What a long month! So much happened for my family in December: my dad had a lifesaving heart surgery, which I brought him home to start his recovery, my 2 older sons traveled across the states, and my 7 month old daughter had her first Christmas. Now that my dad is more independent, the holidays are over, and the tree is put away, it’s time to start crafting again. First up was thank you cards to everyone who took care of us during the holidays. I made a few different sets.
I found out about a popular company that I had didn’t know about: Papertrey Ink. Wow! I spent a lot of time going through their inventory. There’s so many stamps I fell in love with. I settled in on one set: the beautiful Holiday Thanks Stamp Set. There’s so many sentiments to be matched together.
Now about the cards I made… I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to incorporate a Kaisercraft stamp set Mint Wishes. There’s an ornament stamp I’ve been wanting to use. I decided to use Prismacolor pencils to color the ornaments. I did three different color combinations. I had a lot of fun catching up on podcasts and experimenting with coloring. I had never used color pencils before. They were a Christmas present to myself. After coloring, I picked out coordinating cardstock, and heat embossed using My Favorite Things Framework Background stamp, Versamark ink, and clear Ranger fine detail embossing powder. My Favorite things large frame was used to cut out the black metallic frames.
for my second set of cards, I chose the Dahlia Turnabout Stamp by Concord & 9th. I stamped on Neenah Solar White 110 cardstock, cut to 5.5 x 5.5, and used Distress Oxide inks for color. I punched out Simon Says Stamp masking paper to 1.75 size circle, and adhered to the middle of the cardstock before stamping so I had blank space to stamp my next chosen sentiment. I used a Pretty Pink Posh bow die for a finishing touch.
For my last set of cards I chose Altenew’s Layered Laurel stamp set to make a Wreath. I used 4 different green inks, and copper gold embossing powder for the sentiment. I again finished it off with a red bow.
It felt good being back in my room and creating again. I can’t wait to get this happy mail stamped and in the mail box tomorrow.
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