber to highlight the raised areas of the paper with Seaside Spray. This gave a subtle hint of colour to this beautiful paper.

I die cut a couple of snowflake clusters from Rainbow Glimmer paper and cut them apart to work with the sketch.

The sentiment was mounted on a frame from the Stitched so Sweetly dies. I embossed this with the Seabed embossing folder as I love the detail on this.

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A few sequins add a bit of extra shine to this card to balance with the softness of the vellum background.

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Oh Christmas Tree

Today’s card for the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge is spotlighting the Christmas Tree. Any type of Christmas celebration generally has a Christmas tree as part of it’s decorative theme. It might be small and adorn a table as a centre piece, it might be huge and sit in centre of a city or any size in between where it is enjoyed in our homes. Beautifully decorated, we enjoy many beautiful memories around this traditional Christmas symbol.

My background for this card came together with a selection of pine trees from the Coming Home and Snow Front stamp sets. Then I decided on a colour scheme starting with Real Red. Don’t ask me why I chose that! Sometimes my brain just goes in the complete opposite direction of what something is meant to be – in this case green!

I stamped the trees in a mix of colours, using Stampin’ Blends to colour in the line images. This created a nice sheet of Christmas tree patterned paper which was just what I wanted for my card.

The Most Wonderful Time Product Medley had the perfect sentiment for this challenge.

I added some of the Real Red striped Designer Series Paper which is included in this product medley and layered it on a Misty Moonlight label.

The main Christmas tree is a sticker from The Most Wonderful Time Product Medley which I mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals, adding a star embellishment which is included in this medley as well.

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