Christmas Card Wednesday, No. 8

Hello everyone and welcome to the very last Christmas Card Wednesday! Today I´ve got three very different cards to share with you. These are all somehow based on the previous one, meaning I started with one, and then that card let to the second and so on..

So for the first card I used the Molecules stencil with various Distress Inks, creating the bold colored, pattern background. I added a die cut oval piece – also inked with Distress Inks – into the middle of the card, then decorated the card with stickers from my old stash (Basic Grey stickers) and added a sticker alpha word “XMAS” into the midldle of the oval centerpiece.

For decoration, I added white and black gel pen details as well as some Nuvo Glaze and Glitter Drop accents.

The second card resulted from the first one! I had the Distress Ink inked stencil surface as a leftover from the first card, so I misted it with water spray and placed it wet side down onto white paper. Pressing the wet ink onto the paper created the background for my second card. I then took a snowflake die cut die (Elizabeth Craft Designs) and die cut a big snowflake from white cardstock to be my focal point. I inked it pink, as I felt it would work well with the backgorund that way. I addes some more dimension to the snowflake by layering two snowflake stickers on top of each other with 3D foam (again using up older stash here).

Then i die cut the sentiment from black velvet cardstock (by Tonic Studios). The die is by STAMPlorations. I layered some border stickers under the sentiment and adhered everythign on place. I used the same stencil with the same ink colours like on the above card, but the second generation background image is much softer and creates a totally different look!

And for my 3rd card I used the leftover piece from the second card. Can you guess? Yes, the negative leftover piece from die cutting the snowflake was my starting point here! I used the piece as my card base and simply matted it with Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheet piece (in winterly blue tone).

Next I added a sticker (again old stash here!) into the middle of the snowflake as an eyecatcher. Some Nuvo Glitter Drops and a stamped sentiment finish off this clean and simple style card. I really like how the shimmer sheet makes the snowflake really pop. So simple, yet such an effective detail.

I really like creating cards in this manner. Start with one idea, use up residues from project number one and create a second, different styled card, then proceed to another and another card from there, again using up all that´s left over and just add bits and pieces.

 I hope I have inspired you to play with your products and create some handmade Christmas cards of your own. Feel free to case any of these cards, but do leave me a message here, if you did, I´d love to see what you made!!!

Happy crafting and happy holidays!!
xxx, Sanna


Christmas Card Wednesday, No. 7

Hello everyone and welcome to the second to last Christmas Card Wednesday. Today I´ll share  a set of 3 cards with you – created using STAMPlorations and Tonic Studios product.

Today´s cards started off  from last weeks idea plus from playing around with stencils and the new blending brushes I bought from SØSTRENE GRENE recently.

Here is how it all started:

I was testing the blending brushes with Distress Inks (works like a dream with stencils, by the way!) and created this background piece with the Trees 1 stencil.

I also had made quite a few of these cardstock pieces, treated with the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. Like I noted in my last weeks post, I really like the look of the mousse treated cardstock when it´s die cut.

So for this clean and simple card I used the Indian Gold mousse for the die cut tree (die by STAMPlorations) and the Burnished Bronze mousse for the sentiment (die cut die again by STAMPlorations). Now this card was SO easy to do. Just die cut the mousse coated paper and adhere everything on place, then decorate with a few sequins. And it still looks very noble when light hits the card in a right angle.

For my second card I used the blending brush with a stencil, but first inked the background with a lighter colour Distress Ink tone. Then placed the stencil on top and added Distress Ink in two darker tones. After I was finished with that layer, I added some Indian Gold mousse with the blending brush here and there thru the stencil for an additional fun detail.

After that I just die cut the sentiment from blue embossed paper which came with the Tonic Craft Kit No. 6. Also a very simple and easy card idea And also a very flat card, so it will be easy to mail too.

And for my last card from this set I simply combined the ideas. I created a stenciled background with blue and pink Distress Ink tones, adding some Burnished Bronze mousse details here and there. Then I die cut the tree from Burnished Bronze mousse treated cardstock and a sentiment die cut from Indian Gold mousse treated cardstock. I then die cut a hole into the middle of the stenciled piece with an oval die cut die, added a scalloped edge die cut frame from white cardstock on top and adhered everything on place. For decoration I added golden sequins, some faux stitching and a silver star. I had a great time creating these cards, I hope you enjoyed this weeks idea. There will be one more Christmas Card Wednesday coming up next week, then we are done for this year.

Happy crafting,
xx, Sanna


Christmas card Wednesday, No. 5 – Tonic Studios

Hello everybody and welcome to another Christmas Card Wednesday. Today I have again prepared a Christmas card for you:

For this card I used plenty of Tonic Studios product again. I´ve added a colored Magnificent Magnolia stamp image (die cut with the matching die set) as a focal point to the card. I also die cut a “Alles Gute Layering Die Set” piece from white cardstock and fussy cut it into a half, leaving all pieces on place for additional fun detail. Then I took some Citrus Green Embellishment Mousse and colored some of the negative areas with a water tank brush and the mousse. This adds a nice additional shine to the card.

The card is matted with blue embossed paper from the Tonic Craft Kit #06 and a red washi tape adds to the colour combination on the left side of the card. Finally I finished the card off with Black Velvet carstock die cut German sentiment. These are available at the QVC channel.

This was this weeks Christmas card idea. I hope you enjoyed it! See you again next week with more ideas (there might be a set of cards coming up then..).

Have a great crafty week,
xxx, Sanna


Christmas Card Wednesday, No. 4

Hello and welcome to Christmas Card Wednesday number 4! Today I´ll be sharing two cards created using various STAMPlorations stamps and dies. I wanted to make something sweet and soft instead of the traditional colors this time:

For this card I´ve inked the solid background piece with Distress Ink tones of pink, blue and green. Then I die cut the cover plate piece from white cardstock and adhered it on top. For finishing touches I added a golden glitter sentiment, die cut with one of the CUTplorations Christmas sentiments die cut dies. For decorational elements I also added a few golden half pearls next to the sentiment. Really, really like this non-traditional toned card alot.

For my second card I´ve first stamped the Christmas flower repeatedly onto the background with embossing ink and then applied light gold embossing powder (Lindy´s) on top and heat set that with a heat gun. Next I wiped some green and blue Distress Ink onto the background very randomly, creating a two-toned look. For finishing touches I did the same with a Typografia Christmas sentiment, this time using only blue ink and adding some water splatters for interest. I´ve lifted the sentiment from the background with 3D foam and added Nuvo Crystal Drops to the corners for additional detail.

So this was this weeks Christmas card share from my part. I´d love to see if you case any of my cards – do leave a comment here to my blog and I´ll come over to take a look and leave some love :).

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna


Christmas Card Wednesday, No. 3

Annnd it´s again Wednesday which means I will be sharing some more Christmas cards with you today. This weeks cards are created with the Christmas dies from STAMPlorations.

For my first card I inked the card base with light green Distress Ink and then places the Molecules stencil on top and wiped darker green Distress Ink thru the stencil onto the background. Next I stamped the Christmas Flower with embossing ink onto a extra piece of white cardstock and applied black holographic embossing powder on top. After heat setting it I then colored the flower with red Distress Ink and a water tank brush. Then I die cut the sentiment from black cardstock and added a layer of glitter marker on top for additonal shine. Finally I adhered the flower in place, added the half pearls and the faux stitching with a black pen. For the second card I used the Merry Little Christmas cover plate with black cardstock, matted on top of gold glitter cardstock. I outlined the card left and right with a thin strip of blue paper for interest, then stamped the sentiment with embossing ink onto a separate piece of cardstock, applied holographic black embossing powder on top and heat set it with a heat gun. After that I inked the background of the sentiment blue and adhered everything on place.

Both of these cards are actually quite fast to create. Depending on the colors you are using, you can create different variations of the same card pattern, so you could easily make several at once. Still every single one would look different, if you used different colours.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks cards. Like I´ve noted previously, if you would like to case one of these cards, feel free to, just leave a comment here that you did so and I´ll drop by your blog to take a look what you did.

Oh, and if you´d like to shop any of the used STAMPlorations products at their store, you can get 20% off your order by adding my discount code: STAMPGIRLSANNA upon checkout.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna