Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Two Similar Christmas Cards

As a stamper, I subscribe to many blogs for inspiration.  I do not always have the exact same stamps another stamper uses. Some times I do, but I will ALWAYS do something different to make the card my own.   Several weeks ago, Patty Bennett used some stamps from a new Stampin' Up set.  I did not have that set, nor did I have all of the exact same embellishments so I did it differently.

I created two cards - one with a white base card and one with a blue-green  base card. I am not sure which one I like best.

First I used a 3/4 inch punch and punched out a moon stamping two post it notes together.  One sheet is just too thin and will not punch well.  Then I tore a very fine edge off of a 5 inch wide post it note so it would still stick for the mask. I placed the moon mask up in the sky, and the horizon post it note about 1 1/2 inches up from the bottom of the white panel. I used Island Indigo ink for every thing.  I took a sponge and starting swiping the sponge back and forth over the sky, starting off of the paper and bringing the swiping down to the horizon line.  I made the top of the skyline darker.  

Then I removed the moon mask.  I used the taller version of the two long stamps in the new Tree Line - Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.  All of the trees came from this set.  I inked up the trees and stamped over the horizon post it note.  Then i removed the stamp and "huffed" on it to dampen the ink again and moved the stamp to a new position, and stamped again.  That creates depth of field in the scene. 

Then I used a vellum piece that was exactly the same size at the stamped panel.  I positioned the tree and the sentiment (a retired stamp from Stampin' Up). I inked both stamps with Island Indigo ink  and stamped it near the bottom of the vellum panel.  Then I used a tiny random dot stamp (retired from Stampin' UP), inked it up with White Brilliance ink and stamped over all of the vellum.  That helps to give the impression of snow falling.  I used vellum adhesive on the back side under the tree and the "mas" in Christmas and adhered to the tree line panel.  

I layered that panel on a blue-green Star Dream text weight paper from Marco's or Paper Impressions. I then layered that panel on the base card.

Which card do you like best -- the white base card or the blue-green base card? 

Have you finished making your Christmas cards yet?  I hope to have them all mailed by the time you read this post!  



Hetty said...

Hello Judy, beautiful cards. I like the white based one best.
I am on my Hanukkah cards and next will be the Christmas ones.

Monique said...

I like the first one as well, though there is something mysterious and lovely about the second one

Lisa H said...

both the cards are beautiful! I love how you created depth in them. I think I like the pop of color in the mat on the bottom one best though. Since you asked lol.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Both beautiful cards- if you mail them out, the recipient will not see the other one. The vellum adds such a beautiful touch- love the snow falling. Great card!

Debbie said...

Both are beautiful but the bottom one is my favorite.
I haven't started on Christmas cards yet.