Summer Christmas Bear?

Hi everyone.  Normally, I don’t make Christmas cards in the summer, especially on the hottest weekend of the year so far, but after seeing a couple of Christmas cards today and checking out some challenges, I was inspired to create this CAS Christmas card.

The bear was stamped with Memento black ink on A2 X-press It paper, then coloured with Copics.

It was then masked and the snowflakes were clear heat embossed.  Salty Ocean distress ink was applied with a mini blending tool to the background and a tissue was used to wipe off excess ink for a little emboss resist.

 

The camouflage die cut technique was used for the Warm Winter Wishes sentiment.  This technique can be tricky with little pieces getting lost, but a good trick I found to keep everything together is to use Press n Seal.

For some sparkle, clear shimmer added to the camouflaged diecut sentiment finished off the card.

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
Merry Monday #253 Bears
AAA Cards – Game#92 Resist Technique
Addicted to Stamps and More#247 Make Your Mark
CAS on Friday#110 Animals

 

 

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horizontal Center Step Mantel

Hi there!  I want to wish all who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas!  I’m just popping in to share a Horizontal Center Step fun fold Christmas card I created for all my nieces. I changed up the colours so they wouldn’t get the exact same card.

The white brick fireplace was created with texture paste and a brick wall stencil.  I  stamped the elves and stockings on scraps of white ultrasmooth cardstock with Intense Black ink, coloured with Copics and then die cut them out with the matching dies.

The sentiment was die cut from scraps of white glitter paper.  WIthout a similar colour cardstock, I sponged Blueprint Sketch distress ink on a scrap of Bristol paper, then I die cut the shadow piece from it to back the glitter sentiment.

The mantel was created from more snippets of Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I used this Horizontal Center Step PDF tutorial to cut and score the card base from Sahara Sand cardstock.  A bookshelf image stamp would have made the scene more complete; however, for a little added detail, I adhered strips of white cardstock to the sides of the fireplace instead.  And for even more sparkle and shimmer, I added clear Wink of Stella to the stockings and elves’ clothing.  And here are the other colour versions

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Pixie’s Snippet Playground – Weeks 260 & 261 (used lots of cardstock snippets)
Come and Get It – Christmas
Simon Says Stamps – National Christmas Card Day
Tuesday Throwdown – Anything Goes
Naughty or Nice – A Christmas Carol vs. Frozen

Winter Wishes

Hi there.  Today I am sharing a fun CAS Christmas card.

To keep it CAS and to create dimensions without adding any layers, I double dry embossed an A2 size piece of white cardstock with a Wave embossing folder (EF) and a Circle Peek-a-Boo die.  Then I trimmed it down to 5-1/4″x4″.

I die cut a reverse circle mask and placed it around the circle.  I then heat embossed snowflakes with VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder. Next I masked a slope within the circle then sponged Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink (retired) and Blueprint Sketch inks to create the sky.  This sky colour combo is definitely outside the box for me, but I like it.

I stamped Waddles skiing on a scrap of white cardstock, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching die.  I added snow with a white gel pen.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  The panel was mounted onto a white card base and clear Wink of Stella was added to the hat to finish.  I thought the double embossed background was enough, so no embellishments.

In that stamp set, there is a great image to create a coffee themed card, so I made a similar card for the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop .  Because I used the other wave EF in the duo set on this card and it gives a more subtle embossed look, I added a few sequins on this one.

Updated to Add:  Please note that the circle is not inlaid. The double emboss technique dry embosses both patterns of the EF and the die on one single layer of cardstock with no die cutting involved.  There is only dry embossing.  The only die cutting I did was with Waddles.  I am having trouble finding the video where I saw this technique, but when I do find it, I will update and link it here.

Update with Link:  Good News!  I found the link!  I was searching the wrong terms.  Anywho, the technique is shown towards the end of this video HERE.

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Your Next Stamp – Sketch Challenge #54
Merry Monday – #226 Winter Fun
Send a Smile 4 Kids – Winter Fun 4 Kids
CAS Mix Up – December Stamping + Sponging + Your Choice (embossing, die cut)
Addicted to Stamps and More – #224 CAS
MarkerPop – #110 Winter
Simon Says Stamps – National Christmas Card Day

Juggling Fun

Hi everyone.  For today’s card, I actually got the idea a while back when I saw a snowman image looking upwards and juggling presents.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember where I saw it, but then THIS CARD reminded me of it again.

I wanted to participate in the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop, so I used coffee cups instead.

On a white Stitched Rectangle panel, I masked off the bottom for the snowy ground. I blended Blueprint Sketch and Tumbled Glass distress inks for a wintery sky. Next I white heat embossed the sentiment. For a snowy look, I spritz with water, then dabbed with a paper towel to lift some colour.

I stamped the deer and cups with Memento black ink, coloured with Copics then fussy cut them out.

I adhered the images onto the panel, then splattered some white shimmer paint to create more snow.  In keeping with my goal to create two cards, I did create the other card using presents

I am also entering this in SSS Monday Challenge Let There Be Snow

Sweet Joy

Hi there.  Still plugging away at Christmas cards, but now for my own personal use, especially now that I’ve donated all my cards – yikes😱!  So today I am sharing a sweet CAS Christmas card.

The Candy Stripe background was stamped with Real Red dye ink.  The gingerbread and hat were stamped with Memento black ink, coloured with Copics and then fussy cut and die cut out, respectively.  The candy cane was die cut from red and white cardstock.

I sponged on some Squeezed Lemonade for the background. For shimmer and sparkle, I spritz with DIY shimmer spray. The sentiment (wishing you, joy) was stamped with Versafine ink then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I assembled the card onto a white cardbase and finished with a few white snowflake sequins.  I made two versions of this card.  The main difference on the other card (pictured right below) was sponging Real Red ink through a Candy Cane stencil instead of stamping the stripe background.

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Curtain Call – Sweet
Cards in Envy – Wouldn’t that be SWEET?
Merry Monday – #225 Candy Cane
MarkerPop – #109 Color
CAS(E) this Sketch – CTS#201
AAA Cards – #79 Christmas
CAS on Sunday – #97 Christmas
Fantasy Stampers – #77 CAS Christmas