Anne here and today I'm continuing the Christmas in July theme. My card combines the wreath and bird from the Winter Greetings Birds and Wreath set along with the Bob Hope quote from the Spirit of Christmas Poinsettias stamp set.
I started out by using my stamp positioner (the new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform is now in stock) and inking up the wreath with two different colors of green ink by Memento. I left the stamp where it was and colored the leaves and holly berries with Copic markers. I inked up the stamp again with VersaMark, stamped on top of my colored wreath, and heat set it with Clear embossing powder. You can really see the dimension this extra step gave to the card. I also inked up the Noel stamp (part of the Winter Greeting set) with VersaMark and heat set it with Red Apple embossing powder.
The sentiment was stamped with VersaFine and heat set with Clear embossing powder. I accented this with one of the birds (also colored with Copic markers) from the Winter Greetings set.
To give a bit more sparkle to my Christmas card, I added Sparkling Snow glitter to the holly berries. (I use this glitter so much that I decided to get the Economy jar 👀.) I also added two strips of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape along the edges of my card and covered the adhesive with the new Sterling velvet glitter. (Love this color!)
I created a second card using these same sets and stamping technique, but I die cut the center of the front panel with a Spellbinders die (Classic Scallop Circle) and stamped the image on the inside panel. I also dry embossed the front panel with an embossing folder that came with a CardMaker magazine.
When you open the card, you see the Bob Hope sentiment from the Spirit of Christmas Poinsettias set, stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Red Apple embossing powder. Sterling velvet glitter also accents the edges of both the front panel as well as the edges of the inside. The Holiday Wishes banner, which is part of the Winter Greetings set, was also heat embossed with Red Apple embossing powder.
Both of these cards are flat and can be easily mailed without extra postage.