Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Happiest Season of All!

It's never too early for Christmas cards! Seriously! I send so many cards at Christmastime, so I never stop making them. And I just love Christmas! Everyone pokes fun at me because I skip all the fall holidays! I put up my Christmas tree on Halloween and I leave it up until about April. I just love the glow of the lights and the happiness that Christmas brings! 

I saw this wood block Hero Arts stamp last year and for some reason I passed it over. I kicked myself over and over again, so I broke down and bought it! I think what held me up was that it was a wood mount stamp and I'm a lover of clear stamps, but seriously! This stamp is so easy to position and it stamps beautifully!

I made two cards, but this one is my favorite by far! I was just trying to test out my new stamp, so I used regular white cardstock and embossed the image with Hero Arts Gold embossing powder. I used one color of blue watercolor, but I did three layers to build up the color. I wanted it to look almost like a wintery sky, so I added some flicks of white acrylic paint.

This one was another test piece - I had some new embossing powder - Zing! metallic blue. I added some green watercolor over the embossing, white flicks of paint, and some red sequins. This was just a test piece and I accidentally bent it on the bottom, but I think it's okay! I'm the harshest critic of my own work, but I'm trying to go easier on myself. We make handmade artwork and it's not always going to be perfect!

I hope this inspires you to start your Christmas cards! We less than four months to go!

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