Day 21: The Three Trees of Christmas Cards

Are you as amazed as I am with all the Christmas cards created so far?? I am just loving this 31 Days of Christmas card series, and I really hope that we continue the tradition next year. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then you will want to make sure you check out each of these lovely ladies channels.

Throughout the month of October, each of us has been posting a new Christmas card idea for you to create. Make sure that you are subscribed to each channel so that you don’t miss out! If you hit the notification bell, you will also be notified each time a video is added.

It is day twenty-one of our Creative Design Team video collab, and I have created three beautiful cards for you to try.  As I was attempting to plan for this month’s series, I knew that I wanted to make some “tree” cards and had intended on purchasing the Winter Scene stamp set, but, unfortunately, my aging brain made an error and I ordered the Autumn scene instead. So…instead of throwing in the towel, I decided to show you how to make some Christmas cards using any of the tree series stamps you might own. 

three christmas cards created using distress oxide inks and stamped tree images

These three cards not only use the Autumn Scene stamp set, they also feature two of our new Distress Oxide Inks – Chipped Sapphire and Pumice Stone.  I used each of these on my designs, along with some masking techniques, to create winter scenes.

On the first card, I used a simple piece of torn white cardstock to create the snowbanks in the background. This was done after I stamped the trees in Charcoal ink.  I discovered that our dye inks do not work well atop the distress oxide inks, so you will need to make sure you are stamping your inked images before you add the background on this card. 

To create the little bits of silver on the trees and in the snow, I used our Embossing Ink PensThese are just like using VersaMark ink in pen form, allowing you to have control over where you want embossing powder.  I used my pen with Silver Embossing Powder to create little dabs of sparkling snow in this scene.

After adding the sentiment in Scarlet, I started to assemble to card.  The background was designed using dry embossed Glacier cardstock and Comfort & Joy papers.  The Cascading Dots embossing folder reminded me of snow and it combined well with the deep scarlet red papers. 

I had so much fun creating the snow scene on this first card, that I decided to get my moneys worth on an accidental purchase.  I remembered the many beach scenes I had created in the past on some of my cards and decided that I would continue with a few wintry scenes using the Chipped Sapphire Ink. 

For those of you who have been waiting for this video tutorial, you can head on over to YoutUbe and watch me create all three cards.  Once you are done viewing and being inspired, you can continue reading how I made the other two cards. 

After the first card was complete, I started on the Berry Christmas Tree card. On this second card, I masked off two inches of space using some full-adhesive sticky notes then added the Distress Oxide ink around the edges.  I wanted the look of a glowing light in the background, so I avoided adding too much ink to the center. 

After my discovery with dye inks, I decided to try pigment ink instead.  This worked beautifully to create some tree branch silhouettes on the background. I stamped each of the bent tree images onto the card with the Black Pigment, then sprinkled each with clear embossing powder and heat set the images. 

To add the snow, I again used those Embossing Ink Pens.  I brushed the ink onto the branches and used White Embossing Powder to create the look of fallen snow.  After stamping the sentiment, I decided to bring in a little Christmas cheer with red berries. 

You might have noticed that I am really enjoying these Bitty Beads this season.  I have always used items like this on my projects, but usually add the embellishment after taking the photographs for my website.  Now that we carry these beads, I can show them off. 

After the beads were adhered to the card with Liquid Glass, I set the card aside and began working on the third card.  This time I cut out a stitched square using our Stitched Square thin cuts, masked off the scene and began inking with both the Chipped Sapphire and Pumice Stone distress oxide inks. 

The trees were heat embossed like the second card, except, this time, I added leaves.  The Autumn Scene stamp comes with leaf images so that you can add multicolor leaves on your fall trees, but I wanted some leaf silhouettes on my trees so I also stamped them with the Black Pigment ink. 

If you wanted to, you could add some silver snow or white snow to these trees like I did on the first two cards, or even add a few berries.  I chose to leave mine as is for a simple silent winter scene. 

All of the sentiments on these cards have been retired.  I haven’t been able to purchase any new Christmas stamps this year, but, like most of you, I had quite a few in my stash.  If you are needed a few Christmas sayings, we do have some new sentiments on my website AND the new Christmas catalog is arriving in November so you will have access to even more! Don’t forget to join as a VIP so that you get 15% back in rewards on all your Christmas craft supply purchase. 

I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you are looking forward to more Christmas card ideas in the remaining weeks. If you have missed any of the videos in our 31 Days of Christmas Cards series, you can view the entire playlist here.   I have one more Christmas card to add to the series on October 28th and I have big Cricut-ing plans for this one.  I hope that you are making each one of these along with me.   

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Here is a List of the Supplies Shown Today (view all my supplies)

Creating a Card for the Let’s Color It H2H Challenge

COLOR is defined as the ability add hue, lightness, or saturation using dye, stain or paint.  Are you ready to add some color to your projects? This month, for the Heart2Heart Challenge, we are asking you to show off your “coloring” skills and Color It using whatever medium that brings you joy.


There are so many ways to add color to a project, and as much as I would love to show you every single one, let me show you how to Color It using our Re-inkers. My card, Expect Miracles, was designed for a friend who has had quite a few waves hitting them lately; hence the use of seashells. I am planing to add Isaiah 43:2 to the inside.


WARNING: You are about to get messy. You are welcome to grab yourself a pile of gloves. As I sit here typing a day later, my hands are still blue from creating this card.  

You will want to start by placing some drops of Re-inker onto an All Purpose Mat.  I chose to use various shades of blues and blue-greens.  Using a Spray Pen, mist the drops of ink allowing it to pool and spread.  I prefer to use Isopropyl Alcohol and a few drops of Clear Shimmer in my Spray Pen. The alcohol dries faster than water, and the shimmer adds a slight iridescence. I  was warned by my former-firefighter hubby not to use my heat gun to dry it.

Take a piece of Watercolor paper and drag it through the mess of ink. (This is where you might want some gloves.)  DO NOT USE CARDSTOCK.  You can see here, the first drag-through versus the second drag-through.  After the ink has dried completely, trim the paper to 5½” x 4¼” and begin stamping.  MissCarriesCreations-ExpectMiraclesCard-1stVS2nd

As I stated, since this card was about crashing waves, I chose to use our Beach Treasures stamp set. (This set can be purchased with or with out matching Thin Cut dies. Before I started stamping, I created some masks using Full Adhesive sticky notes.

Using VersaMark Ink, I stamped the images onto the background, added Gold Embossing Powder, and heat set the powder with a heat tool.  Make sure that you use the Anti-Static Pouch and save yourself a big mess of static nastiness.


Once the images are heat-set, you will begin REMOVING the color using a Waterbrush. Place a paper towel under your paper, and begin brushing water over the images. Don’t worry too much about staying in the lines. I found that as the ink ran over the edges, it created a beautiful shadow effect. I did, however, make sure to not remove too much ink where I wanted shadows to remain on the shells.

The effect is mesmerizing.  You can continue to go back and remove more ink if you need, just make sure to allow drying time between to see the effect. This card may have left me with some blue fingers, but I am overwhelmed with joy at the final result.


I hope this card inspires you to join us for the Color It challenge at the Heart2Heart challenge blog. You can stop by and be inspired by some wonderful projects and link-up your creation for all of us to enjoy. What will you use to Color It?

I can’t wait to see what you create!



Highlight the Details – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Highlight the Details Technique Blog Hop where we will be Highlight the Details Blog hop.jpgfeaturing a various techniques that highlight the details of Close to My Heart products.   If you have come here from Darlys Reckerr’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

For this week’s Blog Hop I decided that I would feature our Love So Sweet stamp set and show you how I used a masking technique to “highlight” those delightful butterflies. This double easel card was a simple one to make, but in it’s simplicity it truly calls attention to those stamped images. MissCarriesCreations-LittleThingsCardSMBefore I begin to explain my Masking Technique, let me first list the measurements for the card. You will find the complete list of supplies I used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

Now that you have the pieces for the card, let me show you how I created the background.  I began by stamping the Butterfly image with Intense Black Ink onto the 5¼” x 4″ White Daisy cardstock.  Our Intense Black Ink is the best to use for Watercolors and Alcohol Markers because it is waterproof, non-smearing, fast-drying AND acid-free 

After stamping the images, I stamped a single Butterfly onto a stack of five Full-Adhesive Sticky Notes then cut out the stack to create five masks. These masks were placed onto each of the stamped images on my cardstock. MissCarriesCreations-LittleThingsCardButterfliesMaskedI then used Fern Ink to stamp the Leaf images randomly onto the cardstock overlapping the butterflies and making sure that some went off the edge. Before removing the masks, I stamped a few Sugarplum flowers between the leaves and “behind” the butterflies. MissCarriesCreations-LittleThingsCardLeavesStampedAfter removing the masks and painting the butterflies, the rest of the card was simple. I added the remaining paper layers, stamped the sentiment using our Wordfetti stamp set, and added some Sugarplum Flowers and another Sapphire butterfly.


To “highlight” the flowers, I added a few strokes from the Sugarplum Shimmer Brush to the centers. I feel that this added some dimension to the images. This card was so simple to make that I decided to create a short “How To” video for my Create with Miss. Carrie’s Creations VIP Facebook Group. I will be posting it later this week for each of you to view. MissCarriesCreations-LittleThingsCardHeader.jpgNow ‘Hop” on over to Terry Metzger’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Love So Sweet stamp set is only available, while supplies last, until April 30th. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to order yours.

♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!


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Love So Sweet Stamp Set

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Wordfetti Stamp Set

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Feels Like Home Paper

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Watercolor Pencils

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Intense Black Exclusive Inks

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Sapphire Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Fern Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Pewter Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Sugarplum Glitter Gems

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Small Round Waterbrush
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All Purpose Mat
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Sugarplum Shimmer Brush
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Bone Folder
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Thin 3D Foam Tape
Art Glitter Glue Designer Dries Clear Adhesive 4 oz with Ultra Fine Metal Tip
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Full-Adhesive Sticky Notes
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Micro-Tip Scissors
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3D Foam Dots
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White Cards & Envelopes