The first (of many) Christmas Cards

Having just finished participating in Kathy Racoosin’s (the Daily Marker) 30 day Color Challenge, I was on a roll and  looking for a new challenge. I think I was actually able to make something most of the 30 days (I might have skipped a couple 😏). Anyway, along comes Jennifer McGuire’s Share Handmade Kindness Challenge — Perfect! Week 1 is focusing on Friends and Family.

So, my Christmas Card started out as as idea I had for a background stamp and once I got started, the rest came together pretty quickly.

Christmas Card

Here’s how I put it together (links to products are at the end of the post). The background stamp I picked up for a couple of dollars at one of our local Craft Store’s Recycled Rubber events. I’ve gotten tons of stamps from these events, many for $1-2 or less. This one was missing the coordination Embossing folder, but still, for a couple of bucks–not bad. I brushed the paper with my EK Success Powder Tool Applicator and stamped the image onto watercolor paper using Galaxy Gold Brilliance Pigment Ink. This one came with the October 2015 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit (subscription). I then poured on clear embossing powder and heat set it.


Heat-embossed stamped image

Next, I sponged on Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. The heat embossing will resist the ink, so no need to mask anything off. I then used a flat brush (about 1″ wide, or whatever you have on hand ☺) to apply a small amount of Perfect Pearls. To distribute it really well and get rid of the brush marks, just rub the paper with a soft cloth or paper towel.

Applied distress ink and perfect pearls

I cut out a 3 ½ x 4 ¾ rectangle with the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Edge Dies and saved the leftovers for another project. Now, I finally had a card to use my Poinsettia stamp from the October My Monthly Hero Kit (yay!). I also stamped the Merry Christmas Sentiment form the kit with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder onto red card stock.

Die cutting with scalloped edge die  Assembling the card

I cut a piece of white card stock a little bigger (about 1/8″) than the scalloped rectangle and repeated the Gold embossing just around the edge–no stamp needed here, just use the ink pad to distribute the ink about 1″ in around all sides, then add the clear embossing powder and heat set. Next, I used the same red card stock to cut a rectangle (A2 size, 4 ¼ x 5 ½) with the Lawn Fawn Stitched  Rectangle dies. I glued this onto my Card base and then adhered the gold-embossed piece. I trimmed the piece with the sentiment down to just a little shorter than the width of the card, hand-cut the ends and then glued it to the card about ¾” from the bottom edge. Next, I added some dimensional tape to the back of the scalloped rectangle and before I attached it to the card, I wrapped some green and white Baker’s Twine a couple of times about 1″ from the edge. And the last thing I added was the poinsettia (stamped and die cut–sorry I didn’t take pictures of this). I didn’t add any Wink of Stella Details, which I seem to want to do to every card, but I think the gold embossing and Perfect Pearls treatment was shiny enough ☺ And here is the finished card:

Christmas Card
Here is a list of the Supplies and where you can get them. Some of them show multiple shops, such as EH (for Ellen Hutson), AZ (for Amazon, these are Affiliate links), and SSS (for Simon Says Stamps).

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