A Polished Stone Christmas Card
Finished Card Size: 4.25" x 5.5"
Joy and Merry Christmas words (Hot Off the Press)
Snowflakes (Hot Off the Press and The Angel Company)
Cream cardstock (Staples)
Dark Blue cardstock (Bazzill)
Designer paper from stash (Unknown)
Polished Stone panel
Mustard Seed and Sapphire Distress ink pads (Ranger)
Black Versafine ink pad (Tsukineko)
Tim Holtz Distress Tool (Ranger)
Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool (Ranger)
Gold and Crystal Stickles (Ranger)
Clear embossing powder (Stampendous)
Heat tool (Ranger)
Snowflake button (unknown)
Crystal Lacquer (Sakura)
The Christmas All Year column is a new feature here on the trail at Stamper's Quest. We'll feature Christmas cards, and maybe a project here and there. This column is great for me as a cardmaker because I am a great procrastinator! Every year I have good intentions of making Christmas cards long before the Christmas rush, and every year it's the same thing...procrastination until three weeks before Christmas and then go into panic mode! Does this sound like you, too? If so, then let's work together this year each month and create some Christmas/holiday cards so we can be better prepared this coming holiday season. If we start now doing a few cards a month, then we'll have more free time to drink a few Tom and Jerry's and enjoy family and friends a bit more!
For my Christmas card this month, I decided to combine both the February Trail Map and the February technique - Polished Stone. I turned the trail map 90°, just to be a little different. The Polished Stone background is a piece a created a long time ago. I tend to create a lot of backgrounds at one time and then use them as the whim strikes me. This particular piece, I think I used Stonewashed with a bit of Denim and Silver Metallic Adirondack alcohol inks.
Create a card base from the cream colored cardstock (5.5" x 8.5" folded with a top fold).
Layer background decorator papers following the trail map as a guide.
Cut a panel from the left over cream cardstock. Using the ink blending tool, apply the Mustard Seed ink to the panel.
To create a little depth to the panel, use the ink blendking tool to apply Sapphire ink around the edges blending inward to the center.
Using a long narrow acrylic block, place a snowflake, a word, a snowflake and a word. (You may want to stamp this on a piece of scrap paper to make sure you have the placement of the stamps right.) Using the black Versafine ink, stamp the words/snowflakes across the panel. Stamp the words off the edges on both sides to give a feeling of movement.
Distress the edges of the panel and layer onto a piece of dark blue cardstock. Layer this onto the card base.
Create a Polished Stone background following the general directions. Cut a panel following the Trail Map that will fit the stamp image.
Using the black Versafine ink, stamp Santa on the Polished Stone panel. Apply clear embossing powder to the image and heat set. (I used the Versafine ink because of it's superior coverage for a dark black image. Versafine will not dry on glossy paper, that's why I embossed it with clear embossing powder.)
Layer the Santa piece onto a dark blue panel and attach to the cardbase.
Apply Yellow Stickles to Santa's lantern and Crystal Stickles to the snowflakes and the stars on the background pieces. Let dry.
Using wire cutters, cut off the shank of the snowflake button. Apply Crystal Lacquer to the back and place on the card. Let dry, and you're finished!
So my first Christmas card for 2013 is finished. I feel like I actually accomplished something! This was a fairly quick card to make, so I will probably make a few more in the coming days.
As I look at the card while typing up these directions, I think I may add some Stickles to the snowflake to give it a bit more bling.