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Home for the Holidays | Keeway Tsao

Home for the Holidays | Keeway Tsao

Hi friends! I'm thrilled to be here for my first design team post bringing you some Christmas in July inspiration! I know what you're early? But it's never too early for holiday crafting!! You're going to wish you got started once the summer flies by before you know it.

The best thing about today's cards is that I created them using the A Day in the City and the Home for the Holidays stamp sets. These sets were designed to make several elements interchangeable for several occasions, including non-holiday themes! They are great for scene making, and so if you get them now you can use them for your everyday needs, AND you'll be ready for holiday cardmaking whenever you're ready to start. Win win!

To create my card, I started by blending a night sky with distress oxide inks, then generously splattered it with white acrylic paint to create the snowy sky. Once dry, I used the small snowflake images from the Home for the Holidays stamp set and stamped it in Versamark ink and heat embossed the images with white detail embossing powder.

I stamped the building image in a dark brown hybrid ink and colored them with copic markers. Then, I fussy cut the image out. The building is adhered with foam tape onto a snowy slope. And I finished off the card by heat embossing both the banner and sentiment in white onto a dark blue card stock and fussy cut the banner out. This was adhered with foam tape to finish the card.

For my second card, I wanted revisit the design again, this time reaching for a different feel for the card. I live in sunny Southern California, so our winters are not quite as cold, even if you go up to the snowy mountains to ski, often times it's bright and sunny outside! So this time around, I went for some warmer tones.

I mirrored the layout and this time my sentiment banner is heat embossed in white onto kraft cardstock. Rather than adhere it off the edge, I decided to place it at an angle so that the full banner is on the card. Colors sure do change the feel of a card pretty dramatically, don't you agree? I hope you enjoy both projects and get inspired to begin some holiday crafting! See you next time.


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