Hello! I hope you’re all having fun with your Christmas card crafting this year! I sure am, but I really like re-purposing stamps I have in my stash. Buying the latest and greatest stamps gets expensive. I have a fun video for you today where I visit my stamps from card kits past and use them to create some Christmas cards. These are all Simon Says Stamp card kits. None of these sets are Christmas stamps, but I was able to design some quirky and fun cards with them. It’s also amazing what some red and green inks and cardstocks can do!
Card #1: Flowers & Hearts Christmas Tree Card
The stamp sets I used for this card are May’s Take Heart set for the flowers and June’s Beautiful Flowers for the sentiment. I cut out a cylinder shape from a piece of typing paper to create my stencil, and then I randomly stamped my flowers, leaves, hearts and dots with Poppy Red ink and Elf Green ink from MFT. I made sure to stamp some of them off the side to build my tree shape. I stamped my sentiment in place of the trunk. I used a piece of MFT Poppy Red cardstock to mat my panel and adhered some Irridescent Bubbles from Studio Katia inside the flower for a touch of sparkle.
Card #2: Christmas Flowers Pattern Paper Card
I love creating my own pattern papers, and with this card, I used the flower image from October’s card kit called Sketched Blooms. It looked kinda Christmasy to me. I used the same Joy sentiment from my first card, and the dot and heart stamp from July’s card kit stamp called One Cool Pineapple. I colored in the flowers and sentiments with a Poppy Red and white Prismacolor pencil. I stamped out the dots with Poppy Red ink from MFT and Bamboo Leaves Ink from Memento. I used another piece of Poppy Red cardstock to mat this panel. I adhered some Bronze Simon Says Stamp sequins to add a more Christmasy feel to the card.
Card #3: Cactus Christmas Tree Card
Here is the perfect card to send to a desert-dwelling friend. This cute cactus comes from July’s card kit set called One Cool Pineapple. I used a Santa hat from a snowman stamp set from Stampendous called Smiling Snowman. It wouldn’t have been too hard to hand draw the hat either. I colored in this cactus and hat with some Prismacolor pencils. I adhered one single Christmas ornament using another Iridescent Bubble.
Card #4: Christmas Mermaid Card
This card has to be my favorite of the set. This mermaid comes from August’s card kit stamp set called Beautiful Mermaids. It looks likes she could very well be holding up a Christmas star. I colored her in with Copic markers. To create the sky and water, I used some Distress Oxide inks in various blue colors. I had to mask her off so I could easily blend the inks around her, and then I peeled off the mask and ink blended lightly over her tail. I masked her tail because I didn’t want to obscure it with too much ink. I used a white gel pen to draw in the foam on top of the water, making sure to draw the foam line over my mermaid. This makes her appear as though she’s in the water and not merely in front of it. I also added falling snow with the gel pen. I was having so much fun creating this card that I almost forgot my sentiment. I had to put my completed card back into my Mini Misti to ink up the sentiment. I then poured over some white embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool. The white sentiment really pops off the blue of the card.
Below is my process video for these cards. You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel in HD.
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