Friday, June 29, 2012

Christmas in June.. Making Cards!

Don’t panic, and happy Friday morning!  Yes, it’s still June and I’ve been making Christmas Cards to get a jump on upcoming classes and to add to my stash, one step at a time!

This Friday morning I’m designing, cutting and preparing for a senior stamping session later this afternoon.  A little last minute unfortunately… but my DH always says I work best under pressure… let’s see how it goes this time!cas christmas painted with blender pens

For today’s Clean and Simple (CAS) Christmas card share, I’ve used the Bells and Boughs stamp set along with crumb cake,Raspberry Ripple and River Rock card stock.  I chose river rock for the card base because it’s a bit brighter than the crumb cake, and adds a pop of's tips for paper crafters: ribbon reverse

Not having any raspberry ripple ribbon on hand, I chose to add another pop of contrast adding the reverse side of cherry cobbler scalloped dotted ribbon.  Sometimes it’s a little difficult to tie bows using the dotted scalloped ribbon… especially if you don’t want the dotted side to show.   So today’s tip for paper crafters tells you how to tie a simple knotted bow without using the dotted side!

  • Cut a length of dotted scalloped ribbon about a 1/2” longer than the card stock you will be adding it to.
  • With loose end of the ribbon still attached to the roll, tie a knot of ribbon around the pre-cut length.
  • Take care to make sure the dotted side remains facing backwards and when you’re happy with it..
  • Place glue dots behind the ribbon knot, and one on the polka dotted side of each ribbon end. 
  • Position the knotted ribbon glue where you want it to land on the card stock, and then with the card front facing you, wrap the ribbon ends toward the back of the card and secure.blender pens, inks and markers used to paint the image

The flowers were ‘painted’ using blender pens and ink from the lids of stamp pads.  You could use the ink from a marker as well… simply scribble the brush end of the marker onto a piece of glass tile, recycled plastic lid, or acrylic block and pick up with the blender pen.  The color from markers is a bit less intense than that which you will acquire from the ink pad lid (or a re-inker)… great if you are layering color onto your stamped image!

To finish off today’s Christmas Card in June, the edges of crumb cake card stock were sponged using more mustard ink.  Basic Rhinestone Jewels were also added to the poinsettia centers… got to have a little bling, lol!

Sorry today’s blog post is a bit later than usual… Esther, how’s that coffee Winking smile!



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Christmas in June.. Making Cards Christmas Card Share

Stamps:  Bells and Boughs WM 120831/CM 121142, More Merry Messages WM 126400/ CM 126402

Papers:  Crumb Cake 120953, Raspberry Ripple 126842, River Rock 108640

Inks:  Early Espresso 126974, Garden Green 126973, More Mustard 126964, Many Marvelous Markers 119806, In-Color Markers 2012-14 126856

Terrific Tools:  Craft Scissors 108360, Tabletop Paper Cutter 106959

Awesome Accessories:  Stampin’ Sponge 101610, Blender Pens 102845, Basic Rhinestone Jewels 119246, Cherry Cobbler Dotted Scalloped Ribbon 124138, Glue Dots 103683

Techniques:  Coloring with Blender Pen, Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Reverse

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ColleenB. said...

Gorgeous card.
I also been in process of making Christmas cards to send to the Operation Write Home Organization.

Elivsey said...

It is almost 8am and I am having my first cup (slept in). Coffee is good and so is the

Carol Maynard said...

Wow!! GREAT card!!! I've been making Christmas projects too!

Cindy Ware said...

This is so pretty! Even more beautiful in real life! Just saw it today at Senior Class! Hope it's one we make in a Christmas card class.