No, you aren’t imagining things. This is my second post for the day. I actually wrote my earlier post last night, so I’m technically only writing one blog post today. Either way, this is definitely a rarity, so please enjoy. 🙂
This post is actually a mashup card created for two classes I’m taking right now. The first class is the continuation of the CASEing Christmas class I’ve been doing over at StampNation the past several days. We’re starting to wind down in that one, so there are only a couple more days to go with it. The second class is the new Holiday Style class that started today at Online Card Classes. Since I knew I wouldn’t have time to create two separate cards, I looked at the lessons from each class and found a way to create a single mashup card. So, here we go!
Day eight of the CASEing Christmas class was taught by Maureen again. I’ve included a little snippet of her card above that shows a little preview of the inspiration I took from her card. Here are the elements I used:
- Pattern on lower third of card – You can’t really tell from the snippet, but her argyle pattern only included those three rows.
- Colors – I loved the combination of pink and green/teal colors she used.
- Round element – I loved her round chalkboard element.
The focus for day one of the Holiday Style class was on clean and simple cards. Here are some of the tips from that class I decided to incorporate into my card:
- One layer card
- Dry embossing
Here’s the card I created after mashing all these elements together:
I have to say, creating a one layer card is MUCH more difficult than I had anticipated. There were so many times I found myself reaching for things to add to my card only to realize that it would be considered another layer and I really wanted to keep this to a one layer card.
For the lower third of my card, I decided to use an embossing folder. This would allow me to create some great texture without adding any layers. I decided to use the Nordic Holiday embossing folder from Taylored Expressions. I only wanted to use one particular section, so I used the same technique I use for partial die cutting to emboss only the section I wanted. This could also be accomplished by using a diffuser, but the only diffusers I have are round which wouldn’t work in this case.
I did end up with just the slightest amount of carryover embossing from the next section of the folder. To correct that, I used my bone folder and gently rubbed the cardstock back down. Once I finished, you couldn’t really see those tiny little bumps any longer.
Once I had my embossing completed, I masked off the top row of diamonds. I used a fingertip sponge dauber and then sponged the whole row with some Glacier ink from Close to My Heart. Next, I masked off the center section and sponged that row using Pixie ink, also from CTMH. Finally, I masked off the bottom row and sponged it in the Glacier ink as well. Once the ink was dry, I went over all the raised embossing using a clear Wink of Stella pen to give it a little shimmer.
Rather than putting the sentiment on the outside of the card, I decided to use the round element I wanted to include to create a little window to the inside of my card. For this, I used the stitched circle dies from Simon Says Stamp. They have stitched detailing on both sides of the cut line, so that left a really nice stitched detail on the outside of my circle. I made it into an ornament by drawing in the little topper and string using a 0.3 Multiliner from Copic. I filled it in using a VersaMarker and then heat embossing it using liquid platinum embossing powder. To dress it up a bit, I stamped the bow from the Baaah Humbug stamp set from Lawn Fawn and colored it using Copic markers in BG11, BG13, and BG15. After I took the photo above, I ended up adding a coat of clear Wink of Stella to the bow.
I used a sentiment from the Holiday Lyrics stamp set from The Ton. I stamped it using some Glacier pigment ink from CTMH and then heat embossing it with clear embossing powder. For a little more fun, I added a scattering of snowflakes from the Ready, Set, Snow stamp set by Lawn Fawn in the same Glacier pigment ink and clear heat embossed them, too.
To finish up the card, I rounded the upper right-hand corner using the 1/2″ side of my Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers. Doing that helped soften that side of the card a bit and kept it from looking so squared off and harsh.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- Merry Monday Christmas Cards – the current theme is Pink, Green, and White.
- One Layer Christmas – the current theme is Anything Goes.
Until next time …