Tuesday, December 15, 2009

More Christmas Cards

After weeks of computer problems, things are finally running more smoothly here, and I'm able to scan and post a few more Christmas cards. I hope you will enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them!

I used SU!'s new Patterned Pines hostess stamp set for both these cards, plus the Grateful Greetings set and a retired Jumbo wheel for the second one.

This blue card is a prototype of a card I'll be featuring at my January Technique Club; it uses the Ghosting Technique. Ghosting is a fun, neat and easy technique that produces a result similar to but slightly less dramatic than Emboss Resist.
Here are the specifics for this card, though I've left off dimensions, because those aren't really too important here.

1) Card base is Bashful Blue, as is the 1" Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon. The dark panel is from SU!'s Rich Regals family: Night of Navy. I've blended these two Classic inks on the snowflake image panel as well.
2) The small snowflake image panel is Glossy White card stock. This is important for this technique. To make the snowflakes stand out on the blue background, simply stamp the images first using VersaMark ink. The VersaMark is a clear, sticky ink, and will resist picking up the Classic, colored inks you put on over it.
3) Add color to your stamped image panel either of two ways: sponge the ink on AND/OR use your brayer to add and blend the inks.
4) Finally, use a tissue to wipe excess ink off of the Glossy card stock. Your VersaMark images will show up "ghostly" behind the colors you added over the top.

This second card was even easier than the first to whip together. The only tricky part here really was using the Sticky Strip to attach the Rose Red Double Stitched Ribbon to the Always Artichoke strip.

I once again owe thanks to Trina for the inspiration for these cards! Both cards are modeled after cards she designed for a Christmas card SAS in November.