A "Merry Christmas" card, my December 2nd contribution to all things festive this month December 02 2016, 0 Comments

A "Merry Christmas" card was made today from some scrap papers I had on hand. I have been trying to make something each day in December that reflects the holiday and keep those creative art juices flowing. Plus being able to repurpose scrap papers is a bonus.

This ivory card measures 5.5"x4.25" and was edged in Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress ink. The ivory snowflake paper (first layer) was cut 1/4" shorter on both measurements (5.25"x4") and adhered to the cardstock using a TomBow tape runner. By cutting your paper this way, you'll leave 1/8" border between the two sizes.

The red Washi tape stretches up the whole height of the card. Sometimes with Mixed Media, thinking about what doesn't match, actually makes the project tie-in together better. The red tape was chosen to stick out in color but also to compliment the other papers.

I was fortunate enough to have an embossing folder that made this wood grain pattern paper (next layer). I rubbed the same distress ink on the raised embossed wood lines to give it some color. It went beautifully with the stamped wood scene on grey cardstock (also edged in the same distress ink). Black StazOn ink was used for the forest scene rubber stamp application. It's one of my favorite ink pads to use because it literally..."stays on" and doesn't bleed, smudge or rub off. The trees made a nice background to the postal stamp image.

A quick "Merry Christmas" written in red calligraphy marker was turned into a popped up label by using a couple of pop-dots. This raises it off the card front and gives the card more depth.

Before I stuck it on, I edged it in Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress ink. If you use this color, use it sparingly. Some of the ink colors apply much easier than others and this is one of those that glides on very easily. 

This card turned out to be a pretty one. I liked it so much that I claim this to be my daily contribution to the December 2016 blog of making all things festive.

Thanks for reading my blog. Enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 12/2/16.