Reverse Die Cut Poinsettias

it’s my turn to share my Rudolph Days Challenge design team card and encourage you to set aside the 25th of each month from January to November to create your holiday cards.

white poinsettia Christmas card copyright linda

I originally was going to showcase this die with foil but after a few frustrating attempts, I quit and created this card very quickly. I die cut the Sizzix Tim Holtz mixed media Christmas poinsettia corner twice from white cardstock and sponged with distress inks: scattered straw, salty ocean, twisted citron, and evergreen bough. The envelope was placed underneath to get a light impression with the same distress inks.

I finished off by stamping the sentiment from the Visible Image Sentimental Christmas stamp set. I love this set; it’s perfect to send cards to those who might not be so merry during the holidays.

You only need to create 1 holiday project and leave a comment on Maureen’s blog to be eligible for a lovely prize and you have until September 30 to join in. Countdown to mailing those holiday cards – 2 months!

I’m also playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Card and Matching Envelope challenge.

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12 Tags Of Christmas 2020 Day 11

I did it! this is my last tag, day 11, for Ellen Hutson’s Twelve Tags of Christmas 2020 Challenge.

December 11 – Deck the Halls with Kelly Griglione. Kelly wanted to see one of two choices and I chose: 1) be inspired by the title of the song and “deck” out your tags with pine branches, holly, berries, etc.

I cut the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Mixed Media Christmas holly die from Kraft card stock that was stamped with the Penny Black Christmas words background. I layered the negative cut piece over another piece of kraft, sponged the hollyhocks with distress inks, shaped the leaves, and inlaid the images. I added stickles to just the tops of the berries, sponged the edges and sprayed all over with Imagine gold sheer shimmer spray. it’s finished off with a gold ribbon through the hanger, again from the Ellen Hutson shaker globe die set.

holly tag on Kraft copyright linda

so much inspiration, as always, but I ran out of time to make any more for the fun challenge.

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Special Wishes

I mixed things up a bit and used alcohol inks on a masculine card.

IO birthday copyright linda

i blended alcohol inks on a piece of an elizabeth craft designs shimmer sheetz, embossed it with the Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder – Flourish and then sanded it to reveal the silver core. i cut it into squares and matted each with black glossy cardstock. i masked off part of the impression obsession sentiment and i finished the card off with some designer paper and gold mirri.

i’m playing along with the As You Like It challenge: Favourite type of embossing and why. I love to emboss and sand watercolour paper or shimmer sheetz to reveal some highlights of texture; i am much more successful with this than heat embossing.

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House Of Cards November – Technique Challenge

it’s time for a new monthly challenge at the House of Cards Challenge and it’s a technique for you to try this time. you can watch a video over at the blog by challenge owner mynn to see how she’s made this pretty card:

Technique Challenge: Stamped Punch Window

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and here’s my card:


i used a sizzix die to create my window and frame and the only stamping on this card is the impression obsession sentiment. i watercoloured clear resist watercolour paper with twinkling H2Os and attached the panel with foam tape.

be sure to visit the blog for other tutorials throughout the month and some more inspiration by the rest of the design team.

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edited: the paper pad i used is Cosmo Cricket’s Just Add Watercolour pad – from their website it’s “Printed watercolor paper features clear and gold foil resist that comes to life as watercolor is added.”