Friday, November 6, 2009

simple Christmas

Celebrate the Season

I can’t believe that I used the word Christmas on a post! Yikes! :) But, I guess it is that time…

Playing along with the Hero Arts challenge for last week (and hugely honored and thrilled that this card was chosen as the winner for the week! wow!) I wanted to create cards that were simple, classy, and easy to mass produce. For the first card, I stamped the Stunning Snowflake design block on a piece of Ocean Tides cardstock with watermark ink. On the Aqua Mist card base, I stamped the celebrate the season sentiment on the top, again in watermark ink. To cover up the line between the cardstocks, I applied a piece of ribbon.

The snowflakes were punched out of cardstock and heat embossed. Gems were added to the centers. The sentiment was heat embossed on the bottom.

Tip: If you have a watermark-inked background and you are going to heat emboss an image over the top…let it dry overnight, otherwise, you end up with embossing powder sticking to the background. (Click on my card, you will see….) I tried heating it with an embossing gun, to speed up the drying time, but it didn’t work.

Warmth of the Season

This card has a watermark ink background using the Dots and Flowers design block. I also used the watermark ink to distress the edges. It adds a subtle touch. the row of little trees were stamped along the bottom of a piece of cardstock and a star gem was added to the top of one tree. Then I added a big, fun bow. Ok, so that isn’t so easy to mass produce or mail. But if you moved the sentiment to the center of the Rustic White cardstock, that would work, without the bow. :)

Merry Christmas Trees

This last card is my favorite!! I wanted to stamp the little trees in a row again. Not wanting to use anything but stamps, I scored two lines to give the trees their own little space. Then I stamped the Designer Woodgrain design block above the top score lines and below the bottom score lines. It was easy to line the stamp up with the score lines. And another star gem. Love those!

Have you started making cards yet? Going simple this year? I confess that since having the little man, we have been enjoying picking out the photo cards. Its one of those silly things that I was waiting to get to do once we had a family! :) Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps (Hero Arts-Holiday Sayings, Stunning Snowflakes, Designer Woodgrain, Dots and Flowers), Cardstock (Papertrey Ink-Kraft, Rustic White, Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Pure Poppy), Ink (Palette-Landscape, Dark Chocolate) Tsukineko (Versamark Watermark), Gems (Hero Arts), Ribbon (Offray (green stripes), American Crafts (multi-stripes)), Twine (May Arts), Button (Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy), Embossing Powder (Stampendous-Detail White), (Judi Kins), Punch (Martha Stewart)

16 comments:

Debbie Corbari said...

You are amazing Kimberly!! Love all 3 cards here and they all look so classy and so easy to reproduce! I have NOT started my Christmas cards yet...and am wondering if I'll have time. YIKES!

Basement Stamper said...

Great cards, I absolutely love the middle one, definitely one I'll have to CASE.

paperedwithlove said...

I am in loooooove with your little row of trees. Super cute!

Rebecca Ednie said...

I love the first card! But I have a question! Why couldn't you emboss your sentiment, THEN watermark the background?seems reasonable to me!! I understand if you hadn't thought through every aspect of your card first. I NEVER know what I'm going to do on my cards when I start. They evolve as I work! I sometimes have a vague idea of what I want to do but it only turns out that way about 20% of the time!!

Carolyn King said...

they are all beautiful! LOVE the designs. I do the photo card thing so I never stress christmas....never have the time too! lol!

Carolyn King said...

they are all beautiful! LOVE the designs. I do the photo card thing so I never stress christmas....never have the time too! lol!

Tracey said...

Christmas will be here before we know it! :)

GOrgeous cards! Love them! xx

imastampin said...

Kimberly, your creations are awesome - as always!

Jessica said...

These cards are awesome.!! i really like your woodgrain tree line card :) Are you aware that your Tuesday Trigger card is being featured at U Create Creative Card section!! Congrats!! Thanks for all the inspiration :)

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Mona L. Pendleton said...

All 3 cards is so simple but stunning! :) TFS

Carolina said...

Such adorable cards and can see why they choose your first one - congrats!

Nela said...

Adorable cards, especialy the third one:)

Virginia L. said...

Congrats on your BIG win in HA Blog! Love all three cards! Your blog is simply DELIGHTFUL!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

These are SUCH cute cards, Kim! I love the shimmery ribbon and shimmery snowflakes on the first one, and that striped bow/button on the second is just AWESOME! Cute Cute CUUUUTE!

Latisha said...

Love all of these. Yes, I have been making Christmas cards for a while lol...its sneaking up on me this year.

Regan said...

these are awesome Kim!!