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Classic Christmas Florals

Tia's Tips: As many of us are still working on our Holiday cards, I want to encourage and inspire you to create a variety of themed cards. In my earlier card-making days, I was keen to set up shop assembly style and issue one card to family and friends. Soon I found I was bored. I didn't look forward to making and sending out the 75-80 cards that I typically send out and no wonder- I am not an assembly machine! I am a creator and I needed to create whatever took my whimsey. Now days, I create a stack of holiday cards and then enjoy pouring over them deciding who to send which card from my treasure trove. Needless to say, I am a much happier creator and sender and I wish that creativity for you.

Digital stamp from: Joy Clair Designs-Gather Together Release

Featuring digital set: Everything Better


Earlier this month I featured several whimsical Christmas cards featuring Santa Claus from the Christmas Cheer digital stamp set by Joy Clair Designs. But just as the saying goes, "variety is the spice of life". I wanted to create that spice using florals in a more classic looking card.

I knew I was going to be using a large oval die to cut out my floral design. A kraft card base of 5 x 6.5 in was used. I followed the pattern theory of "large, medium and small" and used prints in "gallon, quart and pint" amounts. My large print was the Christmas plaid. The medium print is of the holly leaves. For the small print I used no print at all and added solid cranberry cardstock that tied the two patterned papers together.

After printing out my floral swag, I die cut it with Gina Marie's Loopy Oval Die. After coloring the florals, I used a dauber to apply Vintage Photo-Distress Ink around it. Then, I popped it up on foam tape for some dimension. I used a Merry Christmas sentiment from my stash and I inked around it and the card base the same way. When my card still felt flat, I added ribbon!

Marker Selection:

Marker selection was super easy! I used a W2 to create the look of a white flower. C2 & C1 outlined the florals for shadow. All the greenery was done in G24. The red flowers were a combination of R22; R14 and R27. Each of the large flower blooms was completed with a coating of Wink-Of-Stella clear glitter.

Thanks again friends for following along. I hope to have inspired you to "spice-up" the holiday designs you're creating! Send me a message and share what designs your working on!

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Until Next Time-Go Get Crafty!


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