1. Nope, I haven't made the cocoa recipes yet. Can't promise when I'll get around to that, just too much other stuff on my plate right now.
2. The inside of my cards today are totally blank. The ribbon I used is cut to fit the front only.
3. What Copic markers should you purchase? Check this link out by Debbie Olson HERE. She has taken a lot of time to provide a great wealth of information about Copics. Great advice Debbie, and thank you for compiling it all in once place!
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For me, hand made cards are always a well received gift. You don't even have to leave your house. Go ahead and stay in your jammies. Let's get stampin'! I know you have stamps:
And you've got lots of glittery goodness:
Ribbon? Come on ladies, fess up. You've got a gazillion yards of ribbon:
I'm sure you have a few pieces of patterned paper lying around:
Maybe some buttons:
You probably have enough card making supplies to keep you busy for years, am I right? Nod your head yes. The only thing I can think that you might need.......if you're like me.......is a magic fairy to come along to clean up your stamp area and give you a little more stamping space! And pray that she arrives with a big dump truck! ;) Hey, I see a 12" clean spot on my stamping table......let's get stampin' girls!
I thought I would whip up a few Christmas thank you cards today. Those are always needed and often overlooked....a perfect gift. I'll be coloring today, so here's the lineup of Copic Sketch markers that I'll be using:
And I'll also be using the JustRite stamp set called Christmas Treasures Borders and Centers. I love the cardinal image with the bird house. I started out by stamping my images with Palette Black Noir ink. If you find that you're picking up a little of the stamp edges, go ahead and trim your stamp image like what I've done in the photo. I made easy work of my main images by punching them out with a Giga scalloped square punch. I then colored my images with my Copic Sketch markers.
Next up, I decided what products I wanted to use for my cards and created a simply design. I chose to use a Making Memories patterned paper that has perfect coordinating red cardinals in the design. I found mine at Michael's in a paper pad. For my card base, I used PTI Kraft and stamped a Hero Arts Woodgrain background stamp in PTI Fresh Snow. It's so fun to use your supplies that coordinate. The woodgrain background mimics the woodgrain in the bird house image.
Next, I assembled my cards and then went straight for my stash of embellishment goodies. I used Papertrey's Scarlet Jewel ribbon and Vintage Buttons, Stickles, Vintage Glass Glitter and Glossy Accents. Yes, all that!On my pretty bird image, I used Stickles and the glass glitter to create snow on the bird house. Glossy Accents was used to add shine to the holly and berries. Oh, I used a white gel pen also to dot the cardinal's eye so it stood out a little better.
Here's one of my finished cards. You can see that I also added Vintage Buttons tied with twine.
And here's my little stash of cards. A little tip for you: When creating cards to give as gifts, try to keep the *bulk* to a minimum. If I'm going to give away a little pile of cards, I try to keep my ribbon and embellishments fairly flat. tThe cards package up much nicer. And it doesn't matter how you package up your cards, the recipient will LOVE them......and will probably beg for more! So get out your supplies...use up some of those goodies.....and stamp some cards!
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