Holiday Cards

Holiday Wishes

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Hi there and happy Saturday!

Today I finally put to work a stamp set that I purchased sometime in 2017.  I’m pretty sure it’s one of the very first holiday sets I ever purchased.  I love it for it’s pretty shapes, in particular the ornament at the bottom left which reminds me of Ruth Asawa’s wire sculptures which I find mesmerizing.

I heat embossed three ornaments from the Hero Arts Ornaments Stamp & Cut set onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth using silver Ranger Ultra Fine embossing powder.  Then I pulled out Peacock Feathers and Pine Needles Distress Oxide inks and a small paint brush.  I smooshed a bit of the inks onto my work surface and then, with a wet brush, applied a watered-down layer of Peacock Feathers over the ornaments.  This provided the lightest layer of color.

Then I added more concentrated Peacock Feathers to the left and right edges of the ornaments.  Lastly, I added a bit of concentrated Pine Needles to the very edges, for more contrast.

When the ornaments were dry, I die cut them with the coordinating dies in the set.  I used small Cutterbee scissors to snip small slits into each side of the tops of the ornaments to make it easier to tie silver metallic thread into bows around each die cut.

I stamped the sentiment, also from the set, in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink onto a panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock.  Then I adhered the ornaments to the sentiment panel with foam tape.

The frame is an A2-sized piece of Bristol Smooth.  I used ink blending tools to blend Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks around the edge of the panel, creating a gradient from dark to light.  To finish the card, I adhered the ornament panel to the frame and then adhered that to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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