Good morning! Today, I have a few special projects using the new holiday release from Wplus9! Dawn was kind enough to let me play with the products a little in advance, and so I have two holiday cards and a tag to share with you today using some of the brand new goodies from this year’s holiday release. These images are so timeless… and perfect for making some sweet holiday cards. Let’s get started with the details!
My first project today focuses on the darling new Cookies and Cocoa stamp and die (which you can also purchase in a discounted bundle for a limited time!). This set is super cute, not to mention versatile, because not only does it include the outline stamps for a lot of the images, it also includes the solid stamps, so if you’re in need of a quick card, you can do some lightning-fast stamping… or you can choose to do some leisurely coloring with the medium of your choice, as I chose to do for this project. I stamped the main mug outline onto some white, Copic-friendly card stock, then used my Copic markers to color the mug a vibrant, Christmas red. I also stamped and die cut some marshmallows that fit perfectly in the little slit at the top of the mug die cut (so clever!).
I wanted a simple, easily mailed holiday card, so for the backdrop for my mug, I used the new Picket Fence Studios blending brushes to blend a subtle gray halo towards the center of the white A2 card front. I adhered my mug using dimensional foam adhesive, then added a sentiment strip (with the sweet greeting also from Cookies and Cocoa) using dimensional adhesive. Quick, easy peasy, and perfect for mass-production, especially if you omitted the Copic coloring and used the solid stamp included in the stamp set!
For my second project, I whipped up a quick, colorful tag using the new Knit Patterns stamp set. You can create so many different patterns and textures using the stamps included in this set… tons of options! I created a background on an A2 panel of card stock lickety split using Wplus9’s Bloomsberry, Sweet Gelato, and Lake House inks. I die cut the tag using Wplus9’s Christmas Tag die, which is an older die set, but definitely a classic, and a lovely, generous size, too. I added a die cut greeting from the Christmas Tag die set cut from some purple card stock and added a twine loop. Done and dusted in about 20 minutes!
For my final project today, I wanted to focus on that beautiful snowflake included in the Merriest Snowflake stamp set, so I heat embossed it randomly across an A2 sheet of Arches Cold Press watercolor paper using Wow’s Platinum Sparkle embossing powder. I wanted to create an ethereal watercolored background, so I chose to drop in color using the wet-on-wet technique. I taped my embossed panel down to a cutting board, then thoroughly wet the panel and dropped in touches of Daniel Smith Ultramarine Blue and Phthalo Turquoise, swirling them around until I achieved the mottled, colorful background I was after. I also spritzed this already-super-sparkly watercolored panel with some shimmer spray… let me tell ya, these photos do not do this one justice. #sosparkly
While my panel was drying, I worked on the greeting. I used the new Sending Cheer die to create a dimensional die cut, twice from plain white card stock, once from blue shimmer card stock, and once more from some card stock that I’d embossed with the Platinum Sparkle embossing powder. (I hate when my metallics don’t match! Ack!). I layered all of the pieces together with liquid adhesive. I also stamped a greeting from Merriest Snowflake on a strip of minty card stock. I trimmed 1/8″ off of each edge of the snowflake panel and matted it on some more shimmery blue card stock, adhered my greeting pieces, and added a few gems for even more sparkle. (Because why not?)
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects today! Wplus9’s new release is just gorgeous, so if you haven’t looked already, I’d encourage you to go check it out! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous Friday!
I love the hot cocoa mug with marshmallows, it looks so real lol. The Sending Cheer card is gorgeous, I love the colors. Thanks for sharing all 3 projects and as always for the inspiration. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Andrea M Hastilow says
Amazing as ever Emily. That cute mug looks so festive & realistic looking the way you’ve coloured it. Thanks for all your ideas.x