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Holiday Blizzard Project – Bea’s Stamped Photo Cards

My boss loves my photos of Montana. He recently asked me to make the business' Christmas cards and he thought using my photos would be a nice touch. We picked two winter scenes, one from an area in the mountains near my hometown, and the other is from the park in my town.  I decided to stamp directly on the photographs and create simple layered cards.

Combining your photography with your stamping can create some stunning art. Look at your photos and choose some that would make great greeting cards for friends and family.  Photos go great with inspirational quotes! Photos also work well with collage art.  So get those photos out and start thinking of different ways you can incorporate them into your art!

Now,  Let's have some fun creating these cards!

Stamped Photo Cards
By: Bea Rosenleaf, Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size: 6.5" x 5" and 5" x 6.5"

Happy Holidays and Season's Greetings (Stampin' Up!)
White 6.5" x 5" Pre-scored cards with Envelopes (purchased at Michael's)
Brocade Blue Paper (EK Success)
Ocean Blue Cardstock (Bazzill)
Red Cardstock (The Angel Company)

Grenadine Red cardstock (Bazzill)
Dark Green cardstock (The Angel Company)
Gold Glitter self-sticking  cardstock (Darice)
Silver Glitter self-sticking cardstock (Darice)
Clear Glitter self-sticking cardstock (Darice)
Rocket Red Brillance ink pad (Tsukineko)
Color Box Verona Petal Point Pigment ink pad - Peacock Gold (Clearsnap)
VersaMark Watermark ink pad (Tuskineko)

Silver Embossing Power (Top Boss)
Blue Foil (Stampendous)
Paper Cutter
Adhesive of Choice - I use an ATG 714 (3-M)
Basket Weave Corner Punch (E K Success)


  1. Decide what photos you want to use and either print them on your computer, or take them to your local store to have them developed.  I used Acrobat's Photo Elements 6 to create a soft frame around my photos to "dress" them up and bit and make them softer.  The photos were printed at 3.5" x 5" on a nice quality glossy photo paper (Kirkland Brand from Costco).  If you print your own photos, trim them to size.
  2. Stamp Happy Holidays on five of the photos in Pheasant Gold ink.  Stamp Season's Greetings on the remaining five photos in Rocket Red. Stamp sentiments wherever they will look their best on your photos in a color that is easily read.  I tried using dye ink pads, but they rubbed off. Use pigment inks or a solvent ink when stamping on glossy photos. Let them sit and dry. If you try to use a heat gun on photo paper, you run the risk of making the paper bubble, which will ruin your photos. I also tried to use embossing powder both with an embossing ink pad and with the pigment inks, neither worked.
  3. Cut the Dark Green cardstock for the background layer and for the photo matt.  The background layer is cut to 6.5" x 3.5".  For the matt, cut to 3.75" x 5.25".
  4. Cut a strip of Gold Glitter cardstock to 6.5" x 1.5".
  5. Layer the Dark Green cardstock onto the top portion of the White card base. Notice you will have approximately 1.25" of white showing. Cover this with the strip of Gold Glitter cardstock. This cardstock already has adhesive on it, so all you need to do is pull the backing off, line it up, and stick it down. Be careful not to stick down until you are sure it's lined up, otherwise, if you need to move it, you won't be able to. Once it sticks, it's there forever! (Don't ask how I know this...) Set aside the card base.
  6. Cut the Grenadine cardstock to measure 5.5" x 4" (you should be able to get 4 matts from one sheet of cardstock). Using the corner punch, punch a corner in the upper left-hand corner and the lower right-hand corner.
  7. Attach the photo to the Dark Green matt. Attach this layer to the Grenadine matt, tucking the two corners into the punched corners.
  8. Apply adhesive to the back of the matted photo and attach to the prepared card front.
  9. Sign your work and send to your friends and relatives. 

I made 10 of each card. Each set had 2 sentiments. I mixed up the colors to create some variation in the cards.  I've included photos of the different cards. Even though they are different, they are all made in the same manner as shown above. One set of cards uses Dark Green and Grenadine, the other uses Brocade Blue and Red.  I may even add some Crystal Glitter glue (Ranger) to highlight some of the areas on the photos - still thinking about that! 



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8 Responses »

  1. Thanks so much Kittie. I generally use all my own photos in my projects, and the majority of them are of Montana...or the Oregon Coast. We go there every year.

  2. Bea, these photo cards are fabulous. I could fall right into them.

  3. Thanks so much Robin!

  4. Wonderful work as always Bea!!!

  5. Shelly - maybe we ought to do a challenge...but please not this month!!! LOL

  6. Thanks so much Willow! It sure it nice to see you on the trail with us!

  7. What a great way to use your incredible photos Bea!!!! Those cards are beautiful!!!!

  8. oh, I do like these. We should feature more of these photo cards.
    Grandparents would love then of the grandkids!