Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Christmas in August

This month we got started on Christmas cards early! I don't know about you but usually Christmas sneaks up so fast, I rarely have time to make cards. So I figured with a head start, I might actually get some out this year! I focused on making most of the cards very simple, very quick to replicate. Except this one...which turned out to be the favorite of the night!

This card features my favorite Level 3 Hostess stamp set, The More the Merrier. It also features the Holiday Lounge DSP with coordinating colors Taken with Teal, Ruby Red, Basic Gray and Sahara Sand. The snowmen are stamped on watercolor paper and then watercolored accents were added. The really fun part is the snow!

Getting this effect is super easy! Just mix equal amounts of flour and water, put the mixture on the paper, heat from underneath with a heat gun until it turns to a matte finish, then heat from above for a puffed finish! So cool! Just be careful not to burn your snow! I added dazzling diamonds for the glitter effect.
I also added dazzling diamonds to the snowflake, which is punched using the Jumbo Snowflake punch.

Now, onto the cards that are very easily replicated! The DSP is Merry Moments. I used the Snow Swirled stamp set which matches the DSP. Colors used are Garden Green, Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla.

This card features two dropping ornaments in the Merry Moments DSP. The stamp set used is from Stampin' Up!'s "under $10" and it is called Merriment. I cuttlebug-ed the Old Olive paper and distressed it with gold ink. Naturals White and Real Red are the backdrop of this very simple card.
This card features the same DSP and Merriment stamp set. The Poinsetta flowers are made from the 5 Petal Flower Punch. I simply layered Garden Green and Old Olive to create the flowers leaves. The centers use the red mini beads from the bead duo set and the pop up glue dots. Very Vanilla hodgepodge hardware frames out the Merry & Bright sentiment.

Here's a close-up of the flowers.

Happy Stampin' Up!

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