Christmas Cards Made with Odds and Ends

Christmas Cards Made with Odds and Ends
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Years ago, when I first got into stamping, I would test-drive a new stamp by making a few embellishments with it.  What I mean is I would stamp and emboss it or color it, brayer over it – whatever – and save it for a future card.  Yeah… ummm, as a friend of mine asks, “How’s that working for you?” Not so well.  I have a box full of things I will use on cards someday an instead of digging through them, I’m always creating new cards from scratch.  When I went away for a crafty card-making weekend, I was determined to use up some of these odds and ends I had created!  So, this post is about the four cards I made from things I had stamped over a year ago.  It sure felt good to finally use them up, and I’m sure they are happy to finally be used.

I was inspired by a technique I saw the owner of Local King Rubber Stamp share at the CKC (Creating Keepsakes Convention) last year and wanted to try it myself.  I stamped the silhouette image onto glossy cardstock with a StazOn ink pad and then punched a circle from a sticky note and placed it where I wanted the moon.  Then I took a rubber Speedball brayer to a gradient Big and Juicy ink pad and inked it up until the brayer was juicy with ink.  I rolled it back and forth over my image and peeled off the sticky circle and filled it in with a yellow marker.

Santa's Sleigh

Santa's Sleigh

I just love this little gingerbread house stamp, but it’s a pain in the neck to color all the tiny details!  I used my sparkly Copic Spica AtYou glitter markers to color the image and then added puffy snow with white Liquid Applique.  I used a Fiskars border punch and threaded ribbon through the holes.  I guess it’s not designed for card-makers because even if I had punched it a little more to the left, I think I still wouldn’t have a perfectly symmetrical thread of ribbon… arggh.  I used a rub-on for the sentiment and embellished the card with ribbon from my growing stash.

Silent Night Gingerbread House Card

Silent Night Gingerbread House Card

These next two cards were made with very old embellishments!  I used to throw big holiday parties every year and I bought this stamp in 2002 or 2003 for the invitation.  I accented the “i” with a colorful rhinestone and added some festive holiday ribbon.

Silver and Purple Holiday Card

Silver and Purple Holiday Card

This card used TWO old embellishments – the embossed snowflake background and the stamped and embossed image!  I was so glad I could use two old items together to create one new card.

Silver and Red Holiday Card

Silver and Red Holiday Card

Do you have a stash of incomplete embellishments you’ll use for cards someday?  I challenge you to pull them out and make cards with them – you’ll feel so good to give life to those old stamped images you’ve had in a box for ages.

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About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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