Christmas Cards – Day 1

Hello and welcome to Day 1 of my Christmas Card posts. Last month as I set my mind to making some Christmas cards, it was my goal to try to use a new stamp and/or die set in multiple ways, rather than just make one card and then move on to another stamp set.

With this in mind, here are today’s cards. The featured stamp/die set is from Avery Elle: Snow Tags. You can find this stamp set at Ellen Hutson.

I stamped the ornament on Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80 cardstock with Delicata Silvery Shimmer pigment ink. I also used Sunny Studio Stamps Holiday Style pine branches and stamped them once using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Evergreen and then once with Olive, shifting the stamp just slightly so that both colors were visible. I used the ornament’s die to cut it out, propped it up with foam tape and used Simon Says Stamps Wonky Rectangles Die to frame the card base. The bow was cut from cardstock that was colored using Versafine Clair ink: Glamorous, using Hero Arts’ Infinity Dies – Nested Cuts Ornaments. The sequin embellishments are from Pretty Pink Posh. I also used some silver thread to make the ornament look as though it was hanging on the tree.

This card was simple and easy to make.

The second card for today is another simple, clean and easy to make card, using a few of the same materials as the first card.

This card has a lovely background of snowflakes created from Carta Bella’s Snowfall (A2) stamp and white embossing powder from Stampendous.

The materials used in this card are: Avery Elle Snow Tags Stamp and Die Set; Hero Arts Infinity Dies – Nested Cuts Ornaments; Delicata Silvery Shimmer Pigment Ink; Carta Bella Snowfall A2 Stamp, Versamark Ink, Stampendous White Embossing Powder, Versafine Clair Ink – Glamorous, Craft Foam, and Neenah White Classic Crest Solar White cardstock in #80 and #110. I also used a Wink of Stella glitter pen on the ornament to add some sparkle and shine (I did this after the picture was taken.) The card base for this card is 3 3/4″ x 5″.

My third card using this same, Avery Elle Snow Tags Stamp and Die Set is a little more colorful yet still, simple, clean and easy to make.

I added color to the ornament using Zig Clean Color Markers in May Green and Wine. Rather than cutting the ornament out, I dry embossed it with the die.

This card was made with the same materials as the card above it with the addition of Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder, and Hero Arts Peace Love & Joy Stamp Set. The edges of the card base were colored by rubbing the Versafine Glamorous ink pad across the edges of the base on all four sides.

Well, I hope you like the cards.

Happy Birthday Card & Envelope

I have another card today that is going back to November when it was my daughter, Holly’s, birthday. I had ordered Concord & 9th‘s new Birthday Stacks Stamp & Die Set and couldn’t wait to try it out. I really like the set and can’t wait to play around with it a little bit more…but it will have to wait until after Christmas. 🙂

To make this card I used Catherine Pooler Inks in the following colors: Mardi Gras, Pixie Dust, All That Jazz, Tiara, Lime Rickey, and Party Dress. I also used Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest cardstock for both the card and the envelope. I highly recommend this stamp set, it has so much potential for fun!

Looking Back to Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving Day card was created on craft cardstock, which appeared more tan-colored then it does in the photo.

The following is a list of the materials that I used to create this card. (I am not linking these supplies to the retailers today.) I used Ranger, Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and a mini foam applicator to distress the sides of the craft cardstock and I used Prisma Colored pencils to deepen the color of the veins on the leaves.

Sugar Pea Designs Pine Cone Greetings Stamp & Die Set; Sugar Pea Designs Funky Wreath All Seasons Stamp & Die Set; My Favorite Things Stitched Beautiful Bows Die Set; My Favorite Things Whimsical Woodgrain Stamp; Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Sand Dunes, Honey Drizzle, Autumn Blaze, Sunkissed, Ruby Red, Evergreen, Olive, Espresso, Mocha and Parrot; Prisma Colored Pencils: Marine Green, Raspberry, Mineral Orange; Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Add-on Stamps & Dies, Versamark ink, Craft cardstock, Ranger Distress Oxide ink – Vintage Photo, Nuvo Drops -Red, and Orange cardstock.

Altenew AECP Level 3 Challenge

This morning (Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018) I held my first card making class for Altenew’s Educator Certificate Program. I had so much fun with my friends teaching them some basic stamping techniques then helping them complete two Christmas Cards. They had never done stamping before so it was eye opening for them to see the detail and work involved in the process. We all had a great time and shared some laughs too. 🙂

Here’s a look at the 2 Christmas Cards we made.

Level 3 Challenge Cards 10-27-18

To make both sets of cards we used Altenew‘s Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Set and Altenew‘s Starry Night Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Die Inks: Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Warm Sunshine, Olive, Mocha, Paper Bag, Espresso and Grapevine; Altenew Gold Embossing Powder, Altenew tape runners, Versamark Ink, and Versafine Onyx Black Ink. Other materials used: Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circle Dies, black card stock, and foam tape.

Level 3 Challenge Class 10-28-18

Pictured here are my good friends: Mary Zakarian (standing), Georgia Burnett (far right), Sandy Gould (far left), and Melanie Gould. They worked hard and did a wonderful job on their Christmas cards.

Level 3 Challenge Mary Z-Georgia 10-27-18

Georgia and Mary relaxing after a job well done!

Level 3 Challenge Wreath Set instructions

I made a couple of tent cards to use as instructional helps for the card makers so that if they were ready for the next step they knew what color and what stamp to use.

After the class was over and we were cleaning up, the ladies in my class expressed their appreciation for having these instructional cards. They found them very helpful. I will use this technique in future classes.

Level 3 Challenge Practices-Cards Display

I also set up a table with cards that I have made while in the Altenew Educator Certificate Program for my projects as well as cards that I have made just having fun with my stamps. On the table I also made available some Altenew stamp sets so that everyone could see a sampling of the diversity Altenew has in their stamp sets. Lastly, I displayed my ink swatches and some of the practice sheets I worked on while in the AECP (to help my stamping get better) 😉 .

I’ve enjoyed the AECP so much!! Virginia Lu, AECP Director, has been such an encouragement to me from day one. She has been so patient with my questions, my fears with technology, and all along challenging me to move past my comfort zone and believe I can do it. It was especially nice to meet her and Nicole Picadura, Operations Director at Altenew, via Google Hangouts. The AECP has been such a great experience. I cannot wait to plan my next class.

 

 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

A couple of weeks ago I bought Altenew’s new Starry Night and Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Sets. I am really enjoying both of them and have a few cards today highlighting those sets.

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This is the first card I want to share with you.  Here are the materials I used to make my card. The links are to the retailer’s website but not to the specific product.

Altenew Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Starry Night Stamp Set, Versamark Ink, Ranger Silver and Gold Embossing Powders, Nuvo Crystal Drops in colors: Dandelion Yellow, Woodland Green, Red Berry, Caribbean Ocean, Blue Lagoon (Glitter Drops), Glitter Card Stock, Vellum, Navy Blue Card Stock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #80 and #110, Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pale Tomato Mid-tone, Umbrella Crafts Ruby Red, Fun Stampers Journey True Color Fusion Cranberry Bliss, David Tutera sequins & rhinestones, and clear sequins.

My next card is so pretty in person because you can see the irridescent embossing powder in the background so much nicer than in the picture and it really adds sparkle and texture.

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Altenew Holiday Bow Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Starry Night Stamp, Altenew Crisp Die Inks: Forest Glades, Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry, Espresso, Olive, Moss, Warm Sunshine, Black Gel Pen, Versamark Ink, Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock #80, and #110.

My last card is so pretty in person. I absolutely love the new Avery Elle Beautiful Bow Stamp Set. It is simply gorgeous when stamped on vellum and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I am already playing around with new designs using it. 🙂

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Altenew Starry Night Stamp & Die Set, Avery Elle Beautiful Bow Stamp Set, Ranger Gold Embossing Powder, Umbrella Crafts White Pigment Ink, Vellum, Craft Smith Gold Noir Paper Pad (12×12) found at Michael’s craft store, Craft Smith Say Freeze Paper Pad (6×6) found at Michael’s craft store, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Card Stock #80, #110, Stampendous Clear Detail Embossing Powder.

When making this card I did not have enough matte finished gold card stock so I used a piece of 12×12 card stock that was a white and gold stripe. I cut the gold stripes out of it to use as a trim on my card. If you have gold card stock then you do not need the paper pad that I listed.

I Am Grateful

Hello there! Today I am spotlighting a thank you card I recently made for a friend. It is using a Hero Arts stamp set that I bought last fall (2017) but didn’t seem to have the best ink colors to make the stamp looks its best. However, this year I have wonderful Altenew inks that were perfect for making this layered sunflower. I hope you like it.

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Here are the supplies I used:

Hero Arts Sunflowers and Gourds(MH0917C) Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Buttercream, Warm Sunshine, Caramel Truffle, Rocky Shore, Espresso, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Our Daily Bread With Much Thanks Stamp Set, Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky, Gina K Designs Dye Ink: In The Navy, Honey Bee Stamps Outdoor Scene Builder Stencils, Neenah Solar White card stock #80, #110.

For You

Happy Birthday Special Birthday Buddy

This special birthday card was created for my birthday buddy (we share the same date but I’m a cuzillian years older 🙂 ).

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Here are the materials I used on this card:

Strathmore Watercolor card stock, Altenew Floral Art Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Orange Cream, Sunkissed, Firebrick, Frayed Leaf, Altenew Watercolor Paints: Warm Sunshine, Fresh Lemon, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Versamark Ink, Stampendous Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Lawn Fawn Simply “For You” Die, Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Black card stock, craft foam, Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins.