Hi there! I am hopping along with Colorado Craft Company today using some of their absolutely darling Christmas Take II holiday stamps from Anita Jeram. You should have arrived here from Donna Hitz, and your next stop is Erin Thompson. You can also start back at the beginning at Adrienne Kennedy CCC. These sweet little storybook critters have stolen my heart, and the precious holiday scenes and beautiful, poignant sentiments add such a unique element to your holiday cards. I have two projects that allow the darling images to be the stars of the show, along with some bright pops of Christmas color. Let’s get started with the details on my projects!
I couldn’t resist doing some simple coloring with my OLO markers on these precious little scenes. I stamped the scenes using Altenew’s Obsidian pigment ink, then added clear embossing powder over the top. I wanted to create super crisp black lines that popped from my colorful marker coloring, and the clear embossing powder over the top of the black pigment ink adds an element of shiny texture in addition to making the lines even more crisp and clean.
For my first project, I used the adorable new Sled Bunny stamps , first by embossing the images on a panel of white cardstock. I then used OLO markers to add some quick coloring to the bunny, sled, and his modest gift. The bunny reminds me of my kiddos working so diligently to bring me their handmade gifts from school!
Once I had finished coloring my image, I trimmed down the panel so that it was smaller than an A2 card. To accent the red sled and add a festive feel to the card, I die cut a candy cane cover plate die from some super shiny red foil. I adhered it to the A2 card front using a tape runner to avoid liquid glue squishing out the side and marring my shiny foil, then added the stamped and colored panel using some foam adhesive. Simple, but it will mail beautifully and without any extra postage! Score!
The coloring on my second card was a bit more intense. I stamped a scene using the But First, Presents set, again stamping with black pigment ink and clear embossing over the top to make the lines incredibly crisp and stark. I used my OLO markers in shades of minty green, holiday red, and gray to add lots of festive, vibrant color to my card front and create a cute little gray and white kitty that looks just like my Joey kitty!
To help create a little scene around my stamped and colored images, I used some light tack painter’s tape to tape down a mask around the edge of my scene, allowing the streamers above to hang over the edge. I used a blending brush to lightly blend some pale gray ink around the edges of my masked area, just to help further highlight the colorful holiday scene on my card front.
Below my festive scene, I stamped a greeting from Candy Cane Mice. I love the scale and font selection on these Anita Jeram stamp sets; it’s whimsical while still being elegant and large enough that the sentiments are easy to read! The crisp black sentiment accent the crisp black lines on the images themselves so beautifully. This one layer card packs a lot of punch with zero foam tape! (I bet you thought I couldn’t make a card without foam tape, ha!)
Well, that’s all for my projects today! Colorado Craft Company is hosting a wonderful giveaway: one commenter from each stop on the hop will be selected to receive a stamp set from the new release! Simply leave a comment on all of the hop stops for maximum chances to win. Enter by December 4 to be counted for the giveaway! Winners will be announced on the Colorado Craft Company blog.
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Your next stop on the hop is Erin Thompson. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!
Meghan Kennihan says
These are darling! Wonderful coloring and darling critters!!!
Dee Earnshaw says
these cards are so cute – love these critters
Susan Barr-Millard says
What a really fun set of cards. You did a wonderful job in creating them. Thanks for sharing!
Sharon Gullikson says
Don’t you love the cat and mouse working together? SO CUTE
Lauryne Cunningham says
I love these festive cards and the striped border!
So sweet! Love the candy cane border as well!❤️
These cards are so sweet and the sayings are so true.
Love the tight color palette of these cards. The set with the bunny and sled is the one that stole my heart right away. I also love the But First, Presents card. I’d order that set if I won….
Lori S in PA
My favorite thus far is “but first, presents”. Do you prefer olo over Copic?
Emily Midgett says
Hi there! To answer your question, I don’t know that I prefer one over the other. The color range of the Copic line definitely has advantages, but I really like the crazy smooth blending of the OLO markers, as well as the ease of selecting colors because the color families are smaller. Refilling is a much simpler process, as well. The 90% useable ink of the OLO markers vs the 70~% of the Copics is definitely an economic drawback of the Copic line. I know that OLO is intending to expand their color lineup, so hopefully they will have a larger color range soon! Hope that helps! If you have any further questions, you can always shoot me an email. I’m happy to help!
Karidan Jackson says
Live that red backdrop
Jeanne Rice says
Love this release. I just love the rabbit pulling the sled.
Your style on these cards is something I can work with! Simple, but making bold statements. I agree that the clear embossing powder over black ink really makes the colors stand out. Very sweet🎄
Denise Bryant says
Darling images! Love the charming cards you created with these cute critters!
Penny Mann says
The bright coloring is awesome.
Carol Wortman says
Ha, the expression on that but first presents gift piling cat helper is so funny, and kinda sums up what everyone at one time or another feels during that Christmas crunch. Cute coloring and paper matching.
So many wonderful background ideas for this cute stamp set…humm what ever shall I do? Thank you.
Lori Kennedy says
Cute! Love the use of background paper to bring out the colors of your scene. Thanks for sharing!! Happy Holidays!
Bonnie Lynn Schroeder Ratzloff says
Both of your cards are so cute and I just love your coloring.
Margery C says
Sweet card. I’ve been wondering if I should get some OLO markers. I like how you colored with them.
Fun cards – I like the way you’ve framed the first with the candycane stripes, and the subtle shading of the background on the second works really well
dixie in montana says
Another sweet release from Anita Jeram–and your cards make them come to life. Beautiful coloring on a simple background–wonderful!
Marisela Delgado says
I love the little bunny with the sled
Two adorable cards with this new release. Love the CAS look of your designs and your colouring. Such a beautiful showcase !
Kelsey Thomas says
These are so cute!
Love the style of your cards!