Friday, October 15, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas Cards!

I made the easel card below with Hero Arts people at CHA in Chicago in July.  The stamp kit is a cling-mount called 'Enjoy the Seasons' and there are 3 snowflakes stamps and the sentiment.  It sells for $12.95.  The shape was made with the Tim Holtz Alterations die from Sizzix called 'Styled Labels'. We used die inks and misted them with a solution of water and pearl coloured Perfect Pearls so that the snowflakes glisten as the ink dries.  A very nice effect for wintry images. The background on the card was made with Hero's 'Magical Background'.  A lovely large cling stamp (4" x 6") covered with dotted scrolls, sells for $11.95.

This is a nice winter village scene from Stamp Barn.  It cuts up easily into three panels for a window-pane look.  The cling version sells for $12.75.  This scene was stamped in Versafine Olympia Green, onto white card stock, and some winter sky was added with blue chalk.  As always, Hero Art's ultra fine Prisma glitter (A.K.A. Stampendous' Multi ultra fine glitter) puts on the finishing touches.

Snow Writer creates wonderful dimensional snow effects and is perfect for any of your winter scenes.  The 2oz bottle sells for $2.69.  There is a foil seal underneath the screw lid and once this seal is opened, you will want to finish using the product within one to two months as it tends harden in the container.  One way of prolonging the lifespan would be to cover the bottle with a saran collar before you put the screw lid back on.  If yours is already dried up, try adding a small amount of water and/or shake it as much as you can, this is a water based product.  The stamp is from Northwoods and the water has been coloured with Twinkling H20's.  The Snow Writer itself dries a mat white so while it is still wet, you'll want to sprinkle on the ultra fine Prisma glitter for the glistening effect.  This stunning card was made by Judy Kennedy.

Martha Stewart's Snowflake Trim punch ($22.95) is a great way to accent any winter card.  The trees below are from Hero Arts.  Unseen by the computer's eye, Louise has used the Snow Writer and glitter again on the trees.

Believe it or not, Christmas will be here before we know it.  Happy stamping.

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