Day 6 of Seven Days of Easy Christmas Cards–Gel Pens

Day six is all about using gel pens. I wanted to make a simple card that is made elegant by outlining with a variety of colors of gel pens.

I used a Stampin’ Up set called Solemn Stillness (retired) link: http://tinyurl.com/y94jhzl3 that has two layers of a pine tree…so I took them off the wood blocks and put them into the MISTI and stamped one layer on green cardstock that’s 5 1/2″ tall by 4 1/4″ wide…with Stampin’ Up Always Artichoke ink. I lined up the second stamp and put a piece of acetate over it to make sure the stamp would layer it on the right spot and stamped in red so I could see it. If it’s in the wrong spot, you’d wipe off the acetate and move the stamp and re-stamp it…
I stamped embossing ink from Ranger and then put silver Ranger embossing powder over the ink and heat set it. I wanted to make the tree my focal point, and decided I’d use a variety of gel pens…I used a white gel pen from Reminsce and a gold Uniball pen and silver pen that was a no-name pen. I made dashes and dots by using a strip of cardstock that was narrow enough to line it up on the edge of the card and make my marks against it. I decided you can’t see some of the inks with one layer, and had to color over them twice. I used the gold Uniball pen and highlighted the silver on the tree.
I used a piece of green cardstock that is a little darker than my original color and put it on a silver piece that was about 1/4″ wider and then notched the ends to make a banner look. The sentiment was inked with Always Artichoke ink and then clear embossed and heat set. I added white gel pen around the Season’s Greeting from the same stamp set.
I used a peg stamp that says Happy Holly Days and stamped the envelope. link: http://tinyurl.com/yabtq456

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