Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Christmas Wreath

The online card class “Holiday Cards Workshop” today was all about water colored christmas cards. I loved the wreath card that Dawn did, so this is my attempt.  To do the woodgrain background, I used a Tim Holtz woodgrain stamp and then ran my paintbrush over the top of it to water down the lines.  occchrist3_7I did not have a wreath stamp, so I made my own, by tracing a circle onto my paper and used two small leaf stamps from papertrey ink (Tinsel and Tags kit).  I then used 3 different distress ink colors to create the wreath.  occchrist3_4

I tried a couple of different colors for the background.  The yellowish color is antique linen and the blue is weathered wood.occchrist3_6Here are some close ups of the wreaths.  I am really happy with how they turned out.  I added some little lines for the twigs and leaves and some white highlights with my copic opaque white paint.  I also put some wink of stella and glossy accents on one “Christmas” die cut and I love the shimmer and twinkle – very christmasy (if that’s a word).   occchrist3_3occchrist3_5I thought I’d enter these in a couple of challenges:

Shopping our Stash – which is “Leaf me alone” – shopping your stash to use leaves in your project.

Creative Card Crew – which is Christmas Joy

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Christmas Cards in duplicate


I am taking part in the online card class for “Holiday Card Workshop 2014″.HCW14Todays class was on cards you can duplicate.  I gave the ones Kristina and Debby made a try.  I made 6 of each card.  For the first set of cards, I used stamps from the papertrey ink “tinsel and tags” kit.  These are really lovely tag stamps and were perfect for this technique.occchrist1_1occchrist1_3For my next cards, I used a christmas tree die from Papertrey ink – these dies are designed for shaker cards, but I thought it’d make a fun embellishment for this take on Debby’s card.  The christmas sentiments were from spellbinders and the snowflake is a punch from creative memories.  I splattered the back of the card with peacock feathers distress ink and used a mixture of glossy accents, gold glitter and gold stickles for the touches of gold.  I thought I’d enter these in the Less is more challenge which is non-traditional christmas colors.  No red or green.

occchrist1_6occchrist1_7occchrist1_4These were a lot of fun to make and a great way to get quite a few cards done in one day!!  That must be a record for me :)  I got the stamps all laid out to try out Jennifer’s technique, but I haven’t had the chance to stamp those ones yet, maybe tomorrow!!

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