Altenew – Stenciled Pine Cone Holiday Cards

Hello, hi! It’s already the 10th today, and maybe you’re all ready for the holidays with all your tasks crossed off your list, or maybe you’re still scrambling to get it all done in time! If you need a quick and easy idea for some last minute cards, look no further than the Altenew Classic Pine Cone Stencil set! I’m sharing these cards and the how-to’s over on the Altenew Card Blog today!

For both cards, I used Coffee Break ink family to stencil the pinecones, and a combination of Olive, Evergreen and Mountain Pine from the Tropical Forest, Green Fields and Green Valley color families respectively, for the needle/branches.

For the first card I used the entire stencil with both the pine cones and the boughs and covered the whole of the Neenah Solar White cardstock card panel.

I didn’t feel like I had enough depth of shadow on the pinecones so I added a little more with Prisma-color colored pencils. I didn’t take a great deal of care in adding the shading, using streaky, scribble-lines, (and I might add, that it isn’t as noticeable in real life as it is in the photos).

To add the snow to the pine cones, I mixed some white acrylic paint into some embossing paste (to prevent the embossing paste from drying back to a dull cream color) and dabbed it over the stencil openings. I added some glitter while it was still wet, then let it dry while I quickly washed up the stencil and palette knife.

For the sentiment, I stamped a greeting from the Winter Wishes stamp set with embossing ink onto vellum paper and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I tore the paper in a line running across the vellum above and and below the embossed greeting with a careful hand in order to insure that I got a mostly straight line. Then, because the busy background still showed through the vellum too much and was a little too distracting to read properly, I layered it overtop a plain white strip of cardstock, before wrapping the ends around to the back of the card panel. Finally, I added some clear confetti sequins to complete the card.

Up next is a card that is made using the very same Classic Pine Cone Stencil set, but stenciling only a couple of pinecones and their surrounding boughs. I added a lot of dark brown ink for the shadows this time and didn’t feel I needed to add any more with colored pencils.

On this card, I added the same mix of white acrylic paint and embossing paste for the little blankets of snow, but after lifting off the stencil, I smoothed them out with the palette knife before sprinkling on the glitter.

Once the paste was dry, I stamped and gold heat embossed the same sentiment, added a green gingham patterned paper strip along the side, and wrapped and tied a thin string of jute around the card front. I added a few more clear sequins to finish the card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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