Good morning! I hope you’re all having a lovely holiday break. I’m gonna be really honest with you here…. I always wanted to make sure that Christmas with little ones would be so wonderful and magical, like mine was… I didn’t quite realize the sheer amount of work it takes to make holidays so special for children. I have a new respect for my mom haha! So, in a word, I’m tired. lol.
However, I’m still not quite ready to let go of the holidays. I feel like I was so busy trying to do fun stuff and getting work done that I didn’t get to really enjoy the normal holiday stuff like I have always done in the past. I decided that for this week’s project, I would challenge myself to use my non-holiday Honey Bee stamps to create a holiday-ish card! (I don’t count Christmas as being truly “over” until January 5th, so I hope you’ll indulge me!) I started with the gorgeous (and economical!) Lotus Blossom and matching die. I heat embossed it using silver embossing powder onto some Canson Montval watercolor card stock, then colored it a nice festive red with my Zig markers.
In order to create a holiday swag, I heat embossed some foliage the crazy versatile Country Wreath stamp and die set and watercolored them with some pretty green Zig markers, as well as a few pine cones. I also die cut and heat embossed the pretty twig bow from Country Wreath. I arranged them all in a swag, then used Press ‘n Seal to pick them up and add dimensional adhesive to the back. For the greeting, I die cut the lovely Merry from the Merry and Bright die set using both white card stock and red foil for the back layer. I stamped the greeting from the coordinating stamp set onto a strip of white card stock using some red ink.
I mounted all of the pieces using dimensional adhesive on a stitched panel of woodgrain card stock that I die cut using the A2 Double Stitched Rectangle dies. I love the stark contrast with the bright white and the pops of red and silver. So festive!
Well, that’s all for me today. I hope you enjoyed my last gasp of Christmas cardmaking. It seems crazy to me that it will be 2018 in just a few days! Where did 2017 go?! Have a fabulous New Year!