The poinsettia has always been a beautiful symbol of the Christmas season. For today’s project, I have a gorgeous, detailed Poinsettia stamp from Ken Oliver that I’ll use in a couple of ways.
For my first card, I did a version of spotlight stamping by first heat embossing a layer of the poinsettias onto a note card I created with light gray card stock. I used Versamark Ink and Hero Arts White Embossing Powder to create the backdrop of blooms right along the bottom.
For my “spotlight”, I stamped the smaller flower twice onto some red card stock using Versamark Ink and then heat embossed those with silver embossing powder. I trimmed them out and added them with foam squares right at the bottom of the card. The soft white of the heat embossed leaves really highlights the pop of red. For the sentiment, I used the Sizzix Seasonal Sentiments stamp set from Jen Long.
For my next project, I channeled those “old-timey” Christmas cards of days past. I started off with a note card I created with white card stock and placed the Plaid Layering Stencil from Tim Holtz over the top. I used some Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Ink and blended it heavily over the top with a jumbo sponge dauber. This is such a bright, cheerful green—perfect for traditional Christmas cards. I used large Post-It Tape strips to keep the stencil from slipping and to protect the back of the card.
I stamped the poinsettias on white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored them with various Spectrum Noir markers—CR7, CR8, CG3, LG4 and LG5. After trimming them out, I added them with foam tape to the middle of the stenciled card and then added a little cut out backed with white card stock for the sentiment. The cut out is from the Santa’s Workshop 6×6 paper pad from Carta Bella. It has the cutest retro Christmas images—look at that jolly Santa!
The larger size of this stamp is nice because it easily acts as the main focal point of any card, but you can get a lot of different looks. Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope your holiday crafting is getting off to a great start!