It’s December, crafters! Which usually means we start to suffer slight panic attacks at the thought of just how many christmas cards we still have to finish! Many of my cards are very involved, but I know that many of you don’t have that much time, so today I want to show you how to create great looking cards in very little time.
Note: Even though I am doing multicolored stamping, you could easily just stamp the sentiment in one color only and save even more time.
The first time I saw the This is December stamp set by Purple Onion Designs, I immediately knew I wanted to create these cards. The many big, bold sentiments in the large stamp set are just perfect for clean and simply cards that still pack a lot of “oomph”. By stamping the sentiment in multiple colors, I can even add another dimension of “specialness” and it doesn’t take all that long at all.
What you will need for this technique is some sort of stamp positioner. I can recommend the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig; many of you have the MISTI which I was told also works great with rubber stamps, and I used my Letterpress today. It’s not meant for that purpose, but it does it exceedingly well 🙂 Another thing you’ll need is a very good stamp cleaner. I personally love the Hero Arts Cleaner that comes in a spray bottle. It never lets me down and ensures that I can clean my stamps perfectly in-between stamping sessions.
For all of my cards, I went with traditional color schemes. I love combining green and gold, and the blue/aqua with the silver just puts little hearts in my eyes. By the way: the stamps are supposed to give you such a distressed stamped look, it’s supposed to look imperfect.
The panels were cut from Bazzill Marshmallow card stock, which is very heavy. I wanted something that would be very sturdy, since I knew I would be cutting into the card stock to add the ribbon later.
In order to add some more festive sparkle to the cards, I sprinkled a few sequins by Pretty Pink Posh on each card, of course in matching colors. That’s when it pays off to have a drawer full of them 🙂 If you can’t afford to get separate colors, grab a few of the mixes – the blue sequins and the red ones are from separate sequin mixes which will give you a few separate colors for the price of one and they will also last you quite a while.
Well, and of course my Stardust gel pen got to shine as well when I added my dots to the card around the sequins. It’s easier to do that around the sequins because they are the “stars” of the embellished areas and the dots are just the “extras”.
Hope you enjoyed today’s project! Don’t forget that Purple Onion Designs still has a SALE going on with huge savings! Check it out before it ends!
I’m sending my card set off to the following challenges: Addicted To Stamps and More “Holiday”; The Paper Players “Tic Tac Toe” and I’m combining Ribbon+White+Sparkle or Shine; and In(k)spire Me “Glamour Advent” because I used my shiny ribbon and silver and gold ink for stamping.