Hi, hello! I’m back today with some cards to share that I made with a few of the Christmas and Winter stamps and dies that are on sale at Technique Tuesday currently! Be sure to read to the end for a 25% coupon code!
My first card features the Bow on the Border Die and I love that it die cuts the outline of a bow on the right side and then allows you to inlay patterned paper (or solid cardstock) of your choosing to show the shape perfectly!
I used some red gingham patterned paper from My Favorite Things, and I used a matching red marker to color the “shadow streaks” a darker shade to help them stand out.
I edged the inside of the card with some grey plaid patterned paper from my stash, and stamped a greeting from the Technique Tuesday Find Beauty stamp set and heat set with silver embossing powder, before finishing the card off with a few silver rhinestone gems.
The next two cards coordinate somewhat, in the use of bright primary/rainbow colors and the Christmas light theme!
The first card is stamped all over with the String of Lights stamp set, then colored with all the bright holiday colors of lights. I stamped with Versafine Onyx black ink onto Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock, then colored the bulbs with Copic markers, using light and dark markers for some subtle shading.
I used an even lighter shade of Copic marker to each bulb, to add a soft “glow” around part of the bulb. The String of Lights stamp set comes with an assortment of fun greetings and I used the “twinkle twinkle” to stamp on colored cardstock, die cutting the stamped sentiment with the Captions and Labels Crafting die set and the word die cuts with the Happy Year Around Dies.
My second “string of lights” themed card uses the Christmas Lights Border Die to cut out the top edge.
As the border die cut out the lovely lacey edge for the top of the card, I popped out the bulbs and colored them with the same Copic marker color combos as the lights on the first card above and in rainbow order. Then closing the card front, I adhered each of the bulbs to the inside of the card using the opening in the front of the card as a positioning guide.
I actually then did the same with each of the bulb screw-tops and the cords themselves, realizing only as I finished that the MUCH easier way of transferring the cords and caps through to the inside would simply be to lightly trace the openings with a pencil, then color in the shapes with markers. Live and learn! I stamped a greeting on the front, again from the Find Beauty stamp set and on the inside with a greeting from the String of Lights stamp set. The rainbow strip along the bottom of the inside of the card is this Block Rainbow Washi tape from Altenew adhered to paper and trimmed to a narrow strip.
Next up is a card that features the Wonderful Wreath Die set combined with a script stamped and silver heat embossed card panel of painted watercolor paper. I wish I could tell you the script background stamp I used, but I pulled the card panel from my stash of “practice” pieces that were leftover from some past project, but too good to toss.
I die cut several more layers of cardstock to layer with the colored cardstock for extra dimension. I also die cut the bow portion of the die from some red polka dot patterned paper and adhered that overtop the green cardstock die cut layer.
Once more I used the Find Beauty stamp set to stamp the “season’s greetings” sentiment onto a strip of vellum paper and heat set with silver embossing powder to match the background of the card panel. Finally, I adorned the wreath with various sizes and shades of red enamel dots to simulate berries.
Lastly, I have a couple of watercolored cards featuring a previously released Greenhouse Society stamp set called Joyous Juniper. The main difference between these two cards is that the card on the left is first generation stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink on watercolor paper, and the card on the right is the 2nd generation stamping of the same image. I tried to color the 2nd card with more of a “no-line” coloring technique, and I can’t decide which I prefer; both have their own appeal and beauty.
Each of the cards has a stamped greeting from the Joyous Juniper stamp set.
For the first card, (I couldn’t find my white gouache paint, so) I splattered the card front with water droplets and added white embossing powder which I heat set. I added some strips of coordinating colors of patterned papers from my stash bin and a line of hand drawn “stitches”.
For the 2nd card, I splattered with black paint, and added only a single wide strip of patterned paper and drew a black liner pen line with the help of a straight edge.
This sale at Technique Tuesday runs from July 24 through Sunday, July 26. When you check out, use coupon code CHRISTMAS to save 25% off all the holiday-themed products!
Whew, that was a few, huh?! Thanks for stopping by and sticking with me to the end! I always appreciate your visits and kind comments! Have a great rest of the day!