Holiday Cards with Homemade Plaids

Holiday Cards with Homemade Plaids

Day 2 of the Holiday Card Workshop 2022 focused on making plaid patterns. One of the lessons was called “Stamps and Stencils” taught by Kristina Werner. She showed a number of tools and products one can use to create plaids.

This first card was made with the “Diagonal Plaid – PFST18” layering stencil set from Pinkfresh Studio and Gina K Designs Tranquil Teal and Soft Stone inks. The focal image is cut from the Simon Says Stamp “Merry Christmas Ornament” die.

My original idea was to simply cut several white die cuts and stack them so it was thicker. I forgot to put super tacky tape on the back of the first piece of cardstock to make it a sticker before I cut it. So I thought I’d make a card stock sandwich (tape on front and back of a second piece of card stock) for the next layer so I could stick it between the first die cut and a third one. The problem was it was too thick and didn’t cut through all the layers. And the top protective sheet came off with the die leaving the top sticky side exposed so I couldn’t run it through again. It looked like the ornament shape with a faint die cut etched on it. Hmmm… I ended up sticking the original die cut on it, and then I covered the remaining exposed sticky areas with Artsyfartsy Crafts “Glasier Blue” microfine glitter powder. Not what I intended, but it’s definitely more interesting than a plain stacked die cut – lol!

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For my second card, I used one of the long border stamps from a set called “Background Basic Lines” from Inspired by Stamping. Kristina shows how to use several colors and stamps of varying widths to create plaids, but I had enough trouble with only one of each! Using a single stamp and making sure it was repeatedly stamped straight and evenly spaced was challenging enough for me!! Once I finally got the first color done, I was afraid of messing it up by adding more. (Been there, done that on my first few attempts!!)

I used Gina K Designs Christmas Pine and Kraft ink along with Christmas Pine and white card stock. I cut a greeting using the “Oversized Merry” die from Waffle Flower and used a stamp from the “Merry Stamp & Cut” stamp set from Hero Arts to complete this card.

If you are interested in seeing how to create homemade plaids with stamps and stencils, check out the class over at Online Card Classes!

Thanks for checking out my card project!

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11 thoughts on “Holiday Cards with Homemade Plaids

  1. Your plaids look great! I like the ornament save you did as the glitter is beautiful. They made plaids in another class several years ago and I could never get my stamps to lay straight. Yours look great and I can’t see how many went to the trash.

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    • Thanks Lisa. The three lines for my stamped plaid is a single stamp. (I started with the single lines in the set with no success.). Even with the multi lined stamp, I finally broke down and used my MISTI. And then figuring out how to move the panel for the repeating pattern was a challenge. I think I’ll stick to store bought plaid paper for now.

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  2. May not seem worth the effort buy your results are spectacular. Going back on either with a thin line marker in gold or black and only adding a few accents lines can add tons of effect with minimal effort chance of ruin.

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  3. Wow – a lot of effort to making your own plaids. Even with a stencil I can’t get these kinds of results. Love the save you did for the ornament. Sometimes accidents become their own kind of beauty.

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