Updated: Aug 20
Hi Friends! Sharing some more homemade cheer that I created for the Hero Arts HeroFest Holiday Cheer Card Drive. The cards collected by Hero Arts will be donated to the Bay Area Rescue Mission in December. I hope you find inspiration in this holiday card installment for creating your own cheerful, Christmas cards.
I’m so excited to see all the makers creating Christmas cards! For this A2, landscape-oriented card my inspiration was the Hero Arts Neighborhood Houses Fancy Dies. I’m not a card maker who drafts everything out on paper first. No, no. I always start with a stamp, die set, or embossing folder and then decide how I can work this exciting product to fit the card I want to make. Backwards way of doing things… probably. Haha!
I started this project by taking a piece of textured, gray-ish cardstock and cutting it to be 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”, then grabbed a piece of white cardstock that was just a tad smaller than A2 size and used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Speckled Egg and blended it all over the cardstock with the exception of the bottom portion since I was going to cover that up and then used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Weathered Wood to barely tint the outer edges of the panel to make it a tiny bit darker. I splattered Dina Wakely White Gloss Spray with a paint brush all across the panel to give it a snowy look. I set this aside to dry.
Using Avery Elle Slimline Border dies, I cut two strips of Cardstock Warehouse Diamond Print Glitter White cardstock to be my snowy hills for the card. I glued the first snowy hill to the inked card panel about 1/3 the way up and used Simon Says Stamp 3D Foam Squares to adhere the second, smaller snowy hill below the first one ensuring I didn’t attach the foam squares too close to the top edge so I would have room to nestle my houses and trees behind it when I was ready.
Next, I used the Hero Arts Houses Fancy Dies and die cut all the houses out of Cardstock Warehouse Stardream Silver cardstock and cut them a second time from the Diamond Print Glitter White cardstock that I used for the snowy hills. I cut the rooftops off the white glitter cardstock houses (since that’s all I would be using) and discarded the rest. Then I applied a thick layer of Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium to all the white glittery rooftop pieces and, before the glue dried, I coated them with Pink & Main’s Flock with Glitter in the color Sparkling Cottontail. After the flock/glue dried, I glued the flocked rooftops to the top of each of the silver cardstock houses and set those aside to dry.
Now for the trees. I used the tree dies from the Hero Arts Houses Fancy Dies and cut eleven trees out of the same textured gray-ish cardstock I used for the A2 card front panel. To give them a weathered, metallic silver look I used the Sterling Tim Holtz Foundry Wax and applied it quickly to all the trees by “pouncing” it on with a small paint brush and then melting the Foundry Wax with my heat gun.
I adhered three of the completed houses and a few of the gilded trees to the back snowy hill on my card front simply using wet glue, then I popped the front row of houses and gilded tree up with Simon Says Stamp 3D Foam Squares.
For the sentiment, I stamped the Merry Christmas stamp from the Hero Arts Holiday Ornaments stamp set onto a scrap piece of white cardstock with Altenew Clear Embossing Ink and used Ranger Super Fine Silver embossing powder, then heat set the embossing powder with my heat gun. I glued the sentiment to a scrap piece of the textured, gray-ish cardstock and adhered it to my card front using Simon Says Stamp 3D Foam Squares.
This card was a super easy one to make, but it did take some extra time since I had to wait for the glued flock to dry, but I think it was worth the wait.
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Until next time…