You know I'm all about CASEing (Copy And Share Everything) and it's highly encouraged in the stamping community! Here are some of the fantastic ideas that I thought would be great to CASE for holiday cards...
My downline, Michelle Hoover, created this sparkly card with the Dryer Sheet Technique. Have you ever tried this one? It's perfect for wintery cards! It's hard to see in this photo, but the entire front of Michelle's card has a soft, glittery texture that looks like lightly falling snow.
You can check out the link above for the complete instructions, but here is the "Cliff Notes" version:
- Stamp a bold image that will go underneath your dryer sheet. (Here, Michelle used the Lovely As A Tree image stamped multiple times, with a sentiment from Sincere Salutations)
- Use spray adhesive over the top of your stamped card stock, or run it through a Xyron machine.
- Apply a used dryer sheet over the adhesive, burnish down, and trim off the excess.
- Sprinkle on Dazzling Diamonds and rub it into the dryer sheet. The glitter will stick to the adhesive between the loose fibers of the sheet.
My friend Peggy Tassler created this pretty ornament card with lots of layers and textures. The idea was CASEd from Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty.
The larger Crumb Cake pieces are embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and the Polka Dot Impressions Folder, and then lightly sponged with Rich Razzleberry ink. She used an ornament stamp from Delightful Decorations that was punched out with the Ornament Punch. She used some white satin ribbon, but the 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon or 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon would work well for the bow, too.
I love the accent on the top left corner created by threading Linen Thread through the holes made by the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch. (Mary Fish has a quick tutorial on that technique at the link above.)
Most of all, I'm completely envious of Peggy's handwriting! She didn't have a greeting to fit, so she wrote it herself—isn't her handwriting amazing! She could have her own font!
Here is an elegant Christmas card that was created by Michelle Hoover using the Snow Swirled set embossed in gold and layered on Brushed Gold card stock. The background is dry embossed with the Petals-A-Plenty Impressions Folder.
This pretty Tree Trimmings ornament card was also created by Michelle last year. It was her card that motivated me to purchase the Fine Red Gallaxy Glitter and make my Tree Trimmings Heat & Stick Glitter Card. Yes, I had to wait a whole year before trying that technique with that specific stamp set, but it was worth it! Thanks for the inspiration, Michelle!
Michelle also created this cute card last year using the Jolliest Time of the Year stamp set and watercoloring. I love the Santa suit background, don't you?! I've also seen a soda pop tab used for the buckle. I keep wanting to CASE this one, but haven't gotten around to it yet...
I've Been CASEd!
Speaking of CASEing, I was SO excited to recently find out that I've have several of my cards CASEd—how flattering! I hear about customers using an idea I shared at a workshop or Club, but many times I'm the one CASEing the idea to show to them. It's pretty cool when stampers use my original design on their projects—it's a first for me! (The first ones of many, I hope!)
Carmen DeBruce CASEd my Petals-A-Plenty Poinsettia shown at the right.
Connie Heisey, who is a demonstrator that recently earned the highest Stampin' Up! promotion of Senior Advisor (only a couple people have reached that level EVER!) CASEd me! She featured this card on her Stamp With Connie blog. You can see how to make my card, shown at the right, on my Poppin' Pastels Christmas Collage Card post.
Here's another CASE that I found on my demonstrator site created by Kellie Anyn Paxton. My card to the right wasn't completely original, I CASEd the owl and the moon, but I added the textured background, scalloped rooftop and rhinestone stars that Kellie also used. Find out all the project details at my Night Owl Silhouette post.
I'd love to see YOUR projects (so I can CASE them, of course)! Share with me by emailing me a photo of your holiday project! If it's OK with you, I may share your project on an upcoming blog!