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Today I have made a card using the very popular (and back in stock!!) Holiday Tapestry stamp set from Gina K. Designs. This stamp set has been so popular it sold out right away but is now back in stock. If you have been waiting for this set, now is your chance to pick it up before it sells out again. I’ve used this set not only for several Christmas cards but also for an elegant wedding card which can be found on my previous blog or you can check it out HERE. While you are there you can type “Holiday Tapestry” into the search bar to see more examples using this set. This set is so versatile, it can be used year round and looks stunning on tags. The solid images look so elegant embossed with metallic powders making it a great set to create a simple card. I used it today on a 5 x 7 card along with a couple of the Master Layouts die sets and some ink blending for a quick and easy, yet elegant card. All of the inks, cardstock, stamps and dies used on today’s card are from Gina K. Designs. Let’s get started!!
I will be doing all of my work today on my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat.
To start, I take the large stitched rectangle die from the Master Layouts 8 Die Set and cut out of Plum Punch Cardstock, running them through my Big Shot Die Cut Machine. Next, I place the panel into my MISTI Stamp Positioner and prep it with my Anti Static Powder Tool then place an image from the Holiday Tapestry Stamp Set over the top portion of my panel. I make note of where I place the panel (as I want this image to be stamped in the same area of both ends), in this case it is at the 5 1/2 and 1 1/2 inch marks. I then pick up the stamp with the door of my MISTI and ink it up with Versamark Ink and stamp it onto my panel. To get good ink coverage, I stamp the image three times then add Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool.
I now turn the panel around so that the opposite end can be stamped. I again ink up the image using Versamark Ink and stamp it onto the panel three times for good ink coverage. I then add Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool. Both embossed images are now stamped evenly at both ends. Using a Swiffer Cloth I gently buff away the anti static powder from the panel. *It’s ok that the images overlap at the center of the panel as this area will be covered up later.
Using my Mini Blending Brushes I first blend Plum Punch Ink over and around the image on both ends. I used the same color if ink as the cardstock as it helps to add some definition, creating a bit of a shadow under the image. Next, I blend Edible Eggplant Ink over the same areas, but I do not go as far out as I did with the previous color. To deepen the color and contrast I blend Black Onyx Ink to just the areas that will be coming out behind my later placed center panel. To finish, I use the ink that is left on my Mini Blending Brushes and go back through the colors to soften the blends. Using a dry, soft cloth I gently buff over the embossed areas to remove any ink that may be sitting on top of it. *I like using the mini blending brushes so I have more control over how much ink is applied to the smaller areas.
Now that my panel is finished, I work on the other elements of the card. I place a piece of Plum Punch Cardstock into my MISTI and prep it with my Anti Static Powder Bag. I then choose a greeting from the Holiday Tapestry Stamp Set and stamp it using Versamark Ink onto the cardstock, add Gold Embossing Powder then heat set it with my Heat Tool. Choosing a circle die from the Master Layouts 3 Die Set I cut the greeting out, running them through my Big Shot.
Next, I take the small stitched rectangle die from the Master Layouts 8 Die Set and cut out of Plum Punch Cardstock, running them through my Big Shot. To add a little shading, I blend Plum Punch Ink around the edges of the small rectangle die cut and my greeting.
For my layering pieces, I take the coordinating layering circle die from the Master Layouts 3 Die Set along with the large and small rectangle layering dies from the Master Layouts 8 Die Set and cut out of Plum Punch Cardstock, running them all through my Big Shot. I want my layered pieces to be gold but only the edges will be showing, so as to not waste my metallic cardstock I will create my own. I press the edge of my Versamark Ink Pad onto the edges of my layering pieces then add Gold Embossing Powder and heat set with my Heat Tool. *This is a great technique to use when you don’t have any metallic cardstock on hand and also matches the embossed images perfectly!
Using Liquid Glue I adhere my greeting, small stitched rectangle and my embossed panel onto the gold edged layering pieces. I then add Liquid Glue to the back of my small rectangle piece and mount it onto the center of my embossed panel. To give my greeting a little dimension I add Foam Squares to the back and mount it over the small rectangle.
Next, I place a 7″ x 10″ piece of Plum Punch Cardstock into my Scor Buddy and score it at 5″ creating a side folding 5 x7 card base. I add Liquid Glue to the back of the card front then mount it onto my card base.
I love, love, LOVE the simple elegance of this card! This stamp set is one of my very favorite sets from Gina K. Designs, not only are the images so beautiful but I love the look of the greetings as well! There are a couple of stamps that work great on tags and if you are a fan of Gina’s Wreath Builder, there are also many small images that work great for that as well. This was a very well thought out set that can be used for so much!! Ok… I “think” I am done blogging Christmas cards for the year, LOL!!
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