Contemporary Christmas Tree Card

This is one of those cards that came out completely different than the way I pictured it in my head. Luckily, it came out looking different in a good way!

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I started off by sprinkling some Color Burst in Pthalo Green and Alizarin Crimson on some thick watercolor paper. I spritz that with water and dry it and then repeat. Doing this step two times gives you completely different results than doing just one layer. (Just one more reason Color Bursts are so awesome! )

After my background was done, I buffed some Black Soot Distress Ink through my Angled Trees Stencil using a sponge dauber. This is where I messed up a little. I forgot to heat set the distress ink and it stayed wet and caught some of my sticky embossing powder. Oops!

The Angled Trees Stencil is a Two Step Stencil that you can stack to get extra effects. I stacked the dotted angled tree on top and then patted my Versamark Ink Pad all over it. (If you do this, please be aware that some of the distress ink will transfer to your Versamark ink pad.) You can also use an Emboss It Dabber, which I ended up doing for the star. Then sprinkle some Sticky Embossing Powder by Ranger all over. Now you can heat that until it gets shiny and quickly apply some Fab Foil or Ranger’s Foil Sheets. Make sure to burnish it well and wait for the Sticky Embossing Powder to cool. Then just rip the sheet off. If you are using Fab Foil, it will result in a distressed look like you see on my card. It’s not exactly what I had in mind, but I think it looks cool!

I just adhered my card front to a black card base and called it done. I am going to white emboss my sentiment on the inside of the card. I thought there was enough on the outside of the card that I didn’t want to make it look too busy.

Here’s what the new stencil looks like (It’s only $3.99!)

20151118_134826Here’s what the entire card looks like. The foil looks best from an angle. When you look at it head on, it can appear to be black. 20151119_214020

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Color Burst Birthday Card

Here’s the card I made for my Sister’s recent Birthday. This was surprisingly quick to make and I think it looks pretty nice! I’m still on a bit of a Color Burst kick. We actually sell them in our store now! You can see them HERE.

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The sentiment stamp is one that I found at a Rubber Stamp Convention and it’s by Rubbernecker. I love how affordable their stamps are and they have some very clever sayings as well. Hopefully I will use some of the other ones I got soon! Click here to buy this stamp from Rubbernecker for just $3.90! The stars in the background were individual star stamps that I rounded up from multiple Lawn Fawn stamp sets. I repeatedly stamped them, rotating the acrylic block to get variation. Everything was embossed with white embossing powder and then I let my Color Burst do the rest of the magic!

I’d love to redo this same card and figure out how to make the color bursts create a galaxy! That would be super awesome!

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Stamp of Approval Happy Holidays Card with Color Bursts

Do you ever come up with a card design that you are just so happy with that you have to make it again? That’s a rare occasion for me, but I was so happy with this card design that I had to make it again. I will be adding a video of making this card when I have time to edit it.

The dies and stamps I used to make this card were included in the Holiday Magic Stamp of Approval box by Catherine Pooler. These are curated boxes that are released every 3 months. They are $97.00 and contain products from smaller companies such as CAS-ual Fridays, Winne & Walter, and Neat & Tangled. The boxes only have stamps and dies, which I LOVE. I considered some of the other subscription boxes, but didn’t like some of the filler products. I love supporting small companies and exploring new products. These boxes sell out QUICK, so make sure to get on the notification list here. I paid for this box with my own money, but like I said, I like supporting small businesses and I wanted to spread the word!

Onto the card!

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I used the snowflake stamps from the CAS-ual Fridays sets that were included in the box. Placing them randomly and then inking with Versamark and embossing with embossing powder will allow you to create a resist when working with the Ken Oliver Color Bursts. I finally caved in and bought 3 Color Bursts and I’m in love with these! In fact, we’ll be carrying them in the store soon! I used Ultramarine Blue and Pthalo Green for the first card.  I cut out the “happy holidays” using a die by Neat & Tangled which you can purchase here. I added a die cut snowflake to tie in the shimmery background paper. Then glue all of that down to some vellum and secured it with some green brads to accent the green in the background.

Below is the card my Mom made:20151107_171447
I made up this card design while I was crafting with my Mom and she played along with me. She used her own stamps and a paper punch along with the Color Bursts and the Happy Holidays Die. So, if you want to make this card and didn’t get the Stamp of Approval box, you certainly could! I love how her card came out and it’s always fun to make her move out of her normal style of card making and try new techniques she probably wouldn’t have on her own. It makes me laugh when she gets inky because she’s used to pretty clean crafting LOL.

Below you will see my second rendition of this card:20151111_075554 This time I decided to use the Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine Blue Color Bursts. I also used black brads to match the color of the sentiment. I threw on a couple sequins and used Glossy Accents all over the happy holidays die cut. That really made it pop! Since I added the Glossy Accents after I already adhered the die cut, it actually started to warp the vellum and I had to tuck a few glue dots in strategic places to get it to stay down a little better. I decided to use glitter cardstock this time instead of shimmer cardstock too. 20151111_075648

Here they are side by side. I LOVE how these came out and I’m proud of my design, which happens rarely!

Do you like this design? Do you own Color Bursts? What do you think about the Stamp of Approval Box?

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