Ho Ho Ho, Hello and welcome! Do you enjoy sending handmade holiday cards? If so, then this is the post for you! Today, I am sharing a quick and painless project that can be mass produced and still dazzle. I’ve incorporated three techniques, but all are a breeze when batched with a few speedy tips.
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To begin, get the Glimmer system heating up and prep colored cardstock by cutting to A2 (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). I’ve used one of my faves, Guava from Lawn Fawn. It is a coral-y pink and makes the perfect highlight when ink blended around the edges with Hero Arts Raspberry Jam ink and makeup blending brushes. Seriously, I am blending in a fraction of the time I once was with better results with the brushes and I’m not afraid to blend on any cardstock. Can you imagine the time it would take starting with white paper? Colored cardstock for the win!
Foil Ho Ho Ho on 110# Neenah Solar White cardstock with shiny Gold foil. Then return glimmer plate to heat again while die cutting with included companion cutting die. Work back and forth speeding right along.
Apply anti-static powder to each ink blended panel. Drag a chunky notched or coarse fan brush through a thin strip of Versamark Reinker and apply vertically to ink blended panels aiming for a dry brushed look over the top 1/2 or so of the card. Apply less Versamark with a lighter hand as the stroke draws down to create the fade. Then heat emboss with Gold Glitter embossing powder. I like to Versamark a few and then heat emboss a few, working in batches.
Apply dimensional adhesive to back of die cut and then adhere to inked/embossed panel. Finally, adhere finished panel to a folded card base.
If you are unfamiliar with the Glimmer Hot Foil System, I created an unboxing and navy and rose gold card video tutorial several weeks back. Found HERE.
If thinking about creating holiday cards gives you an anxiety attack, then you have permission from me to skip it! Even if it is a tradition you have done for years, it is okay to give it up completely or simplify it for a calmer life. No need to guilt ourselves into more tasks in an already busy season. If you do want to tackle it – may the crafty mojo be with you, and I hope you can use a few of the tips above for quick and painless holiday cards.
Happy crafting to us all!
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