Well, my very greatly talented friend Melanie Muenchinger has been at being her very sweet self again, and she has gifted me not one, but THREE of her fabulous stamps sets that she designed for GinaK Designs. I could not be more thrilled about that! I have been in the throws of Christmasing up my house, and, of course, SHOPPING (grrrrr), but I was able to IMMEDIATELY drop it all and come up with a thank you/Christmas card for her. I am ashamed that she will see it here before she gets it into her own hands, but she is a great lady of immense forgiving capabilities, I am certain.
And, we're HOPPING! (and we're hopping, and we're hopping......oh, sorry.) On to the inserted verbage....
It's a Happy Holiday Hop! Becky and Melanie thought it would be great fun to team up for a little Holiday Hop today. Today we are showcasing Becky's new set, "Warm Woolen Mittens" along with Becky's new cut file "Grand Banners" and "Grand Banners - Winter Sentiments" and Melanie's newest set, "Lots of Letters" as well as some of her other recent favorites. Joining us are some dynamic designers that will knock your socks off with their beautiful work today! Make sure you visit everyone's blog to leave a comment and be entered to win a clear "I do!" and "Beyond Baskets" stamp set! A winner will be announced Thursday. Now on to today's projects!
Here's the list of crafters that you can drop in on to check it all out--
Becky Oehlers (Illustrator of Warm Woolen Mittens)
And now, back to me!
I made this--
Now, the set comes with TWO versions of this mistletoe, one larger than the other, plus an extra set of berries, which, as you can see here, I have put to work.
I stamped all over my 4 1/4"x 5 1/2" SU River Rock card stock with the large image in Versamark ink, and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I also stamped all my berries on a separate piece of River Rock, and embossed them as well.
After fussy cutting all of the berries, I took my Memento Delicata gold ink pad, pressed it onto an acrylic block, and used my aqua painter to "watercolor" all of the berries. I purposely made some of the berries more opaque than others, to add depth. Berries don't usually all ripen at the same moment anyway, right? So, some reality to my fantasy!
The Merry Christmas sentiment (THANK YOU for adding that to the set, Melanie!) is stamped onto a scrap of ecru colored paper in versamark, and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I punched it with my large circle punch, inked the edges with River Rock ink, and adhered it to the bottom of my card, then trimmed it with snips. I added the ribbon (winnings from Stampendous), and adhered the card stock to a white, top-folding A2 card base.
With all of that done, I could place my berries. I used tiny pieces of dimensional foam to pop each of them off of the surface, spacing them out nicely as I went along. Don't tell anyone, but some of them mask imperfections that may or may not be there during the stamping process. I plead the fifth on that one...
Sadly, pictures tend to ruin the glossy, shiny finishes on so many cards. This is really nice and shiny though, I promise!
So, that's my card. Now that I have it made and PHOTOGRAPHED (my least favorite part of blogging) it, I can get it out to Melanie!
Do you make your holiday thank you cards? Or are you just spent after making your Holiday Greeting cards? I still have to make a good amount of cards this week. I'd better get to work!
Thanks for stopping by!