Hi everyone, Heidi here, today I’m on The Crafter’s Workshop blog with a set of elegant Christmas cards. They are super-easy to make so you can make a bunch of them in one go, and still have some variation in them.
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
I started each card by die cutting a rectangle panel, two sizes smaller then my card base, from some creme coloured linen textured card stock. I’m creating two designs today, a cool version and a warmer version (so that you can pick and choose what you like best): for my first design I applied some Distress Ink in Antique Linen outwards inwards (starting on my glass surface and bringing the colour in from the edge of the panel) using a foam applicator tool.
Next I stamped my sentiment from the Clearly Besotted stamp set called “Christmas Type” using Archival “Jet Black” ink and my MISTI stamping tool. On all of today’s cards I used sentiments from this stamp set.
Then I placed my stencil of choice over my card panel and adhered temporarily using some washi tape. For today’s project I choose a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Fir Branch” (TCW870s).
I totally love this stencil, you can create so many fun and different projects with it!
Now I’m going to apply two colours of ink over the stencil using two different foam applicator tools, one for each colour. You can pick any brown and green colour that you have, I picked Memento ink in Rich Cocoa and Color Box ink in Evergreen. I applied ink in pouncing motions using a foam applicator tool, be careful there where many of the smaller branches cross so that you don’t lift the stencil accidentally.
I replaced my stencil and worked on the bottom part of my card design.
TIP: If you feel you card stock is moving too much then you can adhere it temporarily to your work surface before adhering your stencil over it.
To create the cool version of my project I lastly applied some Memento ink in Desert Sand over the edge of my panel using a foam applicator tool, this will smudge the green cooler parts of my design a little. Clean of your foam applicator on a paper towel before using it on your next project.
For some added fun effect I lastly added some splatters using the FineTec Pearl colour in “Inka Gold”. Spray some water on the pan, rub over the pan with your brush to create a thicker paint, apply the paint to your stamp block and swipe the paint of your block on your project to create splatters, and then let it dry. I always cover up the sentiment part with a piece of scrap paper.
For my warmer version I also started out by applying the Antique Linen colour around the edges of my project using a foam applicator tool, like I did before on the cool project. Then I directly added the Memento ink colour in Desert Sand over the Antique Linen colour, also using a foam applicator tool, but not as far inwards as the first colour.
I stamped my sentiment like I did before, and temporarily adhered the stencil and applied the brown and green ink over the stencil like I did with the cooler version.
Replacing the stencil when working on a different area of the panel. And I covered up the sentiment in this step because I placed my stencil slightly different from my previous card.
And again adding splatters like I did on the first version.
Now that my background panels are ready I can put my cards together: I die cut a slightly larger rectangle panel from some red card stock and adhered both panels together using liquid glue and to finish my card I now only have to adhere this combination to my creme coloured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape.
The same way as before, using the same steps, I also created the horizontal card design in a cool and a warm version.
And of course you can not only play with your stencil design but you can also use different colours so that you end up with a different result: for this card I used a larger sentiment from the same stamp set as before, I only stenciled on the top part of my card panel, I used “Red Brown” FineTec splatters and some terra cotta red card stock for my matting.
And that’s it for today’s fun Christmas card project!
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member