Hello crafters! I think it’s about time I started with my “official” Christmas card series, even though I have already shared quite a few christmas themed projects this year. If you are interested, you can check out my YouTube Playlist for 2016 here. Today, I want to show you how to work around not having a cardstock of a particular color.
I was set on using brown card stock for my project and discovered to my dismay that I didn’t have any. My options were to change my design (too stubborn), throw a fit (I did, it didn’t help), or get my thinking hat on (looked silly, worked though). In the end, I decided to use my regular dye ink pads to quickly color my paper in the desired color. You can also use your Distress Inks, but I discovered an advantage of dye inks over distress inks: the latter don’t blend smoothly on every card stock I use, but dye inks usually smooth out very cleanly once dry so you can’t even really tell that you colored it in yourself.
In addition, after owning the Silver Bells stamp set for several years now, it only now occurred to me that I can use some of the solid stamps to color up the outlined arrangement. You’d think I’d have realized that sooner, but here you go. Of course, you don’t need a Misti for that, you can just do that with an acrylic block, so don’t be put off if you don’t have the same tools!
I also like to put a nice stitched border on everything right now, and the largest frame die from Lil Inkers gives me a wonderful stitched edge without cutting, so that’s perfect to spice up my card bases.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired! I’m sending this card off to the following challenges:Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes”.