DIY, Handmade cards, mixed media, stamping, Video

Non-Traditional Christmas Cards

Hi all! Today I wanted to share ideas for non-traditional Christmas cards. We can always try new ways to use old supplies for differing holidays and occasions. It can be fun to play with non-traditional ideas to represent traditional things.

Here I use dimensional mixed media panels to inspire the creation of these atypical, grungy type of Christmas cards.  These panels were made using a gel printing technique and layered with stenciling, spritzes and white splatters.

They all have a similar layout. I blended Distress Oxide ink over my stamped images to create a soft colored look. I also diecut silver glitter paper to put behind the stamped image to provide more contrast. To add an accent the cards, I adhered a 1″ strip of vellum topped with a snowflake strip, punched out of a Martha Stewart punch. And finally, I wrapped and tied a black and white twine over the layered strip.

For the full process on techniques used in making these cards (except for the mixed media panels) please check out the YouTube video here.

Below is a supplies list for available items I used in this project:

Kraft Cardstock

Non-Stick Scissors

Paper Trimmer 12″

Guillotine cutter

Foam Tape

Judikins Diamond Glaze

Scallop circle die

Black and white twine

Silver permanent marker

Black permanent Marker

Paper Artsy stamps

White Gelly Roll Pen

Maps, Text & Ledger pad (similar)

Xyron Mega runner

Versafine Black Onyx ink pad

Acrylic block

Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry

Distress Oxide Salty Ocean

Blending tool

Silver glitter snowflake embossed paper

Double sided tape

Kraft paper (similar)

Martha Stewart Crafts Deep Double Edge Punch, Snowflake

Vellum paper

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DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Throwback Thursday – Vintage cards and Alcohol Inks

Hello crafty friends!

It’s TBT AKA Li’l Friday!

For this throwback Thursday post I decided to go vintage. I also really wanted to use my alcohol inks which I have not shown love to in a while!

In the video for today I go through a few techniques I like to use with alcohol inks. I am by no means an expert! I have played around with these inks and learned from other crafters to better understand the dynamics of this medium. There are also many more techniques that can be applied to the use of alcohol inks other than what I have done here.

I have seen the use of gelli plates for transferring alcohol inks. I don’t have a gelli plate so I created my own transferrable palette using a piece of cardboard covered with cling wrap and coated with antibacterial gel.

For the blending tool I have felt pads. However, any felt will do. The best paper for alcohol inks is Yupo paper which I also do not have so I used glossy cardstock and that works just fine.

After playing with several techniques I use two of my backgrounds to create vintage cards with a Mother’s Day theme.

SUPPLIES (for the cards only):

Paper:

  • Glossy cardstock – Stampland
  • Precut patterned blank A2 card – Recollections
  • Sand color cardstock – Recollections
  • doilies – my stash
  • tags – my stash
  • Pattern scrap paper
  • Vintage image ATCs – Memories in the Making: ATC Collection Quotes by mom

Color:

  • Adirondack Alcohol ink by Tim Holtz in Caramel and Stream
  • Adirondack Alcohol blending solution by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Ink by Tim Holtz in Old Paper

Tools:

  • Cardboard
  • Cling wrap
  • Scotch tape
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • EK Success precision scissors
  • Antibacterial gel
  • Brayer – Speedball
  • Blending tool  – Tim Holtz
  • Scalloped Edging scissors – my stash
  • Corner rounder – my stash
  • Scrap twine
  • Bone folder
  • ScorTape
  • Foam Tape
  • TomBow glue
  • Glue dots
  • Enamel dots – Recollections