Hello Crafty Friends!

I am happy to be back on the blog to share a cheerful holiday card featuring the newly released Merry Makers stamp. This stamp set is packed full of absolutely adorable critter cuties that are super fun to color! In addition to the Merry Makers Stamps, I also used the big and bold Merriest Christmas Word Die. The images in this stamp set inspired me to create a card with all the traditional Christmas colors of red, green, white, and gold and I am so in love with how this card turned out!

To create this card, I first started by cutting my card base using one of the large rectangle dies from the Nesting A7 Die. I cut my card base from 110 lb Neenah Solar White heavyweight cardstock. I then cut another panel of the same size from Christmas pattern paper. I positioned my Merriest Christmas Word Die on to my pattern paper and ran it through my die cutter. I then adhered my pattern paper to my heavy weight cardstock using double sided tape adhesive. I wanted my bold sentiment to have some dimension but not too much,  so I die cut my sentiment 2 more times from heavy weight cardstock paper and stacked the letters together. I glued each of the letters together using Bearly Art Precision Craft glue because the fine tip is perfect for gluing letter die cuts. I then cut the same word die from gold glitter paper which I adhered to my letters.

My next step was to stamp out my images onto watercolor paper  using Antique linen distress ink. I used Faber -Castell Watercolor pencils to color all my images. I then used the Merry Makers Die to cut them all out.  After cutting, I positioned my 3 critters to sit at the top of the word die. I adhered them using double sided tape , and the middle image was adhered using foam tape. To frame my card, I used a pattern paper with diagonal lines  in christmas colors to compliment my green background. I cut out a thin frame using 2 of the middle sized dies from the Nesting A7 Dies. I then added some holly leaves and berries cut from bristol smooth cardstock using the  Pine Boughs Dies. I ink blended my leaves in Rustic Wilderness Distress ink. The holly berries were cut from water color paper and painted in red watercolor inktense pencils. I then added a thin layer of Stickles glitter glue in the color Sprinkled Sugar to give the red berries a frosted look. Finally, I added some small stars throughout my card in white and gold as the final finishing touch!  Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope I’ve inspired you to keep crafting those Holiday cards so that we all finish on time this year!

Until next time, Happy Cardmaking!