Hello my wonderful followers! I hope you are having a very merry holiday season. I have been swept up the in the glitter and making and have finally come up for a little break! I spend all last weekend making thirty handmade holiday cards to get out in the mail. My studio of course now looks like a mini tornado hit and the cats have been covered in glitter for days. I’m sure you can relate! It’s a wonderful time of the year. Now since I have been tucked away making things for family I have been a little behind in sharing some latest treats with you. That’s why today you are getting a double feature. Both of these card sets have aired on my Youtube in the last week, so if you want to get my most recent videos you can head on over there and hit subscribe and the bell icon and you will get notified when new videos hit there, before they hit the blog. (Youtube Channel)
Now on to the glitter! First up for you I have a set of really cute whimiscal cat cards. Any of you that have read my profile know I’m a rescue cat mom and when I saw this stamp at the Technique Junkies booth at Stampfest in July I knew I had to have it for Christmas. I paired it with some whimsical stencil background and voila! A Christmas card that is sure to make anyone laugh this holiday season.
These were 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ cards with a piece of 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ scrapbook paper applied, and the image was stamped on 3″ x 3″ watercolor heavy stock paper.
At the bottom I will post all the supplies used for both card sets.
Now, this next set was made assembly line style for a really quick holiday pick. I used a premade card blank, then one piece of scrapbook paper and one embossed stamp so it took maybe ten minutes to make six. A great way to make an elegant, kraft paper style, gold embossed “Season’s Greetings” card. One tip I will share is that after making thirty cards this year I am definitely getting one of those tape guns next year. The sticking of the double sided tape did slow me down a bit.
Now these cards were 7″ x 5″ with 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces of scrapbook paper, and the black cardstock was the size of the stamp plus half an inch so about 3″ x 3 1/2″ ish.
Below I will list all the supplies used. I hope these two designs will get those creative juices flowing this holiday season. All you need is some cardstock, bits of scrap paper and one stamp and you can have a lovely set of embossed cards. Thanks for stopping by and happy making!
I missed you all during the November month. The holidays have been creeping up and as I’m sure you all know life has just gotten so busy! I wanted to pop on my blog today to share with you a super easy way to make a mass grouping of holiday notecards. All I used to make these cards were premade card blanks, one stamp set, Dina Wakley scribble sticks, and archival ink. By limiting supplies it kind of helped me hone in and produce more quickly. There are so many great stamp sets out there nowadays and so many supplies we can use, streamlining can help you narrow in and batch your cards.
For this set I used:
White cards that are 3 1/2″ x 5″ from Amazon
A Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz “Scribbly Christmas” stamp set.
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks (set 2)
Black Archival Ink
My Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp platform
some generic watercolor crayons from Michales
….and lots of Christmas Music
Tip. Stamp using archival ink to ensure the ink won’t bleed when using wet medium and ensure your cardstock is heavy duty. I also made sure I did all the stamping first so by the time the last card was stamped the first was dry and ready for the watercolor.
You can follow along as I make them in my video: Easy Holiday Notecards
Well, October has left us and fall is here in full swing with smells of cinnamon, pumpkin, and thoughts of turkeys and stuffing. Now that the creepy and whimsical have been taken down my home is looking quite bare. I have a few fall items but usually, enjoy the break until it’s time to deck the halls for Christmas. Thanks to one of my youtube followers I started thinking about this in-between time. We always see a lot of Halloween decor and lots of Christmas but very little Thanksgiving. Therefore I decided to try and make a few Thanksgiving/fall themed bits during November.
My first share for the month is a shadow box. One of Tim Holtz’s vignette boxes. The idea blossomed from a bit of burlap fabric I found on clearance at the end of last season. I thought it would make a lovely fall backdrop for a shadow box. Now during Thanksgiving, we give thanks and for me, it’s all about family. That’s why I chose “Family” as my word to center around. With a few bits from the Idea-ology line, I whipped up this little centerpiece at 5″ H x 4″ W x 1 1/2″ deep.
This is it, folks. My last Halloween post for 2018. I thought I’d end the Halloween season with another handmade card. I have done two Halloween cards using Tim Holtz Ephemera, so for this one, I wanted to change things up. About a month ago I was in Jo-Ann Fabrics and they were having a really great sale on their Halloween ribbons. Not knowing what I would do with them I stocked up on a few rolls anyway in several widths. I came across them again last week and realized I wanted to use them before the season was over. I decided to try my hand at a Halloween ribbon card. It’s very easy. I used a premade card background (5″ x 7″), 1/4″ wide double sided sticky tape and several rolls of ribbon in varying widths and patterns. I laid down the tape and worked my way row by row until I had covered the whole card, front, and back. In the end, to be safe I put the card thru my sewing machine to ensure if the ribbon frayed the stitch would catch it. As I final touch I added some 3D shimmer Halloween stickers I had in my stash.
I now have visions of book covers and Chrismas cards full of glitter made the same way. I also noticed if I had left the center ribbons longer I could have tied the card shut as well. Just another idea. Really a fun way to use up those ribbon bits we have tucked away.
I feel like it has been a while since I cracked open one of my art journals. I have been all swept up in DIY Halloween projects and it felt good to get back to my roots with the canvas journal page. This whole page was inspired by one item, a pair of whimsical glasses from the craft section at Hobby Lobby. I had bought a pack of these glasses for the Halloween season and I was looking at them and it just hit me. Wham!. If I can wear them how would they look in a journal page on a models face. Well, that sent me off on a new tangent and out came my pile of collage pictures. I had one just the right size and coloring for what I was picturing. With a little tweaking, it came out just the way I imagined.
Struggles: One struggle I had with this page was when I got to the original lips. I painted them purple but then the teeth looked all funky and I thought, oh man this page is sinking. I then in my brilliance thought oh maybe a baby wipe will take off the paint. Nope. Instead, it took off the magazine page. Again, spiraling downhill. Now I was in a panic. Then I thought to stop, breath and everything is fixable. I grabbed my stash of collage images, I cut out a new set of lips, glued those on and tried again. It covered most of the issue, and in the end, the page is for me and I was overall very pleased.
It just goes to show, when it starts going downhill, step back, take a breath and try to keep pushing thru. Everything is fixable. Even if it is cut into new bits to use in other pieces of art.
This page was created in my large Dina Wakley Media journal with Dylusions Paint and Dina Wakley acrylics.
Here are photos of the page to get all the lovely details:
So this page was a battle there for a bit but in the end I love it and I’m thinking she needs a friend. Although Halloween will be here soon, I may continue my fun into November and do a companion page with a male model opposite her. Stay tuned!
Below are the supplies I used to create the page. The links go to my affiliate sites. If used and purchases are made I receive a small amount of the purchase which helps fund my love of art to keep this blog and my youtube channel going. Thank you for your support