Twelve Days of Christmas – Day Twelve Designers: Melissa Hewitt & Taniesa Vlasak
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For Day Twelve, we are proud to have our owner, Melissa Hewitt and her great friend Taniesa Vlasak, Trinity Stamps’ owner join us. Here are their amazing projects:
Melissa here, and today I am super excited to be teaming up with my sweet friend Taniesa Vlasak for the finale of our 12 days of Christmas event! We hope that you have enjoyed the past 11 days of inspiration as much as we have (and hope that you enjoy day 12, as well!) I want to thank each and every one of the designers who have participated in this fun event… we are so grateful for your help and support!
For our final day, we wanted to do something a little different! Trinity Stamps is a newer stamp company, with super fun designs and lots of amazing embellishments! Owner, Taniesa Vlasak, is a very dear friend of mine… and we thought it would be fun to partner up to represent both Honey Bee Stamps and Trinity Stamps for a double dose of inspiration!
I knew that I wanted to create a card scene with dimension and layers… so I used our Hill Borders Dies to create 3 different hills, each one slightly taller than the last. To create the background, I used Distress Oxide ink in Faded Jeans and an Ink Blending Tool to create larger billows of color for a more natural Sky. I layered more colors near the edges of the background for added intensity (and to leave a softer area for the sentiment to be stamped.)
Once the background had been inked, I spritzed the background several times with water in a Mini Mister, to bring up some of the oxide ink so that it would look like falling snow. I just adore the effects you can attain with the oxide inks! Once dry, I added small white accents where I wanted extra snowy details with a whit Gelly Roll pen.
Once my entire background had dried from ink, water and ink accents… I chose to use our “Miracle of Christmas” sentiment stamp to add a large sentiment to the top/center of my card base. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment in place, keeping in mind the placement of the trees and hills.
After the sentiment had dried, it was time to put the card together! I placed foam tape on the back of each of my 3 hill pieces, as well as some of the trees, and the back of my reindeer. To help give the card pieces dimension, I adhered some of the trees directly to the hill pieces… and used foam tape to pop the rest of them up. Here is a higher view of the card, to view some of the dimension between each layer:
Once everything was in place, I decided that I wanted my reindeer to be glancing at the Christmas Star in the Sky because it just fit the scene and the sentiment. I didn’t want the star to be overpowering, so I stamped it with Delicata white shimmer ink for a delicate look. Once everything was glued and in place, I added Icicle Stickles on the tips and edges of the trees, as well as along the hill borders.
This fun little scene has now landed on our mantle where it will live until I give it to my sweet grandma next week for a little Christmas cheer.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my card and I hope it inspires you to create a Christmas scene to use as decoration or to brighten someone’s day!
Hi There, Inky Friends!
Taniesa here from Trinity Stamps! Most of you probably remember me as a designer for Honey Bee Stamps. Posting today on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog is extra special for me. Not only to revisit this fantastic community but that I get a chance to post with one of my best friends, Melissa! I am honored and I hope to inspire you with a few projects that I think are great for those last minute gifts during the holidays or can be modified to work for any occasion!
I have three projects I created for you all today. I don’t know about you but I am so behind on all of my holiday shopping but I didn’t even think about the gifts for my postal carrier, my favorite Barista, and all the other people in my day to day life that I want to give a little holiday thank you gift to. These little projects give a fun handmade touch that I think will make anyone feel special!
First up is this fun Nail Polish ornament and tag duo!
I found this cute three-piece nail polish ornament in the Target dollar spot for $3, I knew just what I wanted to create with this one so I scooped up a few of these for some special holiday treats. I Left the ornament almost identical to how I purchased it except I replaced the confetti (which was pink and silver flat sequins) to Trinity Stamps Boughs of Holly Confetti mix and some Skip-A-Beat heart confetti. I also filled in the top with some mylar tissue paper. I added just a little tape to the sides and bottom so the ornament wouldn’t open up easily.
Then I took the Honey Bee Stamps Nail Polish Bottle Honey Cuts die set and made a shaker tag by filling the layered foam and die cut bottle with the Skip-a-Beat heart confetti and the Lucky Clover confetti. Once that was put together, I colored the top of the nail polish bottle with some cool gray Copic markers C5, C7, C9, C10 and added a top layer of glitter with my Wink Of Stella glitter marker and then coated the whole top with Glossy Accents by Ranger. I set that aside to dry.
I made the cute little die cut bow out of red cardstock and painted it all over with the Nuvo Midas Touch gold glitter pen. Then I stamped, Cut, and colored some pieces in the Trinty Stamps Winter Botanicals stamp set (die set too) to make some mistletoe. I added some sparkle and a little glossy accent’s to the berries too. I glued the mistletoe arrangement down at the base of the bottle top and then placed the red bow over the ends.
The next morning when the glossy accents dried, I used the Honey Bee Stamps Simple Sentiments and Simple alpha to stamp this cute and fun message on the inside. (I should have stamped this prior to putting the bottle together but it worked out okay, but you might want to stamp the inside first before completing the outside).
This cute ornament would look so fun hanging on any tree or gifted to your favorite Barista or whoever does your manicure!
Next is a similar project but sits on a table a bit better than the ornament. This cute little box contains three mini bottles of nail polish and would be great to have as a party favor, hostess gift, or any little holiday gift you might need. This can adapt to any them and doesn’t have to just be for Christmas.
I created this little box with extra pieces I had from an older project. Then I stamped some nail polish bottles from the Honey Bee Stamps Shine On Stamp set, colored them with Copic markers, and then cut them out with the coordinating die set. I coated the top of the bottles with glossy accents as well and left to dry overnight.
Once dry I sprinkled with a little glitter then topped with a silver embossed bow from the Trinity Stamps Winter Botanicals stamp set. I also added some of the bells from our Jingle Bell Rocks embellishment mix.
I wanted to include a note so instead of slipping one inside the tiny tote bag, I cut a note card slightly smaller than the box with the Honey Bee Stamps A-2 Double Stitched frames die set and used my same Winter Botanicals stamp set to stamp the mistletoe and berries as well as another embossed silver bow. I colored the mistletoe with the same red and green Copic markers I used for the bottles. Using the Honey Bee Simple Sentiments and Simple alpha I stamped “For Your Mistletoes” on the front and then on the inside I stamped “Mani Thanks” from the Honey Bee Stamps Shine On stamp set.
I adhered the little notecard to the back of the box and then assembled my little gift. I think it came out so cute and it was super easy to create!
The last little project I created was one using the Honey Bee Stamps Tea Time die set, This set also has a matching Stamp Set but I just used the dies alone for this project. I also used the Trinity Stamps Seasonal Sweetheart stamp and die sets for the gingerbread man and the sentiment.
I took the cupcake die from HBS Tea Time and the largest mug and cut them out using patterned paper and cardstock. The top of the cupcake is coated with embossing paste to mimic frosting and then I added some of our Sweet Strawberry sprinkles, the Key Lime Sprinkles, and a hit of clear glitter.
Once dry I added the little Gingerbread man from Trinity Stamps Seasonal Sweetheart to the mug and then added a hint of glitter. I added a sentiment strip that says “May Your Holidays Be Sweet” from the same Seasonal Sweetheart stamp set. Inside is a Starbucks gift card that I thought matched the theme.
All three of these gifts can be made fairly quick or create ahead and have them on hand for those last minute gifts!
Thank you SO much for reading my very long post. I hope you were inspired to get crafty with some fun little gifts.
Hop over to the Trinity Stamps Blog to read more about a fun giveaway, some sales and a little about our new company!
A SUPER Big thank you to Melissa and Lisa of Honey Bee Stamps for having me as a guest!
I hope you all have the most wonderful holiday season and blessed new year ahead!