What a great way to kick off December! It’s time for the Pinkfresh Studio Holiday Cards Blog Hop and I can’t wait to share what I’ve created. I love card making throughout the year but Christmas time is my favorite and in this digital age, who doesn’t like to receive something handmade in the mailbox?
Have you started your holiday cards this year? Even if you don’t send cards to a huge list and only make one or two…that’s totally ok. Give yourself permission to just enjoy the process and not stress about getting a whole huge list out there.
For this blog hop I’ve created two cards using a mix of stamps from the Festive Llama and December Days stamp sets. You’ll have to look closely because I didn’t use the main images of these sets but rather, the small stamps and sentiments and combined them for some fun background patterns. It’s just like making your own patterned paper in any color combo you like!
First up is the Sparkle card. I’ve created a fun background from little stamps just by stamping lines of images across a piece of cardstock. It reminds me of a Nordic knit pattern and I’ve paired up some fun ink colors. A bold red adds a Christmas pop and then some soft pastels in other wintery colors. You can use a Misti or a stamp positioner to get things super perfect but I actually just eyeballed it. I was going for a vintage homespun look anyways but if you want to put a more modern spin on this, I’d try to make it super precise.
I wanted to add some fun sparkle to this card and the December Days collection embellishments were perfect to accomplish this! I’ve chosen some golden wood shapes and the sparkle tag to add in a sentiment and a finishing touch.
Finally, here’s a closeup of the stamping!
Quick Tip: Alternate rows of vertical and horizontally orientated stamps to help define the bands of colors and pattern.
My second card creates two different patterns which are then designed into a card layout. Even though the patterns don’t use a repeated color in both of them, they still work well together because their backgrounds are white.
The top candy cane pattern is a mix of red candy canes and pink bows. This pattern is very random and after stamping the more prominent candy canes in red, I stamped the smaller bows to fill in the spaces. Always put your larger images in first!
The green pattern is a monochromatic one with every stamped sentiment stamped in green ink. While this pattern is still random, it is less so as I don’t turn any of the sentiment but keep them parallel to the bottom edge of the paper. This also helps keep the patterns from competing and tends to ground the card with a very distinct horizontal visual “line”.
Finally to finish off the design, I’ve added in a loose rolled loop of twine in green to make a wreath and then I’ve embellished it with some wood buttons from the December Days line.
I hope these cards inspire you to take a look at your stamp sets in a brand new way! I adore large stamped images but why not change things up a little now and then? You’ll be amazed at all the different and creative looks you can get from the smaller stamps included in your stamp sets!
Leave a comment here on this blog post and one on each and every blog post along the way to be entered to win all 2017 Holiday stamp sets and coordinating dies.
Comments will close at 11.59pm CST on Friday December 8th 2017. Winner will be selected randomly and the winner announcement will be posted over on the Pinkfresh Studio blog on Monday December 11th, 2017.
So let’s get this hop started! Here is the entire blog hop list.
Blog Hop Line Up
Enjoy and good luck!
If you’re just starting the hop, I’m actually the last in the lineup so hop right over the the Pinkfresh Studio Blog, leave a comment there and then keep going!
Thanks so much for joining me today! Wishing you a creative and joyful holiday season!