Thursday, October 29, 2009

More for Christmas.....

Stamps and ink, brayer, punches, ribbon, brads, embossing powder, silver cording...How many more things can I add to cards? Oh, I forgot white gel pen, to highlight special effects! There's so many creative ways to decorate your cards.

There's also the way you fold and glue things together -- to make a gift card that opens up to a star! If you check with postings from last year, you'll find a whole mass of these stars I made for friends and family and the link to the instructions on a very creative blogsite.

These little items (measuring 2.25" square when closed) are EASY to make -- even children enjoy their creation.

More Christmas Preparations

This card is unique -- I stamped the cardinal in Stazon permanent black ink on glossy white paper. I coloured it with markers, then versamarked the entire image. I used clear embossing powder on the image. Then I brayered multiple colours over the image, wiping each time with a baby wipe with stampin' mist loaded on it, removing and softening the colours. This allows the cardinal to really pop, but the background colours to be muted.

I love the effect and hope to try it again soon. Why don't you give it a try?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Preparing for Christmas -- Get ready, get set, GO!!!

Reindeer consternation in Certainly Celery and White -- Oh, to be different than the rest! Designer series paper is from last year, but everything else is available to order today!

A simple, stamp-and-go Nativity scene that is fast and easy, in Handsome Hunter and White. A simple punched border and wheeled effect adds to the decorative style.

Here's the outside and inside of the same Christmas card. The technique used on the cardfront is emerging colour; the inside of the card uses the 3-D Christmas tree and ornament die-cuts for SU's Sizzix Big Shot. I love the way that the tree can hide inside the card and open up to a lovely, decorated tree. Too bad that it doesn't quite fit the normal 5-1/2 x 4-1/4" CARD. Cardstock and inks used for the main card are Handsome Hunter and Whisper White.

New Cards - Thanksgiving

Two cards for the Thanksgiving season -- one to thank your hostess (or a friend or relative...generic card) and one to send to someone dear that you will not see at Thanksgiving!

All products are in the current Stampin' Up! catalogue and just waiting for you to grab and use.