Friday, December 21, 2018

Merry Christmas from Creative Impressions!

Hello Everyone!  I would like to start off this last blog before Christmas by wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas from all of us at Creative Impressions!  We so appreciate all of your comments as well as  your business!  For our last blog, we would like to feature some beautiful cards from our fabulous guest designer, Jan Francis!  Love your work, Jan!

Love how Jan used Creative Impressions  Lime Web Ribbon (70183) on the diagonal!  Never thought about that before, but love the look!  CI's Felt Holly from the Christmas (63120) set and a die cut "Merry Christmas" are perfect on the front - love the simple elegance of this card!

Next we have a creative card in which Jan cut around the letters spelling out "Merry Christmas" for the card front.  She then wrapped a length of Snowflake Printed Ribbon (80117)  around the words and added a Felt Christmas Ornament from the Christmas Ornaments (63121) set, attaching it with a Brown Safety pin ((84567).  Beautiful!

Thank you again to everyone!  Cheryl and I, along with some Guest Designers, look forward to creating lots more inspirational projects to share with you in 2019!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Simple, Special Creative Impressions Christmas

This year I needed a SIMPLE yet special card to send to family & friends for Christmas.  Easy to achieve with Creative Impressions ribbons & brads!

I positioned the words "Merry Christmas" on a page on the word processing program on my computer.  I created two columns and the words are about 3 1/4 inches from the bottom of the page.  Print onto simple white card stock and cut in half lengthwise.  Fold and you're to complete the cards.

Cut 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch panels of decorative Christmas paper.  Cut a length of coordinating ribbon and attach to top of Christmas paper.  Affix Christmas brad and adhere panel to the card stock base.

Lots of variations on the design using different ribbons and brads.

Every morning, I complete 6 or 8 cards for mailing.  Super easy and not too time consuming, which was GREAT.  Just what I needed this busy Christmas season!

Even when you've got a lot going on, 
you can come up with simple cards to remember all the loved ones on your list!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Winter Wonderland

Today I am featuring two cards using some beautiful Creative Impressions Metallic Embellishments along with die cuts in a whimsical way:

First up I  used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous deer from the Winter Wonderland die set.   I die cut the deer from cream card stock and colored them with soft foams and Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  I watched a tutorial by Kittie Caracciolo to learn this technique. Then I created the snowy background using the "snow" die from the same Winter Wonderland die set along with some "snow" I created by cutting some extra white card stock in a curvy pattern.  I used foam tape to adhere one of the snow mounds so that I could tuck in some Creative Impressions Metallic Green Tree Brad (90641)along with two of the smaller deer.

I wanted my larger deer to look like "Rudolph", so I added a Red Metallic Round (90670)                         to his nose.  Finally, he was placed on my panel along with some Creative Impressions Snowflake rounds (brads) from the White Snowflake Combo (90650) to add interest to the sky.

After the addition of one more GreenTree Brad, I adhered the panel onto a card and used some Diamond Stickles for some sparkle.

Here is the second card:

I used the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Woodlands die and cut the two trees from dark green  card stock.  The center of both trees pops out so that when they are placed on a white background it looks like snow on the trees.  I wanted the snow effect to be much more dramatic, so, after adhering the trees to a background panel prepared with blended Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, I added white gesso with a paintbrush.

As you can see from this close up photo, I added some Metallic Mini Rounds in red from the Metallic Mini Rounds Assortment (90193) and some Red brads from the Metallic Rounds Assortment (90670) to the trees to serve as ornaments.  I then brushed a little gesso over the tops to make it look more natural.

Lastly, I stamped "Joy to All", an old Hero Arts stamp, at the top of the card panel and adhered the panel to a red card stock panel and then to a white card.

Hope your holidays are wonderful!