The Christmas card palooza continues today with a set of cards I created using the Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprints stamp set. I followed the same concept and used the same supplies for each of the cards so that I could create a matched set quickly.
Each image was stamped on Ranger’s Specialty Stamping Paper twice, once for the background and once for the detail cut piece.
The card base is a simple card front created from kraft cardstock. The file tab edge was die cut using the Tim Holtz On The Edge File Tabs die. The stamped pieces were inked, distressed, and curled so that they would look like a worn piece of paper that clipped to the front of a file folder.
Each card also has a simple wrap of Paper String tied in a bow with a Christmas Muse Token.
The background stamped pieces feature torn edges to add to the distress and aged look. An ink blending tool was used to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink the edges and onto the front of the paper. A few splatters of water onto the surface add some more distressed effects.
The background pieces were wrinkled, crinkled, torn, and curled as well as being inked. Curled edges are an easy way to add dimension to existing layers.
Detailed cuts of the elements cut with Stamp2Cut were colored with Distress Ink markers. The edges of each detail element was also inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink so that the image wouldn’t be to bright compared to the very distressed backgrounds.
By using Stamp2Cut I was able to cut several elements quickly from my stamped images to give them extra dimension. The dimension is subtle but enough to keep the images from looking flat.
By using the same formula to create all four cards I was able to create them in an assembly line really quickly. I loved how easy that made making multiple cards. I often feel stumped with cards. I think it is because I fall into the thinking that each one needs to be unique. When I was creating these I reminded myself that you don’t have to re-invent the wheel with every creation. Stamp sets like this one make it really easy to follow a formula and still end up with each card a little different from the others. They make it like the best of both worlds!