Hello! Today I’d like to share a traditional Christmas card with you – although I wish you a happy holiday season no matter how you choose to celebrate. It just so happens that many of my friends and family celebrate Christmas, so I tend to make more cards for that holiday than for others.
Step 1: Create a 2nd generation tag
To make a card like this, start by covering your work surface with a Ranger non-stick craft sheet or with freezer paper. Apply Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Picket Fence, Worn Lipstick, and Dusty Concord Distress Stains directly to the craft sheet. Dip a #5 manila shipping tag face down into the Distress Stains, wiggle it, turn it right side up, and immediately dry it with a heat tool.
Then, if there is leftover Distress Stain, dip a second #5 manila shipping tag into it, wiggle it, turn it right side up, and immediately dry it. Add a spritz of water to the leftover Distress Stain if necessary. This is what I call a “second generation” tag, because the Distress Stains were previously mixed.
Step 2: Add water splotchies
Since Distress Stains are reactive with water, you can create a water splotchie effect on the tags. Use a mister to create water droplets, or dip your fingers in water and flick it to create droplets. Then immediately dry the water with your heat tool for best results.
Step 3: Stamp and heat emboss
Stamp a reindeer, such as this one from Hero Arts CL469 Swirl Christmas, using Tsukineko VersaMark watermark ink. Heat emboss it with Zing Copper Glitter embossing powder.
Meanwhile, also stamp and heat emboss the sentiment, such as “Merry Christmas” in the same Hero Arts set, onto kraft cardstock.
Step 4: Die cut and dry emboss
Then die cut and dry emboss it using Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Small Rectangles. Die cut and dry emboss a matte from textured cardstock in a complimentary color using Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Small Rectangles.
Step 5: Finishing details
Cut the kraft cardstock to be slightly smaller than your card base. Wrap ribbon and lace around it, above the sentiment. Adhere the focal image and matte using foam squares for dimension. Add a gemstone, such as a Hero Arts CH130 Citron Gemstone, for the reindeer’s eye. Add details to the reindeer’s antlers using Ranger’s Stickles glitter glue in Copper, if desired.
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