Holly Jolly Christmas

We had about three inches of snow yesterday morning when I woke up and it was raining when I left to head over to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store. It was like a giant Slurpee outside all day! The crop was fun and I sat with Melissa and her Mum and worked on some projects and tried to catch up on other things. I left the store around 3:00 so I could come home and get ready for my little Holiday Party. I picked up Danielle and we ran to Target and stopped at Starbucks on the way over. We had a great time at the party and I got to see a lot of my old work peeps! Anthony and Bill were there too! Today is Renee’s cookie exchange at the store, I’m hoping get to sample some of them! 🙂

I have a nice simple card to share with you today. It’s a great last minute Holiday card and would be really easy to mass produce using your MISTI! The card base is Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock, I adhered a piece of Gold Glitter Card to the front. My background is a piece of Solar White 80lb that I stamped with the Hero Arts Holiday Florals Bold Prints Background using Soft Vanilla Ink. I then stamped my greeting from the Hero Arts Holiday Greetings Photopolymer Stamp Set in Intense Black. The panel is adhered to the card with Fun Foam and E-Z Runner. My holly is from the Hero Arts Happy Holly Days Stamp & Die  Combo and is also stamped in Intense Black onto a piece of Arches 140lb Watercolor Card. I used my Staedtler Watercolor Pencils and a Pentel Aquash Detail Brush to color it in. The Coordinating Dies are used to cut it out and I adhered it to the card with 3D Foam Squares. To finish off the card I added a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh Gold Sequins! I love the softness of the background with the bold greeting and the little sprig of holly! I hope that you like today’s card! Thanks for coming by today! Have a simple Sunday! 🙂


Products used:

Stamp Sets: Happy Holly Days Stamp & Die Combo and Holiday Greetings Photopolymer and Holiday Florals Bold Prints Background (Hero Arts)

Ink: Intense Black and Soft Vanilla (Hero Arts)

Pencils: Staedtler Watercolor 12pk

Card Stock: Solar White 110lb and 80lb (Neenah)

Specialty: Arches Cold Press 140lb Watercolor Card and Gold Glitter Card Stock (American Crafts)

Embellishments: Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Adhesives: E-Z Runner Grand and 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives) and Multi-Matte Medium (Ranger)

Tools: Artisan X-plorer (Spellbinders), Aquash Detail Waterbrush and Fun Foam

The links below take you to the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where you can purchase the items used on today’s project!

22 Replies to “Holly Jolly Christmas”

  1. Love this card, Justin. I love the background in Soft Vanilla. It’s so subtle but very effective and something I would not think about doing. I’m always learning tips from you. Glad you were able to get to your party. Enjoy the cookie swap today. I’m sure they will need a taste-tester!! LOL.

    1. Thanks HJ! I wanted a subtle background instead of just plain white and thought that this would be a good option! My party was so much fun! I hope that I get to taste some of the cookies! I was supposed to make some but didn’t have time! Enjoy your day! 🙂

  2. Today’s card couldn’t be any more perfect if you tried Justin. I would never have thought about using soft vanilla to stamp on a white card stock but look at how amazing a background that makes! All the white of this card really allows for the holly and berries to jump out and capture ones attention. Of course the gold glitter card stock and sequins seals the beauty of it all. Definitely one of the most beautiful and captivating Christmas cards I’ve seen this season. Thank you for sharing it.

    We awoke this morning to an ice palace. Everything around us is covered in thick ice and looks amazing. Unfortunately as beautiful as it looks is as dangerous as it is. It is supposed to rain this afternoon which would melt this ice but then when the temperature drops again it will all refreeze. We won’t be going anywhere today and most of the local churches have even called off services. Haven’t see a sand truck of any kind go by. In fact, haven’t seen any vehicles go by yet this morning.

    So glad you enjoyed your party last night. It is always fun to play catch up with former coworkers. Every time I did that I would be even happier that I was no longer employed where they are. You take care of yourself and I’m sure the ladies will share some cookies with you today. Love and hugs to you my friend and wished for a Super Special Sunday. XXOO 🙂

    1. Thanks Grace! I like that background stamp a lot but I needed it to be subtle as to not take away from anything else on the card. So happy that you really like the card!
      It’s actually not too bad here today, in the 50’s so most of the snow is gone! Yay! It’s probably best to stay inside today! You can get all sorts of crafty!
      The party was so much fun and it was really nice to see everyone! I really liked the people at my old job just not the work all the time! I hope that the ladies share with me today! Love and hugs to you too!! XOXO 🙂

    1. Oh no Grace! What kind of printer? I have had good luck with HP and you can usually get one for a good price on Amazon! 🙂

  3. Beautiful CAS card! Love the soft muted background.

    OMG you are so funny, I love the “giant Slurpee” line. We are in the flippin frozen tundra here, at least the snow stopped and we finally have sun. I’d kill for 50 degrees right now.

    Have fun taste testing your cookies.

    1. Thanks you very much Linda! I like that background stamp!
      Oh! It was so slushy everywhere and it’s freezing again today! We need to tell the Arctic that it can keep it’s cold air up there!
      I ate way too many cookies! 🙂

  4. I already told you how much I LOVE this card, but I will tell you again…I LOVE IT! That soft vanilla background stamped on white is so elegant especially with the gold and holly

    And your description of Saturday’s weather as a giant Slurpee is spot on! You better trademark it’s use for weather terminology before the weathermen get to it!

    1. Thanks again Linda! I like that little greenery set!
      Yes, I wonder how I go about doing that! They will love that description! LOL! 🙂

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