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Thursday, November 13, 2014

{Spotlight Project} A Parade of Joyful Cards by Maria

Guten Tag! Happy to be sharing some projects with you that I made using the fabulous Joyful stamp set.

I must admit I was a little intimidated by the sleigh image. You've seen my fellow teamies here on the blog create striking cards using a colored sleigh. I'm not a colorer! What to do?

Well, I'm a vellum lover and vellum and heat embossing came to my rescue. Here's my card.

On my card base I masked a snow hill and created an ombre Distress Ink sky. Onto that I heat embossed a few snowflakes. Then I heat embossed the sleigh and sentiment (I just love all those words in old typewriter font) in white onto vellum. I stitched the vellum to the card and voila!

Two things I like about this card? The light and airy feel of the floating vellum. And I didn't have to create a realistic scene for the sleigh since the card merely suggests the idea of a sleigh ride in the snow. No coloring involved ;)

I did actually do a bit of coloring on my second project, using the shadows on the image as a guide. Can you guess my inspiration? Hint: I like Audrey Hepburn.

I've never received a box from Tiffany's, but I would imagine it would be kinda fun! Especially under the mistletoe. I spritzed the card base with Heidi Swapp gold color shine, stamped the sentiment one word per row onto a CS strip which I then adhered. I stamped and colored the gift with a Tumbled Glass Distress marker and fussy cut it. Then I stamped the ornaments again, sponged them with gold Delicata ink, fussy cut them and adhered with dimension. The close-up gives you a better idea of the shimmer on the card.

If you're interested, I created a few more cards with the Joyful set which you can see on my blog.

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  1. The vellum gives your card a soft feel. Love how the blue meets the white. It looks like a good snowy day here in Wisconsin!!

  2. Your projects are awesome. Love the parade of cards, and that vellum creation just knocked me out. I especially love this CAS card with the embossed Sleigh.
    WOW!! I LOVE all of your CREATIVE uses for this set!! Just AMAZING!!
    Thanks for sharing your talent!!!

  3. Maria, your cards are amazing! Such great ideas there! Very inspirational indeed! Love those little stockings and Aaaah..(that's me screaming inside a little)... a magic card! Love magic cards! :) Thanks for sharing! xx

  4. Maria, you and this set are made for each other; every card is pure delight. I'm a clumsy klutz working with vellum, but you're sure giving me incentive to give it a whirl once again! Such fabulous creations!

  5. wunderschöne Werke hast du mit dem Set gezaubert ... jedes einzigartig und unvergägnlich.
    Auch die Farbkombis sind klasse gewählt *Respekt
    LG hellerlittle

  6. what a fab array of cards made with the one set of stamps. I particularly like the colourful stocking one and the first with the embossed vellum.

  7. Your cards are amazing, Maria! I love that you created so many different designs with just one stamp set. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. You have been one busy, busy bee! I adore that stocking string card. There are so many great, inventive ideas here! Awesome!

  9. Wow so many beautiful cards, I simply love the first one!

  10. Maria ... all your cards are AWESOME!!! Loll xx

  11. Holy wow... each one is a gem... going back for seconds!
    =] Michele

  12. Wow, what a great collection of awesome mojo! Love the vellum on the first one :)

  13. so many ways of using Christmas stamps, it really is an amazing set of inspiration. Ana

  14. This was a treat! Each card is very creative. I like card number 5 the best.

  15. Woooww so many lovely inspiration..I love the stocking with string ...great cards all..

  16. Just each card you posted! Such inspiration and the colors and layers are just wonderful on each card!


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