Christmas is approaching with big leaps, but right now, the weather here in Germany is anything but right for the season. Instead of shivering my way across the Christmas markets and enjoying hot Glühwein (similar to hot mulled wine), it’s mild and springy almost. Despite that, I am happily making christmas cards and today’s card is one of my favorites. It features the cute Merry Makers by Sugar Pea Designs – I just love the elves and the sentiments in that set!
I did a card in a similar style a while back for Purple Onion Designs and I liked it so much I used the same method again. For those of you who ask me to show variations of a style, this is it 🙂 As you can see, I simply used different colors for the background, but I once more punched out some stars and put glitter underneath my panel to make them sparkle.
Throughout the time that I have been crafting now (only 2 1/2 years, do you believe it?), there is one thing I had to realize: it pays off a million-fold to use good paper. I always tried to get by with cheaper and thinner paper, but I ended up being unhappy with the overall quality of my cards. They were flimsy, and especially when mounting die cut images or panels, I bent something out of shape or they really did look cheap. So, I am only using good quality card stock now (Tim Holtz or Hahnemühle Torchon for watercolor, SSS heavy card stock for Copic coloring, and Bazzill Marshmallow Card Shoppe for card bases). I can’t even begin to tell you how much happier I am.
On this card, I used all three different brands of paper (watercolor for the background, SSS for the elf, and Bazzill for the card base) and it’s a solid, sturdy card. Also, the elf was cut with my Brother Scan ’n Cut machine (there are matching dies for the stamps but I didn’t get them) and with heavier paper, the cut always looks nicer.
For those of you who love to hear about my mishaps: I was too lazy to tape down my original coloring, and the tacky mat that you send through the machine loses most of it’s tack after just a few attempts. So I always use painters tape to hold down my pieces. Well, I didn’t here and as a result the paper moves and the blade cut into my coloring and I had to do it again. So, if your mat is no longer tacky, use painters tape or maybe post it tape (I haven’t tried that one, though!) to hold your stuff in place.
I have also, for the first time, used MFT Black Licorice ink. A few of you have suggested it to me, and I love it! It works perfect with Copics and watercolor, which means I can shelf Memento and Archival for now. Yay!
And of course I had to add a few sequins and Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh to give the card the finishing touch. I swear, after one of my readers send me those fine tip applicators, I am now so very happy to use Glossy Accents again!
I hope you enjoyed the Merry Makers and the video! Thanks for stopping by today and have a fantastic week! I’m sending this card off to the following challenges: Merry Monday “Candy Canes”; Addicted To Stamps and More “Holiday”.