Sunday, October 4, 2009
A Very Merry Christmas Tip Sheet
Here is my tip sheet for A Very Merry Chirstmas. These are just a few ideas to get you started. If you have tips you would like to share, I would love to hear them.
Cutting and Storage Tips
This photo shows how I made the first cuts when cutting out this set. When I am cutting out a new set, I like to cut it into smaller sections before cutting out individual stamps. This helps to keep from having to make a lot of tight curves around smaller images and reduces the risk of accidentally cutting into a stamp.
I love my Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors for cutting rubber. They just glide right through the rubber, so easily. Be sure to remove the paper backing from the sheet of stamps before you start cutting. It makes cutting so much easier.
Here is a photo showing how they all fit nicely on the storage sheet that comes with the set. I like to place the stamps in approximately the same configuration as seen on the cover sheet.
The snowflakes can be used to make background paper. Just stamp them in a random pattern for a snowy backdrop to your cards.
Use different shades of blue ink for a wintery feel.
Heat emboss with Versa Mark and then sponge for crisp white flakes, or use white pigment ink on colored cardstock.
Emboss with gold or silver for a more elegant look.
Use the snowflakes to create frames and borders around images.
Use on the backs of cards or to decorate envelopes.
Use glitter or gel pens to give the snowflakes some sparkles.
Stamp randomly around focal images and sentiments.
Use to make gift tags.
Stamp on craft paper to make your own wrapping paper.
Combine the fireplace with the tree to create a cozy Christmas scene.
Color the bricks in different shads of red for a less formal look, or in even shades for a more formal look.
The wood mantle can be colored in browns for a more rustic stained wood look, or in off white for a more elegant looking room.
The Jingle Bells
The jingle bells can be colored in bright colors, or done in yellows to look like gold and greys to look like silver.
Try heat embossing in gold or silver.
Stamp and then cut out the bells, trimming way the stamped ribbon, then "hang" them on real ribbon from the top of your card.
Use Crystal Lacquer or similar products on the apples and berries to give them some shine.
Add iridescent glitter to the branches to imitate the sparkle of frost.
Get snowy branches by adding Liquid Applique to the branches.
Emboss in gold for and elegant, yet quick and easy card that you can mass produce. (see Gina's sample here)
Leave the tree out of the pot by only inking the tree before stamping, or cut out the image and trim the pot away.
The Holly Branch and the Flourished Holly
These stamps can be used to make backgrounds or as focal images.
The flourished holly is a great compliment to sentiments, when you want the sentiment to be the focal point.
Stamp around the edges of layers (ovals, circles, squares or rectangles) to frame another image.
Stamp in a light colored ink on the inside of a card and stamp a sentiment over it, to jazz up the insides of your cards.
Try coloring the leaves in cool blues and the berries white for a cool elegant look.
Fill in the image with black to make it a silhouette.
Emphasize the scripted words in the sentiment by inking them in a different color, or even embossing them.
Many of the sentiments will fit in some of the Spellbinders tag sets, including the new Fancy Tags.
Use the larger sentiments on the insides of cards.
Pair them with other stamp sets.
Turn inexpensive pillar candles into elegant gifts by adding stamped images. Just stamp the images on tissue paper, color and then trim. Then position the tissue on the candle and heat gently with your heat gun.
Make a set of holiday cards to give as a gift to someone special.
Decorate your holiday table with place cards and menus.
Buy inexpensive glass candle holders and etch the images right into the glass to make holiday decorations for yourself or to give as a gift.
Pull out all those old Christmas photos and get scrapping!
Here is a page I did for the scrapbook challenge at StampTV last week. There is still a little time left to enter a project for this challenge and be entered to win the stamp set of your choice from Gina K Designs. I would love to have you play along.
You can see my past tip sheets by clicking on the category link on my sidebar, or you can look them up at the new Stamp Set Idea Center at StampTV. Each stamp set has it's own category and you can find all my sets at the Idea Center by clicking here. This tip sheet will be uploaded there soon.
NSR Nature Photo!
I just had to share this photo with you. I took this while out kayaking with my DH last weekend. There are a ton of herons at the lake we like to kayak. This guy was so pretty and elegant, until he decided I got too close and flew away, screeching at me. We see an otter family sometimes and I am hoping to get a picture of those guys one of these days.
Thank you so stopping by. I'll be back tonight with a very special post featuring one of my guest designers for this month! Have a great day.