WELCOME TO THE DECEMBER “12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS” BLOG HOP – DAY 4
Hi everyone! Happy Holidays from everyone at the Blog Hop for Sean & Regina! Thank you for playing along in our December blog hop. The Blog Hop with Sean & Regina features Gina K. Designs stamps only for our monthly blog hops.
This month, we are featuring the “12 Days of Christmas”. Each blog hop designer will be hosting a day from December 13 – December 24 that will feature Christmas/Holiday cards from a Gina K. Designs stamp set. A list of blog hop designers are listed in this post with the day they will be hosting. You are invited to take part in each of the twelve days. Subscribe and comment on the hop designer’s blog hop for the day and at the end, the person who has completed the entire twelve days will win a wonderful GINA K. DESIGNS PRIZE PACK!
OUR BLOG HOP PRIZE!
A Gina K. Designs Prize Pack including:
- Gina K. Designs stamp set
- Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury card stock
- Gina K. Designs pattern paper
Here are the cards I made:
First, I’d like to give credit for the idea of this card to Catherine Pooler, a Stampin’ Up! consultant.
Okay, onto the card, which is known as a Swing Card.
Start off folding your card as you would any other card. Next fold the front panel (only) back toward the fold, so you end up with the equivalent of half a panel on the front. (See image below.) Then, you’ll need to take any die that you like – I used Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament – and, with the panel still folded, lay the die along the folded line, and cut only to the halfway mark. I messed this up several times before I did it right, so you might want to practice on some scratch paper before attempting the main project.
Next I cut out two ornaments using Christmas patterned paper. I have a heap left over from last year, and used that.
I then stamped the greeting on the inside of the card, making sure it could be seen with the folded panel flat. The stamp is from Gina K Designs “Merry & Bright” Duo set.
After doing all this, I felt the card was too bare. I took some “Forever Green” Perfect Pearls Mist and sprayed the front panel of the card – but only the part showing above. I made a mask for the ornament, which I’d already added, so it would not be spoiled.
I felt it was still a little plain, so added “Interference Red” Perfect Pearls Mist. I love the glimmer and shine you get from these sprays. They can really lift the card.
Next I added an ornamental bell that I’ve had in the cupboard for years. I bought about two dozen a few years ago, and use them only now and then. I used some gold thread, and attached it with a glue dot, then added a gold bow on top.
Next I added a Snowflake die that I had made many weeks ago, and glittered, but never used. I added that to the top right hand corner ‘inside’ the card.
Below you can see the ‘inside’ of the card. It’s not a necessity, but I also added an ornament shape to finish off the card. You can add other stamps, patterned papers, or whatever you wish to the inside. You can also use this same idea for just about any occassion by using different shaped dies.
My next card is very simple, but very effective.
For the base I used white card stock. I then matted that with green, making the border slighly smaller than the base card. Next, another piece of white cardstock. This time it needs to be slightly smaller than the green, to allow the green to show through.
The next part is very easy. Using an old cardboard box, add your piece of white cardstock. Thoroughly spray it with “Forever Green” Perfect Pearls Mist. Put aside to dry naturally, or you can use a heat gun if you don’t want to wait. It only takes 4-5 minutes to dry, provided you haven’t saturated the card. (You can do this part first if you want.)
While it’s drying, cut out two different sized circles with punches or dies. The largest one needs to be in the same green card as your matting. It needs to be slightly larger than the white card.
Stamp your greeting onto the white circle. I did mine using Forest Green Stazon. I then used a ‘fern’ from Gina K Designs “Vogue Vases”. (The one I used is shown on the left at the bottom of the image.) I inked, then stamped off twice on scratch paper before stamping the circle. This is because I wanted it to be much lighter than the greeting. I could also have done it using a lighter tone of green or even another color altogether.
Once the sprayed card is dry, you can add your circles. I used dimensions on each layer, giving the card more of a 3D look.
*To change the look of this card, use red or another color. Instead of Forever Green, try Interference Red Perfect Pearls Mists, or another color in the range, such as Heirloom Gold. You can also add pearls to the corners, add a bow to the top of the white greeting circle etc.
NOW LET’S GET HOPPING…..
Now it is your turn to blog hop with all of our friends!
The rules are simple:
- Visit each participating blog on the list below from December 13 – December 24.
- Leave a comment for the blog host designer.
- Become a follower of each participating blog.
If you follow rules 1 – 3, you will be eligible to win the grand prize of a Gina K. Designs Prize Pack.
At the end of the hop, a random winner will be chosen for the Blog Hop Grand Prize using comments and followers from each blog. We will be posting the winner a day or so after the holidays!
The blog hop designer this month and the designated date they are hosting are as follows:
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