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Christmas in July Blog Hop

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Happy Blog Hop Day!

I’m not one of those people who work on their Christmas cards all year long… and I’m not one who does more than one or two Christmas cards in July.  However, I DO buy Christmas stamps after Christmas and our blog hop today gave me an opportunity to make a card with one such stamp set that was at the top of my wish list in 2020.

But first, let me tell you about our blog hop!  We’ve kept the theme pretty flexible this time, so you’ll see a variety of Christmas card inspiration ranging from elegant to cute and everything in between!  I’m always so impressed with the diversity on our design team, and I hope you enjoy it too!  You’ll find the full list of blogs & links at the bottom of this post.  You can also enjoy some Christmas shopping in the SNS online store this weekend- lots of fabulous Christmas items are on sale 20% off!  Have fun!

Today I’m using Sketch Greenery Stamps by Tim Holtz, which I fell in love with last fall when it was a new release.  I missed out on all the after Christmas sales, but still had to have this one when I found it this spring.  I love the mix of greenery and the collection of lovely, simple sentiments… and I can totally envision myself using some of these images during the rest of the year, too!  Just watch for it to show up in future projects 🙂

I kept things very simple for my card, going back to basics as it were by featuring gold embossing and plain white card stock with Kraft.  I stamped one of the greenery images multiple times and heat embossed with gold, then stamped the holly design with Picket Fence Distress in the open spaces.  I added a bit of loose color (aka I scribbled) to the gold leaves with a white watercolor pencil.

I selected one of the many sentiments in the set and heat embossed it as well, then trimmed it down and cut it into a flag shape before mounting it on a white layer.  I added a small piece of white sheer ribbon to the flag before gluing it all to my white card base.

As I said, I kept it really simple! Gold heat embossing was one of the first things I learned to do when I started stamping in the early 90’s and it still makes me smile!  This card really is a throwback for me though… my VERY first project with stamps was making personalized Christmas wrapping paper on Kraft shipping paper!  So fun to think back about what started it all!  I’d love to know, what was your first stamping project?

Next up you’re going to hop over to see what KIA has made!  And she’ll keep you going from there. If you need it, here’s the full hop list:

 

Happy Hopping!  I hope you’re inspired to get going on some Christmas makes… or at least that it gives you a bit of a mental cool down in the midst of all this heat 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Tuesday with Tara {take 257} Fa La Latte Ombre

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve used Dina Wakley Media Gloss Sprays in Lemon, Olive & Turquoise to create this easy ombre background.  I wanted to have lots of space to let the colors blend and overlap, so a slimline card seemed like a fun size to work with.  Starting with a strip of white card stock, I sprayed each color to cover approximately 1/3 of the strip.  Once I had good coverage & no white showing, I removed the nozzles and splattered across the paper for some extra contrast.  This was actually my first time playing with the Gloss Sprays, and they have a really neat sheen to them (especially where the paint is thicker, like on those splotches) that was really hard to capture on camera.

I challenged myself to take today’s ‘ombre’ theme and combine it with Christmas in July… a bit tricky when you are working with colors that are more reminiscent of summer than winter!  I selected some Christmas dies that I purchased after Christmas last year and hadn’t played with yet, and decided three large snowflakes (from the Tim Holtz Wreath & Snowflake set) would be great for a slimline card.  The colors on my card have a whimsical feel, so I chose this fun little coffee mug image from the Festive Things set.  Coffee is perfect any time of year 🙂  I selected cardstock scraps that were close to the colors in my background and cut the mug three times, layering the two pieces for contrast.  Each was layered onto a glittery die cut circle.

I was debating whether I would add a sentiment to my card… and once I decided on one, I had to figure out how to do it.  I could have used alphabet stamps or dies, but instead I did a little ‘stamp surgery’ to create the sentiment from words in the Lawn Fawn Thanks a Latte Stamp Set.  It’s easy to do with good quality photopolymer stamps!  Make a clean cut to separate the parts you want and you can rearrange them as you need- in this case I only had to move & shift one letter!  If I need to use the original ‘fall’ word, I can easily place them back together on an acrylic block.  I used my Tim Holtz mini snips, but any sharp detail scissors will work.

I decided to play up on the whimsy of the card and cut imperfect layers for the fun sentiment, which I arranged under the three snowflakes.  Here’s another look at the details.

Hope you like it and are inspired to create some easy ombre with Dina Wakley Gloss Sprays!  I know I’m looking forward to playing with them again!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Warm & Feathered Hugs – Freezin’ Season

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Helllllloooooo! Guess who’s back? It’s Chala! I am hoping to cheer up your mundane Monday by continuing to celebrate Christmas in July!

It’s funny to think about cold weather right now…only because we have really just started having summer weather here. None the less, I did manage to get in the spirit to make this sweet card using My Favorite Things – Warm & Feathered Hugs stamp set. I absolutely LOVE every single image in this set. Also, the sentiments are perfect for not only Christmas cards….but, Winter themed cards that I can send to my friends who don’t celebrate Christmas. Today’s card is a card that can be just that!

MFT – Warm & Feathered Hugs

To start I am going to stamp the little owl with the scarf with Memento Black Tuxedo ink onto some smooth Crafter’s Companion white cardstock. I have chosen this type of ink and cardstock because they both work well for Copic colouring. I will set this stamped image aside to give the ink some extra time to dry and to think about how I want to colour him.

I was searching through my stash of cardstock and found a piece that I must have stamped up the last time I was making Winter cards. I thought why not use use this on the card! (To make this panel I had cut a standard A2 size panel from some cardstock similar to Lawn Fawn’s Peacock colour and then I used a stamp called Mod Trees and my Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.)

I then picked some light blue cardstock similar to Lawn Fawn’s Mermaid cardstock secure it with some Thermo-Web Removable Purple Tape and die cut that with my Gemini Jr. using the 3rd largest size (2 3/8″ x 3 5/8″) MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax Die.

I also used this same die and cut a piece from some silver mirrored cardstock similar to Tonic – Mirror Cardstock in Frosted Silver and trimmed the outside edge to make a frame that would fit around the mermaid coloured piece.

I start to plan how I want the layout of these pieces to be on my card and I decide that I want the silver frame to be offset at an angle to the light blue cardstock.

Now that the layout is planned out I can move on to Copic colouring that cute little owl. The colours I use are: C0, C1, C2, C5,YR04, Y08, B18 & BG02. Once he is all coloured up I will fussy cut him out. (If you don’t like to fussy cut you can get the coordinating dies!) I am getting better at my Copic colouring! Practice, Practice, Practice! I am pretty happy with how he turned out!

Now it is time to assemble all the pieces. I start by using liquid adhesive to glue together the wonky stitched rectangle and the silver frame.

I then glued these pieces onto the tree card panel that I had found in my stash. I then adhere the owl onto the blue cardstock and add some snowflake sticker embellishments and adhered with my glossy accents. I also add two clear Sparkletz droplets.

I will let the embellishments dry for a bit and then come back and adhere that panel to my A2 card base with a tape runner.

I decided that I would keep the front as is and put my sentiment on the inside. I couldn’t resist using the “Happy Freezin’ Season” sentiment that comes with the stamp set. I pulled out my Stamp Perfect and my favourite sentiment ink VersaClaire Black Nocturne ink. I first stamp the sentiment down onto some clear packaging just to make sure that it is straight and looks good. The last thing you want to do is spend all that time on your card only to stamp your sentiment crooked!! 😫 Trust me, I have done it! The last thing I do is add some Clear Wink of Stella to the owl’s scarf and my Winter Freezin’ Season card is complete!

Share a photo of your card on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page wall and get your name entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Scrap’n Stamp! You’ve got until July 31st to post. Make sure to hashtag it for another chance to win #SNSChristmasinJuly. Winner chosen by random draw. One entry per day.

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Happy Crafting!

~Chala, xoxox

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