Hi there crafty friends! HAPPY WORLD CARDMAKING DAY!!! Yes, that’s right, today is the special day where crafters all across the world celebrate the art of creating handmade cards!

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Today is also a special blog hop day, because Winnie and Walter are hosting a special hop where a group of fabulous designers are all sharing inspiration for you to enjoy; I am one of guest designers joining in and I have two cards to share with you that feature a few of my favorite Winnie and Walter products! If you have already been hopping with us, you should have arrived from the fabulous Heather Hoffman’s blog!

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These two cards were made using the Essentials: Noelle Cutaway dies and the Happiest of Holidays stamp set. I love how these two paired up so well together to create these beautiful winter cards. What’s really great about these cards is that they could be indeed be used for the holidays or they could be used anytime as a pretty thank you/grateful card.

I created the tags by stamping images from the Happiest of Holidays stamp set onto watercolor paper that was  die cut into a tag using the Noelle Cutaway dies. I then watercolored the images with my Zig Clean Color markers. I did quite a bit of color mixing on these images; for example, on the cardinal I mixed yellow, red indigo and gray into the bird to get a bit of variation in its feathers. I also did some color mixing in the backgrounds of each tag to fill in some more color. I love how the background is very impressionistic, as it makes me think of the background perhaps being more holly branches in the distance with a bit of sky peeking through)!

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After watercoloring the tags, I created the rest of the cards different from each other; for the cardinal, I made the card from a Neenah Desert Storm card base (stamped with the Hero Arts Holiday Florals background stamp), and layered some pattern paper and vellum on top. The vellum has a heat embossed “frosted edging” on it, which I show how to do in this video). The sentiment is from the Happiest of Holidays stamp set, and is heat embossed on vellum with gold embossing powder.

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The second card is on a white linen card base that I scored with two rectangle dies to create a debossed frame (see more on debossing in this video). I also layered some banners and more linen paper on top and tucked a few Sparkling Clear sequins in and around the card as well. As with the first card, the sentiment is gold heat embossed onto vellum.

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I really love how pretty these cards turned out and I hope you got some inspiration out of them! HAPPY WORLD CARDMAKING DAY! And be sure to keep reading to learn more about the hop and how you can win one of the fun prizes being given away today!

 

KEEP HOPPING & GIVEAWAYS

Would you like to win a shopping spree??? Well guess what!? 3 random winners will be drawn from all the comments left on the different stops along this hop!!! How cool is that? Each winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter shop. Please be sure to leave comments on this post and on all the others in the hop, as the more you comment, the more you increase your chances of winning! Comments for the hop are open until October 7th, 11:59 PM central time.

To continue on hopping, visit the blog of the talented Vanessa Menhorn! If you get lost along the way (or you are just joining in!), you can stop by the Winnie and Walter blog for the full hop list.

 

 

PRODUCTS

If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.

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