Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's Time to Make Those Holiday Cards

I hate to say it, but it's almost a month until Christmas.  While you can wait until the last minute to pick up a gift (usually), you don't have that same luxury for mailing holiday cards.  Crafting should be fun and enjoyable. If you're going to be making cards for family and friends, start now before things get hectic and you get stressed out.

This card was easy to put together thanks to the Perfect Crafting Pouch and the Best Glue Ever.   The background was made using two stamps on specialty stamping paper with the red ink slightly smudged for a more distressed look. 

I made the trees on white cardstock by treating the paper with the Perfect Crafting Pouch before stamping with Distress Ink.  I was able to use one large stamp block and stamp all three at the same time. Using the Distress Ink allowed me to vary the colors of the trees, and I then embossed them with clear embossing powder - a money and time saver!  The Perfect Crafting Pouch helps me get a great finished look as it keeps the embossing powder from sticking where I don't want it to stick.

After embossing I used gold spray ink to color the paper and then cut out my trees so I could assemble the card.

I like using stamps to make cards, because I can make as many as I need without worrying about running out of paper. Here's a fast one you can make in bulk using only black cardstock, three stamps, white pigment ink, white embossing powder and the Perfect Crafting Pouch.

I first used the Hero Arts chalkboard stamp with white pigment ink to stamp the background.  On top of that went the snowflakes. I wanted a more chalk-like image so I lightly swiped the ink over the stamp and then used a light touch to stamp. I like how some of the snowflakes look like they were partly erased. Since pigment ink can take forever to dry, I used the Perfect Crafting Pouch over the background to really dry my ink before going on to the next step.

If you're embossing on top of a background made with pigment ink, it's important to make sure it's dry before stamping and embossing anything else, otherwise the embossing powder will stick anywhere the ink isn't fully dry. I

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