Friday, November 21, 2014

Stress-Free Holiday Card Making

Do you like to make each card unique?

Maureen here, and I'm going to give you a great tip on how to get those cards stamped without all of the stress (and mess!).

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Woodland, // Inks: Cranberry Crush  // Dies: Winter Woodland Dies, Holiday Apertures Cardstock: Kraft

Start with a card you love - for me it's the one above.  I love the colors and design, so why not use this card as inspiration and use the same supplies to make another card?

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Woodland, // Inks: Cranberry Crush , White Pigment Ink // Dies: Winter Woodland Dies, Timeless Tags 2 Die Cardstock: Kraft

Here I used the same design ideas as the first card - repeatedly stamping the background, the placement of the deer and the pops of red - but I've come up with a card that is completely different.  While you're at it, just keep going!

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Woodland, // Inks: Cranberry CrushWhite Pigment Ink // Dies: Winter Woodland Dies, Landscape Borders Die // Cardstock: Kraft

This time I've changed the orientation of my card, but kept those same design principles intact and designed another unique card from the same set of supplies!

The next time you sit down to create and come up with something you love, leave all of your supplies out and just keep creating!  See how many different looks you can get using the same supplies!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

VIDEO: Watercolor Stamping - Easy Mass Production

Today I wanted to share a couple of easy ways to incorporate watercolor into your Holiday cards.

And...I went with something non-traditional and graphic.

Watch above or in HD at YouTube

GASP! Yes, I know, I know. It is something other than soft florals. Who knew? :)

The first set of cards features bright colors and bold imagery. By stamping the images from Twenty Fifteen in Distress Ink and spritzing them with water, I was able to create some wonderful bleeds of color with very little effort.

The second set of cards featured in the video are much softer and almost ethereal, yet still very graphic.

For these cards, I used heat embossing and a simple watercolor wash to create patterned paper to die cut the Stag Trio Die from.

Typically, watercolor is not something that we think of using when it comes to mass production. But these two designs are perfect for showcasing this popular medium.

And, although very different, both sets of cards feature many of the same supplies!

Supplies Featured in Video

Monday, November 3, 2014

OCC Holiday Card Workshop Winner

We have a winner!

Sorry this is a day late, but yesterday got away from me. You guys know how family can be, right?

Congratulations Ciny M! Please email so that we can pass on your information to the generous ladies at Online Card Classes!

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