I was, however, happy to have everything pretty much at arms reach, and while I didn't use everything, I was glad to be able to know I wasn't forgetting about anything. I think it helped...
Well, one of the things I did NOT have was a "joy" stamp. I was well into the season, and I didn't really have time to wait for shipping, so off to JoAnn's I went. Yup, right there in the dollar bin was a "joy" stamp. Off it went to my house, in my hot little hands. And off I went into the craft room.
I made this--
Charlie bought me that beautiful star stamp two years go, I think. SO pretty in gold. Looking back, I would like it better if the joy stamp was a teensy bit higher...and I would have inked the white panels edges...Look, they cant ALL be home runs...stay with me here...
I used my Stampamajig to do the "joy", because I wanted to stamp it a few times so it would get a super color saturation (and because dollar stamps are NOT mounted perfectly on their wood blocks).
I like the red on the snowflake. It makes it sort of ecclesiastical, or something.
ANYWAY, using the "joy" stamp here made me think to use it again, but in a different way--
I made this--
This background stamp is from Hero Arts, bought last year, I think. I inked it with Distress Inks, using ALL the reds going lightest to darkest, then went in with my blending tool and went over it all with the same colors. The snowflakes are embossed with holographic embossing powder. This stuff is SO cool, because at some angles, you don't really see it at ALL. Made the medallion with the joy stamp and other stuff, and there it is.
Well, I loved that technique with the background stamp. I needed MORE.
It was nice in red. How about GREEN?
I made this--
What a difference a colorway change makes! Other than the obvious change to the die cut, not so different...No snowflakes this time. I have no idea why. The gold glitter dots make me happy.
Another view of this one--
And because I can't leave a good thing, I had to go blue.
This one is my FAVORITE CARD OF THE SEASON. Perhaps EVAH.
I made this--(drum roll, please)
I am SO happy I don't do videos of these things, because there would be a record of me squealing like little girl out there on the web!
I grabbed a tree stamp, and layered in some trees, triple stamping off in blue and gold. I just LOVE it. The text looks like it's emerging from the mist, right?
Look in this direction--
Straight on lets you see the wood grain better, but not the gold--
I just love how everything layered up so well. I will be doing this again, to be sure!
Wow, gush about your own work MUCH? Ahem...
Thanks so much for stopping by.