Holiday Joy

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Hi Everyone! I’m sorry that it’s been several days since my last post, but I have been very busy. I was supremely disappointed in the pictures of my first post. They were taken just with my iPhone, because my laptop is dead and I didn’t have a chord to upload pictures from my camera to the iPad. Also I spoke with my awesomely talented sister (from Melissa Made blog) about her advice in taking nice pictures of my work. That sent me on a research quest to learn as much as I could quickly about taking nice pictures with my new camera. I ordered a cheap photography light tent, made several cards while waiting, and finally last night … Woo lah!

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What do you think? I know it’s not perfect and I have a lot to learn (please don’t criticize yet!) but it’s sooooo much better than this:

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Did you notice that I even learned how to add a watermark? More research, but easy enough – with the right app.

This card was so much fun to make! The inspiration for this card came from a card I saw on Pinterest from Inkypinkycraft blogspot. How beautiful is that? I began with Ranger transparent gloss texture paste and Hot Off the Press snowfall stencil over Ranger watercolor cardstock. When dry, I painted over the entire card with broken china Distress paint, and then gently wiped across the top of the raised snowflakes with a wet paper towel. Once dry, I used a heavy coat of Distress crackle paint, waited for it to dry again, and then went over the whole thing with broken china Distress Stain. Finally, I added stardust Stickles lightly to the snowflakes.

The snowman is from Tim Holtz blueprints mini Christmas rubber stamps, stamped in silver Ranger embossing powder on Crafter’s Companion shimmer pearl white cardstock. I used a My Favorite Things stitched circle die and trimmed the side for effect.

The sentiments are Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Joy, and were stamped on vellum with white embossing powder. I stamped and heat embossed the joy sentiment in silver on cardstock. Then I used Stick It sheets on craft foam and die cut the whole thing. I like that the “joy” is raised and I didn’t have to cut a million pieces of foam to adhere it. This worked very well for the effect I wanted. Finally, I used the Hero Arts candy stripe bold prints background stamp with silver tinsel embossing powder on CC pearl shimmer cardstock and layered this over CC silver shimmer cardstock as a base.

I had lots of fun creating this card, and I am in love with the crackly effect. Have you guys tried it? It creates a very dramatic effect. I’m sure you’ll see more of this soon!

Thanks for coming back everyone! See you soon!

Erin

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