Day 2 of Seven Days of Easy Christmas Cards

I saw a version of this idea by Kay Kalthoff and wanted to share the basic idea.
I used a Stampin’ Up set called Peaceful Wishes, an old retired set…You can find it on Ebay for around $16 and here’s one link to it. http://tinyurl.com/ydgo8rdm
I started with a layer that is white cardstock Recollections heavyweight cardstock that is 4 x 5 1/4″ and had a brown layer that is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and a card base that is                       4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ in Island Indigo by Stampin’ Up..
I used a 1″ chip brush from Harbor Freight Liquidators here’s a link to it. http://tinyurl.com/ybpo58rn You can find these brushes at any hardware store, but I chose them because of their low prices….and they offered a coupon, so I saved 20% . You’ll want to trim about 1/2- 3/4″ off the top of the brush so your bristles are straight, and you’ll need one for every color family, blue, green, red, etc. and a different set for dye based inks and a set for pigment/distress oxides.

I used the chip brush with Island Indigo and brushed around the top three edges of the card. It doesn’t have to be perfect, as you’ll be stamping over it.
I used Garden Green Ink from Stampin’ Up that is still available to stamp the pine bough all around the top three edges of the card.  You can use any grass green ink color for this. Then stamped in some pine cones in Early Espresso ink from Stampin’ Up (also still available, but you can use any rich dark brown ink.)  I used a Real Red marker (water based red marker) from SU (still available, but you can use any water based bright red marker) and inked the berries then stamped them around the foliage, then drew lines connecting the berries with a Garden Green SU marker.(water based marker, again any grass green water based marker will work). I stamped my sentiment near the bottom right side of the card with Garden Green SU ink.
The next step is using something that looks like dots or rain or snow and stamp it all over the card with Versamark ink (after rubbing with your embossing buddy) and making sure the image is dry..My stamp doesn’t have a name on it, sorry… I used an embossing powder from Sparkle n Sprinkle called Vanilla Ice link: http://tinyurl.com/ya6umu9g and sprinkled it all over the card front then heat set it so it looks like snow. You can stamp the random dots all over the card a second time (like I did in the second card) so it looks like a blizzard..
I stamped my envelopes with the pine boughs and the red berries on the front corner and the back on the flap…

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