Cardmaking

Pretty stamped Christmas cards

I’m back with Christmas cards again, I’m on a roll!

I recently picked up a copy of Creative Stamping for the lovely free stamps it came with and encouraged by my stamping last time I made some Christmas cards set about making some primarily stamped Christmas cards.

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When it comes to stamping there were three things that when I started cardmaking I was never very good at..

  • Stamping the image nicely (no bits where there’s either no ink or too much ink)
  • Colouring it in (I don’t really do blending or shading)
  • Cutting out the image so it can be placed on the card (my hands aren’t steady enough)

I’ve definitely increased my confidence in stamping, partly from stamping sentiments onto cards and partly from using them in my planner. They’re not perfect 100% of the time but my success rate is higher now.

Colouring I’ve avoided generally but I saw the above card idea in the magazine and decided to give it a whirl as there’s no shading required and I really like the end result. With regards to cutting I’ve found a great little tip (thanks magazine) that sounds obvious but I’d never thought it of it before – to edge the shape you’ve cut out with the ink colour you stamped in. It covers up a multitude of sins perfectly!

With my stamping confidence boosted I tried something a bit different…

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These are all separate stamps from the free magazine set with the silver trees embossed. I liked the concept but thought it would look better landscape.

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I love this card! I loved it so much I made about 7 in total.

First I stamped three lots of trees in Tim Holtz Distress Ink (antique photo) and the Merry Christmas in black Staz On. I then went over the card with the heat gun just to make sure the ink had dried before stamping two sets of the trees in clear embossing ink. Next I poured my embossing powder over the card and shook off the excess. After melting the embossing powder with my heat gun I finished the card with the deer stamp in black Staz On ink again.

On some of the cards I tried out a couple of small sticky gems either side of the sentiment but mainly I just left them like this.

I don’t normally do landscape cards and in fact these card blanks were just some random ones I found but I might do some more this shape again in the future.

I’ve got a few more stamping card ideas I want to try that I’ll share as soon as I get round to making them but after that I think I may have enough Christmas cards and can move onto building up my birthday card stash!

Em x

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