Sunday, October 9, 2011

Christmas Cards

I've started making my Christmas cards this week. I entering them into the Hero Arts Flickr Group card challenge.
For this first card, I stamped the image onto white cardstock with versa color cyan (VS-19) ink and clear embossed it. I love how the light blue gives off a sense of peace. On the bottom of the image I applied 3 layers of holographic embossing powder to give the appearance of snow around the trees. the snow is hard to see on camera. The stamps used are Hero Arts: Starry Night CG224 and Holiday Sayings CL343. I used pearlescent paper for the cardbase. For this next card I stamped the snowflake with silver ink and embossed with silver embossing powder. The stampsed used are Hero Arts: Four snowflakes CG210, Holiday Sayings CL343, and Swirl Christmas CL469.

This card is an inspiration from Jennifer McGuire's canvas leaf thank you card that is featured in the Nov/Dec 2011 papercrafts Magazine, page 61. I took the three holiday messages stamp LL956 and used all three stamps as a background for my card. There are three stamps in this set and I alternated them onto the card base. I used the flower from the frames with sprigs stamp set from hero arts/sizzix 657775 and turned it into a christmas flower. I heat embossed the flower and the sentiment onto sticky back canvas with white embossing powder and once the canvas was cool, I went over the fabric with pine needles distress ink. I used Jennifer McGuires same design but changed the colors and the stamps. I enjoyed making this card and working with the canvas was easier than I thought it would be.

For this last card I embossed the Christmas trees with silver embossing powder and also inked the trees with silver ink. The sentiment was done the same way. The silver around the edges of the panel behind the trees was also embossed with silver powder and silver ink. the background embossing folder is by provo craft D'vine Swirls 37-1142. The stamps used are Hero Arts: Three Trees LP123 and Holiday Sayings CL343.

Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the comments. Have a wonderful week.


Barb said...

Love that you're using some silver, Sue! Beautiful cards! LOVE those tall trees! :)

Brenda said...

Oh Wow Sue! You have made some awesome Christmas cards. I love all the sparkliness from the embossing. I adore the way that large snowflake turned out! Truly beautiful cards and I am so glad you shared them with us!

Dawn said...

I used the first stamp last year for a pile of cards... it really is so elegant. all your cards are wonderful

Sue said...

All Cards are gorgeous for different reasons Sue.
The first because it is so traditional and elegant.
Second and third for the wonderful Green Palette and wholesome qualities that you have created
And last your Blue/Silver combo with its straight lines.
Good luck in the Challenge too.

Lin said...

Look at you going to town on the Christmas cards! My fave is the first blue one - love the color and the softness! All of them are unique and very special!