Thursday, July 28, 2016

3 Cards for Christmas in July

I have been totally binge watching YouTube craft shows.  Do you remember the Carol Duvall Show on DIY?  I loved that show, well, anyway, there was a Christmas Holiday Show & the guest demonstrated a background technique using Puffy paint & reinkers.

You place a large drop of Puffy paint in the middle of your cardstock & 1 drop of stamp pad reinker ink.  In my case it was Navy.  You take a brayer & roll out the paint/ink all over the cardstock.  Using your embossing heat tool you quickly dry the paint/ink.  The effect is supposed to be a foggy background from the dry Puffy paint. 

Of course I couldn’t find my brayer, so I used a sponge paint brush to spread the paint/ink over the cardstock & even though the effect didn’t quite look like it did on the TV show, I still liked the effect it gave the backgrounds to all 3 cards.

Because the paint is wet on paper the cardstock did warp a bit, but I think if I ironed the back of the card base it will straighten out.  Gluing it on an A2 card will probably straighten it out also.

Stamps I used:
Holiday Magic: On Dasher (A3445), Ice Skaters (F2280), Pine Forest (F3588), Sentiments Unmounted 3 (UMS7020
Happy Holidays: Getting the Tree (F3510), Pine Forest, Sentiments Unmounted 1 (UMS7018
Joy to the World: Holly Branch Sketch (G2632), Fiber Background (J2207), Sentiments Unmounted 3

Friday, July 1, 2016

Christmas in July

I love making Christmas cards, so I am thrilled this month's challenge is Christmas in July.

I love how the sky turned out.  I used light blue copy paper & stamped the tree line.  There are 1st, 2nd & 3rd generation stamping.  I like to call it ghosting, but that's just me.  I sponged the sky, but didn't like it so I sprayed it with water.  I really liked it a lot even though it started to crumple.  Ii hit the paper with the embossing heat gun & it left the sky with texture.

The snow is simply two torn pieces of white cardstock & the cut out snowman colored & tucked between the layers.

Stamps used are: Snowman ( C2937), Pine Forest (F3588), Sentiments 3 (UMS7020)