I spent some time today making two very different Christmas cards using two different Jessica Lynn Original stamps! The first card uses her digital poinsettia stamp. I actually enlarged the image before printing (one of the joys of digital stamps) and then placed a sheet of vellum over the printed image. I traced over the lines with a versamark pen onto the vellum. Once I had traced the entire image I coated it in Ranger platinum embossing powder and heat set it. I adhered the vellum to a piece of white cardstock and fussy cut the poinsettia. Finally I went over the edges with my versamark pen and additional embossing powder so there wouldn’t be any white edges.
Then I took a pretty piece of patterned foil cardstock and cut it to 4.25″ by 5.5″ for my card base. I adhered the poinsettia to the base and then added the sentiment on a banner that I popped off the card with foam mounting squares. The shimmer from the embossing powder and the shine from the foil cardstock really make the card pop!
For the second card I laid out all of my snowflakes from the Simon Says Stamp Lots of Snowflakes set onto a 4.25″ by 5.5″ base and moved them around until I found the position I liked for all of them. Then I put my stamp press over the stamps and pressed down to lift them off the card. I used the powder tool on my card base and then inked up the stamps with versamark. I stamped the snowflakes onto my card and then heat set them with white embossing powder.
Then I took salty ocean, chipped sapphire, and black soot distress ink and blended them onto the card. Since the snowflakes are embossed onto the card they resist the ink and remain white. After I was happy with the background colors I spritzed the whole piece with perfect pearls pearlized water to create the shimmery spots on the card. I sprayed the card from a few different distances so that the spots would be different sizes. I wanted the background to look like a night sky when it’s snowing hard that you can’t distinguish the actual shapes of the flakes.
To finish the card I took the snowflake sentiment stamp from Jessica Lynn Original’s Celebrate the Seasons Set #3 (available soon!) and stamped it onto vellum with versamark. Then I heat set it with Ranger platinum embossing powder. I cut the vellum into a strip and adhered it around the background piece. Finally I adhered the background piece to a white card base and it was ready to go!
Apparently I need more people to send Christmas cards to…