Merry and Bright

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By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on her blog Blue Scallop Creations and on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

Crisp white and bright red—the perfect pair for festive Christmas cards!  My project today is quick and easy and uses the Sizzix Seasonal Sentiments stamp set.  This is a great set because you can get quite a few projects out of it.  It has a few great sentiments as well as some seasonal accents perfect for embossing or coloring.


HERE’S HOW TO MAKE IT:

I started off by stamping the large sentiment into the middle of a white, horizontal note card using my WRMK Precision Press and Memento Pigment Ink in Love Letter.  Since this is a slower drying pigment ink, I heat embossed the sentiment using clear embossing powder.  This makes it stand out even more with that little bit of shine and raised texture.

I then cut two pieces of red cardstock 1 ¼” wide and 4 ¼” tall and stamped the vines from the stamp set down the sides using Versamark Ink.  I stamped them going down in opposite directions and made sure to use my Embossing Magic Bag ahead of time for clean embossing.

I heat embossed the vines with white embossing powder, then secured them to the sides of my stamped notecard with foam tape leaving about 1/2” of white on either side.

I thought this card was finished, but I still felt like it needed something…….not sequins or enamel dots—that would be too much with the decorative vines and fancy script.    I like to have a little something black on my cards and I heard somewhere that this is a good rule of thumb in design.   Usually, my sentiment is black, but this time, since it was stamped in red, I needed to find another way to add a bit of black.  I found some thin washi tape that totally did the trick.  Both cards look good, but doesn’t the one with the black just seem to stand out more?

I added another sentiment from the set to the inside that I also stamped in the red and heat embossed with clear powder.

This card definitely gets me into the holiday spirit!  Thanks so much for joining me today.  Hope you’re having fun with your holiday crafting!

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