It’s been a LONG time since my last craft project (almost 6 months!). Please forgive the absence. No excuses — just life going sideways. 🙂
As I looked down the barrel of less than 1 week to Christmas, I started to panic, noting that I only had 1 pre-made handmade holiday card. So I decided to try to make some “mass-make” cards. I used the Altenew Bells and Bows stamp and die set, the JOY from the Diemond Dies Holiday Words Die Set, and a card base I made ages ago with the Floral Diamond Shape Background Dies. NOTE: I’m not sure if these codes still work, but at Diemond Dies you might try “thankskristina” at checkout for 10% off and free shipping on orders of $35 or more AND at inloveartshop.com you might try the code G-36967 for 20% off.
First I stamped out the big and small bows as well as the bell using 3 grey tone Lawn Fawn Fundamentals inks in Manatee, Hippo, Storm Cloud, and my Memento Tuxedo Black. (Watch my video below to get some tips on how to best align the layering stamps for perfect results!) Then I used the accompanying dies to cut them out. Lastly I created card bases with scraps from my patterned paper scrap bin using the rule of thirds to make 4 cards and added the stamped bows with double sided foam adhesive to add special handmade details and dimension:
I decided to pair the remaining 4 stamped bells onto 2 cards that I made using an old card base made with the aforementioned inloveartshop floral diamond background die with thin blue satin ribbon and another layered card base using tri-colored bakers twine. I think the key to making quick cards but getting the payoff (and credit) for the unique special feeling of handmade is to add dimension with foam adhesive, interest with ribbons and twine, or bling it on with glittered papers or sequins.
CLICK on the picture below to watch my video tutorial:
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These cards are being entered into the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations Choose a Theme and Stamp It Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Bling It On Challenge – especially the glittered plaid Joy cards
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Traditional Christmas Colors Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge