Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas in July: Merry Christmas card

Ho-Ho-Ho … Hope you are enjoying our gorgeous showing of the new Christmas stamps and inks to give you a little break from the Summer heat! Rudolf + Ribbon + Gems… what’s not to love!?  Thanks designer Vivian Keh for the awesome card!

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Supplies:

Stamps
Hampton Art/ Hot Fudge Studio PS0490A Merry Swirl
Hampton Art/ Outlines PS0571
Holly Leaf Stamp, Fiskars
Ink
Dragonfly Black Pigment Ink, Colorbox
Stampers' Big Brush Markers, Faber-Castell
Metallic and Glitter Pens, Sakura
Watermark Ink, Versamark
Clear Fine Embossing Powder, Ranger
Cardstock - White Card Base, Recollections @ Michael's; Black,White - PTI
Patterned Paper - Polka Dot, Authentique; Gold - Fancy Pants
Other
Vanilla Shimmer Spritz - Smooch
Gems and Ribbon - Downtown Fashion District, Los Angeles

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Designer Notes:

1) I dislike when ribbon that has been tied around a card shows through on the inside of the card. I also dislike wasting ribbon. So I always cut my length of ribbon about 2 inches longer than the width of my card, using a strong adhesive and adhere the ends to the back of a piece of card stock that has been cut to my card base dimensions, and then mount the card front on the card base. Saves my precious ribbon. Keeps the inside of my card clean. Leaves me more room to write. Adds stability to my card base.

2) A trick I often employ in cards and various scrappy projects - when there's a bit too much "white space," and your designer's eye tells you your project is incomplete, add a conservative dose of bling. Three has always been the magic number for me. Three coordinating jewels or three self-adhesive pearls arranged vertically or horizontally at the perimeter of the "white space" that's buggin' almost always does the trick!

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