Two new sets from Joy Clair Stamps that I haven't had the chance to really play with yet are two of my favorites! Today, I wanted to make a few projects with the new October Fun & Ugly Sweater Stamp Sets. Both projects are super easy and because they are two separate holidays and one is a set, I did separate the videos. So you get two video tutorials today!! You can watch them both below!
Let's begin with the set of Christmas cards. The brand new Ugly Sweater background is perfect for stamping quick and easy Christmas backgrounds, however, today I wanted to use it in a different way. I started by die cutting an A2 white card stock panel with three different sized circle dies. I did keep the circle die cuts as well for another quick card while I had the supplies out. After mapping out the circle die cuts on another white A2 panel, I started stamping different backgrounds over each area where the circles would end up. I heat embossed all of my stamping in white. I also stamped the same backgrounds onto the the circle dies cuts I set aside. Before stamping and heat embossing in white, I did treat my paper with my embossing bag. With white embossing powder on white paper, it is VERY hard to see any stray powder, so it is really important to keep them at a minimum.
After all of the embossing was finished I moved onto color each "ornament". I went with my distress inks - using three different combos of colors. For the card with the die cut panel over, I made sure to mask off areas for different colors and then sponged on the ink over the embossing. On each die cut I sponged on ink as well with my mini ink blending tool. After adding the ink, I went back in with a dry cloth to buff away any leftover ink on the embossing powder.
The final step in this card was putting them together. I popped up the die cut panel over the heat embossed panel using fun foam and double sided adhesive. After stamping the "Joy" sentiment from the Christmas Coffee stamp set, I added gray toppers to each ornament that I had hand cut and also drew in a string with a black pen to finished it off. The next two cards with the die cuts were put together in pretty much the same way. I popped up the circle die cuts with fun foam and double sided adhesive onto A2 card bases after adhereing on gray toppers. Also, I used the same black pen to add strings and switched up the sentiment, using the Hello Sentiments stamp set.
So after I finished that set of cards, I moved onto my Halloween card. I had already colored up the little vampire and witch kiddos but I did color up the ghost in the video above to show you how to add a little color and dimension to your "white" images. I did quite a bit of masking and sponging to create this scene, using my die cuts as masks. I added the little costumed kiddos with fun foam and double sided adhesive, along with their treat bags, onto the scene. Finally, I used the Hello Sentiments again to stamp my sentiment, bending the "sending" word to fit the circle!
WOW!! That is a whole lot of information and cards!! If you didn't I would highly suggest watching the video tutorials where I share different tips and tricks while I make the cards and give more in depth explanations and show you exactly how each one was put together! I couldn't possibly write it all out or we'd be here for awhile LOL!! If you are interested in the Joy Clair Stamp Sets I used on my cards today, you will find them all linked below. Affiliate links are used at no additional cost to you
Happy Crafting Everyone!!