Thursday, January 16, 2020

Quick Christmas cards

I got several large scale sentiment stamps from STAMPlorations just before Christmas and I finally got a chance to play with them the other day.  I decided to keep them simple and let the sentiments shine.  The first one is different from the others in that I used a stencil to create the background.
I used a starburst stencil and stamped the sentiment over top.  Then I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die, matted it with silver and adhered it to a dark blue card base.  I finished it off with some sequins (adding a star sequin to the center of the star burst as if the rays were coming out of it.)
The other cards were created with different water coloring techniques.
For this card, I used water color pens and water on water color paper.  Then stamped the sentiment (several times using my mini MISTI) and added a few gold sequins to match the gold mat.
For this card, I used actual water colors: red and green, and where they mixed together it looks a bit brownish/gold.  I heat embossed the sentiment with gold on this one, but the next time I will used black as the gold doesn't create enough distinction in the banner part of the sentiment.  I used a gold mat and red sequins to finish this one
I think this last one is my favorite!  I used shades of blue and purple water colors, heat embossed the sentiment in black.  I finished it off with a silver mat and purple sequins.  Everything was adhered to a dark purple card base.

Supplies:
Card #1:
Stamps: STAMPlorations "A Child is Born--Typographia Christmas"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle
Taylored Expressions stencil "Here Comes the Sun"

Challenges:
Moving Along with the Times #114--all things new (I got all of the stamps just before Christmas)
Die Cut Divas--new things
Craft Rockets #66--something new
STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge--anything goes with a stencil
The Paper Girls--new (new stamp)
Creative Fingers #177--anything goes
Crafty Sentiments--anything goes

Card #2:
Stamps: STAMPlorations "A Child is Born--Typographia Christmas"

Challenges:
Incy Wincy--anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #448--something new (new stamp)
Cute Card Thursday #617--what's new (new stamp)

Card #3: 
Stamps: STAMPlorations "Angels on High--Typographia Christmas"

Challenges:
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--anything goes Christmas or holiday
ABC Christmas--A is for anything goes
STAMPlorations CAS--anything goes with the optional twist: metallic
Penny's Challenge--anything goes
Little Red Wagon #532--After Christmas is before Christmas

Card #4:
Stamps: STAMPlorations "All Ye Faithful--Typographia Christmas"

Challenges:
Creative Inspirations--something new or something old (the sentiment I got just before Christmas and the purple card stock I've had for a couple years)
STAMPlorations Never-ending--anything goes with a STAMPlorations product
Southern Girls--anything goes
Try Stampin' on Tuesday #440--sketch or theme: wet (I used watercolors)
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
As You Like It--anything goes







30 comments:

Lisa Lynn said...

Heather those cards are gorgeous!

Cindy C. said...

A beautiful set of cards!! Thanks for playing along our January challenge at Die Cut Divas.

Heather said...

What a cute idea for "wet!" Love that watercolor effect for sure - purple is my fave color, lol. Thanks so much for playing at TSOT!

Imke said...

I like the focus on a sentiment. Great cards and thanks for joining our Christmas Challenge @ Little Red Wagon this week.Hope to see you back again soon.

Imke ~ MY CRAFTY PLACE

Maria Giselle B. said...

Nice array of cards you have here. Thank you for sharing your creation with us @ Incy Wincy Designs Anything Goes Challenge. Good luck!

Deb said...

YOur cards are beautiful, I love your backgrounds!
Many thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday this week!
Debxx

Furrbster said...

These cards are fantastic - I do love that starburst one!

Thanks for playing along over at MAWTT,

Hugz Tinz

Michelle said...

A great set of sentiment stamps and your cards are stunning - thank you for sharing with us this time at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle x

Donna Scholz said...

Heather, you have a jump on me... I've only created one holiday card in 2020 so far! I agree, your purple themed card is my favorite, too! Using embossed sentiments with watercolor backgrounds creates such vibrancy! I always look forward to the cards you create inspired by our Try Stampin on Tuesday sketches!!! -Donna

Arlene said...

So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our January "something new" challenge. I love the way you detailed the sun behind your sentiment.

Saphron said...

All of these cards are beautiful!
I love the gold embossed writing, but I look forward to seeing it in black too. Love the water colour background!
Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's, and good luck with your entry! :)

~ DT Saphron
Lemon Biscuit

Krafty Kaylin said...

I would say that watercolors are pretty wet. thanks for sharing with us at TSOT you made a lovely simple card.

Kim said...

Beautiful cards. Great example of one stamp, many different ways. Thanks for joining the challenge at Love to Craft Challenge Blog.

HeatherC said...

Great cards. Thanks for playing with the Paper Girls Challenge Blog!

cass said...

All beautiful cards

cass said...

Thanks for joining us at The Unicorn Challenge Blog for our "CAS" challenge.

MaryV said...

Beautiful projects, great design and colors! Thank you for joining us at Penny's Challenges,hope to see you again!
Grafty hugs

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Diane Louise J said...

Hello Heather… Thanks for sharing your lovely set of Christmas cards with ‘Moving Along with the Times Challenge Blog’; they all fit perfectly with our ‘All Things New’ challenge theme. Hope you can join us next month for our new challenge. Diane Louise (Team Leader) xx

Nance said...

So many beautiful watercolor cards! Love the valentine one with all the pink! Thanks for sharing with us at Krafty Chicks Challenge last week!

Fikreta said...

Wonderful cards !
Thank you for joining Unicorn Challenge!
Hope to see you again!

Sanna said...

great cards! thanks for joining in at STAMPlorations challenges!

libbystamps said...

Lovely watercolored card! Thank you for joining us at TSOT this week! See you soon!

Annette said...

I love those watercoloured backgrounds. Lovely effects.
Hugs
Annette - Netty's Cards
xx
Proud to design for :
Lili of the Valley,
Dies to Die For,
As You Like It Challenge.

Leslie said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing your awesome Christmas projects with us in the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog's January "Anything Christmas Goes" challenge and we hope to see you again next month!
Hugs,
Leslie, MLCCB DT
Love To Scrap 2

Larissa said...

Pretty cards, the watercolouring is lovely.
Thanks so much for joining us at the As you like it challenge.

Hugs,
Larissa

MariLynn said...

Beautiful cards. I especially love how the stenciled background on your first card looks. Thanks for sharing with STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge.

cohenna said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Christmas Crafts All Year Challenge this time and good luck :)

Pink Unicorn said...

What a great variety of techniques you show off with the sentiments, so many fun and inspiring ideas! Thank you for playing along with the STAMPlorations CAS Challenge. We hope to see you back again soon! Karola, DT, InvisiblePinkCards

Dorte said...

Lovely cards you are sharing. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at ABC Christmas Challenge. Hope we see you back again next month!
Dorte