Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Double Take!


My Christmas cards are slowly adding up! Yay! Soon I will have enough to send to everyone! hehe

Here is a Christmas card I made over the weekend based on the challenge over at Hero Arts. The challenge was LEARNING. I have learned so much from the Hero Arts blog! If you haven't checked out their blog, please do! Lots of inspiration going on there! This first card was my submission for last week's challenge. A couple of months ago, there was a video tutorial on distressing using Tim Holtz ink and I had wanted to try it but never gotten around to it until now. I simply LOVE the result, so much that I made two of the same, just with a different stamp!

I first inked the snowflake stamp with VersaMark and then stamped it on a white blank card. Then, I heat embossed the snowflakes with kaleidoscope embossing powder. I like the glittery look. :) After that, I used distressing ink and went over the stamped images in circular motion. I was like, wow, how cool!! first time trying this so I was pretty amazed at it. :)

For the center part, I paper quilted with different Christmas patterned paper, leaving one strip with the sentiment (PP as well). This idea came from Lin at Hero Arts. I added faux stitches to give so that the qhole quilt would pop a little bit more. For the little girls, I colored them with Copic and heat embossed the white parts of their outfits with Kaleidoscope powder and then added clear stickle as well.

My second card was done the same way except with a different stamp. I submitted it for the Farm Fresh Friday challenge over at The Greeting Farm, EMBOSSING.

Card Details:

Stamps: Hero Arts, Miss Anya, computer generated sentiment

Papers: I used a few different companies, including K&Company, The Paper Company, Recollection, DCWV

Ink: TIm Holtz, Copic, Memento, Uniball white pen, VersaMark

Embellishment: Gems, snowflake buttons, stickers

Tools/Others: Heating gun, embossing powder, stickle

I have really been combining a lot challenges in a while. Life gets hectic sometimes so I don't have too much time to blog hop. So if I haven't visited you in a while, I do apologize. I will try my best though. :) Anyway, here are the challenges I am submitting my cards for:

1. Cute Daisy May: Texture

2. Allsort: Snowflakes in September

3. Roses on Paper: Stitches (Miss Anya card)

4. Cupcake Challenge: Distressing technique

5. Simon Says Stamps: Stitch It Up!

Hope everyone likes my cards and thank you so much for stopping by!


Whoopsie Daisy! said...

You are definitely getting me in the mood to get some holiday cards done. These are beautiful!! I just got my hands on some TGF stamps and can not wait to ink up my new Rain Snow Shine stamps! xx Jane

Claireabelle said...

Kim I love these!!

Great cards

Lorraine A said...

Oh these are very cute ;-) I really need to get started with some Christmas cards !! The images, papers and embellies are all gorgeous fab 'stitching' too ;-)

Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)
Lols x x

Anonymous said...

Two great cards Kim, thank you for joining us at CDM this week
Ann x

Anonymous said...

Hi Kim!! WOW!! These are just adorable!! I love the technique you've done on them!! Very cool!! HUGS

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

What stunning cards!

I was familiar with Greeting Farms, but not Hero Arts. I've just looked there, and added several stamps to my wish list!

PaperCrafty said...

Adorable cards Kim!! I wish I was as prganized as you!! I really need to start my holiday cards so I don't pull my hair out in December!! :D said...

What beautiful creations!! I love all of the zig zag stitching and the reds and greens!!

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!


Cindy Haffner said...

Kim these are adorable.

Kirsten said...

Hi Kim two super cards thanks for joining us this week at alsorts ugs kirsten...x

Amy said...

OMGosh Kim! I love, love, love both of these, they are brilliant! I'm definately gonna have to try a couple of those techniques now too! :)

Rach said...

these are fabulous christmas cards.. i wish that i were as organized. hugs rachxx

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Great job combining challenges, Kim! Both cards are stunning. I haven't done a single Christmas card yet. I'm still doing Halloween!

Kris said...

Love your Anya card Kim!!! great job!!! the stitching for the paper quilt is awesome... hugs, Kris

Jules said...

Hi Kim

Gorgeous cards - I love them both.

Your papers are lovely, great layouts and you have coloured your images in perfectly.

Just lovely!!!

Thank you for joining in the fun at Allsorts this week.

Love Jules xx

Teri said...

Both cards are fabulous! Love the holidays!!

Sammi said...

AWESOME cards! xxx

Donna said...

Fantastic card, love the distressing you have done and such a lovely layout too! Thanks for playing along with us this week at CCC :) Donna x

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Kim, what gorgeous cards. Love the cute images and the papers are perfect....the distressing looks amazing. Thanks for joining us at CCC this week. Hugs, Denise x

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

Kim these 2 cards are so cute and totaly gorgeous, you clever girl. janex

Rosette said...

Kim thank you for playing at ROP challenge. Anya card is wonderful to see, and so is the other card for te other challenges. Thanks for joining us in the fun, and I hope to see your wonderful cards in our challenge again next time. good luck xx

Liza said...

Fabulous cards, I love your distressing. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

Liza x

debby4000 said...

Fantastic cute cards, fab images and beautiful colours.
Thanks for joining Simon Says Challenge this week.