Make Plans for the Perfect Christmas Card

by Elina Stromberg

Snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards Shapphire Blue.

Busy Christmas card season is soon here! I envy those efficient crafters who start making their Christmas cards early enough, so that they can create beautiful, diverse card designs for each receiver. I usually start too late, and in order to complete the task on time I must choose only one or two designs that are easy and quick to do even in larger quantities. However, simple does not mean that the cards need be boring, quite the contrary! A wow-factor must be included, and even if time may be running short, I still take time to carefully plan the card design.

Each year I make a few extra cards that I keep to myself. I want to keep record of the card designs I have used, as my cards must never be replicates of the previous years’ designs. Making a couple of test rounds before starting the actual card making project has proven to be a wise choice, too. Whenever I want to come up with a new and fresh design idea, I like to start with making several samples. For me that’s the only way to see what works and what doesn’t. This is especially true when including new media, new color combinations, new supplies or new techniques. A few pieces of scrap paper keep this endeavor an inexpensive choice for testing! I’ll switch to higher quality card bases when I’m ready to go into production.

This year my Christmas cards will most probably have a snowflake background; snowflakes are always a safe choice for Christmas cards. For my sample pieces, I sprayed two sheets of white mixed media cardstock with blue Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray. Those shimmering cold blue colors gave just the icy look and feel I needed! I mixed the colors with water, dried with my heat gun, and cut the sheets into smaller sample pieces. I even punched one sheet with a tag punch and a set of gift tags was made on the same go.

For sample #1, I applied Metallic Silver Creative Medium through a snowflake stencil. On sample #2, I stamped different small snowflakes with Sapphire Blue Delicata ink and for sample #3, I used the same snowflake stencil with the Sapphire Delicata ink and a Stipple Brush.

I continued testing on punched gift tags: #4 is heat embossed with white embossing powder, and #5 with silver.

For tags #6 and #7,  I used the previous techniques once again, as I wanted to see how they work on small backgrounds.

For tags #8 and #9,  I die-cut snowflakes from glitter paper and glued them down with On Point Glue. #8 is misted with Original GooseBumps Texture Spray, and #9 outlined with ‘Wedding Dress’ white irRESISTible texture spray.

Now the only tricky part is to choose which pattern or texture to use for my Christmas cards. As much I liked the stamped and die-cut images, I think I will go for the stenciled Metallic Silver Creative Medium. The shimmering silver just looks so cool on the shimmering, icy blue background!

From here building a card design that could be both time-friendly and very personalized will be easy and fun! Enjoy!

Supplies

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Other
  • Mixed media paper
  • Water mister
  • 13Arts Studio – Snowflake stencil
  • Snowflake stamps
  • Scissors
  • Tag punch

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Sending Big Hugs Using Delicata Rose Gold Ink

by Nadine Carlier

Big Hugs Card by Nadine Carlier ic

All the new Delicata colors are truly stunning but I have to admit, I think the rose gold is my favorite. I love the gold shimmer it has mixed with the soft rose color. I also added Imagines gold embossing powder as accents to my card to really make it pop

Watch my video tutorial below to see how I created my card. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min.

Supplies

Imagine
Other

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Make the Most of Your Stamps with Layering Delicata

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Make the Most of Your Stamps with Layering Delicata red blue green white pigment ink

 

The new colors of Delicata are simply amazing and if you want to use them for layer stamping, you will obtain shiny images with great texture. To create this beautiful butterfly card, I used only Delicata Ink with four of the new colors, a creative layout twist and a butterfly layering stamp set. I selected Crum Cake cardstock (or a kraft color cardstock) to enhance the radiant look of the ink and a tilt in the canvas.

I started with the lightest color in Delicata White Shimmer and the solid image of the stamp. This gave me a solid and brilliant base for the butterflies. Since pigment ink takes a little longer to dry, I set the color using a heat tool. Then I stamped the second layer of the butterflies image using the new color Delicata Pink Shimmer and set the color with heat tool as well. The last layer of the stamps was stamped with the darker colors of Delicata Ink in Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, and Emerald Green and covered it with clear embossing powder to have a wonderful texture over each butterfly and take advantage of the pigment’s open dry time.

For the sentiment, I used one of the quotes of the stamp set Faith Quotes of Joy Clair stamped with Black Shimmer Delicata Ink. To finish, I titled the kraft paper over the card base, trimmed the edges to fit, and mounted the panel to the card base. This simple tilt of the card panel, the use of embossing and Delicata layering adds a bit of drama to an otherwise easy card! Thank you for visiting the blog and leave a comment below!

Supplies

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Other
  • Cardstock – Black, White, Kraft
  • Layering Butterflies Stamp Set
  • Joy Clair – Faith Quotes Stamp Set
  • Misti stamping tool
  • Heat Tool
  • Sequins

See How To Create Mixed Media ATC’s

by Nadine Carlier

ATC cards by Nadine Carlier ic

What is an ATC? “Artist trading cards (commonly referred to as ATCs) are 2 ½” x 3 ½” miniature pieces of art that are traded around the world with other artists. Artists create, trade and collect art at organized “swap” events, either in person or online.”

I enjoy trading ATC’s with other crafters, not only is it fun I also really like to be able to see what others create. Everyone has such different styles, and they all inspire me one way or another. ATC’s don’t have to be hard to make or super elaborate just as long as they reflect you and your style. All I needed to create these ATC’s was some Creative Medium, Walnut Ink, irRESISTible, VersaColor, and VersaMagic.

Watch my video tutorial below on how I created them. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 min.

Supplies

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See How to Create Your Own Magical Fairy Card

by Martha Lucia Gomez

See How to Create Your Own MAGIC Fairy Card

Who said that you can’t create your own magic? I created my own magic by using a combination of Encore Ultimate Metallic Gold, Memento Luxe and Memento Dye inks in a fairy themed handmade card. It was very easy and fun and you can do the same just using your imagination. Take a look at how I created this glowing teal colored background.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

ink blending with Memento dye inks
Step 1

Take a piece of whisper white card stock and three different colors of Memento Ink. I used Desert Sand, Peanut Brittle, and Teal Zeal colors. Sponge the Desert Sand Memento ink as a base layer around the borders of the paper using a jumbo sponge dauber to create a frame. Use Memento Peanut Brittle to enhance the color saturation. Sponge the center of the layer with Teal Zeal Memento Ink. Spray the layer with water to create a texture effect and let the paper dry.

Stamp the image of the fairy using Memento Luxe Teal Zeal
Step 2

Stamp the image of the fairy using Memento Luxe Teal Zeal and heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.

spiral of stars and "Create Your Own Magic" sentiment
Step 3

Stamp the spiral of stars and “Create Your Own Magic” sentiment with Encore Metallic Gold and heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder. Cut the layer with a rectangle stitched die cut. Paste the decorated layer over the card base a matching teal card base.

What do you think? Please let me know in the comments below.

Supplies

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Other
  • So Suzy Stamps – Moonlight Fairy stamp, Star Swirl stamp
  • Peak-A-Boo Designs – Magical Fairies stamp
  • Card Stock – white, teal
  • Fun Foam
  • Rectangle Stitched Die cut

Enjoy Your Magical Adventure Handmade Card

by Renee Zarate

Enjoy Your Magical Adventure Handmade Card

Enjoy your magical adventure! This is the phrase used into today’s cardmaking inspiration. Making master boards is always fun and saves time in creating interesting projects. These snippets of a master board designed using StazOn Studio Glazes and are a great launching point for a card, art journal or refrigerator magnet. Now is the time to cut up those extra pieces of paper and turn them into something beautiful!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

Directions


Step 1

Cut master board into desired sizes. Use a large background stamp with script and stamp onto the card panel. On a separate piece of Bristol paper, stamp an image of a girl with Delicata Black Shimmer ink, and heat emboss with Imagine’s clear embossing powder.


Step 2

Color in the image with Memento Markers and cut out. The ink from the dye ink in Memento markers should move past the embossed areas and soak into the exposed paper. Wipe off excess ink with a tissue.


Step 3

Glue the image to the panel, add stickers, and detail around the stickers using Memento marker in Tuxedo Black to outline each word. Ink edges with StazOn Midnight Blue and then Delicata Celestial Copper ink. Use gel medium to attach metal wings. From here you have a variety of choices. You can mount this panel to a card base, the front cover of an art journal or attach magnets to hang on the fridge.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Teesha Moore Zettiology – stamp
  • Stampers Anonymous – stamp
  • Idea-ology – Metal wings
  • Strathmore Bristol paper
  • Finnabair – 3D Matte Gel
  • Artistcellar – stencil
  • Cutting tool
  • Heat tool
  • Paper towels