Christmas Thank Yous

A while back I saw a card created by Laura Bassen that I just fell in love with. Amazingly enough I had already nabbed the stamp she used at Simon Says Stamp – it was part of their ‘Hey Love’ release. Since I had all the pieces and wanted to make Thank You cards for all my special peeps for Christmas presents and good times…I jumped in!

Here are a few close ups. These first two cards were done on Cold Press Watercolor paper. I stamped the new ‘Emma‘ background stamp off the edge of the paper with Versa Mark ink using my MISTI and white heat embossed it. Next, I blended Distress Inks using Picked Raspberry in the corner, Blueprint Sketch moving out (which made a beautiful purple at the blend – Bonus!) then Mermaid Lagoon. After blending the inks I used a paint brush to splatter on some water drops then blotted it with a paper towel. I die cut a few of the ‘Kristina’s love‘ word die cut in Neena Solar White, adhered them together in a stack then placed them on the background, die cut from black cardstock.  What an awesome look! I’m going to try mixing up the colors of cardstock but this white-on-black is really striking! The sentiment is from the ‘Kristina’s love‘ coordinating stamp set. It was also stamped with Versa Mark ink and white heat embossed on black cardstock. To finish off the cards I added some Neat & Tangled sequins in Summer Sky, Royally Blue and Perfectly Purple. I cut the watercolor panels down a bit and mounted them on card bases made using Recollections 110lb Ivory cardstock from Michael’s. If you’re not as much of a stalker…er fan as I am, you might miss the ‘ode to Laura Fadora’ where I tucked a sequin under the sentiment banner. 😉


I love the way they turned out but I would have to say it’s a little hard to ink blend on Cold Press Watercolor paper. That will not be a medium of choice for ink blending in the future. It’s very thick and VERY absorbent so these were ‘break into a sweat’ blending cards. 🙂D&S_Christmas2016_ThankYous3.jpg

Part of my ink blending adventure involved trying it on a few different types of paper so I switched color palettes and tried Hot Press Watercolor paper. These cards went together much the same using Candied Apple and Dried Marigold – colors I never would have put together but I saw Nichol Spohr use them with beautiful results on a very similar card and I love them here too. Again, stalker alert! Hehe. I would have to say that it was easier to blend on the Hot Press and the results were just as yummy! Here again I used Neat & Tangled sequins in Tangerine and Pretty Pretty Pink with a few little Paper Studio gemstones from Hobby Lobby.


Even though I don’t have pictures, I also tried out ink blending on Bristol cardstock. I’ve heard several people singing their praises of Bristol for various techniques and mediums – including ink blending. I must say – I’m convinced. Blending on the Bristol was ‘like butta’! I’m sure having the blending pads already loaded with ink from the previous two cards helped but it went on so smooooooth with very little effort and the colors were so rich! Done and done.J&A_Christmas2016_ThankYou.jpgJ&A_Eily_Christmas2016_ThankYous.jpg

Of course I have to spread some love onto the backs of cards – can’t leave a blank canvas! For the 4 cards I made with the pink/orange color palette, this is the back. The striped heart and ‘You make my heart smile’ stamps are from a Concord & 9th set called ‘Heart Smile‘, appropriately enough. The cute Postman, mailbox and smiling envelope are from a Pink & Main set called ‘Happy Mail‘. The ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. I love their Keep It Simple sentiment sets!back_christmas2016thankyous

The backs of the first pair of cards also used the Concord & 9th stamps along with a couple of stamps from an Altenew set called ‘Coffee Ring‘. Where do they come up with these names? 😉


These were very fun and I had such a good time with all the experimentation. Now I need to try out a few more Distress Ink combinations, on Bristol cardstock of course. Thanks for indulging my passion!