Altered Altoids Tin

I've been working on this altered Altoid Tin for a while. This is my 2nd one. I covered the entire tin with white gesso to prep the surface for the paint. After that dried, I used some Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste in a few spots. I then used Folk Art Acrylic Paint in "Silver Marlin" randomly painted. I added some white acrylic paint in the same way. To add some aging I used Finnabair Patina Effect Pastes in Blue and Mint Green This came in a 3 jar set with a jar of Brass metallic paste. I used all 3 on every metal surface here: the compass the key, the band. I tied a piece of lace ribbon around the perimeter of the tin after aging it with some pigment ink. I used random scraps of paper and stamped Paris on the paper. The stamp is from a Tim Holtz stamp set.

Snarky Gift Card Holders and box

I LOVE a funny sentiment stamp. Ok, they're a little snarky but you have to snicker a little! This stamp set if from Hero Arts, "Snarky Christmas Messages". They aren't really to give to children, but are perfect for older teens and adults. So what do I give older teens and adults for Christmas? Money or gift cards. It's so boring to put in an envelope or a card, or worse yet hand them the gift card still glued to the cardboard that it was hanging on at the grocery store! So I always make little boxes or fun holders. Here are 3 I made. I love making things that need to be measured and glued. I wish making little boxes was a career, LOL.

Peeking Santa Shaker Card

This is my first shaker card, it was surprisingly easy! I had wanted to do this Santa peeking through a window for a while, and I felt the panel needed to be popped for depth. When I thought about it, I knew this could be an opportunity to try a shaker card.

 I carefully placed the Santa image on a white card front. Be sure to place it so the Santa can see through the window, I lightly penciled where I wanted to glue the image down after testing it out with the window panel. I then filled the window with clear sequins and matched up the card to the panel front.

Santa stamp by Stampendous (I've had it for years, it's a mounted rubber stamp). Sequins were from the $1 bin at Target, 3 different sizes of clear sequins. Window die was a gift with no markings on it. The "Season's Greeting" sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.
Happy Holidays!

Simon Says Stamp Reindeer

This was one of those dies I cut and just stared at for days. I took the diagonal striped embossing folder and rubbed Color Box Scarlet pigment ink over the raised side and ran it through the BigShot.
I then decided to add more layers to the card because when in doubt, ADD MORE. I cut a large circle in red cardstock and then ran that through the embossing folder, because it needed something. When in doubt, ADD TEXTURE. The reindeer is supposd to just be an outline but after cutting it our of the beautiful Tim Holtz shimmer paper, how could I throw away the pieces? I tied a scrap piece of red ribbon around it's neck.

I then took a scrap piece of vellum and using Encore Ultimate Metallic pigment ink in Silver, I stamped "Peaceful" from the SSS Holiday Greeting 1 stamp set. I heat embossed it with Sterling Silver Stampendous Embossing Powder. I wrapped the vellum around the card and attached it in back. I cut a piece of fun foam a little bit smaller than the card front and…

Sizzix Tropical Leaves 3D Embossing Folder

This was a fun background to make. I bought the Sizzix Tropical Leaves 3D Embossing Folder a while ago, I ran a heavy piece of cardstock over it and then left it on my desk, where it stared at me everyday. Well, one day I was going through my ink drawer and saw an old set of Memento Dew Drops in shades of green. When I say old, I mean old, like over 5 years old. They were on the dry side so I ran one over the embossed paper and it looked pretty good, so I ran the rest of the colors over the cardstock and it look pretty to me, like I spent a lot of time coloring the leaves.

Here's a photo of all the products I used to create this card. The sentiment is from the Altenew Pen Sketched Flowers stamp set. I'm going to enter this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, "Thinking of You".

Joyful Snowflake

I blended my 3 favorite Distress Oxide ink colors, Fossilized Amber, Ripe Persimmon and Candied Apple, starting in the center with the lightest shade and moved outward to the darkest.

I then took the paper and put it into a Darcie snowflake embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot.  I ran a white ColorBox pigment ink over the raised areas so they would stand out.  I cut the Sizzix snowflake out of heavy white cardstock and then cut it again in fun foam so I could easily pop it. I used Wink of Stella on the snowflake for a little shimmer.  The beautiful Joyful die is by Simon Says Stamp. I cut it 2x in kraft, once in gold cardstock. The matching shadow die I cut from silver glitter cardstock.

Pinkfresh Studio Leafy Envelope die

This card is pretty straightforward. I took the Pinkfresh Studio Leafy Envelope die and added some Poppystamps die cut poinsettia to make it a Christmas card. I cut the greenery from the envelope die 2x to add some dimension and a different shade of green. The patterned paper is by Pinkfresh Studio. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp. I added some yellow Liquid Pearls to the center of the poinsettia, just to add a little pop of color.