Category Archives: Glossy Accents

Christmas Joy Card with Crafty Secrets

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Good Monday morning, my friends!  I hope you enjoyed a restful and restorative weekend.  The weather here in North Carolina suddenly turned very cold and windy, which put me in the mood to create this Christmas Joy card with Crafty Secrets.

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This 5″ x 7″ card was pure pleasure to make.  I pulled out my Christmas Joy clear acrylic stamp set from Crafty Secrets along with my Creating with Retro Christmas CD5 and began to play.

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The sweet little holly frame background is from the CD.  I just copied it, pasted into Word and then sized it to 4″ x 6″.  Once it was printed onto white cardstock, I stamped the background with the snowflake stamp using Versamark and heat embossing with glitter embossing powder.

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These fun retro ornaments were stamped in Vermillion and Library Green Archival ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The basic ornaments are “naked” and you get to choose from several different elements and sentiments to stamp into the center.  I stamped with Frost White pigment ink from Color Box, heat embossed to set the ink and then I tapped the whole ornament with Versamark and heat embossed again with UTEE.  This gave them a shiny, glassy look, just like real ornaments.  Fun, right?

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A festive red bow and some stick pins were added to the top left corner.  Just for fun… LOL  I also strung gold and white crochet thread through the ornament tops and twisted it as I added it to the card.  I was just playing…having fun and not stressing too much about making things perfect, but when all was said and done, I was really happy with the results.

Crafty Secrets Nov 25 2013 03  These precious little birds really made me smile.  I stamped them in black Archival ink, heat embossed and then colored in with Distress Markers and a detail waterbrush.  I coated them with Glossy Accents to give them some shine and dimension.  The sentiment is also stamped in black Archival ink, heat embossed and free hand cut into a shape I liked.  I backed it with a bit of glossy teal cardstock.  I mean, it’s Christmas, people…shine, glitter, bling…it’s open season!

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The interior is lined with some red and kraft striped paper I had in my stash.  I stamped another red ornament and cut out a bit of a journal tag from one of my Crafty Secrets Christmas booklets.  These are all on sale right now.  I need to stock up because I use them all the time!  The stamp set is also on sale, and if you want the Retro Christmas collection, it’s also available as a download.  There are so many darling templates, papers, 3-D art pieces and everything you need to make wonderful retro Christmas cards like this one.

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I was having so much fun, I even decorated the envelope.  The back flap is covered and the inside is lined with this same red/kraft striped paper.   So cute together!

So, I’m curious…have you started your Christmas cards yet?  Usually I’m all done by now, but Dale’s hospital stay earlier this month cut my Christmas card creating time waaaaay down and I have very  little made right now.  I hope to work on that over the next few days…and maybe I can actually get some cards out this year.  I really like sending cards through the mail.  It’s such a treat to get something in the mailbox that’s not junk or a bill! 

OK…that’s it for me today.  I’ll try to pop back in soon with another card.  Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for leaving your comments…I read each and every one of them because your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



Beach Babe Birthday (Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk)

Beach Babe Birthday Card

Happy Friday to you!  I have been so busy that this week just flew by!  Don’t tell anyone, but I didn’t even dust or clean bathrooms this week…too many hours spent in the studio having way too much fun.  The dust will wait…and it’s almost Easter so dust bunnies seem oddly appropriate.  I have another fun beach themed card to share with you today.  I call this one “Beach Babe Birthday”.  The papers are from Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk collection, which never fail to make me happy:

001 (2) I love the vintage bathing beauties featured in this collection.  Isn’t she sweet?

Beach Babe Birthday Basics

Begin with a 10x 6 1/2 sheet of kraft cardstock.  Score on the long side at 5″.  Crease to make your card base.  Stamp around the perimeter of the card base with the border stamp of your choice.  I’ve used a border from Technique Tuesday “measure up” stamped in Sienna Archival InkA panel was cut to fit inside the stamped border, stitched and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  This panel was adhered to the card base.

One of the vintage beach babe photos was selected and cut on three sides, but torn on the left side, leaving a piece of the border in place.  A frame was cut using Spellbinder’s scalloped circle dies and placed over the image which was then covered in Glossy Accents and set aside to dry.

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The little camera was stamped onto a piece of aqua scrap paper and heat embossed.  The lens cap is fussy cut from the bottle cap images page.  Fun, right?

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A fishtail was cut into another piece of this aqua scrap paper and used as a mat for the black wavy stripe paper.  On this, two more vintage beach babes were added to the party. 

005 (2) This little panel was centered and adhered on the left hand side of the base panel.

Finishing touches for Beach Babe Birthday

The “smile” sentiment was stamped on a tag taken from the cut-out page of the collection and heat embossed.  Once the focal image dried, it was added to the base panel and adhered with dimensionals.  A button and some glittery sunglasses from my stash were added, and the camera, also popped up, was perched up in the corner.  Some postage stamps from the cut out page were added, torn on one side to add to the vintage feel.  006 (3) The ribbon was created by dying seam binding with distress inks.  You always have  a custom ribbon that perfectly matches your project when using this technique!

Beach Babe Birthday Greeting

The inside of the card is simple, but festive.  It features the aqua striped paper that was used as an accent on the outside of the card.  I like to do this sort of reverse technique when designing card interiors.  Use paper that was an accent on the cover and give it more prominence inside.  This ties the card together but provides a lovely contrast. 

010 I also framed the image, but mounted the frame horizontally, echoing the design on the front of the card.

Here are a few more pictures of this fabulous Beach Babe:

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004 (2) I think I want to be the Beach Babe when I grow up!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little blog today.  I hope this fabulous vintage Beach Babe Birthday card brought a smile to your face!  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the reply section.  Just click on the “leave a reply” button at the top of this post to do so.  You know your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Enjoy your weekend…until next time…



Products used in this project:  Graphic 45: On the Boardwalk paper collection; Technique Tuesday: Measure Up stamp; Paper Wishes: Birthday greetings stamp; Inkadinkado Clear Mini Stamps/Camera; Ranger Industries: Distress Ink, Glossy Accents, Archival Inks; Spellbinders: Circle and Scalloped Circle dies; Dimensionals: Stampin’ Up!

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