Hello, and welcome back! We hope that you are all enjoying the new products that will be available for purchase beginning October 5, 2016. If you are just joining us, be sure to check out Day 1 and Day 2 as well.
Today, I wanted to give a you look at the upcoming Holiday Houses stamp set and companion die. Instead of creating one card I decided to make a set, 4 cards in total, to show you a few different ways you can use these adorable houses.
AVAILABLE OCTOBER 5, 2016
This stamp set features several holiday houses - a beautiful two-story house, a church and a few smaller homes. You’ll also find several trees - a few groupings and an individual tree, a moon for night scenes and some little hedges/bushes that can double as snowballs. There’s a good mix of elements to create beautiful little winter scenes.
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At a very economical $9 USD, this particular stamp set doesn’t have any sentiments, but you can use messages from other holiday sets to complete your cards. I used messages from Be Merry and Be Merry Sentiments stamp sets (both from the Holiday 2016 Collection) to stamp various Christmas wishes on my projects. You can also use our older Holiday sentiments - they all work great together!
I stamped my images onto watercolor paper and used 5 colors of Distress inks to loosely color them (watch this video for a closer look at this coloring technique). You can also use alcohol based markers to color these houses or other methods - the sky's the limit here.
I die cut my colored images using companion dies and arranged them into simple scenes on A2 top folding cards made out of Dove Gray cardstock http://www.wplus9.com/dove-grey-cardstock/. I cut snow hills out of white cardstock for some of my cards as I wanted them to stand out, so using light gray cardstock was a good option here. I mostly freehand cut mine, but you can also use the Landscape Borders Die to die cut these in your die cutting machine.
I blended white pigment ink onto one for the cards as an alternative to die cut hills.
I tried to include at least one house, a tree or a few trees and snowballs for each of my scenes and I used thin and regular foam adhesives to foam mount my die cut piece for a pop of dimension.
To complete my cards I added glitter glue to the roofs of these homes to imitate snow, drew in lights using white gel pen (so that it appears the lights are covered in snow) and colored wreaths using red and green Copic markers.
So what do you think?
Don't you just love these little houses! Thank you for joining us today. Kelly will be here tomorrow sharing more fun and inspiration with this release!
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