Hi friends! TGIF! Please join me in welcoming back the super talented and inspiring Yana Smakula as she shares a super fun Birthday card she made by stretching some of her Christmas stamps in the latest edition of our bi-monthly Yippee for Yana series! Be sure to watch the video to learn more and enjoy!
One of my favorite Christmas stamp sets from 2021 is one called Gift Wrap. This set features several images of gifts along with some holiday sentiments and imagery such as poinsettias, candy canes, pine branches, and more. It is a great Holiday set, hoverer, the main images, the gifts, are evergreen and can be used all year round for Birthday cards.
I stamped the gifts and the tags in Versafine Onyx Black ink on Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock and heat set the ink with the help of clear embossing powder and my heat tool.
You can also stamp these gifts onto colored cardstock, or onto patterned paper, or even use some other pattern stamp from your stash and stamp a pattern onto the gifts to create your own unique wrapping paper. You can also stamp these onto scrap wrapping paper you might have after the holidays!
I used my Copic markers and did very simple coloring. The Gift Wrap stamp set has a set of coordinating dies. I used mine to cut these out – they even cut out the paper inside the loops on the gift tags. I highly recommend you get the dies as well, as these images aren’t that easy to fussy cut.
If you color your gifts with alcohol markers or maybe you use watercolors or some other coloring medium, you can add a simple pattern or a simple design on top by using a white or a black pen. I used a wide white pen and drew wonky diagonal lines on one of the gifts. For the other gift, I did large irregular dots.
With the gifts done I worked on a background for my cards. My plan was to make simple cards with a colored cardstock background. I used various cardstock colors from my stash. To add interest to the background, I didn’t want to have a blank background, I used Simon’s Halftone Circle Background stamp and stamped it in watermark ink for a tone-on-tone look.
Next, I stamped various birthday sentiments on each of the panels using stamps from Cathy Zielske’s Stop, Drop, Party stamp set. I love the bold look of these, and the sentiments themselves, of course, are very unique.
Next, I foam mounted a gift onto each of the backgrounds, I placed the gifts at an angle. I didn’t want to add any embellishments to these cards, but I did stamp several stars around the gifts – the stars tie in nicely with the black stamped sentiments.
I also trimmed these background panels to 3 3/4 x 5” and foam mounted them onto A2 white side folding card bases.
So don’t put your Christmas stamps away just yet. Look through your stash and see which images can be used all year round. I’m sure you’ll find something fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Yana for being our guest!