Hello crafters! Christmas is no longer approaching with big steps, but rather giant leaps, and I hope you’ve got your shopping done and cards sent and can settle down for the holidays. I want to share a fun card with you today that was really a joy to create. I didn’t make a video, but I might do one for this design next year.
I wanted the florals from this gorgeous PTI set to be front and center, and it also makes my Brother Scan ’n Cut shine. I did not have the dies for this set (they were sold out already) and so the Scan ’n Cut had to perform well with these images and it did. It was easy for the leaves and berries, but I had my doubts about the fine twig. I worked around it: I stamped the twig in black, then had it scanned in and saved it as a shape. Then I had the SnC cut the shape of the twig from red card stock and colored most of it brown with my Copic Markers to get the look of twigs with berries.
I used my Letterpress to stamp the leaves; it’s a super solid stamp and as expected, my first impression wasn’t perfect. Thanks to the Letterpress, I repeatedly stamped into the same place until I was happy with the coverage. I did the same with the berries, and used PTI inks for both shapes.
Of course, I had to enhance the cut images a bit. You know that I am addicted to dots, so I added a few on the berries on the twigs, but also to the leaves and the kraft panel. I was using both a Stardust Gelly Roll pen and a white pigment pen – they should be in every crafter’s arsenal. In addition, I also used some dark Copic markers to add shadows to the trio of berries. When you stamp them, they look a bit smashed together, and with a few strokes of my marker (you could also use colored pencils) I was able to add dimension and make them look like separate berries. I will show you next year how you can apply that principle to the leaves as well – you’ll be surprised how much interest you can add to simple shapes with just a tiny bit of color.
Last but not least, I cut a tag with a Pretty Pink Posh die, stamped a German sentiment from Dani Peuss (LOVE their christmas sets this year) and sprinkled various sequins from Pretty Pink Posh onto my front panel. This is probably my most traditional christmas card this year, and I really think I’ll be doing more of them next year, it just turned out so pretty.
Thanks for stopping by today amidst your holiday preparations. I’ll be seeing you for a few more posts until December 25th, which is the first day of christmas here in Germany (we give gifts on the 24th). After that, I’ll be on hiatus until the new year, enjoying some time off with my family and friends.