Hi there! I am up on the Pinkfresh Studio YouTube channel today with this elegant shaped holiday house card, featuring a couple of newer holiday supplies from the September release, as well as several older supplies that are not holiday-related in the slightest! I love getting tons of extra mileage out of my stamps and dies, and customizing non-holiday products to create holiday cards is a fabulous way to get more bang for your buck. Here’s the video:
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Here’s a quick description in case you can’t watch the video!
I began by stamping the main botanical image from Botanicals and Butterflies onto some Fabriano Artistico Cold Press Watercolor Paper using embossing ink, then heat embossed it using Platinum embossing powder. I thought that the tiny flowers on the branch looked like they could easily pass for holiday berries! I also embossed the single poinsettia image from Holiday Elements, making sure to only ink up the stamp that I wanted to use. I watercolored the images using Schmincke watercolors, keeping the colors super traditional and classic, with ruby red “berries” and poinsettia, and bright green for the foliage. The details and style of these two different stamp sets are very similar, so they work seamlessly together. I trimmed the poinsettia out with my sharp scissors, then die cut the finished branch using the coordinating Botanicals and Butterflies die.
To create the shaped card base, I began by die cutting the entirety of the Built On Dreams die from some coordinating maroon cardstock, then ran it through my die cut machine again using the Hexagon Tile Die to add some more subtle texture to the background. I also create a shaped card base by placing my house die from the Built On Dreams die set over the fold of an A2 card base, then running the whole thing through my die cut machine. Making sure that the die overlaps the fold means that the shaped card will stand up nicely by itself! I adhered the textured maroon house die cut to the shaped card base using some super strong double sided tape.
Once I had finished my die cutting, it was time to start assembling the card. I first adhered a greeting from the new Brushed Sentiments Holiday Hot Foil set, which I’d hot foiled the normal way, then again using the negative leftovers and the Pinkfresh Studio Solid Hot Foil Plate to create the reverse foiling you see here. I die cut the finished sentiments with the coordinating dies. I added the poinsettia with a double layer of foam tape, then trimmed all of the Botanicals and Butterflies foliage clusters off of the central branch and arranged them behind the poinsettia, adhering them with both single layers of foam tape and liquid adhesive to create a variety of heights. The foliage trails up the card front and adds such a lovely festive and elegant feel to the card! The final touch was to add some Leaf Glitter Drops.
Well, that’s all for my project today! I hope you’ll try using your scissors and some holiday color combinations with your non-holiday cardmaking products… it’s such a fun way to stretch your creativity and get tons of extra mileage from your products! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day.