While some people might be sipping on pumpkin spice lattes and watching the leaves change, crafters know that it means it is time for cooler weather and days in the craftroom. This is the time of year where so many new products come out to fill up our remaining drawers. Today I am playing with the new release from Concord and 9th and I created 4 holiday cards to inspire you to get started on your Christmas cards.
This is my favourite type of card to make. I make tons of Christmas cards and I usually start now and finish shortly before I need to send them out. I love to take this time, once per year, to send my loved ones a card. It's even more important since I'm moving overseas and it's a way to let them know I'm thinking of them.
Colouring with Christmas Florals
Concord & 9th's Christmas Florals Bundle ( C&9 ) of stamps and dies is a beautiful design that reminds me of the Wonderful Florals stamp ( C&9 ) set from a while back. You can check that video out here. I used Copic colours R27, R29 and R59 for the poinsettias and berries. I accented them with a white gel pen. For the leaves, I used G05, G07, and G29.
I really loved using the Gold Dust Cardstock ( TNC ) to die cut the individual letters and adhere them on top. I finished off the card by adding some Metallic Gold Jewels ( ELH | SSS ).
Custom Backgrounds with Stocking Stuffers
For this card, I began by colurring the images. I kept things simple by using the same colours as the card above. I love this Stocking Stuffers Bundle ( C&9 ) stamp because you can choose which images you would like to put in the stocking.
Afterwards, I created a custom background using some of the sentiments from the set and stamping them in some Twilight Ink ( CTH | SBC | ELH ). Lastly, I topped off the card and tied in the colours with some nuvo drops.
Double Turnabout Stamp!
I didn't think turnabout stamps could get more innovative but once again I was wrong! This is actually a combination of two different turnabout stamps to create a custom background. I used four shades of green ink: Spruce, Sage, Green Tea and Eucalyptus to create the holly and two shades of red: Peppermint Scrub and Rouge from Catherine Pooler.
I adore using small die elements to create collages. I cut these using some of the new Neutrals Foil Paper Pack( C&9 ) and I inked up some of the die elements using the ink pads I stamped with.
I cut some of the dies out using the Holiday Foil Paper Pack ( C&9 ) which has a beautiful green and red paper in it. I created a collage of hold jewels around the mistletoe to create added interest. This background was created with the new Woven Stripes Background ( C&9 ) and Twilight ink. I love the fine details in this stamp.
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