Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Christmas Thank You

What a nice surprise I had in the mail a few weeks before Christmas when my cousin sent me the gift that every crafter covets: a Michael's gift card. And the only thing better than getting a Michael's gift card is knowing that it is actually worth twice as much as it says because who,after all, buys anything at Michael's without a 50% off coupon. (Yes, I even turn up my nose on those 40% off coupons and patiently wait for the 50% off coupon that inevitably shows up!) So, with such a wonderful scrappy gift in mind, I knew I had to make a crafty thank you card. Mind you, not one product used on this card came from Michael's but I don't think my cousin will know. Here's my card:

I knew I wanted to play along with Ellen Hutson's Hero Arts Cling Take 'N Make Challenge so I pulled the wrapper off of the Indie Bloom Hero Arts Star Blooms Background Cling Stamp. (I did forget to take a picture of the card with the stamp before mailing it. Oops!) I was also anxious to use the new seasonal distress inks from Tim Holtz so I decided on an embossed resist technique. I inked up my background stamp with Versa Mark and heat embossed with White Zing. Next, I swiped some of the Festive Berries and Evergreen Bough inks on my mat, spritzed with a little water mixed with Liquid Pearls and began painting in the image with my aqua brush.
To finish off the card, I wrapped some twine around the card, stamped the sentiment on the die cut piece and affixed to the card using foam adhesive, and scattered some rhinestone stickers for a little added bling!

Cardstock: Neenah (Solar White); Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy);
Stamp: Hero Arts (Star Blooms) Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 1 Collection);
Ink: Versa Mark; Tim Holtz Distress (Festive Berries; Evergreen Bough);
Misc.: Zing embossing powder (white); Martha Stewart twine; Recollections rhinestone stickers


Beth Hallgren said...

You make the most Amazing cards!

Susan (rainy) said...

Have always loved the emboss resist technique. Fabulous design.. wonderful card, Linda.

hanes132 said...

So Cute!! :)

Leslie Miller said...

Ooooh, pretty! You made those blooms look like peppermint flowers! A perfect Christmas thank you card!