Holiday Card Series 2014 – Day 10

Holiday Card Series 2014 – Day 10


Hey Everyone. Kristina here. Welcome to Day
10 of the Holiday Card Series for 2014. I’m starting off this card with a background stamp.
This is Dotted Argyle background stamp from Impression Obsession. The ink I’m going to
used today is Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink. This is a brand new ink to the Simon
line. And it’s a really great white ink. So I’m inking up this background stamp and I’m
making sure I get all those areas on the background stamp before I apply my card stock. The card
stock I’m using today is Neenah Desert Storm 80 lbs. card stock. And I just press that
down on the background stamp. Covered it with some scratch paper and then used my hands
to press that card stock down on to the stamp very evenly. This gives a really great impression
and it’s the easiest way to get a background stamp precisely and evenly stamped on
to your card stock. Even though this white pigment ink isn’t dry yet, I’m going to move
on to the next stamping. I’m using this border stamp from Mama Elephant Basic Borders and
the ink color I’m using is Hot Lips from Simon Says Stamp. This is a brand new ink color
for them. And it’s more of a pink red. I thought it would look really nice on this kraft colored
card stock. So, as I mentioned before that white pigment ink is still wet, so after I
stamp this border stamp in a gap in that argyle pattern I’ll take a baby wipe and clean off
my stamp because it does pick up a little of that pigment ink. Then I can go right ahead
and keep stamping. And there’s no real lag in having to wait for the ink to dry. I am
going to have to wait for that pigment ink to dry eventually, but for now I’m just going
to go ahead and keep stamping this border stamp. So, once I got to the kind of center area the
border stamp wasn’t long enough anymore so I stamped it off to one side and then cleaned
off my stamp and inked it up again and then brought it in on the other side just to continue
that line. And as long as you keep a little bit of a gap there it should look just fine.
So, after I finished stamping it in that direction I turned the card stock and stamped in the
other direction until I had completed the pattern. So, this is what the pattern looks
like. I actually let this dry over night. I don’t think you need to leave it to dry
that long, but that’s just how it worked out for me. I’m going to be using this Love
You a Latte stamp set from Lawn Fawn. As you can see it comes with matching dies, but today
I’m not going to be die cutting anything. I’m going to be creating a little pocket on
the front of this card to hold a gift card. I’m going to use a Starbucks gift card.
I think it’s such a great idea to pair these hot cocoa and coffee and tea images with a
Starbucks gift card. I think it’s really cute. So I arranged those images on a piece
of vellum card stock and then picked them up with my stamp press. I’m going to be stamping
and embossing. So first I prepped that vellum with my EK Success Powder tool and then I
stamped the images in VersaMark Ink. If you wanted to create multiples of this card this
would be really easy because you have all of your stamped images on the stamp press
and they won’t move so you could actually create this card over and over and over again.
So I coated that stamped image with some Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. And I did want
to mention that when I stamped I very lightly pressed the stamp down. I noticed that if
I pressed it, almost at all, it would kind of squash the stamp and it made the lines really
thick, so it’s always a really good idea to use very light pressure when you’re stamping
onto vellum. So I heat set that embossing powder and now I’ve turned my vellum over
to the backside and I’m using a Copic marker to color the mug and the heart. And I believe
I’m using R59. It’s just a nice deep red color. When you color on the back of vellum it does
sort of soften the color when you turn it over, so I wanted to use a dark color that
would show up really well. I am eventually going to cover this with some Wink of Stella.
But for now it worked well. I’m also using E59 which it a dark brown to color the cocoa.
And then I’ll turn that over and you can kind of see that color as it comes through. So,
now I’m going to be creating the pocket portion of this gift card holder. So I’ve cut another
piece of vellum card stock the same size. This is about 2.5 x 3.5; it’s a little more
than that actually. I think it’s about 2.75 x 3.5. And I just marked the top center of
that piece of vellum so I could use a 1 inch circle punch to punch out a little notch.
And now I’ll use the top piece as a guide to punch the back piece. And I’m going to
add a tiny bit of adhesive to this so that I can press it down onto my card and it will
hold it in place while I do some stitching on my sewing machine. So I’m just getting
this in place here. And I’m doing this because vellum can kind of slide around and I don’t
want it to move around while I’m sewing. And this small bit of adhesive won’t even show
through and by the time I have it sewn and everything it won’t even cause any problems.
So just press that down onto my pattern that I have stamped and I took it to my sewing
machine stitched around the sides and bottom to create a pocket. And here I am just trimming
off a those strings that are left over from sewing. And then I’m going to be sliding that
gift card inside. It did turn out to be a little of a snug fit, but I think that’s a
good thing. Because it’s still able to be removed, but it’s not going to slide around
and if I send this through the mail the gift card will stay in place. So I’m sliding the
gift card right inside this pocket. And sliding it in, like I said before it is a little bit
of a snug fit, especially since it had that adhesive in there at first. As I slid it in
and out a few more times it did loosen up a little bit, so don’t be afraid to do that.
The card base I’m using today is Bazzill Marshmallow and I’m scoring it 5.5 to create
a top folding card. And then I took my gift card piece and I put some foam adhesive on
the back and I’m just adhering this down straight onto the card front. You could leave
the card like this at this point. I think it would be really nice, but I did want those
red colors to kind of match and I wanted to add a little heart onto of the one that I
had stamped because I wanted some dimension. So I took a little heart from the Simon Says
Mini Heart die set. I just keep a bunch of those already die cut so I can use them whenever
I need them. At first I inked up that heart with some Hot Lips ink and then I decided
it was a little bit too bright and then coated it with that same red color that I colored
the mug. So R59. And I put that down with a little bit of foam adhesive, coded it with
some clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen and I then I also coated it with some glossy
accents, that’s going to make it shiny, but you’ll still see the shimmer underneath. Then
I took some May Arts Natural Twine and tied that around the very top of the card. And
in order to get that twine to stay in place I actually took a little bit of glossy accents
and just squirted a little blob right underneath the bow and then pressed that down and held
it there for a minute. Glossy Accents is a really strong adhesive. Hi Mannie! Mannie
says hello. And here is some red Wink of Stella and I’m just coating that mug. I wanted it
to brighten up a little bit. It was a little bit too much of a dull red for me. So here
is the finished card. I hope you guys enjoyed today and I will be back on Wednesday for
another card in the Holiday Card Series. Until then thanks so much for watching and I will
catch you guys next time. Thanks for watching until the very end of
the video. Here are five videos from the previous years of the Holiday Card Series for you to
check out. Mannie says click on those in order to see some more card inspiration. Thank you
so much for watching and I will catch you guys next time.

89 thoughts on “Holiday Card Series 2014 – Day 10

  1. What a cute idea for a gift card!!  How fun it was to watch you create you card…gosh love how your background look what a fun idea.  Thanks for your tips about the vellum and coloring.  Hi to Manny and hope the 2 of you have a fun day!!

    Joan Smith

  2. Love the card.  I love watching your videos.  I thought the meowing was coming from one of my cats at first.  🙂  So cute that he has to chime in too.

  3. Tee heee Manny's meows had me looking around my office to see if a cat got in. This is such a great idea for a card. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  4. Love this card!! My cats heard Mannie and came running out and looking around for the cat. That just makes me laugh

  5. Gosh, I loved how you kept Manny's meowing til the end xD Are you sick? You sounded a bit more rough than usual :p

  6. I can't sew, and I don't own a sewing machine. Would it be as beautiful with white dashes or not? Maybe some wink of stella over the white dashes, or not. I'd appreciate your imput. Tyfs

  7. Really love these background stamps! Gonna have to get these! Watching u guys just makes my wish list bigger n bigger!

  8. Love a Manny Meow he so cute :). Can't believe we're on day 10!! Where has the time gone!! Anyhoo brilliant card love it! Thank you for sharing & get well soon 🙂

  9. too cute…i actually bought a sewing machine several months ago with hopes of using it my paper creations (yep its still in the box)-have no clue how to use it—but one day!!! i love the look of sewing on paper projects—so cute!

  10. What a unique way of combining the border stamps with a background stamp. I love the way it turned out! The white embossing on the gift card holder is beautiful with just a touch of red. Thanks for the inspiration!! (so glad kitty could join us!) 🙂

  11. First time viewer…love your cards and how seemingly simple to do they are.  Off to the craft room to try some.  Many thanks.

  12. I love the background that you made…
    Great gift card holder
    Well done Kristina

    I hope you feel better…take care

  13. hehe I just LOVE you and Manny! lol i remember the first time i watch one of your videos. I went nuts cause I didn't have a cat any more, and I kept pausing your video to find one outside but couldn't find it and it was Manny lol. ^^ <3
    and i love the card. puts me in the mood to make Christmas cards. hehe need to get more things to that.

  14. I REALLY love this card for some reason Kristina!  I think it's the rustic-ness of the kraft card stock with the white and red, the coffee cup and twine, I just love it!  My favorite so far!  Maybe it's my mood, anyway, this is my favorite year too!  🙂

  15. Love the background stamping on your card, Kristina! Those colors just look so rustic with the kraft cardstock. Great idea for a gift card holder, too. And I always love hearing Mannie in the background! Hope you feel better soon.

  16. Love watching all the extra you do to create interesting, hand made pattern paper. The card turned out adorable. Hi Mr. Mannie.

  17. Kristina I just love all the results from your fantastic background.  really loved it.  It made all the work on top really stand out.  Great card for a gift holder..thanks Kristina.

  18. Love this Kristina – a great idea for giving a Gift Card!  Love how Mannie is miaowing so much in the background 🙂  Hope your cold is better soon too.

  19. Love your card, I've got to start sewing on cards again, I love how it looks, and the stamping  technique you used for the card front is awesome !!!

  20. Holy cow Manny was one chatty cat at the end! But that's ok it was cute, and watching my cats react to the sound of his voice made me giggle!

  21. I love that background stamp, especially with the other stamp you used. I love it when you make a background, so artistic! Great card, great way to send a gift card! Thanks for all of your inspiration!!!

  22. I love this card!! You are so talented!! I am going to pre-make a ton of these so I gave a fun "go to" card! 🙂

    Glad to hear Mannie! He is adorable!

  23. You are a genius in the way you combine stamps!  I never would have looked at that background stamp and border stamp separately and seen the beautiful pattern you created.  Thanks for sharing your amazing creativity.

  24. When I do a large background stamp, I lay the paper on top and use a piece of scrap like you, but I then use my rubber roller to cover it.  The roller is one I use in decoupage projects.  Another beautiful card.

  25. I love that at the end of the video when you show the images of the card Manny is still meowing in the background. Super cute 🙂 and I love your channel, it's very inspiring.

  26. hi kristina your videos are so inspiring. and ive gone from not knowing how amazing cards can be , to eager to start. ly

  27. Adorable!! I've been watching your previous year Holiday Card series and everytime Manny meows, my cat Myla looks up like "I hear a cat!" too cute!

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