Hey there! Here I am with the last of my projects for the Kellie Stamps Christmas IG Hop.
I made a few simple Christmas cards, with the JOY set of stamps and, you guessed it, gold! Yes, more gold heat embossed goodies here and I love it. I started by cutting a Christmas tree shape out of white card stock. I went old school and drew a Christmas tree, made a stencil and then cut it out. Of course a Silhouette or a large die cutting machine would work great here. I have had these items on my Christmas wish list the last few years but Santa has been all out, or at least that is what I was told :)
See an earlier post I did about heat embossing for specific details on how to heat emboss. I went line by line with my stamping as well as adding the embossing powder. I do this because I have learned that if I stamp the Versamark watermark on the entire card first and then add the embossing powder to all of it in its entirety, it can be difficult to get crisp clean images because it's tricky to wipe away the stray embossing powder without wiping away some of the watermark prior to using the heat gun.
As you can see on the smaller tree above, I wiped away a bit of the bottom of the "j" when I used a paintbrush to clean up stray powder before using the heat gun. It happens but luckily this still looks pretty good because brush script is fairly forgiving.
For the Joy card above, I cut the tree out of card stock first, and then stamped and embossed over a piece of scratch paper. For the Merry Christmas tree (these stamps are from the JOY stamp set as well), I had already traced out the Christmas tree on to a piece of kraft card stock prior to stamping so I decided to just stamp onto that and cut out the tree afterwards. It worked out great and the small bit that went outside of the stencil wasn't paper I could have used anyway, so nothing was lost. I alternated red, green and black ink for each line here.
I adhered the trees using some adhesive as well as pop dots for the smaller tree above to give it some dimension. I added the sequin stars using my trusty Martha Stewart ballpoint-tip glue pen. I love this glue pen for small precise adhering of sequins, stars, and some wood veneer.
Next I finished off my projects with some handmade wrapping paper. I used the stamps from the GRINCH MOMENT set. There are fun and cheeky expressions included with this set but I've only used two here, so be sure to check them out in Kellie's shop!
I used white butcher paper and kraft paper. I usually have rolls of these papers on hand for various projects. They are inexpensive and can be found at almost any craft store. Cut out what you need and then just stamp away. Or I suppose, you could wrap the present first and then stamp on it if you want the sentiment to go in an exact spot. Just a note about ink, test it on your paper first because some colors bleed through if the paper isn't too thick. Here I used the Studio Calico Color Theory Inky Black. It's a dye ink and it dries almost instantly so there's no smearing. Definitely a good choice when making a stamped wrapping paper.
Tie it with some cord, add a bow, and that's a wrap, haha.
As always, thank you for being here. Leave me a comment or ask a question about any of these projects if you need more information. Until next time, Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
p.s. there's still time to enter the Kellie Stamps Instagram Hop! There's loads of inspiration there from the other design team members, so if you're interested, see my previous post.