I’m done. Okay, I am pretty sure that I’m done. I haven’t made a list and checked it twice, but I’m somewhat confident there are more cards than people I need to send them to this holiday. (And yes, I know I need to get them in the mail!) Sadly, I start way back in the summer with my card making. It’s the only way that I’m not tearing my hair out in December. After all, I do have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to a large project such as this.
My first two cards feature the Winter Trees set from Neat & Tangled. I *adore* this stamp set. I’m not quite sure what it is about those whimsical trees, but I’m in love. I stamped the trees on watercolor paper, then again on white cardstock and patterned paper. I also stamped stars on the background of each. You can’t see it on the card on the right. I used a clear embossing powder with sparkles that simply doesn’t show up in the photo. Then I used some Tim Holtz distress ink to add color on the background. This is where I flubbed up a bit. The black ink didn’t have enough time to dry, so you can see where it bled. The last step was cutting out and gluing down the trees. The center tree in each is raised with a bit of dimensional adhesive.
By the way, the inspiration for the second card came from the Sooner Rather Than Later blog. Miriam made a gorgeous tag using the stamp set. It was only after I was done that I realized my background patterned paper is the same paper she used for one of the trees. You can find it here!
My second set of cards is just a rag tag bunch of scraps. You know me. I get itching to work through my scrap basket or use up old product. If it doesn’t get used, what is the point in buying it?
The first two cards are made entirely with scraps and old chipboard, die-cuts, and 3×4 cards. They aren’t fancy, but they get the job done. The last card was a bit of an experiment. I just got the Hero Arts Coffee Cup stamp and die set. So this was my first attempt at using it. I really love the floral cup. I’m torn about the tan cup holder. It covers up so much of the pretty cup. Still, it’s a perfect place for stamping the sentiment. I think I have more playing to do in order to get it right.