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Christmas Ornaments with Holly

I love this sketch challenge for Day 26 of the #30DayChristmasCardMakingChallenge. It is so open and really gives you so many ways to interpret it. I’ve used the ornaments from the Cherish the Season stamp set to create my focal image, replacing the snowflake in the sketch.

I coloured the ornaments in Just Jade Stampin’ Blends and fussy cut them out. Then I heat embossed them in Clear Embossing Powder 3 times to give them a glossy finish. The holly from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set was also fussy and layered to form the focal image for my card.

The ornaments were placed on a Wonder of the Season Memories & More card which was been layered on ‘Tis the Season Designer Series Paper.

BANNER


To create the banner at the back, I die cut a Stitched Rectangle from Magic in the Night Designer Series Paper then used the same die to create the banner effect. This created a very short banner. I extended this by cutting the banner and gluing it at the back which gives the impression that there is a full length banner.

Do you love the Mesh Ribbon as much as I do? You may have missed it in the Mini catalogue. It’s on page 53 in the bottom right hand corner. It really is a pretty ribbon and adds a lovely softness to the card. For the sentiment, I took one of my favourites, from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set. Stamping the sentiment in black balances the colour against the black card base.

Why don’t you give this sketch a try? You could even flip it on it’s side. Working with sketches is a lot of fun. You can find all the products I’ve used listed at the bottom of this post. The ‘Tis the Season DSP and Magic in this Night DSP are on sale in our October Designer Series Paper Sale. View the entire selection by clicking on the image below.

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A Heavy Metal Christmas!

It’s not the remix of an old Christmas carol but the cardmaking version of Heavy Metal! Day 22 of Martin’s Mayhem #30DayChristmasCardmakingChallenge was a Contemporary Christmas and yes, again I was scratching my head. I looked at the small print (always check the small print, they say!) in the image below. No fuddy duddy stuff, think about what’s ‘in’. What better way to go than an ‘In-Colour’ because they are definitely ‘in’!

I wanted quite a modern look with sleek lines. I did some investigation into what was trending on the interior design realm. Some metallics seem to be out there and our foil range with Cinnamon Cider was going to work so well for this challenge.

 

I added 4 equal sized strips of Gold, Silver, Brass and Champagne foil on an Early Espresso cardstock panel. Then I layered this on the Cinnamon Cider card base. A strip of Cinnamon Cider Velveteen was attached on one side which creates a focal point for the ornament.

Hope you have enjoyed my contemporary twist on Christmas. Drop by tomorrow for more cardmaking inspiration.

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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.

This Peace & Joy bundle has been getting a lot of use in my craft room as it’s so versatile with it’s layering options. A full list of the products I’ve used are at the bottom of this post. Every $50 spent in my store earns you 1 Stamping Flair loyalty point. Once you get 10 points , you get to select $40 of products from my Online Store.

Hope you have a joy-filled day.

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