Candy Cane Christmas

By | October 13, 2016

I love Christmas so much!  I especially love making handmade cards for all my friends and family.  I start really early so I don’t get stressed.  I make a few here and a few there, and usually by the time December rolls around, I have most of them made.  Then, I pick my favorites, make some duplicates and voila, done!

That means I’m already starting to design Christmas cards for my blog and classes.  So, you’ll be seeing a lot of them in the next few months!

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I designed this card to meet a challenge in my demonstrator group.  The challenge was to pick 1 stamp set, 2 colors of paper, and 3 colors of ink and design a card.  Simple, 1-2-3.

I picked the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set; Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive paper; and Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Garden Green ink.  (Then, I picked Shimmery White paper as my neutral.)

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To start, I watercolored the background with all three colors.  Since red and green don’t blend well, I was careful not to overlap them too much.

I stamped the candies, stars, candy strip(s), and sentiment on Shimmery White paper as well.  There are actually two candy strips.  They weren’t long enough to go across the whole card, so they meet underneath the sentiment.

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I cut the stars out by hand, and used a 3/4″ Circle Punch for the round candies.

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For my sentiment, I used the Layering Squares Framelits Dies.  I love, love, love all the layering dies!!!  There are the squares shown here, as well as circles, ovals, and hearts.  I have them all and highly recommend them, because they’re a product I use again and again.  I particularly love the scallops that just barely peek out from behind.  They are just beautiful!

For a little flair to finish off my card, I added some enamel shapes and Garden Green Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack in the Holiday Catalog.  Before tying my bow, I pulled apart the strands to soften it up.

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Supplies used on my card:

Hope you’re having a great week!  Happy stamping!!!

Tami Hewlett

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