Tuesday, December 02, 2014

{Spotlight Project} Quick and Easy Mixed Media Christmas Cards

Hey, everyone! Twenty-three days until Christmas! Are you done with your Christmas cards? Yes? No? No? Okay well, today I'm sharing a tutorial for making quick and easy mixed media Christmas cards. Here's hoping it will inspire you to get your own cards done in time ;o) I used two of our stamp sets: Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower and Joyful. Here are the cards:

In addition to the stamps, I used Distress paints, Distress inks, archival ink, PanPastel Colors, Japanese watercolor brush pens, washi tape, drywall tape, buttons, and jute twine.

I made 4 tags out of 160# white cardstock that's 4.25" wide and 11" tall. Each tag is 2.75" wide by 4.25" tall.

I used Distress paints (festive berries, mowed lawn, and mustard seed) to create the stripes on the tags. I quickly dragged the paints from the top of the tag to the bottom. I wanted a distress look so I wasn't really careful about how much (or less) paint there was coming out of the dauber.

On acrylic blocks, I smooshed fired brick and peeled paint Distress inks and spritzed some water. Then with a paint brush, I added some spatters on the tags.

I cut up some drywall tape and adhered to my tags. I placed them where I planned on putting the poinsettias. Then I lightly applied PanPastels (permanent red and black) just to give the tape a little bit of color.

With red and green Japanese watercolor brush pens, I painted a border around the tags.

On pre-cut diecuts, I stamped the poinsettia with VersaMagic red magic chalk ink.

I added washi tape over the drywall tape before adhering the poinsettias, stamped the sentiments in jet black archival ink, and distressed the edges of the tag by sponging black soot Distress ink.

On my card base, I randomly dabbed Distress paints on opposite corners and let it dry for a few minutes before adhering the tag. I used washi tape for my ribbon and topped it with a button with jute twine threaded through. And it's done!

Here are the other 3 cards:

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow for another project :o)

Stamps Shery used in today's project:


Joyful is the October/November set in the STAMPlorations bi-monthly stamp club! Join the club and get this set shipped to you for free wherever you are in the world! Read more about our stamp club here. We've got lots of perks, including a free 4" by 6" stamp set every 3rd shipment. 

Prize alert! Leave a comment in this post for an entry to our Spotlight Projects random drawing for December. We'll pick a commenter to win $10 worth of a new product we're introducing in January. (Hint: it's flat, light, and you can do all sorts of fun things with it!) We'll announce the winner on January 1!


  1. Shery, I just love all your techniques! An awesome and inspirational creations of cards is just perfect for the festive season, Thanks for the instructions to made it in simple and easy steps.

  2. Bright ,Happy and Cheerful cards ! I loved the colors and technique,Dry tape texture look very nice :)

  3. Incredible cards- I think some of my favourites of your recently. the colours are great for Christmas- need the cheer and brightness at this time of year. Will log these ideas and try to have a go at some point- thanks for the inspiration x

  4. So colorful and cute - they look like they were fun to make.
    isoscia at aol dot com

  5. Fun, festive cards! LIKE the non-traditional colors and mm design. :)

  6. Love the bright and happy colors and the mix of media you have used here, Shery! Such fun cards!

  7. Gorgeous cards. Love the bright and happy cheer.

  8. What fun cards. I love all the colors in the cards.

  9. Love your cheerfull tags Shery..all your technique..I like to see it..you are amazing card maker full with technique...great post Shery

  10. Shery, these are awesome! I love the bright graphic designs.

  11. Oh, this is so colorful and looks so complicated and full of little extras and details. Colors definitely bring warmth and joy to this holiday season. Gorgeous cards, again.

  12. Love these bright and cheerful cards. The tags really pop.

  13. I totally LOVE that gorgeous poinsettia! These colors rock, too--festive, fun, and bright! Beautiful! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  14. these are definitely fun colors and tags!

  15. Oh so pretty! Love the bright colors for Christmas!

  16. These are gorgeous. Love the bright colours and the buttons. Hugz


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