One of my favorite new Christmas stamp sets in the Holiday catalog is the Antique Tags Hostess set on page 51! It’s got six great stamps that coordinate with various punches and framelits dies, as well as a much needed “To: / From:” stamp. You can earn this stamp set for FREE when you host a party with total sales of $150. This is actually a lot easier than it sounds. You can hold a party at your house, or you can simply ask me to open a hostess code and host an online party! Either way, it’s worth the effort to get a hold of this awesome stamp set!!!
Of course, this stamp set would make great Christmas tags, but it also works great for cards! On my card today, I’ve used one of the tags as a centerpiece. I stamped it with Archival Basic Gray ink on Whisper White card stock so I could color it with Blender Pens. Blender Pens are one of the simplest ways to color your cards! Simply squeeze your ink pad to pool ink on the lid. Then, dip the Blender Pen in the ink. The Blender Pen will pick up the color of ink; then as you draw, the ink slowly fades until it completely runs out. You can use this effect to your advantage while coloring! Start in areas where you want the darkest color and blend toward the lightest. If there’s too much ink on the pen, simply draw on scratch paper until you get the desired saturation. When you want to change colors, just draw on scratch paper until the color runs out and then dip the pen in a new color. Each pen has two sides that can be used equally. And, when you order these pens, you get three of them! What a bargain!!!
I wanted to make my tag the center of attention, so I kept the remaining colors of the card simple. To cut the little waves on the bottom of my Whisper White layer, I used a Tiny Wave Rotary Cutting Blade. I simply replaced the normal cutting arm of my Stampin’ Trimmer with a Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition. The cutting arms easily pop in and out to make using the rotary addition a snap.
For the little holes on the top of that same layer, I used the Updated Essentials Paper Piercing Pack and a Paper Piercing Mat. Paper piercing adds dimension and a subtle elegance to any card.
Finally, I used the Chalk Lines stamp set to add the filigree in the background. I stamped with Craft White Ink and then embossed with Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I LOVE using this embossing powder on Christmas cards because it adds a beautiful holiday sparkle!
Finishing touches included a pretty Snowflake Element with pearls. These beautiful wooden elements are my favorite new embellishment!
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