My cousin's mom (my aunt) passed away this past summer, so Christmas is going to be especially hard for her and her family. I thought this sentiment, by Hero Arts' Treasure the moments set, was perfect for a Christmas card for her.
I stamped this Holly and Pinecone (Northwoods) image, onto 140 lb Fabriano Watercolor paper, with Black Onyx Versafine and embossed it with Detailed Black ep (Judikins).
I then watercolored it with Adirondack Dye Reinkers (listed below). After that, I ink distressed the edges with Vintage Photo, stamped the sentiment underneath with Tuxedo Black (Memento), and assembled. The middle panel is popped up slightly with thin dimensional tape. If you click on the photo, you'll be able to see that I added Cinnamon Stickles to the pinecones, and Xmas Red Stickles to the berries. Be sure to check out Michelle's Stamper's Dream Store. Michelle is carrying some new Stickles that match the Ranger Distress Ink line...Fantastic!!! You know how I love the Ranger Inks!!
That's it...a very simple card.
A fellow stamper asked if it's possible to use any ink to distress the paper's edges. I like Ranger Distress Inks because they blend and work like a stain. But I've used Stampin' Up and Adirondack Dye inks too. I've also used pigmented inks (mostly white), and they're nice too as long as you let them dry, or heat set them. Experiment and find which you like best.
Hope you're having an awesome weekend!!
Stamps - Pinecones and Holly (Northwoods), Sentiment (Treasure the Moments - Hero Arts)
Paper - Birchtone Dark, Vanilla Cream (Prismatics), 140 lb Hot Pressed Fabriano Watercolor Paper
Ink - Black Onyx (Versafine), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink) Adirondacks - Butterscotch, Caramel, Sandal, Willow, Espresso, Oregano, Red Pepper, Juniper, Bottle, Cranberry, Lemonade