Winter Berries

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to play along with the girls over at Merry Monday. This week Bonnie challenged us to use Berries on a Christmas Card. I was in a watercolor stamping mood, so I pieced this quick little card together.

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First I did a light wash using Broken China and Tumbled Glass Distress inks in the background, keeping the darker colors toward the top. Next I inked up my Berry Bevy stamp by Penny Black in Ground Espresso and Barn Door Distress Markers, gave it a good light spritz and stamped onto my watercolor background. I added a sponged and embossed greeting using the Handlettered Holiday dies by WPlus9.

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It’s a quick and simple card, okay there are a few steps in there, but I love the CAS style. To finish the card I added a little paper piercing up top after matting my watercolored berries on espresso card stock.

Berries on branches are some of my favorite things, I’m always fascinated by them. Here’s another Christmas card done for this year…I’m running a bit behind…have to play along a little more with Merry Monday’s – hope to see you there too!

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Merry Winter Wonderland

When I think of December I think Winter Wonderland.  With Christmas, trees, lights, snow and all the trimmings!  This card brings out the fun and wintery scene.  I hope you love it!  May you have a very Merry Christmas with your friends and family!

The top image has an embossed background using the Penny Black Fleur de Lys Background stamp – white on white and a watercolored White Christmas stamped image.  The sequins from Pretty Pink Posh give it a snowfall feel.

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This image also is watercolored for the main stamped image from White Christmas, but has a glitter edge using Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  The background is just a dots embossing folder and the added silver cord gives it a holiday look.

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Both are for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge.  Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!

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Just a touch of Embossing

I bet the first time you saw the heat embossing technique for the first time you said out loud – “That’s SO cool!”, right?  Well, embossing can be done many ways and this project takes it to the limit.  This project uses basic embossing in four different ways – yes four!

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I have to admit, I went to the Merry Monday challenge site last Monday…but it was from my phone as I was in Switzerland at the time…lol!  When I saw the challenge…I knew I had to create something fun.  We were visiting Christmas Markets in the south of Germany, Switzerland and the Alsace in France for a few days, so it had to wait…  Not so easy when all around me I saw inspiration for this card!!!

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Ever since the Black, Silver and Gold challenge a few months back, I’ve fallen in love with gold on silver and silver on gold.  Click here to see that project…it lead to seven… But for today, this is what happened when I got quite comfy with my heat tool and some embossing powders. Smile

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Today a couple circumstances lead to my favorite accent on this card the stencil embossed background (1) as an accent.  Adding what I like to call Foil Embossing (2) to the edges is something I’ve been doing to my project for years – always a go to for me when I really need a statement border.  And of course the sparkling clear Pretty Pink Posh sequins really dress it up too.

Apart from the basic embossing (3) used for the ornaments and greeting, the first on the card was for the bough…it’s a simple embossing technique, but rather effective if you don’t have the color powder you need.  Ink up your stamp with Versamark and then use any dye ink you want to magically turn it into an embossed ink – I used Forest Moss Distress Ink here.  Then use Clear embossing powder and you have any color you need.  There you have it – four ways!

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VIP Community members have a step by step technique video on this project in the Resource and Project library.  I hope you enjoyed my fun with my heat tool today – thanks as usual for the creative inspiration Debbie and Merry Monday!

And one of my favorite stamp company’s challenge too – Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for Sparkly Creations.  They’re featuring Kaisercraft products, but I don’t have any!  So here are some fun sparkling clear sequins – don’t you agree that they really take this project up a notch!  They’re by Pretty Pink Posh:

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