The 12 Cards of Christmas: Day 10 & 11

Hello and welcome back to day 10 and 11 of my holiday card series! We have had a few unexpected things come up so I haven’t been able to post on time the last couple days. Sorry about that!

Day 10’s card features a simple trick but one I always forget about – stamping onto dark or colored cardstock. I love the way the white and silver pigment inks *pop* off the blue paper to create a completely different look than the regular ink on white.

The wreath stamp is from Hero Arts; the berries, bow and sentiment from PTI’s Bells & Boughs. Both older sets. I don’t know why but sometimes it seems like I need to hold onto a stamp set for awhile (in this case a year or two!) before putting it to proper use. It just sits there and is admired on the shelf – what a shame! Does anyone else do that too?!

Here’s a set however that was just too good to leave sit – one that saw ink in the very same week it arrived! Wow, I know! This is day 11.

I am a sucker for all things nature inspired but especially animal mounts. We see deer all the time here (so often in fact one cracked my radiator just a few weeks back) so it’s not some sort of rare thing, just something that is striking.

Because this set of images looks so nice on it’s own, a CAS card seemed in order, with the help of a few Colorbox Premium Dye Inks. Gorgeous, vibrant color every time.

And that’s all for today. Will be back tomorrow with one final post!

Day 1: Vintage Christmas
Day 2: Non-traditional Christmas
Day 3: Masculine
Day 4: Spring Colors
Day 5: Plaid
Day6: Pink & Woodgrain
Day 7: Rainbow Colors
Day 8: Merry & Bright
Day 9: Embossed Dies

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The 12 Cards of Christmas: Day 6 & 7

Hello and welcome to days 6 and 7 of the holiday card series! I am posting a couple days late and will have day 8 up later today also – the autofocus mechanism on my camera stopped working on Friday and I wasn’t able to take any photos until today! Apparently you need to clean the lens connections and blow out the inside of the camera to remove dust every once in a while. Lesson learned!

Day 6’s card is a simple but feminine version. The panel was first die cut, stamped, and then embossed with the woodgrain plate.

I cut a small panel of pink glitter paper to tuck behind, and then stamped a bow onto gray cardstock. This is another version that would be super simple to create in multiples and is so pretty! You could even send them as thank you’s after Christmas.

With the leftover die cut word, I was able to create another card for day 7. Rainbow colors are forever a favorite so why not use them at Christmas time too?! These colors are from the Colorbox Archival Dye line. Love these inks for the instant dry time and that they don’t react to moisture – perfect for preserving memories for years to come.

A trick for stamping solid images like these stamps from PTI’s Watercolor Wonder is to put a foam mat underneath while stamping. Since figuring this out, I am 1000% more happy with the results of every stamped image. Such a simple thing but wow! – no more stamping frustration!

And just to note, all of the stamp sets and dies/embossing folders on both these cards are older releases from Papertrey Ink.

See the rest of the posts in this series below to find out more and how to enter the giveaway:

Day 1: Vintage Christmas
Day 2: Non-traditional Christmas
Day 3: Masculine
Day 4: Spring Colors
Day 5: Plaid

Be back later today with day 8 😉

Faux Letterpress

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Hello there friends! It’s been a busy month, as October always is and we are prepping for Halloween and I am getting ready for a few upcoming craft shows. Just dropping in today to share a technique post I created for the Clearsnap blog earlier this month. I love the look of letterpress and this easy trick using your metal dies and juicy pigment ink lets you create it quickly and simply at home. Plus you can add as many colors as you like – no extra charge!

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After finishing my project and doing a Google search, I found that lots of others had already found a way to create faux letterpress with their embossing folders. Isn’t that always the way with your best ideas?! But I do think this variation offers lots of flexibility for positioning dies, and as I said earlier – adding and blending lots of colors. 

Anyway I do hope you’ll give it a try! Visit this post on the Clearsnap blog for more information or follow this link to go to the video tutorial.

Happy autumn impressions,
Sabrina