Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Believe Christmas Cards

I have started to make a few of the Christmas cards that I will be sending out this season. Cardmaking is my thing and Christmas cards are most definitely my favorite.   As a result of that passion, I start early.   I usually send out about 70 cards each year, and make only one or two of each design so, an early start is essential. 

My first card uses a Penny Black stamp and a couple of the new techniques for the background that I got from the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry Class. 
  1. I started by coloring the snowman with a combination of distress markers and Zig Real Brushes.  To achieve the lighter shadow coloring I used a water brush to pick up the color from my craft sheet.
  2. Then I applied a thin layer of Distress Micro Glaze over the snowman, wiping off any excess with a paper towel.
  3. Used Distress Crayons to color the background by first applying a scribbled on layer and then spraying with water and smearing the color with my fingers.
  4. Used a stencil from Memory Box "Tiny Snowflakes" 88583 and Ranger Texture Paste to make the background.  I also used a palatte knife and a little bit of the paste at the base of the snowman.  While texture paste was still wet I sprinkled on some Distress Stickles dry glitter, clear rock candy.
  5. For the sentiment I used Penny Black "Exultations" which I cut from black cardstock and fun foam.  I used mult media matte to glue them together and them to the card itself.  A bit of the white fun foam shows but I like the effect that it gives. 

My second card also uses a Penny Black stamp for the focal image.  This one is from a clear stamp set called "the Wonder"30-040, an older set from 2009.  
  1. I colored the cat with distress markers using a combination of direct to paper and picking the color up from the craft sheet with a waterbrush.
  2. Die cut the image using Die-namics "Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle"
  3. The the sentiment is debossed using Alterations Shadow Press "Christmas Set" .  I added some gold ink on the positive side of the embossing plate.
  4. Created a frame from a patterned paper in my stash ant the same scallop rectangle die. I cut a second one from fun foam to layer for extra dimension.

Thank you for stopping in to see my work.  Your comments, questions or suggestions are always welcome.



  1. Such fun Christmas cards, La Von! If you love making Christmas cards you should play with us at Muse Christmas Vision - we have a new challenge every week :) I would love to see you there!

    1. I do love Christmas cards... so yes I will check it out.

  2. Both beauties! But snowmen always make me melt......

    Autumn greetings...

  3. Sooooo cute! Congrats on the Penny Black Facebook mention!