Monday, October 19, 2020

Six Quick & Bold Holiday Cards!

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I have some pretty things for you today - six different holiday cards with five simple ideas for repeatable or mass produced cards. One is a one-off for sure but the rest are so easy to duplicate without being boring. 

The first trick I'll just call Barely Stenciling. I like to do this with bold foreground images so that my "white space" is still super interesting. 

On this first card, I used the stunning stencil from the new kit + Powder Blue Ink & Life changing blender brushes - I used a very light touch, and tapped some of the ink off before blending for a very light blue background. Then I stamped the focal image in Blue Raspberry on top of that. I added the GORGEOUS Hanukkah sentiment from the same set in the kit as the focal image and added these white enamel dots. PS did you know that the USPS has a stamp that you can buy that covers the non-machinable cost for bulky or square/irregular size cards? It's true. It's on their website here.

I love all the blue possibilities with Hanukkah cards - and this stamp set imagery can be used for any holiday or all year cards. 

Now last week, my friend Kyra did the tutorial at Splitcoast and it's one of my faves, so I busted it out for a completely different looking holiday card - a warm, metallic look. I started with a piece of white cardstock that I embossed with this embossing folder. I smooshed Versamark all over it and then applied a few different colors of metallic Pan Pastel with Sofft tools. The snowflake die is also from the new kit, and the sentiment is from this beautiful sentiment set. I stamped it in Warm Cocoa to stay within my color scheme.

Now speaking of beautiful sentiments - this one is from that same set - and there are lots of other big, scripty and gorgeous greetings, but this one was so sweet and different I couldn't resist. Think how many quick cards you can make with this perfectly sized sentiment!! Over an inked or stenciled background, over loose watercolor, or in a clean and simple format with a little rainbow of cardstock down the side! I added these rainbow rhinestones and I just love it. Get this rainbow paper if you don't want to use cardstock strips - I just had this little stripe leftover in my UFO bin.

Okay this next one is the card that's a one off. I call this piece - Walter White's cabin. When I saw this beautiful little scene, my watercolors called. I stamped it in Fadeout ink and then used my Daniel Smith from my split group to paint it. As watercolor goes - it's actually pretty quick because of the simple lines in the mountains. The little cabin took a bit longer, but not much. This image has a little frame around it that gives me another idea I'll save for another day.

This next one is probably the quickest of them all. The background is actually this beautiful watercolor paper pack. Then I just stamped the tree and bird images from the same set as the cabin image and the beautiful sentiment that's included!

Finally - one of my oldest techniques I've learned - I don't know if there's a name for it - I just call it Frosted Stamping. I stamped the tree image from the kit in Powder blue with my MISTI - keeping it 1/8" away from the corner. I LOVE that it has a sentiment opening. Then I shifted it into the corner of the MISTI and stamped it in Gina's white ink on top. I stamped the sentiment into the opening in black.

October 2020 Kit & Release
[ GNK ]
Embossing Folder - Aztech Stars —...
[ BMR ]
PanPastel Artists’ Painting Pastels...
[ BLIC ]
PanPastel Sofft Tools - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
Doodlebug LILY WHITE Sprinkles...
[ SSS ]
JJs Rainbow Paper Pad
[ SSS ]
Lavinia Stamps Scene Scapes SEA...
[ SSS ]
Gem Stickers | 300 Count | Rainbow –...
[ HNB | SSS ]
daniel smith at Simon Says STAMP!
[ SSS ]
VersaMark | Watermark Stamp Pad
[ HNB | SSS ]
GKD Color Companions Ink Pad- White...
[ GNK ]
GKD Color Companions Ink Pad- Powder...
[ GNK ]
GKD Color Companions Ink Pad- Warm...
[ GNK ]
Fadeout No Line coloring Detail Ink
[ INK ]
Pre-Cut & Scored Cardstock
[ CTC ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]

What a gorgeous release all around.

You can see the new kit and the rest of the release here. She has two exclusives for the holidays - some beautiful new glitter paper and slimline envelopes! These will be while supplies last. Click the images to see them in her store. Then one more super exciting product below!

Check out this Master Layouts Die 3 Set! This is a huge set of dies that works with the Wreath Builders and can be used to make panels and layers for regular card fronts! So fun. Love the pennants.


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  1. Why is it that we can't have enough tree stamps and dies?? Beautiful cards!

  2. Love the cards. I really like the non traditional colors!

  3. Hard to pick a favorite from your beautiful’s between 1,2,4,5!!

  4. Beautiful cards! I think it was your blue Hannukah card that sold me! I love that that stamp set can be used year round!

  5. Walter White’s Cabin. You make me laugh. This is a beautiful collection of cards, but the Cabin is my fave.


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