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!

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Layered Christmas Poinsettia

Layered Christmas Poinsettia

As I mentioned in my last post, Day 1 of the Holiday Card Workshop 2022 focused on die cutting, and the second lesson was called “Layers of Die-Cuts” taught by Dawn Woleslagle.

I used Gina K Designs Cherry Red and Christmas Pine card stock along with Cranberry Tart and Christmas Pine ink and an unmarked die set to create my poinsettia. I added some ManGo Mini Prills to the center.

I also used the Stampin’ Up “Subtle” embossing folder and the die and a stamp from the “Merry Stamp & Cut” set from Hero Arts.

If you are interested in seeing how to quickly add dimension to your layered die cuts, check out the class over at Online Card Classes!

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Faux Laser Cut Christmas Tree

Faux Laser Cut Christmas Tree

I recently took the Holiday Card Workshop 2022 and really enjoyed using the techniques and inspiration to create a bunch of holiday cards. I had been suffering from a serious case of “lack of mojo-itis” (and limited time), and this was just what the doctor ordered! I focused on the techniques for each of the classes and kept the “finishing” of the cards pretty simple. And I did not stress if I only got to one of the two lessons each day. It’s supposed to be fun, right?!

Day 1 focused on die cutting, and the first lesson was called “Faux Laser Cut Cards” taught by Jennifer McGuire. You need two dies for this technique; the tree die came from the “Christmas Tree Shaker Die” set from Cheery Lynn Designs, and the second die was the “Flourish Vine Die” from Gina Marie Designs (no longer available?). I know the vine is not “Christmas-y, but I am trying to limit my purchases for this class so I used what I had!

I used Gina K Designs Christmas Pine ink and card stock. The greeting was from the “Merry Tree” mini set, also from GKD.

If you are interested in seeing how to do this technique, check out the class over at Online Card Classes!

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Acorns and Quilt Autumn Birthday

Acorns and Quilt Autumn Birthday

This card features the “Oak Sprig” die from Tutti Designs and the “Quilt Block Die #1” from Gina Marie Designs. Both were cut from Cardstock Warehouse Copper card stock. The quilt block was cut again from sheets from the Gina K Designs “Give Thanks” and the “Casual Friday” patterned paper packs (no longer available).

The quilt was assembled on a panel of Recollections White Dove card stock that was embossed with a Stampin’ Up “Subtle” embossing folder (retired?).

The greeting was from the “MiniatureType” stamp set from Clearly Besotted and was heat embossed with Hero Arts Copper embossing powder.

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Leaf Printing

Leaf Printing

I recently watched this video where Linda uses leaves that have fallen from trees with her die cut machine to get beautiful leaf images that can be used on cards. She shows samples with more of an embossed look, but I kept trying different leaves, looking for ones that gave a lot more color.

I “printed” each leaf on water color paper, added a sentiment, layered the panels, and the card was complete.

Here are a few more samples…

The “so blessed…” sentiment is from the “Elegant Autumn Swirl Leaves” stamp set from Heartfelt Creations and the “thinking of you” sentiment is from the “Sketched Flowers” stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I also used Gina K Designs Chocolate Truffle Amalgam Ink and Dark Chocolate and Honey Mustard or Faded Brick card stock. I chose to keep these cards simple and let the leaves do all the work!

I made a TON of panels. As I mentioned above, every leaf left a different impression with varying amounts of color. But they all looked cool in their own way! I found it interesting that the brightest leaves did not always leave the brightest images And the colors of the leaves did not always match the color of the images. You just didn’t know what to expect which is what made it so fun!! As Linda said, the technique works best if the leaves still have lots of moisture in them, and I also had the most success with maple leaves, although I got some great impressions with other types as well.

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