Today I’m sharing a card made with one of those smaller, often forgotten about, images from a larger set. This little gift is included in the Christmas Miracle set from Crafty Meraki (along with some beautiful poinsettia and holly images).
Smaller images like this are perfect for a grid layout! You can approach this a few different ways – I chose to lightly pencil in the grid lines and stamped the images using a block (just make sure you erase the lines prior to coloring).
Other options might include using a stamping platform or just totaling winging it and embracing a more “wonky” grid!
I had to go rainbow colors for these but any color scheme could work here! I colored these with Copics but any coloring medium would work here.
And this little image also works year round – just change the bottom sentiment to Happy Birthday!
Hello friends! I wanted to share a few tips on creating this card using the new Stitch-a-Cross Slimline die from Crafty Meraki that I posted during last months blog hop.
First of all, this die provides a wonderful amount of space for stitching! I went a little crazy pinning ideas (see my board here). I had to stop myself but Pinterest and Etsy are great sources of patterns to use on this die.
If stitching the entire die is a little overwhelming, consider die cutting simple shapes (like a circle) from it and stitching a pattern on a smaller canvas. (That’s next on my list to try!)
Once I saw the buffalo check pattern, I knew that was The One. Squares that are 5×5 stitches fit well on this die (it will take a little more than one skein of DMC embroidery floss to complete the squares on this pattern). It was a nice, simple pattern to work one while watching TV!
It was Pinterest to the rescue again to fine a sample font to spell out “Joy” – just search for cross stitch alphabets and find one that you like.
As a final touch, I wanted to add a little bit of green so I winged it with a few sprigs of greenery. Here’s a close up to get an idea of how those were added:
Final step – decide who you love the most of everyone on your Christmas card list! This is definitely not a card you would want to mass produce and you’re going to want to send it to someone that will really appreciate it. Or just keep it for yourself as a sweet display piece for the holidays every year!
Time for another installment of Get Cracking on Christmas! I was a little tight on time this month so I took advantage of some “card parts” I had been playing around with and was so happy with the way they worked together (I guess I have a secret obsession with pink and red for holiday cards!).
And if there’s one thing I love more than pink and red when it comes to holiday decorating, it’s vintage Christmas ornaments!
Just because you’re starting to make Christmas and winter themed cards, it doesn’t mean you have to abandon your beach-y themed stamps! This Build A Background Waves set from Taylored Expressions works just as well for this penguin as it does in a summer scene!
I haven’t been able to step away from the new Frosty Kit from Taylored Expressions!
I’m pretty sure the little guy in the upper corner is supposed to be singing but he also looks a little surprised about being upside down, don’t you think?
After cutting a few random circles from a card front, I lightly penciled them onto the card base and chose a few winter colors of Distress Oxide Ink (Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Shaded Lilac) to add some color behind the circle.
In this case, I used blender brushes to get a nice fade back to white in each circle.
If you’re nervous about blending into the other circles (I was), just use post it notes to cover the circles as you go.
Super excited to be joining in on the Get Cracking on Christmas fun this year!
I usually create card parts in batches – like lots of inked backgrounds at one time. And if the background is blue, chances are good I’m going to stick a snowman on it at some point. Something like this:
These Honey Bee snowmen are some of my favorites! There’s just something about the expressions on their faces that I love. Although, really I don’t want it to snow. But at least he’s happy about it!
It’s hard to see in the full picture but behind the window is an ink blended panel (I used Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink) with the All The Stars Confetti Cuts die cut from it and backed in gold glitter paper.
I added a small twine bow to complete the light, rustic look of this card.
Starting with the candy cane tag, I used two tag bases (both cut from white card stock). For the top, I scored about an inch from the top and then cut at an angle at the bottom.
I then attached that small flap to the top of the second tag base to create a tag that would flip open. I also added a bit of patterned paper at the bottom of the base tag.
I finished the tag with the candy canes (which of course had a bit of sparkle added to the holly leaves!) and the cheers sentiment from Sentimentally Yours .
The second tag can double as a pocket for a gift card! I still used two bases cut from white card stock.
I covered the base entirely with another piece of patterned paper and created a pocket from the second piece that was cut at an angle. I used 1/8″ score tape to attach the pocket but any strong adhesive would do.
This tag was finished with the holly image and another sentiment from the Sentimentally Yours set.
Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out all of the amazing inspiration in today’s hop!