Naughty and Nice Christmas Card

I really like the Tags Til Christmas set, and adding the tags to a card is another great idea for them. Here, I stamped the tree from Season of Joy on Whisper White after coloring the stamp with Always Artichoke, Daffodil Delight, and Chocolate Chip Markers. With a fine tip glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds, I added some glitter to the swirls on the tree. That layer was then matted onto Chocolate Chip card stock and paper pierced around the edges with the paper piercer.

The card base is Real Red, layered with Whisper White and retired Holiday Lounge DSP.

As I mentioned before, the sentiment is from Tags Til Christmas. I colored in the stamp with Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, and Always Artichoke Markers, stamping it twice. I punched one of them with the Curly Label Punch, and cut out the colored words from the other, attaching them to the Curly Label piece with stampin dimensionals.

Then, I just layered the Curly Label Punch onto a Chocolate Chip Modern Label Punch and Real Red Decorative Label Punch. Two green Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads finish off the tag.

Behind the tag, I added a piece of Chocolate Chip 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, notching the ends with my Craft & Paper Scissors (aka My Ribbon Scissors).

Flower Fancy {Distressed Look}

This style is not my strong suit, but there is so much of the vintage/distressed look going on lately that I figured now is probably the best time to try it.

I had my eye on this Fancy Flowers stamp set for a while, and when it went on sale last month, I had a chance to buy it for 20% off!

While I originally was drawn to the large flower image, I decided to try the flower and stem image first. I stamped it a few times on Gina K Luxury White card stock in Memento Black ink and colored it in with Copic Markers.

Next, I cut along the top of the flowers, just following along the image, with my scissors. Since this is a “distressed style” card, I used the Distressing Tool along all the card stock edges, going back over the distressed edges with Old Olive ink and a Sponge Dauber. Then, I sponged some Creamy Caramel ink all over the White card stock using a sponge that happened to have some old Chocolate Chip Reinker/Champagne Shimmer Paint on it. The darker brown spots were just a happy accident as a result. Finally, I spritzed some Frost Shimmer Mist (Frost Shimmer Paint mixed with 70% Rubbing Alcohol) all over the card stock.

Behind that, I randomly stamped the small flower and leaves in Old Olive ink (stamping off first) on Old Olive card stock. That was also distressed using the same method described above, minus the creamy caramel. I also sprayed it with Frost Shimmer Mist. In the upper corner, I added 2 Circle Rhinestone Brads in purple, and the sentiment is from Well Scripted, stamped in Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Marker on Whisper white that I “distressed” with sponges and Shimmer Mist. Then, I punched out the “Happy Birthday” with the Large Oval Punch and layered it onto Rich Razzleberry textured card stock, punched with the Scallop Oval Punch. I adhered it to the base with Stampin dimensionals.

The striped paper is from Cottage Wall DSP, which I layered over the Old Olive card base. At the bottom of the card, I added a little Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon. The “pleated” look was easy to do, simply by putting Sticky Strip along the length of the ribbon and then folding it into pleats.

Elements of Style Card Samples

Here are several cards made with Elements of Style. It’s a popular stamp but it’s not the style I normally gravitate toward. My upline (hi Cindy!) asked me to help her come up with some ideas for swaps using this set and these are the results:

Version 1

Stamps: Elements of Style; Card stock: Regal Rose, Shades of Spring DSP, Old Olive, Whisper White, Apricot Appeal; Ink: Old Olive Marker, Regal Rose Marker, Old Olive Classic Ink, Pretty in Pink Classic Ink; Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Big Shot, Sponge Dauber, Circle Rhinestone Brad, Dimensionals, Cropadile, Glue Dots.

Version 2:

Stamps: Elements of Style, Tiny Tags; Card stock: Rose Red, Cottage Wall DSP, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper;  Ink: Old Olive Marker, Rose Red Marker, Old Olive Classic Ink, Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink; Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Tiny Tag Punch, Linen Thread, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Aquapainter, Champagne Shimmer Paint Spray (70% Rubbing Alcohol mixed with a few drops of Champagne Shimmer Paint).

Version 3

Stamps: Elements of Style; Card stock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Real Red Prints Pack, Vellum Card Stock; Ink: Soft Suede Marker, Close to Cocoa Reinker, Champagne Shimmer Paint; Accessories: Sponge Dauber, 3/4″ Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Very Vanilla 5/8″ Grosgrain, Circle Rhinestone brads, Mini Glue Dots, Cropadile, Dimensionals.

It’s hard to see in the picture, but I sponged a mixture of Close to Cocoa Reinker and Champagne Shimmer Paint directly on the image, then stamped it onto the vellum.

Version 4

Stamps: Elements of Style; Card stock: Close to Cocoa, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla; Ink: Old Olive Classic Ink, Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink, Close to Cocoa Reinker, Champagne Shimmer Paint; Accessories: Scallop Trim Border, Paper Piercer, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Sponge Dauber,  Dimensionals, Cropadile, Glue Dots, Champagne Shimmer Paint Spray (70% Rubbing Alcohol mixed with a few drops of Champagne Shimmer Paint) (Shown here on the bird and the close to cocoa base).

Version 5: I think I hate the green butterfly. I may try a different color, maybe white with sponging, or black, or razzleberry?

Stamps: Elements of Style; Card stock: Rich Razzleberry Textured Card stock, Cottage Wall DSP, Whisper White, Basic Black, Certainly Celery; Ink: Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink; Accessories: Big Shot, Oval Scallop Frame Bigz Die, Scallop Edge Punch, Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, 1/2 Pearl (Pretties Bulk Kit), Dimensionals, Glue Dots.

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