Season's Greetings!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Forgive me if it seems I haven't shown you all a lot of Christmas cards this year. It's because I don't own that many. Infact I think I can count all my Christmas stamps on one hand! I was a little surprised myself, but then I had to remind myself that I only got serious about stamping and making cards back in March of this year and this is my first Christmas stamping, let alone blogging! Through SCS and blogger, I have had my eyes opened to the many wonderful Christmas stamp sets and projects that can be created for the holiday season. Aren't there some amazing and talented people out there?! I hope to be a bit better prepared next holiday season.

I do have a couple of Christmas cards to show you this week though. This particular one uses a stamp I found at Michaels. It's by Hero Arts and it reminded me of the Collage Garden stamp set put out by Stamping Up a few years ago. I bought that set on the BST (Buy, Sell, Trade) forum on SCS earlier in the year because I was so drawn to the style.

I first stamped the image with Staz On 'Timber Brown' onto watercolor paper, then sponged over the image with Distress Inks 'Antique Linen'. Then I ran the edge distresser around the edges of the image and sponged them with the Tea Dye ink. I used True Thyme to color in the leaves, and Cranberry Crisp for the berries. The snow in the little picture was colored using Soft Sky. I stamped out a duplicate of the image, cut it out, covered it in Versamark ink then kaliedescope ep and heat set it. The I popped it on dimensionals for some depth. Then as a final touch, I added stickles to the snowflakes and around the edges of the cardstock for some added sparkle. That oh so yummy ribbon came from my good friend Kelly in Florida. She was my secret santa this year and this ribbon was in the lunch pail she made me. (I'll post a picture of it tomorrow for you.) This card is on it's way to my crazy friend in Canada.

Did everyone survive the weekend? We got nailed with two snowstorms. The first one came Friday afternoon and left 6 -8 inches and flurried all Saturday. It didn't let up yesterday and I think we got 12 inches! Hopefully there isn't any more of the white stuff in the forecast before Christmas!

Only three more sleeps until Christmas!

Stamps: Hero Arts 'Collage Season's Greetings K4827'
Inks: True Thyme, Soft Sky, Cranberry Crisp, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen, Tea Dye', versamark
Paper: Canson Watercolor, Bazzil cs, PP - Basic Grey 'Aged and Confused Collection - Vintage Floral'
Access: Ribbon, Stickles, dimensionals, Zig pen, Kaliedescope ep, Tim Holtz edge distresser


~amy~ said...

What a Gorgeous that image and the colors are perfect!

Lauri said...

Just wait! It will not take long before you have a lot of holiday stamps!!!!! I told myself I was not going to buy any new ones this year...but I did! I love the one you used in the card; it is very different!

Anonymous said...

This is sooo beautiful. There's nothing else to say! Amazing.

Vicki G said...

This is SO beautiful and vintagy looking I LOVE it!!!!

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