Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Traditional Christmas Card

So I'm searching for some very traditional, classic type Christmas papers the other day, especially digital ones for that instant gratification, when in my Google search results I get a link to Stampin Up's store. I soon find out that they have digital kits available for sale, with papers and stamps from their current catalog! And you don't need their digital software to use them! I've had my eye on this particular set, Deck the Halls because I loved the classic, vintage looking papers but never got around to ordering them. Well, I chose the digital option instead. Faster, cheaper, and I have an unlimited supply! I do love digital stuff almost as much as the real thing...
Anyway, here's what I came up with:

All the patterned papers, the Poinsettia and the sentiment are printed from my computer. So this is what you would call a digital hybrid card, I think. I colored three copies of the Poinsettia with Copics and cut them out to layer the bracts. I added some glass glitter to some of parts of the flower for that vintage sparkly effect.
OH, and an FYI for you Copic lovers- one thing I hated about Copics was the horrible bleeding I would get, especially with certain colors. Like Reds! So I didn't use them much, although I liked the look of them. Well, somewhere in my internet travels I remember watching a video of someone using Copics to color a drawing (not stamping related) and I was stunned that she got absolutely NO bleeding, and the blending seemed much easier and smoother. (I'm sorry I didn't save the video, I can't remember how I found it). Apparently she used some inexpensive Hammermill color copy paper, so I decided to find some and try it. I wasn't prepared to pay the exorbitant price for the new Xpress it blending cardstock that supposedly did the same thing. Well, I'm happy to say that I am extremely pleased with this paper! It's a bit thinner than I would like, even though it's the 'Cover' weight paper, but supposedly this is what makes it easier to blend on. If you click on the picture for a close up, you will see NO bleeding with the reds at all. I'm a happy camper!

A little bit of gold dimensional paint for the flower centers, some highlights with Copic Spica pen on the pine branches,  lots of shimmer and shine on this card!
Pretty neat for an almost all digital card, huh? Amazing what technology allows us to do nowadays.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Digital brush from SU
Ink: Distress
Paper: SU Deck the Halls digital kit, Hammermill color copy paper, Gina K, Stardream metallic gold card, Heavenly White
Accessories: Spellbinders Labels, glass glitter, Copics, Adirondack dimensional paint, seam binding


  1. Absolutely stunning card. Love the printed paper!

  2. This is so pretty love all the layers and that sparkle gives such a nice vintage feel . Thanks for the tip on the copic markers. I've been using bazzille classic smooth and have had good results.

  3. That is just beautiful. I love the way you layered the flower. You sure can't tell that the white paper is thinner in the picture. I'm enjoying looking at your cards in the Dirty Dozen at SCS...they are so pretty!

  4. Gorgeous! Love how you layered the flowers and that bow is amazing. I love that SU set and I just downloaded it 2 days ago, was amazed by the price and that they even had digital sets! Hope they come out with more. :)

  5. Really stunning! Lovely card! Classic and totally wonderful. You rock!

  6. This is so beautiful Katarina! And I am excited about the digital paper!!!! I was almost ready to place an order for paper this morning until I seen the shipping charges, choke choke. I will have to check out SU.

  7. Well, you are a wealth of information!!! ha ha! I didn't know SU was going digital and I LOVE the papers you used! Beautiful coloring and thanks for the tidbit about the paper. My reds DO bleed! yuk!
    Hugs, Dena

  8. Can you tell us what color of Copics you used on this? I just took my first copic class, have very few colors at this point but am always wanting to know what the artist has done. I also have this pointsettia stamp set on order from Stampin Up.




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