I am in such a Christmas mood here! I hope you are getting there too! New Christmas stamps are so much fun to work with! Combined with some of my favorite Christmas patterned paper, Cosmo Cricket Wonderland, I’m having a blast. What is it that I love about this stamps and paper. The warm homey cozy look is perfect for Christmas. I was one of those children …ok, don’t laugh here..with a huge imagination. I always loved pretending I lived in past times when home-made gifts were the only kind and life was simpler. I was quite enamored with pioneer times and earlier and still…my books of choice are historical fiction.
I love this Thomas Kinkade Stonehearth Hutch stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms…so pretty and warm…look at those windows and the smoke coming out of the chimney. I just want to walk up the path, open the door and curl up by the fire. I’m quite sure the inside is as lovely as the exterior and smells like pine and gingerbread. LOL I told you I had an imagination!
This design uses very simple stamping…I simply inked up my Stonehearth Hutch stamp in Bravo Burgundy and stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock. The monochromatic look is so easy and quick and adds to the vintage look of the design. After matting the image, I stitched around the edges with my sewing machine and then curled up the edges for a little texture and a vintage look. To add a warm glow from the windows, I carefully daubed my Copic Marker in Pale Lemon at the windows and lamppost. Be careful while doing this as the Bravo Burgundy ink is not waterproof and you don’t want to muddy up the image. To add a little sparkle and shine, I used my Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Clear Glitter Pen to highlight the windows and where the light would shimmer on the snow.
Right now until November 15th, Cornish Heritage Farms is having a Product Spotlight and sale on these great pens. Lisa has written some great info and there are fabulous samples so have fun checking it out HERE.
Closeup – not a great pic but I tried! ;)
For the rest of the card design…I used a 5.25″ square Bravo Burgundy cardstock base and layered it with Whisper White and patterned paper from my 8×8 Wonderland Cosmo Cricket paper pad. For my sentiment, I stamped my Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas stamp and then cut out the Merry and Christmas. After sponging their edges with Close To Cocoa ink and adhering them, I added a couple rhinestone brads from Making Memories to add a little shine. Also pulling out the green color from the design, I added my finishing touch, a knotted celery velvet May Arts ribbon.
Quick Tip: Don’t be afraid to crop down your image or sentiment to make them work in your design. I cropped both the image and cut down the sentiment to make them work with this layout.
Check back in later Tuesday morning for the winners of the Christmas Card Kits. 🙂 Have a great day!