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Sweet Blooms Holiday Card | Angela Simpson

Sweet Blooms Holiday Card | Angela Simpson

Hi friends, it's Angela here with a fun little holiday project to share! As I'm sure is the case for you, part of my crafty stash includes holiday-themed products, but the majority of my stamps and dies can be used all year round. One of my favorite things to do is to take those hard-working year-rounders and use them to make holiday cards. (The reverse - finding year-round uses for seasonal products - is also fun, but sometimes requires a bit more creativity!)

Sweet Blooms Holiday Card | Angela Simpson

There are plenty of Pinkfresh products that can be used any time of year, and I decided to use one of them - the Sweet Blooms hot foil plate - in combination with the newer Joy hot foil sentiment, to create a Christmas card. To get started, I foiled the Sweet Blooms in matte gold, then used the coordinating layering stencil set to fill in the color. Ink-wise, I used Pinkfresh inks in Candy Apple, Olive and Evergreen - three of my favorites when I want a more traditional palette. While the color gradients are a little bit less noticeable in the photos you see here than they are in real life, I applied the Evergreen ink towards the base of the leaves to create more visual depth, and went in with a heavier hand with Candied Apple at the base of the blooms. Yes, it's an extra step, but it's always worth it if you ask me!

Sweet Blooms Holiday Card | Angela Simpson

With the background complete, I moved on to foiling the large Joy sentiment with the same matte gold foil, then switched gears to heat embossing a 'let there be light' from the Ornaments stamp set on dark green cardstock. Doing this in white created some strong contrast against the cardstock and I find this helps to prevent small sentiments from getting lost amongst other card elements.

Sweet Blooms Holiday Card | Angela Simpson

Assembly was quick and easy. I adhered the Sweet Blooms background with liquid glue to an A2 card base, then used a piece of temporary tape to hold the Joy letters in place with some slight overlapping while I covered the back in foam tape. After mounting those in the center of the card, I finished with the sub-sentiment underneath. A simple design, but one that I feel really lets the beautiful background florals shine.

Thank you so much for checking out this project today, and I hope that your holiday crafting is coming along nicely! If this card inspires you to create, I'd love to see what you make. Be sure to tag me (@mycraftyperspective) and @pinkfreshstudio on Instagram so we can check out your creations, and until next time, happy crafting! - Angela

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