For supplies, I used Hero Arts mid-tone ink in Raspberry Jam and a Basic Grey emboss folder. I learned the technique from YouTube scrappers who call it “Faux Letterpress.” It was super messy to clean up, did not ink cleanly, and provided an emboss instead of a letterpress deboss but I still love the look.
After the first Christmas mock cards, my gold emboss powder clearly wasn’t going to cut it and I started looking for an alternative. (If anyone has recommendations for an emboss powder that looks like 24k gold, please let me know!)
I’ve seen many people rave about the Delicata gold ink stamp pad. These projects are usually very beautiful, but the gold ink never stands out in pictures. I’ve also never seen Delicata in a store so when I saw it visiting Hobby Lobby for the first time — the one I visited was so enormous and had a fantastic selection! — I decided to try it out.
It is amazing and looks like gilded gold on stamps.
I was impressed by how detailed the stamps came out. The ink is phenomenal on cardstock in real life, but after taking a ton of shots this afternoon and early evening I now understand why the amazing quality of the gold does not always convey in pictures. I’m not a very good photographer but I think it’s because the ink has a slight holographic quality. See the little glints of pink and green on the leaves?
I LOVE Christmas crafts but I hate mass producing things. This year, I’ve enrolled my friend in the process and hopefully I’ll be able to make and send out every card this year.
My friend really liked these Stampin Up stamps called “Christmas Lodge” and Snow Swirled.” These stamps are discontinued but luckily I was able to buy them off ebay. I stamped all of them in black StazOn ink on a sheet of white paper. For anyone who has these stamps and a Silhouette, you can use the image below to create digital die cuts. I really dislike fussy cutting so I used this technique, which you can look-up on YouTube, to cut out the vellum below.
I will probably make a lot of cards in different designs but my friend will probably want to make many of the same card in one design. I’ve been putting together some prototypes to get our creative juices flowing. We’ll meet next week to decide on her design. The stamps are really traditional and it’s going to be an interesting design challenge for me because I tend to like bold, graphic, and very simple looks. Here is the first mock-up. I think it’s a little too heavy, especially the stamped image.
For my cards, I want something light and cute. I’ve been dying to use this snow dot embossed folder all year and it wouldn’t surprise me if every single card ended up having falling snow in the background. Even though I’ve lived in snowy places for half my life now, it still feels like I’m on holiday when it snows. 🙂
Below is the prototype for my card. I really like it but I wonder if I’ll really have the energy to mass produce this card. It’s actually not too bad other than coloring the moose.
Fell in love with holiday paper pack at Michaels in September and was inspired to design some holiday cards.
This first one I call “Cowabunga Christmas.” Something about the font (it’s called “Cookies”) and the cow makes me think of the California Christmases I grew up with.
I used the same font in the next card and cut out some shapes like the mittens and the background from a digital pack I bought at Lettering Delights. My favorite part of making this card was the way that I was able to use my Gelly Roll pens to add dimension and interest to the otherwise plain shapes. The Gelly Roll on the mittens is from their Glaze line and creates a raised outline.
Finally, something completely different. I was still learning how to use my Amy Chomas Silhouette pen holder at the time. The Uni-ball Signo white pen delivers such a thick line but I have so much trouble getting the spacing centered in the large Chomas pen holder.