Every year, my list of Christmas cards to make needs to include a few retro-themed designs. I’ve always been a fan of the aluminum trees and tinsel and festive starbursts of the 1950s. I can always count on Tim Holtz to come out with something that fits the bill. Today’s project was made with the versatile Ornamental Birds die set from Sizzix/Tim Holtz.
In past posts, I have talked about stretching your stamps or thinking “outside the box” when it comes to theme. For today’s post, I will show you how to turn a simple floral stamp into a Christmas stamp. This is great when you don’t have or want to get a huge collection of holiday stamps but still want to create some festive greetings. It is helpful to have one or two holiday sentiments though. I will be using Avery Elle’s Modern Floral stamp and die set as my focal point along with a floral themed embossing folder whose flowers have a bit of a poinsettia look. Even better, would be to use a Christmas-themed embossing folder if you have it. The terrarium around the floral stamp reminds me of a Christmas ornament which is a plus.
I think I have just about every craft tool I could ever need—I really love crafting! But the one tool I didn’t have in my supply bin was the Crop A Dile Hole Punch and Eyelet Setter from We R Memory Keepers and I don’t know why I waited so long. Yes, it does look like it may be complicated to use, but it’s actually not and I’ve found this too be a tool I’ve been reaching for quite often lately.
If you like to create hand made cards for the holidays, an easy tip to prepare is to make a variety of backgrounds on blank notecards. You can then add a quick sentiment and you have a card ready to hand out or mail.
Halloween and shaker cards go hand in hand in my opinion. Glittery sequins bouncing around in the background do have a candy quality. For my project today, I will be using a new to me product that makes your shaker windows a little more interesting—and easier to make.
If you’ve ever had a difficult time coloring with colored pencils and getting a smooth finish, you may want to try watercolor pencils. In today’s post, I’ll be using the Art Advantage watercolor pencil set to color a pretty wreath of sunflowers and fall foliage.