Most of the Christmas cards we send go internationally – off to England to my friends and family, one to Denmark for a close friend of ours, and some further afield like Canada and the US to my penpals. But there are a few that we give to people here in Finland. Last Christmas I didn’t do a good job of getting the Finnish cards made ahead of time. Well, now I have one ready for this year!
I began by creating my card base from a piece of soft grey cardstock. I stamped the sentiment, from a Stampendous set called “Festive” (which I can’t seem to find a link for), and heat embossed it in gold. I then worked on creating my background pattern.
I started by stamping the candy cane from Art Impressions’ Merriest Christmas Set five times and covered with the same gold embossing powder. Before melting it I stamped the snowflake from the same set five times, as well as the larger snowflake from the Stampendous set, again five times. I covered them with the embossing powder too and heated it up.
At this point I began on colouring. I started with the Art Impressions snowflake, using my white gel pen to fill in colour. I wish I had other gel pens to have done the rest of the colouring – definitely going on my to-buy list. Instead I used colouring pencils to colour my candy cane. I used two different shades of red on the berries just to slightly differentiate them from the red of the candy cane itself.
I decided I wanted to fill out the pattern a bit more – there was still a lot of empty space, and whilst I don’t mind empty space I felt it best to add something. I ended up taking the little bow stamp from Pink & Main’s hOWLidays set and stamping that five times. I also took the smaller snowflake from the Stampendous set and stamped it multiple times to fill in some of the blank areas. I heat embossed them with the same gold. I then coloured the bow with the same green as the holly leaves blended with a lighter green to make it a little different.
As a final touch I added some dots of white gel pen here and there across the card just to add a little extra something to the larger blank spaces. And with that the card was done.
I am ridiculously pleased with this card. The colouring actually turned out well enough, though I’d love to see how it looked coloured entirely with gel pens. I think it would really help it pop. In any case, I had a lot of fun making it. I’m really pleased with how the pattern ended out, and I think the colours came together beautifully. I feel like this is a card I’d be happy to recreate, although of course it would end up slightly different each time!
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Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra – Anything Christmas
Merry Monday – Christmas and The Magic Number 5 (I used five image stamps – three kinds of snowflake, candy cane, and bow – and stamped the larger images five times each!)
Muse: ChristmasVisions – Inspiration Card (Elements I took were – gold, heat embossing, colouring, handmade background. Also the “joy” is represented as “Onnellista Joulua” could be translated as Joyful Christmas – which is also appropriate for this blog!)
The Sisterhood of Crafters – Simply Made (a one layer card)