Christmas. Could it be that it is drawing near already? This is the one holiday that I look forward to and dread, simultaneously. I have been seeing holiday sections in stores and even hearing holiday music. I can’t do it people! At least give me until Halloween!

I mail out about 100 Christmas cards a year (usually the week of Christmas or a little later- bah! Then I call it a New Year’s card!). Mind you, not ones I have painstakingly made by hand. That just isn’t going to happen. I usually snap some cute picture of my kidlets and utilize Tiny Prints for my snazzed up postcard-ish mailer. I do enjoy making Christmas cards though, just not in mass. So, this year, I am participating in the Caring Hearts Card Drive. This is a unique card drive in that sentiment filled handmade holiday cards are collected for those in nursing homes. Join me by making a card or 2, or however many makes your heart happy. Cards are accepted now through November 25th, 2016. All the details an be found here: Caring Hearts Card Drive

P.S. I’ve been purging again and have 2 medium sized flat rate boxes filled with yumminess, some previously loved, some new. Head on over to my Instagram account to find out more about that here: Instagram Giveaway Post

***December 31, 2016 Update: This card was featured on Trending with the Ton, yay! So Exciting to be recognized by one of your favorite companies! Thank you, Effie! Stop by and visit The Ton, I’m sure you’ll be impressed, too!***

To make this card I began by heat embossing the berry stems in white. Next, effortless gentle ink blending was done with Blue Diamond ink by The Ton and a large Clarity brush. The white embossing resists the ink which makes those stems stand out beautifully.

For the next step to be flawless, make sure to brush over your entire card panel with a Magic Embossing Bag, Powder Tool or cornstarch. Stray embossing flakes are sure to put a damper on your finished card. I used a Misti Precision Stamp Tool to ensure accuracy for 3 layers of embossing.

Complete as a normal embossing routine: 1. Versamark, 2. embossing powder 3. heat set. Repeat 3 or more times until sentiment meets satisfaction. Feel free to mix and match embossing powders to achieve exactly the effect you are looking for. Don’t forget to stamp “Be” in the same ink we blended with.

I then adhered a strip of The Ton’s Metallic Bright Blue Adhesive Foil Paper to the top and bottom of a folded card base. Finally, I trimmed a scant 1/4″ off the top and bottom of the card panel itself and added foam tape for a bit of pop-up dimension.

 

 

This week the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Totally Resistible.

Head over to the link up to check out all the great entries or, better yet, enter your creation!