Hi Crafters! Amber here and I'm so excited to be designing for Craft Warehouse! I have three very different Christmas cards to share with you today. I got to play with items from Lawn Fawn's Snow Day collection. This line is just way too cute! First up is this layered patterned paper card.
I love layering patterns like this and working with paper kits makes it easy because I know all the papers coordinate. I grabbed three different papers and cut some panels to layer on my card base. My card is a standard A2 (4.25"x5.5") so I cut the panels at 3.75"x5", 3.5"x4.75", and 3.25"x4.5". Now if you have some perfectionist tendencies then by all means line these up and make them completely concentric and perfectly centered! I, on the other hand, like them a little wonky and askew. For the sentiment I cut down one of the tags from this sheet and inked the edges with Distress Ink in Pine Needles (it matches that dark green paper perfectly!) I thought it needed another punch of color so I stuck in that red and white paper strip along the edge. Then just finished it off with a piece of flair from the same kit.
My next card is a little more classic.
I loved this Merry and Bright image from this sheet so I made it the star of the card. I centered it on a white panel, tied a bow around it using this fun Snowflake ribbon from Darice and adhered it to a black card base so it would all pop. To finish it off I added this row of gems from Triveni Craft. These things are so easy to use. They already have adhesive and they are in rows (already lined up!) so I just needed to cut the length I needed and stick it down.
And my last card might just be my favorite. I plan to mass produce a few to mail out. These are perfect for mailing since they are so flat (no flair or bows to hike up the postage!)
I used a panel of watercolor paper cut down to 5.25"x4". Using the Snow Day stamps from Lawn Fawn and clear Versamark ink I stamped the sentiment and both snowflakes on the panel. Then I heat-embossed it using Zing Clear embossing powder. I hope you can see it in this photo.
Next I made my faux watercolor palette. I used Tim Holtz® Distress Ink in Peeled Paint and Pine Needles. You will need either a craft mat or an acrylic stamp block (just something smooth) to smear some ink on. I placed white cardstock under my acrylic block just so you could see it better.
Then using a Niji waterbrush (these things are great by the way, get one immediately! The water is IN the brush. You don't need a cup. A cup that will inevitably be spilled all over your craft table and ruin something. You'll thank me! They are also great for traveling or art journaling on the go.) pick up some of the ink and begin brushing the lighter color on the top half of the panel. Then brush the darker color on the bottom. Overlap the two colors in the middle to blend. If your inner perfectionist is screaming for straight lines then feel free to mask off a rectangle with some washi tape before you paint to make her happy.
Now you have this wonderful watercolor resist. Your friends and family will be so impressed and won't know how easy it was to do!
I decided to attach this with foam tape to a black card base for some contrast. It would also look great on a coordinating green card as well.