Saturday, November 27, 2010

OWH Christmas Card Hop

Good morning all! I am so excited to be a part of Operation Write Home's Christmas blog hop! If you came from Jessica's blog Kinder Stampo you are in the right place, if you just stopped by to visit and would like to join us, start at the beginning Crafty Card Gallery
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone it's time to get to Christmas. If you're like me you have been working on your Christmas cards for quite some time now but new inspiration is always welcome!

Today I have another tutorial for you. :) This time we are looking at "stamp lighting" using a stampamajig.
Here is the card I made for those of you who aren't interested in the tutorial (but if you make it to the end there might be some goodies in it for you ;)wink)

If you want to skip all the extras below you can head over to the next stop and see Sandy at It's a Colorful World, I know she has something fantastic for you!!

Now on to the tutorial!!
So if you have seen any of my other cards you know I really dig the masking. I used Hero Arts Sending
Holiday Cheer set for this card. To start stamp the house twice on inkadinkado's masking paper and cut them out. Then stamp the house 4 times on white card stock. In order to make sure they are straight I use a ruler to draw a line and erase it after I'm done.
Put your masks over your stamped houses. Rip a scrap piece of card stock or post it note and lay it down to mask for your snow line.

rub on black soot distress ink to color your sky. Since I didn't want a black sky I just used the ink that was left on my sponge from previous uses. If you don't have ink left over you can dab your foam on the pad once or twice and then blot off some of the color on a scrap.
Stamp the tree three times in between the houses.
remove the mask for the horizon line. Use the mask to create little hills by putting it down on an angle and sponging on the very edge. I did this twice just to create some interest in all that white space.

Remove the rest of your masks. Set them aside you'll need at least one house again.This is what we have so far.  (now is a good time to erase the pencil mark if you made one :)
 For my stamp lighting I wanted a circle but none of my dies or stencils had the right size, but you know what did?

that's right. :) another reason why Dunkin Donuts is awesome!! So I traced my coffee cup and cut out my circle. Obviously if you have a punch it's okay to go ahead and use that ;)
Now it's time for the stampamajig. Stamp the house on the clear plastic. Make sure you get right into the corner with your block.

take the plastic and line it up with the house on the background.

without moving the stampamajig, move the plastic and lay down your circle. In order to get the placement right I rock my stampamajig up a little that way it's position doesn't change and I can move my circle around. You also have to make sure your background doesn't move while your adjusting. It's a little tricky the first or second time but you figure it out lol. I put my plastic back down to double check the placement.
move plastic and stamp the house onto the circle. again making sure to get the block right in the corner.
now that your house is stamped mask it again. I try to make sure I use the same one I did the first time. This way it is easier to match up my trees. Stamp the tree on the plastic and line it up just like you did the house. Make sure you remove the background this time.
Stamp a tree on each side using peeled paint and forest moss. Remove mask and color in your house. I colored with distress inks: brushed corduroy, walnut stain, barn door, and tumbled glass.
put your mask back on (yes I could of done this step before I colored but I was too excited to color he he) and line up your snow line mask.
rub on faded jeans distress ink, remove mask
add liquid pearls to the snowy parts of the house. Normally I would use glitter but that's a big no-no for OWH. We don't want to endanger our soldiers! Add some glossy accents to the windows and bow

while that is drying we go back to the background panel and stamp our sentiment.
mount the panel to a black card base

Don't forget if you use a dark card base to line the inside with white. Sometimes our heroes only have a pencil to write with and it doesn't show up well on dark card stock. (If I was mailing this card to OWH I would also put a white liner on the top. It gives the heroes more room to write and if they don't use it it still looks pretty :)
Once your circle is dry, line it up with the background and adhere with foam tape. Here are some close ups. first is the dimension ( I try to keep mine pretty flat so that way extra shipping costs aren't incurred by our heroes.)

and the shine

here is the final card again

So if you made it this far here are the goodies First: the winner for my last OWH blog hop candy didn't claim it so I'm giving it away again. It's a $20 gift card to I {Heart} Papers

Second is a little stash of goodies to help you make those Valentine cards for our Heroes! The deadline is January 7th
The winner of this gets:
1 Amore and More Stamp set by Scrappy Cat
4 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 panels of K&Company Sweet Talk Pattern Hearts
2 of each color 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Bazzill card stock in Slipper, Rip Tide, and Berry Pretty
2 4 X 5 1/4 white panels embossed with D'vine swirls
2 4 X 5 1/4 white panels embossed with Swiss dots
1 of each image from Inkadinkado's Animal hearts stamped in black archival ink on a 4 X 5 1/4 panels

2 of each image from cuttlebugs animals embossed on white 2 1/2 X 2 1/4 panels

4 postage stamp die cuts embossed with the valentines stamp from the cuttlebug set celebrations

6 yards of 3/8" burgundy ribbon
10 yards of 1/8" red ribbon
10 yards of 1/8" white ribbon
1 67piece rhinestone set in alexandrite by Darice
1 35 piece wedding rhinestone set in clear by K&Company

okay now to win :) Just leave a comment on this post. I'll leave it open until Midnight Sunday November 28. I'll post the winner on Monday. Please check back I'd hate for someone to miss out on the win like last time! Also the gift card is open to any winner but I will only ship the bundle of goodies within the US. While you are here, if you like what you see I'd love if you become a follower although it's not required, I do love new followers!!

Now you are finally ( I know this was crazy long) off to Sandy at It's a Colorful World for some more wonderful inspiration! Have a Blessed day and thanks so much for visiting :)


  1. Gorgeous card, Kelly! And thanks for the tutorial on how you made it. Amazing colors on your stamp-lit piece and great how you "made it work" for OWH without any glitter!

  2. Very pretty. Thank you for sharing your tutorial, I have it bookmarked to come back sometime and give it a try. Also, thank you for sharing your card with us on this hop.

    Marianne S.
    sthquilter at gmail dot com

  3. What a fun technique! Thanks for sharing and for the awesome candy!

  4. Awesome card and cool technique.

    I'm your newest follower.
    Check out my blog.

  5. awesome card and love your detailed tutorial.

  6. WOW! Your card is amazing! A lot of work - but totally worth it! Thanks for the clear, detailed instructions!
    qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca

  7. I adore this card, it reminds me of why I love family and friends. Such an inspiring card.

  8. Thank you for sharing both the card and tutorial! I would love a chance to win the Valentine's Day candy, as I am hosting a community-wide OWH CardMaking day for our troops on Sunday Dec 12. Bring it on, we need supplies!!!

    Ellen at
    Cardmonkey at Comcast dot net

  9. What a wonderful tutorial and a beautiful card, I love this. I have a stamp that will work perfectly with it, so please plan on being scraplifted.

    Scrappily Ever After Blog

  10. Wow! Super card, and I love your tutorials!! You do a great job with them :) :) :) Maybe you can check in with Kate and do one on the Stars and Stamps blog?

  11. Thanks for the tutorial....your card is beautiful!!! I love the snow;)
    Happy Hoppin'

  12. This why I love these blog hops! Great ideas, plus step by step tutorials. What a gorgeous card.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Your tutorial is perfect. You shared so many techniques. I love spot light cards. That was one of the first techniques I used to make a "wow" card.
    Thanks for offering blog candy. I would love to win the gift card. I am in Canada.
    Theresa in Kitimat
    tfredric at citywest dot ca

  14. What a fabulous job on the masking!! You have created such a beautiful winter scene here!

  15. I love this card! Thank you so much for the detailed instructions. I am going to try this today!

  16. Your card is absolutely stunning!!!! So happy that I found my way to your blog! I just became a new follower!


  17. Wow - great tutorial! I love your card. I'd love to win the blog candy - will you e-mail the winner???

  18. This is really beautiful! OK, this is wickedly cool!!!! I have never seen (or noticed it) cards like this.. masking? WOW.. Thanks for the instruction, I will for sure be hitting your blog to try and make something like this!
    I am a new follower of your blog.
    TFS and a chance to win
    Bonnie Cantu

  19. Just love it,,,

    sandy jones

  20. I am not a big stamper but will be back to read this more carefully thanks

  21. Oh WOW! I really need to try this! And whatever solider gets this card is going to LOVE it! TFS!

  22. sooo gna try this!! what an awesome card!! Im now a follower love this!! great work


  23. WOW! THANK YOU so much for showing this technique! Yes, I read the whole thing (LOL!)...I've never seen it demo'd before & and the end result is awesome!!!

    wilder4ga at comcast dot net

  24. Lovely card .... wonderful service you are preforming. TFS

  25. That was a great tutorial and I love the outcome! Thanks for making cards for OWH as well, it is a wonderful mission!

    hiscreation2 at hotmail dot com

  26. WOW now that is just breathtaking Just beautiful and so much details. WOW :O
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  27. I sure do love those visual steps to this amazing card. Thanks!

    When you get a chance, please stop by and visit.

  28. This card is great. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. I am a new follower.


  29. What a lovely card! And I do so appreciate the tutorial as this is a technique I've been wanting to try and you make it look so easy! Just discovered your blog and am now a follower! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

  30. Cool!! Thanks!!

  31. I think whoever came up with the idea of masking is my new hero. It is great. Thanks for sharing.

    gdobberteen at yahoo dot com

  32. Love the card~very intricate. I need more stamps I am thinking!

  33. What a great tutorial! I absolutely LOVe your cards it's so pretty!

  34. Your card is beautiful!! Awesome candy too!!

  35. WOW! you card is awesome. Amazing! That's alot of work. TFS

    desaucier at bellsouth dot net

  36. The effect is amazing. I am new to stamping and I need all the help I can get, lol. I will be back to read the tutorial again with supplies by my side to give it a whirl. Thanks for sharing and the awesome candy package.

    csparky61 at yahoo dot com

  37. You are one very talented cardmaker. Love the blog and am now a follower too. Thanks for a chance and for giving back :)

    Happy Scrappin'

    Sue B

  38. Your card is beautiful i especially appreciate when you post a really thorough tutorial too..thanks so much!

  39. That is so cool, I love it!

  40. Love all the step by step instructions. What a great card. Love it.

  41. Hi Kelly,

    Love your card, thanks for show us the details too! Your blog template makes me feel at home, I live in Arizona and it looks like on the way to Las Vegas from here! Jan

  42. Great card, thanks for the tutorial!

    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

  43. Wow what a great idea! This blog hop rocks. I have learned so much. Thank you for the tutorial. I loved this. I will try this myself.

  44. Beautiful card! Thanks for the tutorial, I will definetely have to try this.
    cwins89203 at aol dot com

  45. Oh I so love this card it is beautiful and I have never seen this done. Thank you so much for all the dets I am so going to try this. Thank you for all the fun prizes! I am so glad you are in this hop with us it is super fun!

  46. Wow...your card was awesome!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

    jtg0398 at sbcglobal dot net

  47. What an awesome card & so glad you did such an in depth tutorial!!! I am a follower & appreciate all the love that went into your card!!!

  48. thank you for such a detailed tutorial.. awesome card, so glad you are part of the hop.. thanks for sharing

    lostnwa98 at frontier dot com

  49. Your card came out really really cool. I love how you just colored in the circle. Nice technique.

  50. thanks for sharing all those nifty techniques!! beautiful card!

  51. I'm a follower come and visit me
    I like cards that use blk & wht with color
    Rebecca Minor
    buzzybeedesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  52. Wow! This is great! So much work was put into this beautiful card and it definitely shows! Thank you for posting this! :o)

    I am also a new follower of your blog!


  53. Wow! This is awesome! I can't believe all the work that went into this! The end result was well worth it!


    p.s. I am a new follower

  54. Beautiful card!! I really like the technique and thank for showing us how to do it!

  55. your card is amazing, thank you for the tutorial!!

  56. this is my favorite card so far. i love the coloring on the house and the sentiment (also too cute using DD cup for a pattern for a circle!).

  57. Wow! Awesome card, so beautiful! TFS

  58. Love your technique. Very cool card. Thank you for sharing.

  59. Amazing card and wonderful directions!!! I am ready to try this myself!


  60. lovely card, thanks for the tutorial
    Paula xx

  61. Absolutely beautiful, TFS and providing such an awesome tutorial.

  62. I absolutely love how you make your cards, it is so inspiring. I also love that you make cards for soldiers, I have a lot of friends overseas and I know the one thing they appreciate the most is hearing from loved ones and being able to send well wishes home. Thanks for all you do!!!

  63. Awesome card, TFS the detailed instructions, that always makes it a little easier to do the project :)

  64. I love this card. It is so creative. Thanks for sharing. I am new to the blog world and am having a blast on my first

  65. What an amazing card!! Will definitely have to try this, love it!! Thank You!!

  66. Great card! I've never seen that technique used before. Am going to have to try it because your card is very cool! Thanks for participating in the blog hop!!! Am a new follower!

  67. Beautiful card and thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  68. New here & now following.
    Totally agree with the coffee cups, hehehe.
    By the way cool card.
    created2bunique at ymail dot com

  69. Love your card! Great tutorial!
    ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

  70. Love your card and that stamp is great. TFS

    Hugs Debbie

  71. Your card is SO WONDERFUL! I love the technique you used! Too Cool!
    top 29 gun at gmai dot com

  72. Thank you so much for not only sharing this beautiful card, but for also giving us a tutorial on how to make it! This card is amazing! You should be REALLY proud


  73. thanks for the tutorial love the card

  74. Thanks for another great tutorial although it really takes a lot of efforts. I added this card to my flickr favorite and commented "Unique" and indeed, this card is.

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