Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Last Holiday card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday, challenge #295

I have so enjoyed making Christmas cards for the challenges this month,  I have a variety in my Christmas card file now :0)
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I decided to make two cards with this sketch.  This first one is more fancy and the second is a cute"y" card.                                    

                                                          Sketch to try                                                                                                     Optional Technique:  Add Dimension

I tried a new technique on this - embossing with a die cut.  You can see that on the green piece. To begin this process lets set up the big shot.  You will need two cutting plates and a rubber embossing piece.  Open the platform up all way and put a cutting plate down then the embossing rubber.  Lay the card stock on this and now it's time to get your die ready.  I tapped an embossing buddy over the die then added with a VERY LIGHT hand the versa mark ink.  Remember to use a very light hand on this as you only want the versa mark ink on the raised part of the die.  Very carefully lay the die cut side down on the card stock (once it is down do NOT move it as it will smear the versa ink)   Add your top cutting plate then run through.  Carefully remove the die from your paper and you'll notice that it has made an groove but did not cut clear through.  Now take embossing powder and add over your card stock  liberally so that it gets down in the grooves where we added the versa mark on the die.  Tap off and then heat set.  This is especially lovely with very intricate dies and will give you another way to use them. 
The die I used is called Holly Whisper from Anna Griffin
Our Daily Bread:  Chickadee stamp and die - cut out and popped up for dimension.
Card Stock from Stampin' Up: Always Artichoke, Black,  Whisper White
Colored with an assortment of Copic Markers
Accessories: Stampin' Up; Copper embossing powder, and Copper Metallic Thread
(Jennifer McGuire has a video on this technique and if I've done everything right you can click on her name and it will take you directly to the video.)

Second Card:  much easier and quicker

I picked up this stamp from a garage sale for my sisters Christmas card, she is a cat lover and I know she will think it is cute!!   I colored it with copic markers then on the back side I distressed the head and body of the snowman so I could add foam behind it to add dimension.  ( the card stock crinkled a bit on the left side when I added it all to the designer paper. I used a strong tape and tried to get close to the outside of the snowman and under the cat head.)
Card Stock; Soft Sky, Whisper White
Stamp from C. C. Designs - Roberto's Rascals - Grouchy Snowman DSP - retired Stampin' Up 
ribbon from scrap pile  :0)

I hope you've enjoyed these two very different cards and that they inspire you to do some stamping!!!  Now it's time to head over to   Sara Levins  -    http://theartfulinker.com/    

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Have a wonderful day Hopping around seeing all the great inspiration from the designers.  


  1. I like your snowman card, but I love, love love your bird card! It's so pretty. :)

  2. Oh Vicki, that first card is stunning!!! I was staring at that background then decided to read your post. Thanks so much for explaining how you did that - just beautiful!! Your second card made me smile! Super cute! Great job on them both but two totally different looks with the same layout - great thinking!
    Hugs, Sarah T

  3. Your chickadee card is stunning! I love what you have done with it - and I'm going to try to use your instructions to see if I can make an embossed card using a thinlit - yours certainly turned out well! I also love the snowman card :) A little whimsy is always good in the holiday season! Thank you!

  4. Oh sweet friend. ...you've done a beautiful job on both! Your chickadee is so elegant and your snowman. .sooo fun! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  5. Both cards are fantastic, love that you have serious and fun cards. Really great job.

  6. Both cards a great, but I can't stop laughing at that adorable cat inside the snowman! Love it!

  7. Both cards are very pretty! Awesome colouring of the images.

  8. Simply beautiful. Love the embossing on the back of the bird card.