Today’s post is the second instalment of my ’12 Weekends of Christmas’ series. If you missed the first one, click HERE to check it out. I’m also painfully aware I’m cutting it MEGA close as technically there is only 25hrs left of the weekend here in Poland at the time of publishing…! But onwards and upwards, right?
I’m still on cardmaking as that’s what I need most of at Christmas time. The cards I made for this post are so easy to mass-produce, yet look like you have spent time and effort on them. Which everyone appreciates when it comes to handmade cards, right?
The first five cards are done with just stamping and the other five have diecut details added, but I’ve used the same stamp set for all ten: Filled With Joy from MFT Stamps.
Let’s start with the more simple design. I got ten white card based cut, scored and folded, then set five of these aside. I use Neenah Classic Crest 110lb card stock for a sturdy card base. Next step was picking out the ink colours and I’ve gone for Distress Oxide here: Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Candied Apple.
OBVI I used my MISTI for these, because #duh 💁♀️ Placing the ‘Joy’ stamp in it I worked my way through the colours. Although you may have noticed that the images are not ‘solid’, but rather brushed/streaky. You get this look by dragging the ink pad across the stamp instead of dabbing it. It’s a quick way to get a slightly different look to the traditional, solid stamped one.
I did this one by one, on all five cards, starting with Mowed Lawn. This is such a gorgeous green colour.
Moving on to Cracked Pistachio, I did the same thing, and making sure the stamp overlapped a little on the first green stamped image.
Before moving on to the Mustard Seed Ink, I let the layers dry a little as it’s a lot lighter.
As the fourth colour, Spiced Marmalade, is darker again, there was no need to wait before getting on with it.
It was the same with the fifth and last colour, Candied Apple. I did use my Lawn Fawn Stamp shammy in between each colour too.
To finish these cards off, I stamped ‘Wishing you and yours’ in black ink at the top of each card. This is one of the sentiments that are part of the stamp set.
Such simple design, yet full of impact thanks to the brushed look and different colours. They are also true one-layer cards, which is another thing I struggle with. I’m usually all about the layers and dimensions but when you have to post off lots of cards, it’s so much easier with flat ones so you don’t have to weigh them all individually at the post office or risk not putting enough postage on.
The next five cards are done quite similarly, with the same ‘Joy’ stamp, only I’ve only used the green ink, Mowed Lawn, and the red one, Candied Apple.
The green is both at the top and the bottom, and the red is closest to the middle.
The last ‘Joy’ is diecut, using the coordinating Filled with Joy Die-namics, out of Brushed Gold card stock, also from MFT Stamps.
To finish off the sentiment these all have a banner across it that says ‘Sending you lots of‘ to make it say ‘Sending you lots of joy’. This extra bit of sentiment is heat embossed in WOW! Embossing Powder in Metallic Rich Gold regular.
Most of the banners are done in black card stock, I mostly use Lawn Fawn’s Black Licorice, as it’s a lovely smooth card stock.
But just to change it up a little, one is done in white. That one ended up looking nicer than I imagined and if I do more of these cards, I’ll do a few more with the white banner.
I toyed with the idea of heat embossing the last ‘Joy‘ in Gold Tinsel from Ranger but as it would have been done directly on the card base, I didn’t. I find that heat embossing more solid images warps the card stock, which isn’t a problem when you glue a panel down to a card base. However, doing it directly to the card base would potentially warp it so that it won’t stand up properly. And ain’t nobody got the time for that!
With that, I’m all done for today but thank you for stopping by. I know the blog has been a bit neglected recently but I’ll do my best to remedy that. Oh and, for your information, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. That means I will get a small commission from the company directly, at no cost to you, if you click on one of these links and buy yourself a little something… or seven. No judgement.
Happy crafting and lots of love from Erica (who just realised I have added all the photos before adding my watermark to them… Oy)