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I’m Dreaming of a Red Christmas Gnome…

Hello and happy Friday! It’s my turn today to pick a Random Acts of Cardness challenge prompt, and I chose RED – which just happens to be my favourite colour. 🙂  For me, red is good all year round, but definitely comes into its own for Christmas cards – and since it’s mid-October (what?) I am all about cranking out the Christmas cards:



I even managed to incorporate a gnome! (Have you visited and commented on our Gnome for the Holidays blog hop yet? Don’t forget, one lucky commenter wins a $50 gc to the store!) I’m using the same Spellbinders Holiday Gnomes stamps that I used for my hop card, combining it with die cuts from Concord & 9th’s Cozy Christmas die set. And wait, is that the world’s oldest embossing folder in the background? Why yes, it is! I think anyone who owned a Cuttlebug back in the day has this folder, but Scrap ‘n Stamp has a fun variety of much newer folders to choose from. 😉



If you add some RED to your next card, I hope you’ll add it to the challenge page on Facebook! And if the upcoming festive cardmaking frenzy has you needing a few new supplies, you are welcome to use my design team code, 10Lindsey, for 10% off your order. 🙂


Die Stenciling

Hello all! Kia here with you today to share my card for Random Act of Cardness, keyword Stencil.

To start my card I first stenciled the background using distress inks in peeled paint, twisted citron and squeezed lemonade. I knew I wanted to use this die by Spellbinders but I was not sure how I wanted to use it.

I opted to use opaque crackle paste for the texture that it would add to the flower, and to ensure it would cover the stenciling underneath. I die cut the flower using 80lb. cardstock to use as my stencil. This will not hold up so be sure to remove it as soon as you are done applying the paste.

I did apply the paste in a rough way, which adds even more texture to the flower.

Once the paste was dry I applied squeezed lemonade, kitsch flamingo and barn door to the flower using the small circle brush from my Life Changing Brushes. I then added Midas Touch Shimmering Pen.

Again, once all was dry I die cut another flower die piece from 110lb. Neenah card, and glued it in place. I then trimmed the card panel to size and using glue attached it to my card base.

I then die cut two of the Gina K Design hugs, one from red glitter card and the other from black cardstock, gluing them together, then gluing to the flower.

This was such a fun card to make and I hope I have inspired you to try die stenciling.

Thank you for joining us here on the Scrap’n Stamp blog. Following are Affiliate links to the store for the products I have used for this card, at no extra cost to you.

Seas the Day August Blog Hop

Woo!  It’s a new month and a new opportunity to Seas the Day and check out our Scrap ‘N Stamp Blog Hop!

We are featuring some fun engineered cards this month, and hopefully our card themes will have you dreaming of time on the beach or the water, or whatever grants your soul some rest… ahhh…

I’m not gonna lie, my cards have definitely been more CAS lately (or at least simple, perhaps not so clean. ha!) and the thought of making an engineered card intimidated me!  Thankfully this fab tunnel card kit by Photoplay made the assembly part easy!  I already have a variety of nesting dies at home, so I chose to work with the value pack that doesn’t have dies included. (If you don’t have them already, it also comes with circle or rectangle dies.)

Since I was already going rogue, I went with an old nesting die set by Spellbinders to make things interesting.  I knew I was going to be using seashells on my card and I like the curves of these.  I also gathered some patterned paper and Cardstock I thought would work well together and using the tutorial on YouTube, I built my card base!

I used the largest cutout from the inside tunnel as well as a larger die cut piece on the front of my card.  I stamped several shells from this Jane Davenport set in shades of Distress Ink, layered with some mixed media stamps.  I also cut and embossed seashells by Tim Holtz, and almost didn’t use this one because it was slightly off… once I grunged it up a bit more with excess ink and layered the sentiment over it (also by Tim Holtz) I really like it!

Inside, I used the same elements you see on the front, framed around a sentiment by Taylored Expressions.

The shells were stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink (I’ve got the original jumbo quad pad they were released in, this new set is on my wish list!) and watercolored with some of the Distress Inks I used on the front of the card, mostly Salvaged Patina.  The addition of round metallic stickers adds a bit of shine and helps tie it together with the card front.

As you can see, I added the smaller embossed shell inside the card as well.  I’m so glad I had this piece of wood grain patterned paper!  I really wanted to use an embossing folder and make one, but felt that another textured layer might be too much for this style of card.  I stayed up way past my bedtime working on this card, so it’s great when all the pieces come together 🙂

The rest of the team has been working on wowing you as well, so please HOP ON and enjoy the rest of their projects!

Please be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance to win a $50 gc for the online store!  There’s also an INTERACTIVE SALE happening right now too, and you can save on a variety of products to assist you making fun interactive projects like this one!

Happy hopping & Inky hugs,


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