Holiday Card Series 2014 – Day 6

Hi Everyone! Kristina here. Welcome to Day
6 of the Holiday Card Series for 2014. Today I’m using these dies from Simon Says Stamp.
These are the Village dies. I designed these to be used in a specific way that I am going
to show you today. However there are some other ways you can use these dies. So, I’ve
created a video that is over on the Simon Says Stamp YouTube channel. And if you click
on the link in the top corner right now where it will take you right to that video where you can
see some more ideas on how to use these dies. But for now I’m just going to line them up
on some cardstock here. This is Neenah Solar White 80 lb. And I’m going to tape the down
using some FrogTape. It’s a really low adhesive tape. It’s great for painting and things like
that around your house. But today I’m just having it hold down those dies onto this cardstock.
I will use a couple of different pieces of that tape. And I’ll run it through my Big
Shot Machine just like usual. And then I will very very gently peel this off. I want to
make sure that I don’t tear the paper or tear any of the die cutting I’ve already done.
So, all those little windows on the houses need to be popped out. So I’m going to use
a Tim Holtz Craft Pick and just poke those out. They die cut beautifully but they’re
still stuck in the paper. So I just poked them out. And now I’m going to be cutting
in between the houses and also on the edge of the card stock. So I’m using a pencil to draw in those connecting
points just to make sure I have a good idea of where I’m going to be cutting with my craft knife. And
then I’ll take a craft knife and just connect all of those pieces of die cuts and this is
going to make it so all of the houses are all in one piece and it creates one big silhouette.
So it just pulls away from that card stock there. And now I have this full die cut that
I’m going to use. I’m going to be water coloring behind the die cut. Creating a very colorful
sky scene. So I’m just taping down my watercolor paper. This is 5×7 Strathmore water color
paper. Taped that to a board and now I’m wetting it down with some water and I’ll be adding
some color. So I’m going to speed up the video and add some music. some music. So after the watercolor piece is completely
dry I peeled off all of that tape and trimmed it down and I just wanted to get an idea of
what it would look like with that die cut, so I just placed it on top to get an idea.
And I’m going to be using The Peace on Earth stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. This is another
one that I designed. I’m going to use the Peace on Earth greeting on the top corner.
And in order to prep my watercolor paper I put down some EK Success Powder Tool and then
I stamped the Peace on Earth greeting in VersaMark Ink. That village scene is just placed there
so I can get some good spacing and then I’ll remove that village scene while I do the embossing.
So I’m sprinkling on some Hero Arts White Embossing Powder tapping off the excess. And
then heat setting that with my heat tool until it is completely melted. The card base I’m
using today is 110 lb Neenah Solar White. I’m using that cardstock in particular because
I want the whites to match the white of the village scene also the white of the card base.
I scored at 4.25 so it would create a landscape top folding card. Then I took my craft sheet
and put my water color piece down and taped it down. And then also tapped the Simon
Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil. I’m going to be using some embossing paste on this today.
And I wanted to do the embossed greeting before I added the embossing paste so that I could
sort of move around that greeting area and not put any of the snowflakes on top of the greeting.
So, I’m making sure that I go around these edges really carefully. I want to make sure
I don’t get any embossing powder on top of that Peace on Earth greeting. So I put that
all around and I’ll be scrapping off the excess and putting it back in the jar. Embossing
paste does start to dry pretty quickly so you do want to work pretty quickly as you’re
adding it to your project. But it doesn’t dry to quickly that you can’t scrap off the
excess and put it back into the jar. So I peeled off that mask and I’m left with this
really pretty snow scene around the greeting. I think this sort of looks like northern lights
you know if you were up in Alaska or anything like that. It looks really pretty with all
of those colors. So while the embossing paste is drying I adhered some foam tape to the
back of the village piece. I also trimmed down the water color piece a little bit more
and rounded the top corners with a 1/2 inch corner rounder using We R Memory Keepers Corner
Chomper. I adhered that down to the card base and then I peeled off the backing of that
foam tape and placed village scene on top. As you adhere the village scene down you can
move those trees around a little bit to make sure they are standing up straight so if they
don’t stay in place when you’re die cutting you can move those just a little bit. And
that finishes the card for today. Hope you guys enjoyed. I will be back on Monday for
Day 7 of the Holiday Card Series. Until then thanks for watching. Once again thank you so much for watching
today’s video and for watching the Holiday Card Series. This was Day 6 and I have 5 more
videos for you to check out and they are all Day 6 videos from the previous years of The
Holiday Card Series. So please check any of those out if you’d like. And like I said before
I will be back on Monday with Day 7 of The Holiday Card Series. Until then you can check
me out on my blog at You can also hit that subscribe button on the
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Thanks for watching and I’ll catch you guys next time.

79 Replies to “Holiday Card Series 2014 – Day 6”

  1. What a beautiful card OMG your scene turned out so awesome. How fun it was watching your technique for the die cutting my goodness how clever and creative. Super watercolor background. You are just so stinkin' talented!!  WOW!! 
    Your video was not only a treat but fun and packed with inspiration!!

    Joan Smith

  2. What a beautiful simple card!  I love what you did with the background — what a great technique I can't wait to try!  Thanks for sharing.

  3. Drool! those watercolours are so yummy. makes me so happy that i ordered your dies. Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration.

  4. the 5 cards at the end are in reverse order from the pictures (2013 card comes up when you click on the 2009 card and so on)

  5. Such a beautiful card !! I love the colors of the background, it just makes the houses pop !! Thank you Kristina !! Doris

  6. I would have never thought of those colors on a Christmas card but it came together so perfectly and you certainly made it work ever so beautifully. Bravo once again for another incredible creation. (hugs to manny)

  7. Kristina I just love this card…it is so clean so simple and so elegant all at the same time.
    Love everything about it…thanks for showing…

  8. Love that background! I wasn't sure at first that it looked like a night sky, but when you mentioned the Northern Lights, it clicked. Yes, I do think it looks like that. The snow was a nice touch, too. Tfs!

  9. What a fantastic idea for the dies-to be able to move them around to allow for greater creativity!  Pure genius, Kristina.  The watercoloring is so great behind the whole scene too.  Total inspiration.

  10. Oh my! I would never have thought of such beautiful sky with this color combo! My skies are always blue and rainbows are always on a corner. Thanks for sharing. Would you be creating any Christmas cards with Mannie?

  11. HI, how do I get rid of the printed words on your screen? I can't see most of what you are doing – and I really want to. Your work (what I can see of it) looks great.

  12. This looks like fun! It's amazing how beautiful the finished product is and I love the dimension of the embossing paste and foam tape. Very nice! 

  13. Super card, Kristina! I like these dies and the sentiment set. Great design. I was intrigued to see what kind of card you would make, using the brightly colored bkgrd. How COOL the way your transformed it into a unique winter, holiday card! FANTASTIC! Thanks for making all of these awesome videos, Gabby 🙂

  14. the card is stunning it looks beautiful the rainbow of colors .. I wonder if you could get the same effect using different types of ink as I don't have watercolor. .I guess I will have to figure that out myself.

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