Hi everyone! It's Shu-Wen here (aka @ChouxPuffCreations), and I’m excited to share some cards that I made featuring products from this year's December Daily release!
Having been a card-maker for many years before I started memory keeping, I find that I still get a lot of my scrapbooking ideas from cards that I've made in the past or new card-making trends in the crafting industry. Some examples include my pull-tab waterfall page that was inspired by interactive flip-book style cards and my full-page shaker title page. that was inspired by full-page shaker cards. It's not surprising that some of my scrapbooking ideas and scrapbooking trends occasionally find themselves in my cards as well!
For this first set of cards, I used the digital Alphabet Stamp Set to cut out some bold greetings out of gold-foiled cardstock with my electronic cutting machine. Then, I messy-stamped some coordinating phrases from the Holiday Phrases Stamp Set to cover a small piece of white cardstock. I mounted the gold-foiled greetings on top of the messy stamping with foam tape to give my title piece some dimension. Then, I cut some patterned paper down to 4" x 5.25", added some stitching with gold thread, and distressed the edges of my patterned paper with Tim Holtz's Distressing Tool to give the patterned paper a bit more texture. I attached the patterned paper onto my kraft A2 card base, attached the bold greeting to my patterned paper, and added some gold sequins for a little extra shine.
I loved the stitching on the tags I had made for my Stretch Your Stamps December Daily video series, so I decided to replicate that same design for this next set of cards. First, I stamped one of the outline star stamps from the 6x8 Star Stamp Set with a light ink on a piece of 4" x 5.25" white cardstock. Then, using the stamped star images as a guide, I punched holes around the outline of each star. After that, I added some stitching detail with red and green embroidery floss. (For more details on how I did my stitching, see my Stretch Your Stamps video on my YouTube channel.) I also added a simple stitch all the way around my cardstock panel. Once all my stitching was done, I mounted my panel onto some gold-foiled cardstock or patterned paper on an A2 card base, added a small sentiment (either the "Tis the Season" stamp from the In A Creative Bubble Stamp Set or one of the banners I had fussy cut out from one of the patterned papers in the add-on pack). I finished off the cards with some star stickers from the Star Mini Kit.
The 6x8 Die Cut Cardstock Insert with the 12 circles scales down perfectly for the front of an A2-sized card, so I decided to feature that for my next set of cards! I sized the digital die cut insert down to approximately 4 inches wide on my electronic cutting machine software before I cut them out. Then I backed some with patterned paper, some with gold-foiled cardstock, and some with vellum, making sure to pop my die-cut insert up with some foam tape for added interest. After that, I stamped a small sentiment from the In A Creative Bubble set into one of the windows. To fill up the other empty windows, I added some small stickers from the Chipboard House Sticker sheet, Red Glitter Heart Cardstock Sticker sheet, and the Funny Puffy Sticker sheet. Then, I finished the cards off with some gold puffy star stickers from the Star Mini Kit.
I loved Barbara's December Daily Product Play lesson so much that I decided to make some of her pleated patterned paper trees for my next set of Christmas cards. While I was adding the gold thread, I couldn't resist adding some gold sequins between some of the pleats as well! I mounted the trees onto some 4" x 5.25" white cardstock and attached that to my kraft A2 card bases. After that, I finished the cards off with some sentiment stamps (some bold ones from the Paislee Press stamp set and the In A Creative Bubble stamp set, as well as the "Merry Christmas" stamp from the Holiday Phrases stamp set) and some more star stickers from the Star Mini Kit.
For my last set of cards, I created some background by heat-embossing the icons from the Bring On the Joy Stamp Set to fill up some pieces of 4" x 5.25" colored cardstock. Then, I experimented with different ways to color them in: using Copic markers, Finetec pearlescent watercolors, and a white gel pen. I think I like the Copic markers best for the white cardstock and the Finetec pearlescent watercolors the best for the colored cardstock. After that, I mounted my colored panel onto some gold-foiled cardstock and added a sentiment (also backed with gold-foiled cardstock) with the Holiday Phrases Stamp Set!
I hope this post inspires you to try out some of your favorite scrapbooking ideas and products for your holiday cards!