Merry and Bright Christmas Card With Winter Wonder

Merry and Bright Christmas Card created with Winter Wonder Stampin' Up!

Merry and Bright Christmas Card Cased From Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalog

Isn’t this Christmas Card just gorgeous? I love simple WOW cards and this Merry and Bright Christmas Card falls into that category! This card started out as a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) of the “cheers to a new year!” card on the bottom of page 36 of the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. (If you don’t have a catalog you can find out how to get one by clicking here.) As I got to work on the card it quickly became apparent that I needed to make some changes! Here’s why:

  • Cheers to the Year stamp set was not in my stamp collection! (I know. I know! What was I thinking?)
  • Heat embossing was out of the question because I needed it to be quick for a Make and Take!
  • Simple is good but sometimes just adding a simple layer adds to the wow factor.

So, what do you do when you see a card you want to copy and you don’t have the sentiment? Pull out what you do have and find an alternative.  Or order what you need, wink, wink – but I didn’t have time for that – I was working with a deadline!

The Process of Casing a Christmas Card With What You Have

Since I did not have time to order the Cheers to the Year stamp set, I needed to figure out if I could CASE the Christmas Card with what I had on hand.  Since I knew I wanted to add a layer to the card, I started with that. Once I measured, cut, and embossed my layer, then I was able to determine the best size for my circle layers. TIP: The easiest way to do this is to have the Layering Circle Dies cut out in copy paper (just store these with your dies) so you can lay them over your card front and visually see what will look good. No need to waste that precious (and gorgeous) Designer Series Paper! I also have the Lowdown on the sizes of the Layering Circle Framelit Dies that you can download here.

After you have determined the size of your circles, the next step is to take the one that you will be stamping the sentiment on and using it to find a sentiment in your collection of stamps that will fit. I already had an idea of what I wanted to use so I pulled out my Hearts Come Home Bundle, much to my delight (and relief) the “merry & bright” sentiment was a perfect fit!

FREE Inkheaven Tutorial for the Merry and Bright Christmas Card

Since this card was created as a Make and Take for my Holiday Catalog Launch, I put together a tutorial complete with supply list for my attendees. To celebrate my new blog and return to blogging, I will be sharing more Make and Takes, Class Cards, and Tutorials for you to download over the next few weeks so be sure to check back!

Click here to download FREE Inkheaven Tutorial

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! If you enjoyed this project and would like to duplicate it, please be sure to purchase the products you need from my online store.

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Please come and visit me again as I will be creating more stamping happiness for you soon!

Darla Olson at inkheaven wishing you stamping happiness always

 

Watercolor Pencil Technique is Gorgeous With Special Reason

Watercolor Pencil technique with Special Reason Inkheaven

Watercolor Pencil Technique provides depth and texture to stamped images.

The Special Reason stamp set is perfect for this watercolor pencil technique.  I am not a big fan of spending a lot of time coloring images. I don’t know why it is, but I lose interest quickly. Even as a child I don’t recall completing entire pages in my coloring books very often. As a result, this technique suites me well as the Watercolor Pencils are used primarily to enhance an already stamped image!

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Since I have not used this Watercolor Pencil Technique with other stamp sets yet, I can only share how it worked with the Special Reason stamp set. When I first attempted this technique, I found that inking up the image and stamping it made it too dark. I then tried stamping off, but I didn’t like that result either.  Ultimately, I settled on using a stamping sponge to apply the ink to the stamp to get the desired look. Even when using the stamping sponge to ink up the stamp, you have to be careful to not over apply the ink!

Another technique used on this card is masking. As the name implies, images are covered in this technique to achieve a desired look. In this instance, masking is used to place part of the leaves behind the flower.  I created the mask for the flower using the Stylish Stems dies with post-it notes. (The Stylish Stem Dies are no longer available. However, a mask can be created by fussy cutting around a stamped image.). To keep the gap between the flowers and the leaves from being too big, be sure to leave an edge of the flower showing. The mask needs to be re-positioned for each leaf. Once again, I found that stamping the image fully inked was too much, so the leaf is stamped off once before stamping on the card.

How the Technique is Done

Choose complimentary Watercolor Pencils to shade your images. Shading is done is layers with the darkest layer added last. Once the desired shading has been done, the shading is blended with a blender pen.

If you are local be sure to sign up for my creative classes of happiness for hands on learning! Creative classes of happiness will also be an online feature once I am done moving and settled!

Supplies used for this card project

Special Reason stamp set, Suite Sentiments stamp set, Very Vanilla cardstock, Stitched Shapes Framelits,  Calypso Coral ink and cardstock,  Petal Burst folder,  Blushing Bride 3/8″ stitched satin ribbon, Stamping Sponges, Watercolor Pencils, Chocolate Chip Marker, Pear Pizzazz ink, Blender Pens.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! If you enjoyed this project and would like to duplicate it, please be sure to purchase the products you need from my online store.  Please note that after May 22nd, the Special Reason stamp set will only be available while supplies last as it is being retired! Thank you so much for your support!

Happy Shopping @inkheaven
Thank you for shopping with me @inkheaven

 

Please come and visit me again as I will be creating more stamping happiness for you soon!

Darla Olson at inkheaven wishing you stamping happiness always