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Christmas cards and Lindy’s

Hi everyone, today I would like to show you my take on this months Lindy’s Stamp Gang Challenge mood board. And since I’m still not done with creating this years Christmas cards I figured I could combine the Lindy’s colours from this months mood board to create a set of Christmas cards!

So, let’s get started!

This is what this month’s mood board looks like:

Card 1:

I started my card (and all the other cards in this project) by die cutting a piece of watercolour paper using a stitched rectangle die from a nesting die set (for this card I used the size that allowed me to create a mat for this card in a slightly larger size later on using another die).

On this panel I heat embossed a sentiment and some of the snowflakes from the Stampin‘Up “Flurry of Wishes“ stamp set, using VersaMark ink and I heat embossed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Midnight Gold“ embossing powder (which is a dark brown embossing powder with a pretty gold glow).

What is really important here is that you treat the paper with an anti-static powder tool before you ad the stamping/embossing powder, this way the powder will only adhere to the sticky ink from the VersaMark and not on other area’s of the paper where you might have hold it with your fingers for example).

Then I sprayed the top part of the watercolour panel with water and added Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Grab a Guy Gold“ spray to the panel using a brush, adding some more water where I felt that was necessary. This makes the colour run. Move the panel a bit and dry when you like what you have. This I did twice. When dry I added some additional splatters with a brush and the same colour.

To make the snowflake design stand out more I filled in the snowflake design using a white Gelly Roll Pen.

On some vellum I heat embossed one of the smaller snow flakes from the same stamp set with the same procedure as I used on the watercolour paper. The embossing powder adheres really beautiful to the vellum I must say. Not every heat tool is suitable for vellum, I use the Ranger Heat-It tool, if you have a different one, let it heat up well and then melt the powder on the vellum in short bursts, so that the vellum will not warp.

Then I used the matching Stampin‘ Up punch to punch the snowflake shape from the vellum, and I also punched the same shape from some left over watercolour paper.

I found some fun coloured cotter pins in my stash and matched those to my projects. For this one I choose teal. Then I die cut a teal coloured panel from some matching teal card stock to create my mat and adhered the teal panel and the snowflake panel together using liquid glue. Next I added the small snowflakes on top using the teal cotter pin.

And now all I have to do to finish this first card is to adhere these combined layers to a white linen textured base using one millimetre thick foam tape.

Card 2:

For my second card I choose to die cut the largest mat from watercolour paper. On this panel I also stamped some snow flakes and a different sentiment from the same Stampin‘Up stamp set that I used on the first card. For this I also used VersaMark and I heat embossed with the same brown LSG embossing powder that I also used on the first card.

On this card I decided to use the so called Ink Smooshing Technique to ad some colour to the background. As my colour medium I choose Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Guten Tag Teal“ magical shaker. Tab some of the powder on you work surface (craft sheet or glass mat) and spray with water. Take the colour up with a piece of plastic (for example one layer of the plastic packaging that stamp sets usually come in) and smoosh the colour on the watercolour panel. This I did three times, drying in between layers.

The rest of the card is pretty much the same as the first card, except that I added some Pretty Pink Posh “Sparkling Clear Sequins“ in different sizes using Ranger Medium Matte and I used a matching reddish pink cotter pin and base card.

Card 3:

For my third card I also die cut my largest panel from watercolour paper. Then I applied some The Crafter’s Workshop “Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste“ over a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil (TCW2163) using a palette knife and then set the panel aside to dry (wash your stencil immediately).

When dry I added some Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical in the colour “Bling-Y Blonde“ on the bottom part of my panel, using a fan brush, then sprayed the powder with water, which makes the colour run and dry when I liked what I had. This I did two or three times. Work until you like what you have!

I also added some splatters with the “Grab a Guy Gold“ colour that I used on one of the other cards to create a bit more interest in the background.

For my focal points I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and the snow flakes (two layers) on separate pieces of watercolour paper, using the same technique as with the other cards. I used a die to cut a stitched rectangle around the sentiment and I fussy cut the large snow flake using my scissors (for the small snow flake I used the punch again).

I adhered the two layers of snow flakes together using one millimetre thick foam tape and then I adhered the snow flakes on the card using an orange cotter pin and the sentiment with one millimetre thick foam tape. The watercolour panel I edged with Memento Ink in the colour “Espresso Truffle“ and a foam applicator tool.

All I have to do now to finish this card is to adhere this combination to a matching orange coloured base card that I first edged with Distress Ink in the colour “Wild Honey“ and a foam applicator tool.

Card 4:

For the last of today’s cards I went for a different approach: I die cut a watercolour panel in the smaller size and then stamped and heat embossed using Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Purely White“ embossing powder using the same stamp set as before.

Then I wet the panel and coloured the area’s with the snow flake and the sentiment using Lindy’s Stamp Gang “Rizzo’s Rowdy Red“ magical by mixing the powder with water on my work surface and then adding the colour to my panel using a brush. I also created some splatters with this same colour The embossing powder will loose some of it’s brightness so next I went over the heat embossed lines with aqua brush and removed the reddish colour from these area’s to make them bright white again.

The rest of the card is about the same as the other cards. I heat embossed a smaller snow flake on vellum using the white embossing powder, I choose a yellow cotter pin and yellow gold mirror card stock for my mat and adhered this combination to a white linen textured card base.

And that's it for today Christmas card project! It was really fun to create each card a little bit different, but still use some gorgeous vibrant colours that easily adhere to the paper!

I wish you a creative day!

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