Today, I’m making 12 Christmas cards, all at once. This is easy to change up for any occasion, and it would be a great way to make lots of birthday cards, or a set of note cards for a gift.
I started with a 9 x 12 piece of watercolor paper, and I misted the front and back of the paper with water to keep it from bowing up. I sprinkled the paper with Ultramarine Blue Colorburst from Ken Oliver. As soon as it hits the water, it starts to move. And when I added more water, it goes crazy! With pigment powders like Colorburst, a little goes a long way. And you definitely need a craft mat or something to protect your work surface. I’m working on a Ranger craft mat.
When I picked up the paper, lots of color rolled off. I can’t wait it, right? So once the paper was dry, I dragged the paper through the puddles and picked up more color. Then dry and repeat until you have a look you’re happy with. I did scorch the paper a little at the top, but I’ll work around it. And if you don’t have Colorburst, use inks, watercolors, whatever you have.
This is the Postage Edge die from Simon Says Stamp. I cut my watercolor paper into strips, and die cut as many squares as I could. I got 12 from my watercolor paper – not bad for one technique piece! Next I used the largest die to cut card panels from white cardstock, but I forgot to get a picture. If you don’t have the dies, you can cut the paper into squares with a paper trimmer or scissors. My squares are 2 1/4 inches, and the white panels are 4 x 5 1/4.
I temporarily adhered my watercolor paper to my white panel, and placed them in my stamp positioner, in the lower right corner. Then I grabbed snowflake stamps from my stash, and laid them out so the hung over the sides of the technique piece. A stamp positioner isn’t necessary, but if you’re making multiple cards, I highly recommend one. The stamps were getting too close to the side, so I moved my panel away from the corner. When I had my stamps where I wanted them, I drew a line around the panel so I could easily get each panel into the same spot.
I stamped the snowflakes and the sentiment all at once with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink. And this is why the stamp positioner is so helpful. You can see on the left that the snowflakes didn’t stamp evenly, and part of the sentiment didn’t stamp at all. But I reinked the images, and they stamped much better the second time. No realigning necessary – Yay!
After I stamped all of my white panels, I cleaned my stamps and centered my technique piece inside the lines I made for my panel. This time I stamped with Versamark ink, and heat embossed the snowflakes with silver embossing powder.
Assembly for these cards it very simple. I attached my white panel to a blue cards base with tape runner. Then I added foam tape to the technique piece and lined up the snowflakes. You could add more shimmer or sequins, but I wanted to keep these cards pretty simple, since they’re going a long way.
And now I get to explain why I’m making Christmas cards so early. I’m volunteering with Operation Christmas Child, and it’s such an awesome opportunity. You take a shoebox, fill it with toys, clothing and school supplies, and it’s sent to a child somewhere around the world. Some of these children have never received a gift in their lives. So I get the honor of sending them a gift, and showing them love, without ever leaving town. If you pack a box online, you don’t even have to leave your couch!
Have you ever heard of Operation Christmas Child? Will you be packing boxes? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!