Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My First Card(s) in 3 Years - Christmas Cards

Good evening! I realize that this blog has been dormant for a long time and expect it to be pretty lonely here until I reconnect with the stamping community. I am slowly making my way back. A lot has changed in 3 years! I have a lot of catching up to do!

I hope you had a good Christmas. I am still recovering! But I like this part. I love Christmas, but I also love the end of it! I bet our mail carrier feels the same way considering all the online shopping we did!

First of all, it feels GOOD to be stamping again! At first it felt so strange. After 3 years I had forgotten some things. But then I felt myself falling back into it all as I went back and studied some of my old cards for ideas and started implementing them.

As is often the case with me, I didn't start out with making just ONE card. No, I decided that I should start by making all my Christmas cards! Well, it was a goal and I was motivated.

I had originally intended to do all of my Christmas cards in red cardstock, but I realized at one point that my red was going to run out. It's one of my favorite colors and I only had maybe 6 or so sheets left to play with and not enough time to order more. 

I also realized that the red and white twine I had found at Michael's was not going to stretch far enough to do all the cards on both sides. So I only put it on both sides of the first two cards, and on the left side of the rest. I love the look and need to find out where to buy a larger amount!

I really did plan to go simple for my first card(s) in 3 years, but I just kept thinking of things I wanted to do. I wanted to do a gatefold card, and then I wanted to punch the corners and middle. I wanted to paper-pierce the interior panels, I wanted to stamp stuff on the inside as well as the outside. I wanted to have "snow". I wanted to COLOR with Copic markers *love*. It just kept getting more and more elaborate! But I was SO enjoying it!

The biggest job I created for myself was all the paper-piercing. It took me forever to poke all those holes! I found that it would go faster if I drew straight lines in pencil and poked along the lines. I have a Stampin' Up! template that is supposed to be good for that, but it doesn't line up properly when I turn corners. So my lines do the job better, and I erase them away when I'm done.

The stamps are from an old CTMH set called Santa's Helper. I just love it! So much fun to color! It's probably retired by now.

So here's the inside of the first card:

I glittered and "snowed" the inside, too. I'm nuts for snow! 

And man, did I love that ribbon!

See? More holes! I couldn't help myself!

And more glitter and snow!

For the snow I mixed some white embossing powder with some glitter and some Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents clear medium. It made a paste that I applied with a pointed tool. A toothpick would work well for this. It dried nice and hard with little loss of glitter. Then I used the clear medium to apply glitter on the elves. I just squirted the medium on the areas I wanted to glitter and sprinkled the glitter over it and tapped off. 

Here's one with white cardstock. I like the fresh, clean look, so running out of the red was not so bad.

I found the green paper at Michael's in the single sheet area. I embossed it with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The paper was thin, so that was tricky. It wasn't perfect, but I don't care. It was "good enough".

On some of the elves I used a Uniball Signo white gel pen to give them polka dot frocks.

Well, there you have it! My first stamping adventure in 3 years. Thanks for coming by! Take care!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Yay! I'm Stamping Again!

After 3 years of being disconnected from my stamping stuff, we are now reunited! I'm doing my Christmas cards this year. So why am I posting on my stamping blog instead of working on my cards? ADD? lol Anyway, it feels really good to be getting back into this wonderful craft.