Saturday, December 24, 2011

All with the help of my elves!

     Well, we finished the Christmas card on Thurs. and I finally found a moment to post it :- ) I have to give the credit to my DH elf for cutting the scallop from Recollections paper with the large nestabilities die (as well as scoring and folding all 40 cards, following through on the tree decorating when it stalled and signing all the cards.) My DS elf embossed the snowflakes and corner rounded the sentiment, as well as spraying the image with Crafter's Companion Spray & Sparkle Iridescent glitter varnish (gotta love him ;- ) The image and the sentiment are both from Meljen Designs and were colored in Photoshop. The pattern paper is a digital paper from Bits and Bobs and is part of a free sampler. I'm giving you the direct link to the free sampler I used, but here is a warning: I found the sampler from a direct link and when looking for it, for this post I found that this site does have kits that link to adult content (there is a warning), so you might want to be prepared or just go to the direct link, if you are interested in the paper and the matching embellishments. So you've been warned!

     I didn't take a photo of all 40, because there was no place to set them all up ;- ) At this point, I decided to diverge from my usual path, and just stamp on the inside with out adding any other paper (need to be quicker and simpler.) The sentiments are from Clear Dollar Stamps's Christmas Blessings and were embossed with holographic embossing powder. Now here are some stamping tips:
1) You will get ink on your fingers every time you touch the stamp block or stamp pad
2) Ink that doesn't wipe off will always come off on white cardstock when you touch it  >.<
3) you should totally wash your hands with soap & water and wipe the stamps every 4-5 cards (not      really moving fast, but very important!
4) A damp cloth to wipe your fingers with after touching the stamp &/or stamp pad will keep down finger smudges on your cards
5) ink smudges are a naturally occurring phenomenon on cards and only add to the beauty and value of your card (just like those tags on clothes)
6) forget perfectionism or you will never finish ;- )

     Yes, of course, I showed you the best one. I'll be entering this in Stamping With the Dragon's challenge which has anything to do with snow. Thanks for coming by. I hope you and your family have the most Blessed of Christmases. Please leave a comment before you go. I really love to hear from you!


Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

You have an amazing, dear family to help with all the cards. And, it is a beautiful card. I love the snowman looking up into the sky to the star. I recognize the Meljen design. I love Photoshop for multiple images...just need to improve my skills and shadowing using it. REturning from RI has left me busy with little time to browse and visit. A Merry Christmas to you Debbie.

Judy Romero said...

I would buy a box of these cards.....super cute, yet THE message


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SannaS said...

fabulous card!! love the colors!! =)

happy new year!!
hugs, SannaS

Cheryl First said...

Such a gorgeous card! Love that image, and your color choices are fantastic!
Thanks so much for entering over at Stamping with the Dragon! Happy New Year!
Cheryl First
Stamping Dragon Design Team

Anonymous said...


Love crafts forever said...

Thanks for playing at SWTD.
Hugs Nataliya

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Enfys said...

How great to do stuff as a family. Lovely end result as well

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