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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Indeed, the snow has finally decided to arrive in Northeast Ohio, my kiddo can’t wait to play in the snow, and as I type this I can see the lights of our Christmas tree in my peripheral vision. Delightful, this time of year can be stressful, but so so delightful!

The card I am sharing today came from a session where I was just playing around with my Kat Scrappiness products and challenging myself to use her oval dies. Ovals are hard for me, so I wanted to see if I could make something work with them. I had very adventurous ideas about creating a scene with her Stitched & Layered Snowman Die and then opted to skip that for more detail on her lovely Stitched & Layered Christmas Tree Die!

Because I am feeling stressed for time, I was looking for something simple and easy that I could create that gave me the fulfilled feeling I was looking for and providing me with a project I could feel proud of at the same time. An impossible trio, I know, however with Distress Oxides and Kat’s stitched dies I think I might have achieved it. To start, I cut out the tree die and just messed around with a variety of Distress Oxide greens until I got something that pleased me.

I did something similar with the background, playing with Distress Oxides in blues, however, I also splashed water on it in order to activate the oxide aspect of the ink. After this was heat set I sprayed it down with Imagine Crafts Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spray because I love things to sparkle! Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?!?!?! Even though it, and the water from playing with the Distress Oxides, warped my paper, it didn’t matter in the end!

Next, I took a sheet of Neenah Desert Storm Craft Cardstock, trimmed it down to an A2 size, then I cut a whole in the center with that oval die I challenged myself to use! I used one of the Never Ending Oval Dies, and then distressed the outside of the panel and the inside hole with more Distress Oxide. After I placed a sheet of acetate down on the back side, I started to glue down my tree with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I had cut the ornaments for the tree out of white cardstock, including the star, and just colored them with some Copic Markers, then I glued them as well.

Then I started to build my shaker card. I used the Clear AB Star Confetti and the snowflakes that can be found in the Frosty II Sequin Mix. I Iove mixing and matching sequin mixes. If you would like to see the steps of building a shaker card, using fun foam, I would like to direct your attention here.

I brought the oval theme to the inside of the card by using the Cross Stitched Oval Dies and layering them. I also used a sentiment found in the Hero Arts Poster Christmas Carols sentiment set.

I finished off this card by adding some Sparkling Clear Droplets, I have SO MANY of these. I LOVE them so much that every time I place an order I add a bag to my cart! I loved making this card. I loved challenging myself to work with something that I generally struggle with. This was a lot of fun to make!

If you’d like to see the products I used, you can do so, and save by using Hannah10! See the list below!

Never Ending Oval Dies By Kat Scrappiness
Cross Stitched Oval Dies By Kat Scrappiness
Stitched and Layered Christmas Tree Die By Kat Scrappiness
Poster Christmas Carols by Hero Arts
Frosty II Sequin Mix by Kat Scrappiness
Clear AB Star Sequins by Kat Scrappiness
Sparkling Clear Droplets by Kat Scrappiness
Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz Spray
Scor-Tape
Fun Foam
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Distress Oxide
Memento Tuxedo Black

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