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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Reindeer Crossing SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Reindeer Crossing December SOTM Blog Hop where we will be featuring our Reindeer Crossing stamp set. 72490249_10156830521507686_8140544621856948224_n.jpgIf you have come here from Kim Loewen’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 artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

Have you ever felt like the creative part of your brain has gone on strike?  I think many of us go though little bouts of craftlessness and, to be honest, I have really be struggling with my creations the past two months. Today’s Christmas card was no exception. After five failed attempts, I was finally able to create something I felt worthy of posting.


This lighted easel card was designed so that a tea light could shine through the back and highlight the evening snow.  I stamped the images onto vellum, heat embossed them, and added a few details using Embossing Pens & ShinHan markers.


The sentiment was also heat embossed onto Sangria cardstock, then attached to the card with foam tape so that the easel portion of the card would stay in place.

The card looks absolutely beautiful all lit up with the flicker of light shining through the vellum. The white glitter paper sparkles in the light and the bits of white embossed snow really stand out.  MissCarriesCreations-ShadowEaselCardLight

I created a short process video to show how I made this card, so that you could create on for the holidays using our Reindeer Crossings stamp set. I hope that it inspires you to create something new.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Krista Hershberger’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 Reindeer Crossing stamp set is only available until December 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


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A Simple Floral Note for Color My Heart Dare

Have you stopped by the Color My Heart Dare Blog lately? There are currently two challenges can participate in, and, this week, I hope to inspire you to join our newest Color Challenge. We are asking that you use the following colors in your project and post it to the blog before August 8th. Aren’t these beautiful? 57578744_10213830658622649_8913465553465638912_n

My project this week is fairly simple.  I have become fond of the simplicity of white space  on my projects, especially when it allows the focus to shift to the elements and sentiments. I honestly feel like the emotions shine through when you create something with such simplicity.


For the background, I used our Square & Rectangle Stitched Thin Cut dies to create a window effect.  Before layering the White Daisy cardstock, I stamped the sentiment in Black then sponged the base of my card with Canary and Ballerina ink and used the Fine Tip Applicator on my Liquid Glass to create random dots.

The flower was created using out Stitched Flowers and Fringe Border Thin Cuts. I am going to show you technique that I have done in the past with my Cricut™ flowers. I recently was reminded by my friend Andrea, at GIRLplusPAPER, that this technique could also be used for these flowers.

After cutting the flowers from Ballerina cardstock & Vellum paper, I sponged each one with Ballerina ink.  I cut between each of the petals and used my Bone Folder to roll each of the petals downward. I then layered the flowers using Foam Dots and added Clear Shimmer to the Vellum flower, causing the Vellum petals to roll more like the center of a flower.

To create the center, I cut the Fringe in half, rolled it with a Quilling tool and adhered it using Liquid Glass. (TIP: Make sure you also order the Fine Tip Applicator. You won’t regret it.) Once the adhesive had dried, I curled each fringe then attached it to the center of the flower.

I added some leaves from the Craft-On Cut Apart page and cut patterned paper leaves from Craft-On paper using the dies in the Stitched Flowers Thin Cuts set. Clean, Simple, and done.

I hope that this card has inspired you to share your creations with us at the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog. Make sure you check out the other challenges that are happening on the blog and bring your friends along for the challenges.

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