Card How-to, Cardmaking, Holiday Card Series

Day Eleven: ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas Card

Holiday Card Series

Hello there! Welcome back to the Eleventh Day of my Holiday Card Series. Today’s card is a card jam packed with a number of techniques, including my not so loved heat embossing (Please don’t hate me for not loving to heat emboss). I used the adorable Merry Mice stamp set from Honey Bee to create this card as well as the Holly Jolly background stamp.

I stamped the Holly Jolly Background stamp from Honey Bee Stamps in Versamark Ink on a green piece of cardstock and then applied Ranger Platinum Embossing powder. This background stamp is really lovely with plenty of holiday greetings throughout it. I really appreciate that this company created a coordinating die for this stamp, which adds to its versatility. I heat set the powder using my heating tool and then trimmed down the panel to a standard A2 size (4.25 x 5.5 inches).

To add more depth to the color of the cardstock, I ink blended some Distress Oxide Ink in the colors Mowed Grass and Pine Needles along the edges of the card panel. When I was done ink blending, I whipped the extra ink off the embossed powder to restore the shine.

I used a masking technique to create a custom image for this card. I chose the little mouse holding out its paw from the Merry Mice set and combined it with the tree and ornament. When masking, you start off with the image you want in the front and move back layer by layer. I first stamped the mouse, stamped a masked on some masking tape and then masked the mouse. Then, I stamped the ornament in the mouse’s paw and repeated the steps as before to mask the ornament. Once, I had the ornament, I masked it (keeping the original mask in place) and then stamped the tree.

I colored the image using Copic markers and cut them out using my electric cutting machine. I added glitter to the garland on the tree using glue and covered each ornament with clear Nuvo drops to add more shine and dimension. I set everything aside to dry and returned to work on the card the next day.

For the sentiment, I used the ‘Tis the Night Before Christmas from the Holly Jolly background. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink on black cardstock and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I used the coordinating die to cut the sentiment out.

Since my background was very busy, I made a stitched arch using a Pink and Main die to rest my images on. I covered the arch in Veramark ink and heat set two coats of the Ranger Platinum embossing powder over it. When I had all my elements, I put the card together. I mounted the embossed panel to a white card base using liquid glue. Then, I attached the image and the sentiment to the card front using foam tape. Lastly, I used a gold gen pen to color the ornament topper my mouse was hold.  

To see how I created this card, you can watch the video here:

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