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Today, I have a Christmas card and a holiday gift card holder to share.
I CASED the idea of the Christmas tree made from Mike's Cloisonne Fan stamp.
But I am not sure exactly where I saw it. It may have been on Joanna Crafty Jo blog.
I am thinking of using this design for the 100 Christmas cards I sent out.
I know it's very simple, but I love the look of that little tree.
The cream cardstock base had little flecks in it.
I think it's called stardust.
Michael Strong's mini fan is used to make the tree. I drew the tree trunk with markers.
STAMPS-Michael Strong, Hero Arts,
Versamark black onyx
Stampin' Up!-old olive, rose red
Distress Marker-vintage photo for tree stem, white for the lines
The other stamps are from Hero Arts.
This gift card holder is an embellished envelope made with my envelope board punch
by We R Memory Keepers-thanks for recommending it, Dena!
I used Mike's cloisonne Christmas tree, adding color with an aqua painter
then sponging the edges.
I drew some white lines on the red scalloped oval with a white distress marker.
Used the sizzix snowflake embossing folder on the white nestabilities layer.
Punched the tag and stamped with a Hero Arts stamp.
Made a bow with the wooden bow maker--thanks Hetty!
For the envelope part I used a 5-1/2 inch square of green cardstock,
punched at 2-3/8 inches.
The final dimensions of my envelope: 2-7/8 x 4 inches.
My friend's envelope measured 2-1/2 x 3-3/4 but it was a tight fit for the gift card.
Maybe that's a good idea, so the gift card doesn't fall out?
These my little "techniques" today:
* making my own "tag reinforcement"
* using an aqua painter to color stamped images
* making my own "hill stencil".
Here you see a close up of my "tag reinforcement".
I cut my own tag 7 x 3-1/2 inches from white cardstock.
Trimmed the top corners as shown and used a 1/4 inch punch for the center hole.
I added a home made "reinforcement" by punching a 1/4 inch circle
into a separate piece of cardstock.
Then I punched a 5/8 inch circle around that.
Glued my reinforcement onto my tag.
To make a "hill" stencil simply cut a curvy line on cardstock scraps-Super simple.
Using this, I sponged mowed lawn ink to create my hills.
Coloring with Aqua Painter...
For the Vase, I stamped it on a separate piece of paper using Versafine black onyx ink.
When it was thoroughly dry, I used an aqua painter and distress inks to color it.
Just dab your inkpad to a craft sheet or similar surface.
Dip your aqua painter brush into the ink to pick up color.
Have scrap paper handy to test out the color's intensity.
Use a paper towel or old rag to pinch the brush and remove color
before going on to the next color.
I fussy cut the vase and attached it with foam tape.
I used the aqua painter to color the the dragonfly and the cat.
To finish off my tag, I added assorted fibers from my stash!
Thanks, Lynette for sharing your fibers with me!
The measurements of all three cards are listed here:
For the card base, I used a piece of 7-1/2 x 9 inch card stock
folded it so my card measures 3-3/4 x 9 inches.
Added a white layer of card stock, measuring 2-3/4 x 8 inches.
My cards will fit into a 4-1/8 x 9-1/2 inch No. 10 business envelope.
Stamped Mike's large cloisonne flower with Distress festive berries ink.
Stamped Stampin' Up!'s French script stamp with iced spruce a couple times in the background.
Then stamped the Hero Arts sentiment with Versafine onyx black.
For the inside, I used a 7 x 8-1/2 inch piece of computer paper (text weight).
With festive berries ink and Mike's large flower stamp,
I stamped 3 times so each image became lighter.
I like to attach the inside layer with double stick tape on the left half, close to the fold.
For this card, I kept the gray base
but used dried marigold, rusty hinge and spiced marmalade distress inks
to stamp the flowers.
The Stampin' Up! leaf is stamped in iced spruce.
Sponged iced spruce as shown with stencil-like material that a friend gave me.
On the inside I stamped "off" with the same 3 orange colors above
to give a faint flower image.
My third card has a gray-green base.
All three cloisonne flowers were stamped in dried marigold.
The Stampin' Up! leaves and curlicues are stamped in iced spruce.
Tuesday's card features Michael Strong's cloisonne pumpkin,
a free digital image.
I printed Mike's pumpkin on lighter weight card stock with the laser printer.
Once thoroughly dry, I used an aqua painter dipped in inks to add color.
Used bister papers from yesterday,
embossing them with the Sizzix Thankful set
which includes the Rickety Fence.
Pieces were fussy cut as shown.
I added punched leaves and a mini tag,
sponging inks on the edges of the layers.
Versafine onxy black
Stampin' Up-pumpkin pie, old olive
Distress-wild honey, spiced marmalade, tea dye
Here I'm using Michael Strong's Mini Flower and his Leaf stamp.
For my background I started by sprinkling some bister granules on my craft sheet.
Spritzed them with water and placed my paper onto the color on the craft sheet.
Let it dry thoroughly, then dry embossed with the Sizzix Thankful folder.
Used a distress tool to fray the edges, then sponged edges with distress ink-forest moss.
Distress-dried marigold, wild honey, forest moss
Mike's mini flower stamped in distress dried marigold and wild honey.
Mike's leave stamped in distress peeled paint.
Velvety fiber tied on bottom.
I had some left over "bister and water solution" on my craft pad
so I kept making bister backgrounds with scraps of paper.
Distress-forest moss, rusty hinge, dried marigold and wild honey.
Added green gemstone to the flowers and wrapped fibers around the fold of the card.
My card measures 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches.
I stamped Mike's Cloisonne Mosaic Frame on 3 white pieces measuring 1 x 3-1/2 inches each,
placing them "together" and stamping Mike's Frame stamp on them.
It would have been better to leave the piece "whole" before stamping.
When Lynette showed me the leaf card she made, I just had to make my own. We used the marker thumping technique with her distress markers. Debbie Naylor of Unfrogettable Stamping! has a nice video tutorial.
Here is Lynette's latest and greatest AMAZING
7 Gypsies Printers Tray
featuring her little Owl Friend.
Here we are after a great day of stamping and visiting!
Below are some close-ups.You can always click on an image to see a larger view.
Lynette started this card with a bister layer, adding 3 Michael Strong's Cloisonne Leaves
Brilliance Pearlescent Purple
Distress Walnut Stain
and Distress Seedless Preserves.
Coordinating fibers were added.
This card was inspired by Krystie Lee's Clean and Simple Cards blog.
In two places we stamped a rectangular shadow stamp, inking just the edges to create a "soft frame".
Dimensions Clear-on-Clear Dawn Houser
Hero Arts rectangular shadow stamp
Stampin' Up! Nature Walk
Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou
Color Box Yellow Ochre chalk ink
Our pumpkin card was inspired by Lisa Johnson's Poppy Paperie post.
Lynette stamped repeatedly with a harlequin stamp on a cream strip, 2' wide by 5-1/2" long.
We punched three 1-1/2" wide circles in it.
Then we stamped the pumpkins on a layer behind it.
We made pencil dots on 4 places on each circle to guide the stamping of the pumpkins.
With a Peeled Paint Distress marker, we drew the pumpkin stem and curlicue.
Hero Arts Harlequin Border C3192
Stampin' Up! Little Layers II for the middle pumpkin
I am not sure of the name of Lynette's pumpkin stamp-1st and 3rd image.
Stampin' Up! Creamy Caramel, Pumpkin Pie
This design was inspired by Heather Telford's Autumn Reflections post.
We stamped the trees in brown on the paper.
Then we stamped the trees in brown on an acrylic block and pressed that below the trees for the reflection.
Inking the tree stamp in orange, we stamped the trees again, between the brown trees.
Using a post it masks, we sponged brown distress ink at the center.
From the edge of card to the center, we sponged Distress Inks-
Stormy Sky, scattered Straw and Dried Marigold.
And here is a special treat...Lynette's amazing 7 Gypsies Printers Tray all ready for Halloween!
Her little Owl Friend has many Halloween Costumes!