Red Christmas Flowers Card/Christmas Card Series 2017

Happy Monday!  Welcome back to my blog for another Christmas card for 2017.  I’m revisiting one of my favorite stamp sets.  It’s called Peony Bouquet from Altenew.  Peonies are spring time flowers, but I’m altering them into some beautiful Christmas flowers for this card.

This card consists of a lot of stamping and absolutely no coloring–very unusual for me!  I started with stamping the outline stamps.  They are gorgeous!  You could even just stop there, and color them in yourself–I have created a card like this where I colored it in with Prismacolor pencils.  However, for this card I’m going to stamp out all the layers.

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Below are the next three layers.  First the base color of red, next the darker purple-red color for the shadows, and last the darkest color of brown for the very darkest shadows.  Aren’t these flowers gorgeous!  The layers are easy to line up, and if you use a stamping tool like the Mini Misti, you can very easily mass produce these cards.  I stamped them at the bottom of the paper, and then I turned the paper and stamped them again without moving my images.  It’s a great time saver.

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After I finished stamping my flowers, I stamped out all the leaves and berries from this set.

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I have the coordinating dies for this stamp set which made cutting them out easier, but it still took time die cutting all the images.

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I knew I wanted some of the white of my card base peeking through–this helped make the images really pop.  I used a new tool to help me figure out and position the placement of my flowers and leaves.  It’s called a jewel picker, and I bought mine from Amazon–it’s a very affordable tool.  I have the link below if you are interested.  On one end it has a small sticky head and on the other a larger one.  You can also use it to pick up and apply your sequins or jewels to your cards.

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After I adhered everything to my card base, I added some Glossy Accents on the berries and some Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen on the peony bud by the sentiment.

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Here’s the video!  You can watch it here or on my YouTube Channel.

Thanks for visiting!  Go look through your stash of flowers and see if you can alter any of them into Christmas flowers.  Have a wonderful week!!

Supplies Used:

Altenew’s Peony Bouquet

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Polar Bear Pals Card using Prismacolor Pencils on Kraft Cardstock

Hello and welcome to my craft table.  Two things that really go well together besides peanut butter and jelly are Prismacolor pencils and Kraft cardstock.  The way that Prismacolor pencils coat the paper and make images pop off this charmingly drab kraft paper is amazing.  I highly recommend giving it a try, and your pencils don’t have to be Prismacolor color pencils either.

I started off with building my little scene.  I stamped the bigger bear first because I wanted him in front, I covered him with a mask, and then I stamped the smaller bear.  When I peeled off the mask, the smaller bear was peeking out from behind the larger one.

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I dived right into the coloring after that.  I colored on a few layers with each of the pencils.  The Prismacolor pencils do have a tendency of dimming the stamped lines, but that problem can be easily fixed if you keep your stamps on the door of your stamp positions.  Then all you have to do is pop your card panel back in and re-stamp it.  Or outline it with a marker when you’re finished coloring.

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I added some glitter over the bears’ scarves and the pail of fish with my Spetrum Noir clear glitter pen.  This just added a little more interest.  I used a gel pen to dot on snowflakes, making sure to put some on the bears so it looked like it was snowing all around them.

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I adhered this card panel onto a white card base and called it done, but as I kept glancing at it sitting on my craft table as I’d walk by while cooking or leaving the house on some errand–my craft table is actually my dining room table, so I pass it a lot–I felt something else was needed.  And I remembered that adding a bow to almost anything helps.  I opted to use red and white baker’s twine.  This was the missing element!

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I love how this card turned out, and I hope you like it too!  You can watch it here on my blog or on my YouTube Channel.

 

Thank you for visiting!!

Heaven & Nature Sing/Christmas Card Series 2017

Hello! Welcome to the 2nd installment in my 2017 Christmas card series!  Lately, I can’t help but create two cards–same layout–with different mediums.  I love my colored pencils, but I’ve been neglecting my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I decided to use both of them.

For my first card, I found a piece of beautiful cranberry red cardstock.  I only had one piece in my stash, so it must have come in a paper sampler.  I cut it up into four, 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 pieces.  I heat embossed my images with some Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold embossing powder.  I used the same powder for the sentiment.  I could have stamped the sentiment when I was stamping the images, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the sentiment at that time.

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I could have called it done at this point–the detailed images looked so elegant with this embossing powder, but, of course, I had to color it in.  I love the look of Prismacolor pencils on dark cardstocks.  I used a heavy hand when coloring with the pencils.  Super easy coloring–no shading.  I then used a frame die to cut out a frame on this panel.

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I used a faux stitched frame die from MFT, and to give it some dimension, I layered four frames under it.  I used Ranger’s Multi Medium Matte glue to adhere them all together.

I kept the thin frame that was left over after I cut out the faux stitched frame.  VersaMark pens are a lot of fun to use to emboss little dots or even write your own sentiment and then pour embossing powder over it.  I used it on this small frame and poured on more antique gold embossing powder.  If you don’t have the pen, you can use your VersaMark ink pad and press that onto your paper.

My last step for this first card was to adhere the three parts of this card panel onto a card base, and for this I used 110 pound Neenah Solar White cardstock.

My second card was much simpler.  I stamped my images onto a piece of Canson XL Watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx black ink.  When I color with my Zig markers, I prefer to use this paper.  The color moves and blends on this paper very  nicely.

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My coloring was a little more detailed; I used two markers for each element of the card.  For instance, on the holly leaves I used a dark green down the center and a lighter green around the edges.  This helped to make the leaves look curled in in the middles.

After I finished coloring in the images, I went around them with a pale green Zig and then pulled out the color and softened the edges with my water brush.  This helped make the images pop a little more.

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I cut this panel down to 5 1/4 by 4 inches, attached it to a dark green card base and then added a red frame around it using the same frame die.  I also added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella brush.

Here is the video of how I created these cards.  You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel.

Thank you for visiting!!  Have a wonderful day!!