Christmas Ideas

Custom Made Melon Mambo Glimmer Paper Meets Detailed Santa

Melon Mambo Glimmer Detailed Santa

Custom Made Melon Mambo Glimmer Paper, please meet Detailed Santa!

I was cleaning up my stamping studio when I came across a Detailed Santa cut out of Basic Black card stock.  Obviously a left over from my Tie Dyed Santa stamping projects!

I knew I had to use this last piece before I put the Detailed Santa Thinlits dies away for the season.

I also had a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper in my stack of scraps, and an idea started to form.  I laid the black piece over the glimmer piece, but didn't quite like the look.  The Dazzling Diamonds paper was just too bright and Santa was lost on it.  mmmm... Why not tone down the glimmer paper by adding a softer shade of pink? 

So, I got out my Melon Mambo ink and pad and a sponge and went to work.

Making custom color glimmer paper to match Stampin' Up!'s colors is super simple. 

You can fill a Stampin' Spritzer bottle with rubbing alcohol, add a few drops of reinker, shake to mix, then spritz it on the paper. 

Or simply sponge on the color using a sponge or sponge dauber like I did.

sponging Melon Mambo onto glimmer paper

 

Custom color glimmer paper

To finish the card, I heat embossed the greeting from Greetings from Santa using white embossing powder.  I then swiped on some Melon Mambo using the excess ink on my sponge.

The possibilities are endless!

What color of custom made glimmer paper is in your future?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Dazzling Details Glimmer

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies, sponge, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tie Dye Background Santa Part 2

Tie Dye Santa

Here's one more tie dye background paired with Santa cut out of Night of Navy card stock using the Big Shot and Detailed Santa Thinlits Die.

See my Melon Mambo/Tempting Turquoise die dye Santa here

Colors for the background are Marina Mist, Island Indigo and Wisteria Wonder.  Inks were dabbed onto my clear block "E", spritzed with water, then stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it sit for a few seconds, then lifted it up, and I was left with a tie dye background.

After Santa was cut out, the greeting was heat embossed using white embossing powder, then popped up on the background using Dimensionals.

What colors will you use for your tie dye Santa?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlits Die, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder,clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water,  Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue

Happy Stampin'!

Tie Dye Santa

Tie Dye Greetings from Santa

Tye Die Santa: a little different Christmas card using non-traditional Christmas colors. 

The background is the clear block stamping technique.  I dabbed on Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Wisteria Wonder inks onto my "E" clear block, spritzed with water so the ink would pool and run and then stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it set for a few seconds, lifted it off and let the ink dry. 

I Just love the tie dye look!

Greetings from Santa

Santa was cut out of Elegant Eggplant card stock using my Big Shot and Detailed Santa Thinlits Die. He was popped up from the background using Dimensionals.  The greeting is from the coordinating stamp set, Greetings from Santa, and was heat embossed using white embossing powder.

What colors will your tie dye Santa be?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, "E" clear block, spritzer bottle with water, Tombow Multi-purpose glue, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Rose Red Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

Here's another stenciled reindeer using left over pieces from Santa's Sleigh cut outs (see posting from 12/6).

The reindeer is Rose Red and the background is the clear block watercolor technique using Rose Red, Mint Macaron and Cucumber Crush inks. 

This stenciled reindeer makes me smile!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Rose Red, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush

Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red

Accessories: Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, sponge dauber, clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Cucumber Crush thick baker's twine, Mini Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

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A couple of days ago, I posted a project I did using the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits to cut out reindeer for Hershey Nugget boxes.

I was left with this strip of silver glimmer reindeer:

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I turned it over and used the strip as a stencil to create the Elegant Eggplant reindeer above.  Recycle and reuse, right?

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The background is the clear block watercolor stamping technique.  I dabbed Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder inks onto my clear block "E", spritzed it with water so the ink would run and pool, then stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it sit on the paper for a few seconds, lifted it off, and I was left with this pretty tie-dye background. 

I placed the stencil on the paper and used a sponge dauber to add Elegant Eggplant ink.  In person, the reindeer looks like velvet.  I am loving this card!

 

 

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: stencil from Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, sponge dauber, clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Night of Navy thick baker's twine, Mini Glue Dot, clear Wink of Stella for shimmer

Happy Stampin'!

Santa's Sleigh Reindeer Nugget Boxes


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I recently made these reindeer nugget boxes as thank you gifts for those attending a recent Christmas card class.

These boxes were easy to put together as I let Presents and Pinecones Designer Washi Tape do most of the work.  After cutting and scoring the nugget box bases, I punched the tops using my Angle Tag Topper punch and then added the strips of Washi tape to one side.  I cut the reindeer from the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits die out of silver glimmer paper, tied a Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine bow around his neck and attached him with a Dimensional.  After placing 3 Hershey Nuggets on the inside, I added a thank you greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes and tied the box together at the top with more baker's twine.  Couldn't be easier!

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And as an added bonus, I'm left with this strip of cut out reindeer to use as a stencil for another project.  Stay tuned!

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The dimensions for the box are:

7/8" x 7 1/2" piece of card stock, scored at 3/4", 1 1 /2", 3", 4 1/2", 6" and 6 3/4".

 

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Whisper White, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: Big Shot, Santa's Sleigh Thinlits Dies, Angle Top punch (retired-substitute with the Scallop Tag Topper punch), Presents and Pinecones Designer Washi Tape, Candy Lane Baker's Twine, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Flurry of Wishes-Emboss Resist Meets Clear-Block Stamping

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Here's another take on the Emboss Resist Technique. 

This card combines the Emboss Resist and Clear Block stamping techniques!

I first created by clear block background by dabbing Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Night of Navy inks onto my clear block "E".  I spritzed it with water so the inks would run and pool and then stamped it onto my Whisper White card front.  I let it sit on the paper for a few seconds.  I then removed the block and let the paper dry completely. 

(It is important to make sure the paper is totally dry before moving onto the next embossing step.  If you don't, when you add the white embossing powder and emboss, your background may turn white wear the paper was wet.)

Next, I stamped the snowflakes from Flurry of Wishes using Versamark and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  I sponged on a little extra ink around the embossed images, then buffed them off with a tissue.  This makes the embossed images pop.

I added rhinestones that had been colored with a purple sharpie to the centers of each snowflake.  I also added some clear Wink of Stella to the background for a little extra shimmer.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Flurry of Wishes

Ink: Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, clear block "E", Stampin' Spritzer with water, sponge, rhinestones, purple sharpie

Happy Stampin'!

Emboss Resist Flurry of Wishes

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One of my favorite stamping techniques is Emboss Resist. 

It is one of those WOW techniques, but it is so simple to do!

For this card, I started by stamping the snowflakes from Flurry of Wishes onto my Whisper White card front using Versamark ink and heat embossed the images using white embossing powder.  Then, I simply added Island Indigo, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder inks over the embossed images.  For the centers of the snowflakes, I used a sponge dauber and Island Indigo.  For the rest of the background, I used a sponge to add Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder.  Once I was done, I buffed the embossed images with a tissue.  This removes the ink from the embossing and makes the image really pop!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Flurry of Wishes

Ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, Sponge Dauber, sponge, rhinestones

 

Happy Stampin'!

Winter Lovely as a Tree

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We finally have had a taste of winter here in the mountains of southern Colorado.  We've also had a little snow.  Just enough to cover the ground, then melt away a couple hours later as the sun came out.  But, we'll take whatever moisture we can get! 

This card was inspired by our little taste of winter.

The background was created by dabbing Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Night of Navy inks onto my clear block "H", spritzing it with water so the inks begin to run and pool, and then stamping it onto my Whisper White card front.  Once dry, I stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree using Night of Navy.  The greeting comes from Greetings from Santa.  I added some clear Wink of Stella to the background for a little winter shimmer!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Greetings from Santa

Ink: Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "H", Stampin' Spritzer with water, clear Wink of Stella

 

Happy Stampin'!

Floral Boutique Christmas Ornaments

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Here's one more idea for using the pretty Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper for a non traditional Christmas card. 

Christmas Ornaments made using the Balloon Framelits dies.

The snowflakes were cut using the Flourish Thinlits dies.

The greeting is from Wondrous Wreath.

Stamp Set: Wondrous Wreath

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Shimmer White, Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP

Accessories: Big Shot, Balloon Framelits, Flourish Thinlits, Night of Navy Baker’s Twine, pearls, blue Sharpie pen

Happy Stampin'!

Winter Sheltering Tree

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A quick share as life has gotten pretty busy and stressful.  On Monday, Oct 17, my husband and I, plus our 2 dogs and 2 cats were evacuated from our house due to the quick spreading Junkins Fire. We went to my mother in law's house in Colo Springs, and were finally allowed back into our home on Friday, Oct 21.  Although the fire is now 60% contained, they are still trying to build a containment perimeter on the ridge behind our house.  Hopefully, more progress will be made today. 

And sadly, my mother in law is dying and is expected to pass any day.  She is strong and willful and has fought a valiant battle.  We wish her peace and know she will be going to a better place.  During the evacuation, we were where we needed to be: safe and near her.

So, not much time or opportunity to stamp over the past few weeks.  This card is one of the projects we did at my Canon City Stamp Camp over Labor Day weekend.  That seems like a lifetime ago!  Anyway, I am posting it today as we certainly could use cooler temps.  And snow!  Come on snow!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder

Paper: Soft Sky, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Dapper Denim, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: Big Shot, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, silver ribbon, rhinestones

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Happy Ornament

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A quick and easy card using the watercolor technique and Happy Ornament stamp.  Colors used are Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron mixed together using an aqua painter. 

The color possibilities are endless!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Happy Ornament

Ink: Black Archival, Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Bermuda Bay, watercolor, Presents and Pine Cones Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Aqua Painter, rhinestones, yellow and green Sharpie Pens to color the rhinestones

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Happy Ornament-Cool Colors Clear Block Stamping

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Here's one more card made using the Happy Ornament stamp and clear block watercolor technique. 

Colors used for this card are Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder and Crushed Curry.

Looks like winter!

 

 

 Other supply: spritzer bottle with water

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Happy Stampin'!

Happy Ornament-Clear Block Stamping

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Here's another card using the Happy Ornament stamp set and clear block stamping technique. 

The background was the ink that was left over on the block after stamping the background for this card shared on Oct 4.

I like both effects, but I think I like the more sparse background a tad bit  more.  What do you think?

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Other Supplies: spritzer bottle with water, black Sharpie Pen for coloring in the rhinestones

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Happy Stampin'!

Tie Dye Happy Ornament-Clear Block Stamping

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 I'm really liking the fun Happy Ornament stamp found in the SU! Holiday Catalog!  

This stamp is perfect for water coloring, but I decided to change it up a little bit by creating a clear block water color tie dye background.

I inked up my clear block "E" by patting on Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon and Cherry Cobbler inks.  I spritzed the block with water until the ink began to pool and run and then stamped it on my water color paper card front.  I let it set for a minute or two so the ink would absorb into the paper, lifted it up and set the paper away to dry.  After it dried, I stamped the ornament using black archival ink.  I colored in the bow using a black Sharpie pen and then added a rhinestone that I colored using a red Sharpie pen.

The color possibilities are endless!

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Happy Stampin'!

Flurry of Wishes Melon Mambo Snowflake

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This is a quick and simple card using non-traditional Christmas colors of Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay.  Love this color combo paired with black.

The snowflake was stamped and punched using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set and Snow Flurry punch. The black panels overlay a 3/4" strip of alternating scrap pieces of Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay. 

Easy, Easy!

Product List

Neutrals Candy Dots
Neutrals Candy Dots
[130934]
$6.00

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Happy Stampin'!

Flurry of Wishes Hanging Snowflake

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Am loving this pattern of paper found in the This Christmas Specialty Paper pack.  Who doesn't love snowflakes?

I created this hanging snowflake card using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set and coordinating Snow Flurry punch. 

 

 

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2-1/2" Circle Punch
2-1/2" Circle Punch
[120906]
$18.00

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Flurry of Wishes Snowflakes

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It's that time of year again when I need to get onto the task of making Christmas cards. 

So, that means pretty much every card I will be creating over the next few weeks will have a Christmas theme!

Here is my first Christmas card based on this week's Nacho Average sketch challenge and featuring the stamp set Flurry of Wishes and This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper.  I love the snowflake design on this particular sheet in the collection.

Here's the sketch.

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Product List

1-3/8 Inch Square Punch
1-3/8 Inch Square Punch
[119877]
$16.95
Hexagon Punch
Hexagon Punch
[130919]
$16.00

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Baby Wipe Background-Christmas Pines, Pretty Pines

It is week 2 of our sketch challenge #178 over at the Nacho Average site.

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Here's my contribution:

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While this is not officially the first Christmas card I created this season, it comes pretty close!

Yes, Christmas will be here before we know it!

For this card I used the Christmas Pines stamp set and coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits dies which can be purchased from the upcoming Holiday Catalog on Sept 1.

So, I guess this is a sneak peek!

The background is a baby wipe that I had used to clean off stamps.  I let it dry, then glued it to a scrap piece of card stock.  I could then cut it down as needed.  I like the soft fuzzy look it gives to the card.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, various

Paper: Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits dies, rhinestones, red Sharpie pen

 

 

Happy Stampin'!