A Die-cut Christmas

Howdy folks!  It’s been a long while since I posted last.  Too many challenges with health and well-being, along with the great planning and excitement of my oldest son’s graduation from college! :)  I can’t tell you enough about how proud I am of his accomplishments!  He has a job lined up – 2 days after graduation – and starts in January 2015.

Since I have a bunch of pictures of the cards I made for this Christmas – I will list supplies for all of them at the end of this post.  I tried to remember everything I used, but I may have missed something – so if you have any questions, please leave me a comment, and I will try to address it as soon as I can.

While I own more stamps than any one woman should have, I also am in the same predicament with steel dies.  I love, love, love them!  The front of all the cards were done solely with dies – with the exception of one card.  All of the insides of the cards, however, do have stamped sentiments (from Penny Black’s Christmas Cheer stamp set).

Without further ado ….

Xmas Set 1 Xmas Set 2 Xmas Set 3 Xmas Set 4 Xmas Set 5 Xmas Set 6 Xmas Set 7 Xmas Set 8 Xmas Set 9 Xmas Set 10 Xmas Set 11 Xmas Set 12

I used really pretty shimmer cardstock and the pictures do not do them justice!  Even the shimmer from the Zig’s Wink of Stella pen does not show well in these pictures.  I guess I need to invest in a better camera – these are taken from a little digital camera — any recommendations?  I hear the DSLR cameras are great.   Any thoughts about the  Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR?  I noticed the reviews on Amazon are great (and the prices for the camera and accessories packages are dropping).

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and pray for better health and happiness for the rest of this year and in 2015!  Don’t be a stranger! :)



Supply List


Penny Black’s Christmas Cheer

Waltzingmousestamps.com Seasonal Flourish


Memory Box Frosted Christmas Tree

Memory Box “Bells Are Ringing” (98683)

Memory Box Pine Needle Border (98467)

Memory Box Cosmic Star Set (98464)

Memory Box Holly Vine (98188)

Memory Box Grand Merry Christmas (98680)

Memory Box Gabriella Border (98649)

My Favorite Things’s Dienamics “MERRY” Photo Frame (mftstamps.com)

Savvy Dies “JOY”

Impression Obsession’s Small Snowlakes (iostamps.com DIE100-F)

Marianne Creatables Pine Branch (LR-0181)

Cottage Cutz Winter Pine Branch (CCE-045)

Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Snowflakes (lilinkerdesigns.com)

Cheery Lynn Designs “Bows and Bells” (cheerylynndesigns.com DL163)

Dee’s Distinctively Christmas Tree #3

Simon Says Stamp “Merry Christmas” Die

Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars Die Plate

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson “Holly Accessory Kit” (CED3014)

Papertrey Ink’s One Liners Die Collection (papertreyink.com)

Spellbinders Ovals

Spellbinders Matting Sets A & B

Embossing Folders 

Stampin’ Up Textured Impressions Square Lattice

Anna Griffin Swedish Bells

Embossalicious Die’sire “Let It Snow”

Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Sheet Music A2

Darice Basketweave

Paper – Bases

Paperandmore.com Wood Grain Lumba White 111# (Best woodgrain paper out there IMHO)

Paperandmore.com Pine Linen Cardstock 80#

Paperandmore.com Cherry Red Cardstock 100#

Papertreyink.com Shimmer Paper – Cream, White, Scarlet, Raspberry

Paper – Accents 

Paperandmore.com Pearl Metallic 107# (5×7)

Paperandmore.com Gold Metallic 105# (5×7)

Paperandmore.com Crimson Red Metallic 105# (5×7)

Paperandmore.com Fairway Green Metallic 105# (5×7)

Bo Bunny Mistletoe  (6×6)

DCWV Burlap Mat Stack

DCWV Glitter Cardstock (6×6)

Lawn Fawn Peace, Love, Joy (6×6)

Fancy Pants “Oh, Deer” (6×6)

Carta Bella “So This Is Christmas” (6×6)

Crate Paper “Bundled up” (6×6)


Aluminum Tape

Ranger’s Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Mowed Lawn, Barn Door

Marvy Uchida Liquid Applique

Bling and pearls from stash

Various ribbons from Papermart.com


Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder (sentiments inside some cards)

Memento Luxe Northern Pine Pigment Ink (inside some cards)

Ranger Liquid Pearls – Buttercup  (for some reason, it went  on great, but by next day -everything was a blob!

End of  Supplies

OCC Clean & Simple 3 – Days 7 & 8 – Creative Coloring: Tracing Images

The card by Tasnim Ahmed is totally spectacular!  I struggled with finding an image with which I could replicate her technique.  Most of my backgrounds are either very simple or very,very detailed – as with the Impression Obsession C-A-C Roses background which I used on this one layer card.


created by Stephanie S. Bush @ inkyantics.wordpress.com

In tracing the image, much of the original detail got lost.  However, I like the contrast between the traced images and the original stamped images in the background.  I used copic markers to color the image and a Uni-Ball Signo gold gel pen for tracing. Need to get hopping on the housework for a bit before trying some more “homework”! Hugs!

OCC Clean & Simple 3 – Days 7 & 8 – Creative Coloring: Simple Copic Coloring

One of the creative coloring techniques presented in class is simple copic coloring.   Essentially, you color with copics on vellum so that it shows through a die cut window of the card.

I chose two dies with which to create the windows on the panel of the card.  First, I cut the word “hugs” and then, I partially die cut the flowers from the top of the panel, down to the tip of the “u” in hugs and then, cut the die from the bottom of the panel up to the “g” in the word “hugs”.   As I am looking at the card now, I realize I probably should have extended the cut between the “u” and the “g”. Oh well.  It is just practice. :)  I still think it turned out quite lovely!  And at first glance, I doubt anyone would notice…. I certainly didn’t as I was creating it.

I colored with copics.  I used the brush end to “dot” color over the letters.  I used the darkest color of each set on the words and two of the lighter colors on the stems and flowers.

Creative Hugs

created by Stephanie S. Bush @ inkyantics.wordpress.com

On to more “homework”!  I just love “homework”, don’t you?  It sure as heck beats doing housework!!! Hugs!

OCC Clean & Simple 3 – Days 5 & 6 – Backgrounds into Foregrounds: Graffiti Stamping

I have to say that I have NEVER seen graffiti as pretty as Shari Carroll demonstrated on her card!! :)

To be more authentic in regards to “graffiti”, I intentionally (yea, right!) went for the more messy variation! (if you believe that, I have some ocean front property here in Oklahoma!).

While I did intend to put the sentiments at a slant (honestly, I did!), they weren’t lined up very well (in my opinion).  So, to “fool the eye”, I added the stitching pattern over the entire thing!  This helped it to look more “graffiti-ish”, IMO! :)


created by Stephanie S. Bush @ inkyantics.wordpress.com

I am off to do more “homework” and then some housework (yuck!).  Hugs to all!

OCC Clean & Simple 3 – Days 5 & 6 – Backgrounds into Foregrounds: Iron-Off Embossing

Days 5 & 6 of  Online Card Classes’ Clean & Simple 3 class have come and gone, but everyone still has a chance to get their “homework” into the gallery until the end of next week.  These two days focused on  “Backgrounds into Foregrounds” and included Iron-Off Embossing, Masked Backgrounds and Graffiti stamping. 

The following card incorporates the Iron-Off Embossing technique in the sentiment.  I learned a couple of things doing this card – first, the Zig embossing pen, at least on watercolor paper, tends to stay “blue” (it’s my understanding that it’s supposed to  turn clear once embossed!).  The second thing I learned – is that even with a ruler, I still can’t draw a straight line!!! lol

First, I stamped the butterfly image with gold ink and heat embossed with Ranger’s Pale Gold embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  In order to give a “boundary” to the watercolor background for the sentiment, I drew a border around the sentiment with the Zig embossing pen (which has a blue tint so that you can see what you are drawing/writing).  Then, I heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

After watercoloring the butterfly and the background around the sentiment,  I ironed off the sentiment and the border around the sentiment.  That is when I discovered the line around the watercolor background was still blue! Well, I haven’t crafted all these years without figuring out how to cover-up mistakes!  So, I took the 1/8th” Sookwang tape and put it over the blue lines around the sentiment, and applied glitter!  I was pleased to see the effect it gave the sentiment — the whole area looks “recessed” in relation to the butterfly. Pretty cool!  I applied some sequins for texture (and to cover up a few little water color splats! 

This is a rather large card – 4.75″ x 7″.  It’s one of the 5″ x 7″ Strathmore watercolor cards which I trimmed down a bit.


created by Stephanie S. Bush @ inkyantics.wordpress.com

Hope everyone else is getting their “homework” done and into the galleries!  I love looking at all the great ideas! Hugs!

OCC Clean & Simple 3 – Days 3 & 4 – Optical Illusions: Masking

OK…..WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!  BLACK embossing paste on WHITE cardstock!  That’s a recipe for disaster and frustration in my book! lol  The card-making spirit was with me yesterday and today as I finished this card.  I did manage to get some of the black embossing paste on the bottom right corner of the card, but I let it dry and then scraped it off with an XACTO blade.  The only other mishap was the stamping of the label, where I was off a little on the left side of the area I had masked off with the die cut.  It really does give the illusion of another dimension on the card!


by Stephanie S. Bush @ inkyantics.wordpress.com

Here is a side view of the card — the black embossing paste is very glossy!


by Stephanie S. Bush @ inkyantics.wordpress.com


  • Memory Box stencil – Rhapsody (Style 88515)
  • Dreamweaver Glossy Black Embossing Paste
  • Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn)
  • Neenah Solar White Cardstock
  • Paper Smooches Streamers (dies)
  • Paper Smooches Streamers (stamps)
  • Sentiment from Hero Arts Essentials Messages set (CL371)
  • Archival Ink – Magenta Hue

Now it’s off to see what more is going on in class!  Catcha later! Hugs!

OCC Clean & Simple 3 – Days 3&4 – Optical Illusions: Scenes

Julie Ebersole’s card for this class is totally awesome!  Unfortunately, I really don’t own any sets that lend themselves to creating scenes “with distance”.  Hmmmm.  I did have a boat stamp set, and I attempted to do as Julie instructed.   Not sure how I feel about this card…

By Stephanie S. Bush @ inkyantics.wordpress.com

By Stephanie S. Bush @ inkyantics.wordpress.com


  • Neenah Solar White cardstock
  • Ranger Archival Black ink
  • Flourishes A Guiding Light stamp set (www.flourishes.org)
  • “Watercolor” – Memento Inkpads (New Sprout, Dandelion, Toffee Crunch, Summer Sky, and Desert Sand)
  • Washi tape

Hope everyone is enjoying class! Hugs!


OCC Clean & Simple 3 – Days 1 & 2 Homework (continued)

This next card uses the “faux layering” technique to create a “flat” card front with multiple “layers” of inlaid die cuts.  As you can see in this card, with the exception of the small butterfly, all the elements are flush with the designer paper layer.


by Stephanie S. Bush @ inkyantics.wordpress.com


  • Neenah Solar White Cardstock
  • Designer paper from Basic Grey Paper Cottage 6×6
  • Solid colored cardstocks from Gina K. Designs (http://shop.ginakdesigns.com/)
  • Graceful Silhouette Die by Memory Box (http://memoryboxco.com/)
  • Lil’ Inker Stitched Circles (http://www.lilinkerdesigns.com/)
  • Sentiment from June 2012 Studio Calico card maker set
  • Versamark Ink and Wow! Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder
  • Butterfly punch by Martha Stewart

This next card was made with the multi-layered stamping to create a “faux” letterpress look on the background.  I also used embossing paste, with embossing powder over it, heated it up to create the raised “good luck”.

OCC3 Good Luck

by Stephanie S. Bush @ inkyantics.wordpress.com


  • Gina K. Pure Luxury Blue Raspberry Cardstock
  • Impression Obsession Harlequin background stamp
  • Versamark
  • WPlus9 Pure Pigment Inkpad in White
  • Sequins
  • Sizziz Brass “good luck” stencil

Now onwards to Day 3 & 4 homework!

Online Card Classes – Clean & Simple 3 Has Begun! Homework for Days 1 & 2

I am off on a new adventure, well – a class really, with the gals at onlinecardclasses.com for their third Clean & Simple card classes. yea!!!  Making clean and simple cards is harder than you think!  I love these classes as the ladies always have something great to share and lots of tips and tricks.  The class started this past Monday and, as usual, I am already behind on the “homework”!  The first two days of the week covered different “faux” techniques.  Here is a single layer card I designed using silver embossing powder as “faux” metal for the sentiment and flower embellishment in the corner.


by Stephanie S. Bush @ inkyantics.wordpress.com


Have a splendid day!  More posts to come!

Christmas Cards 2013 – Almost Done! :)

Thanks to modern medicine, I’m back crafting again!!! Woooohooo!  I’ve been so busy trying to get caught up on making my Christmas cards and envelopes — and getting them in the mail by Friday this past week — I did not have time to even think about blogging as I did them.  However, I did take pictures before I mailed them.  So, here are the ones I put in the mail this week…. (I did some earlier that you can see in previous posts).  I still have a few more to do, and I will try to post them later.

It always amazes me how many different products I use when I make a card. I never really noticed until I started listing the supplies for each card.  While it may look daunting to someone new to this craft, it’s really not any worse than say….a recipe for a cake.

Card 1: Gold Trees Trio

I added glossy accents to the bird in front of the middle tree to help make it stand out.



  • Card Base – Papertrey Ink Shimmer Cardstock
  • Other Cardstock/paper – Glossy Cardstock
  • Color Mediums – Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution, Adirondack Pearl Mixative, Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Stream, Purple Twilight, & Raspberry)
  • Dry Mediums – Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder, Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Die – Impression Obsession Bird Bath [birds] (www.iostamps.com)
  • Ink – Versamark
  • Background Stamp –  Rubbernecker Snowflake Panel (www.rubbernecker.com/snowflake-panel.html)
  • Stamps – JustRite “O Christmas Tree” (www.justritepapercraft.com/products/o-christmas-tree-clear-stamps-cr-02235)

Card 2: Dove Card



Card 3: Gingham Card



Card 4: Pink and Silver Peace Card

I apologize for the quality of the picture of this card — it does not do it justice.  I took a couple of pictures before mailing it, but none of them turned out well — I should have checked before I mailed it!



Card 5: Silver LaBlanche



  • Card Base – Neenah Solar White
  • Other Cardstock –  DCWV Glitzy Glitter Cardstock Stack 12″x12″, Ponderosa Pine Linen cardstock from www.paperandmore.com
  • Dry Mediums – Ranger Super Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Ink – Versamark
  • Embossing Folder – Sizzix Flowers #6 A2 Large
  • Stamp – LaBlanche Tree with Notes

Card 6: Gold LaBlanche



  • Card Base – Neenah Solar White
  • Other Cardstock/paper – Pearlescent Metallic Paper, Text Weight from Paperandmore.com (colored with green ink pad to make green background that was stamped with music background); Glossy Cardstock (colored with alcohol inks)
  • Color Mediums – Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution, Adirondack Pearl Mixative, Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Red Pepper)
  • Dry Mediums – Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Ink – Versamark
  • Background Stamp –  Impression Obsession MUSIC Cover-A-Card Background – CC029 (www.iostamps.com)
  • Stamp – LaBlanche Tree with Notes
  • Other –  3/8″ Hunter Velvet Ribbon from www.papermart.com, embellishments from stash

Card 7: Present Card

I love the simplicity of this card.



  • Card Base –  Ponderosa Pine Linen #80 cardstock from www.paperandmore.com
  • Other Cardstock/paper – Papertrey Ink Shimmer (Gold, Scarlett (berries), Leaf (leafs) )
  • Embossing Folder – Couture Creations Giving Embossing Folder
  • Die/Stamp – Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Rectangle Mats (www.lilinkerdesigns.com), WPlus9 Merry & Bright Dies and stamps (www.wplus9.com)

Card 8:  Candle Card



  • Card Base –  WPlus9 Cranberry Cardstock
  • Other Cardstock/paper – Papertrey Ink Shimmer (Gold (candle flame), Scarlett (berries), Leaf (leafs) ), The Paper Studio Old World Winter (4.5″ x 6.5″ paper pad), Acetate, Neenah Solar White (inside)
  • Dies –  Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched CIrcle Mats (www.lilinkerdesigns.com),  Creative Time Dies Fun Stitched Edges (shop.my-creative-time.com/main.sc)
  • Die/Stamp –   WPlus9 Merry & Bright Dies and stamps (www.wplus9.com/)
  • Ink – Versamark
  • Embossing Folder – Anna Griffin

Card 9: Joy Card



  • Card Base – Papertrey Ink Scarlet Shimmer
  • Other Cardstock/paper – Bo Bunny Silver & Gold 6″x6″ (for ornament border)
  • Punch – EK Success for ornament border
  • Die –  Savvy Dies Joy typed #10144 (www.savvystamps.com)
  • Other – ribbon from www.papermart.com, Distress Stickles, Wink of Stella

Card 10: Liquid Pearl Wreath



  • Card Base – Solid Cherry Red Card Stock 100#, 8 1/2 x 11 from www.paperandmore.com
  • Other Cardstock/paper – Lawn fawn Peace, Love, Joy 6″x6″ paper pad
  • Dies – My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 1 & 6
  • Ink – Memento Bamboo Leaves; Ranger Archival Vermillion
  • Stamp – Papertrey Ink Holiday Cheer Stamp set
  • Other – Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll Pens (lime star, red); Liquid Pearls (Ocean Blue, Key Lime, Rouge, Bisque); Sequins from Lawn Fawn

Card 11: Christmas Mouse

I made this card for my almost-2-years-old great-nephew.  He’s at the stage where he has to touch and feel everything – so I put the two embellishments on his card for his entertainment! :)  One is fuzzy and velvet-y  feeling and the other is hard and bumpy.



  • Card Base – Papertrey Ink cardstock
  • Other Cardstock/paper – American Crafts Deck The Hall Stripes; Neenah Solar White
  • Dies –  Spellbinders Large Labels
  • Color medium – Copics C3, C5, C7 (body); R24, R27, R29 (hat & bow); R81, R83, R85 (cheeks & ears); B23, B26 (bell), 0
  • Stamp – Whimsy Stamps Elf Bell Mouse
  • Other – Dress It Up! Buttons with shanks removed (present & stocking)

Card 12: Man Wreath

The card has a little something extra – a fabulous woodsy/chocolately/coffee scent!   I sprinkled Elements Earth Textures Cacao over the wet embossing paste. It gives a great texture and scent to this simple, manly Christmas card! :)



  • Card Base – Gina K. Chocolate Cardstock
  • Other Cardstock/paper – Papertrey Ink Shimmer (Scarlet & Leaf)
  • Dry medium –  Elements Earth Textures Cacao
  • Dies – Tim Holtz Sizzix Holiday Wreath Die
  • Other – Crafter’s Workshop Mini Woodgrain 6″x6″; Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste; Liquid Pearls (Buttercup, Royal Blue, Rouge)

Card 13: Pine Border Acetate Card

I used a die to create the pine border as part of the back of the card.  Using my ATG, I ran adhesive along the back of the pine branches and adhered a cut acetate panel.  Then, I covered the adhesive with an iridescent glitter – which successfully covered the adhesive and just looks like ice/snow on the branches.  The acetate panel was embossed with an embossing folder for texture.



  • Card Base – a combination of Ponderosa Pine Linen cardstock and acetate
  • Other Cardstock/paper – Neenah Solar White
  • Dry medium – Ranger Super Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Die – Spellbinders Labels Eleven; Memory Box Pine Needle Border
  • Ink – Versamark
  • Stamp – Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments: Holiday
  • Other – Veneer Prisma Embossing Powder

Card 14: Poinsettia Music Card

This card utilizes the paper “inlay” technique.  The poinsettia is actually inlaid in the music  paper.



  • Card Base – Solid Cherry Red Card Stock 100#, 8 1/2 x 11 from www.paperandmore.com
  • Other Cardstock/paper – Bazzill Basics Paper Nordic Pine paper pad; Neenah Solar White
  • Dry medium – Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Die – Memory Box Poinsettia Stem Die, Poppy Stamps Pine Springs, My Favorite Things Blueprints 2 (tag)
  • Ink – Distress Ink Barn Door, Distress Ink Festive Berries, Distress Ink Pine Needles, Distress Ink Evergreen Bough
  • Stamp – Memory Box Poinsettia Stem Stamp (G1790),
  • Other – Liquid Pearls Gold, Gold ribbon

Card 15: Embossed Ornament Card

This card is absolutely stunning in person.  Lots of shine!



  • Card Base – Papertrey Ink Shimmer Cardstock in White Shimmer and Sea Shimmer
  • Dry medium – Ranger Super Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Die – My Favorite Things Blueprints 1 (strip); Creative Time Dies Fun Size Scallop Stitched Bow Die (http://shop.my-creative-time.com/Fun-Size-Scallop-Stitched-Bow-Die-MCT-D57.htm?categoryId=-1)
  • Ink – Versamark
  • Stamp – Papertrey Ink Holly Jolly (sentiment)
  • Embossing Folder – Spellbinders M-Bossibilities EL-014 Holiday Magic
  • Other – Wink of Stella

Card 16: Foil Tape Present Card

The foil really makes the embossed design pop on this card!



  • Card Base –  Solid Cherry Red Card Stock 100#, 8 1/2 x 11 from www.paperandmore.com
  • Other Cardstock/paper – Papertrey Ink Stamper’s Select White cardstock; Shrink Film
  • Dry medium – Ranger Super Fine Detail Silver Embossing Powder
  • Impression Plate  -Papertrey Ink Mehndi Medallion Impression Plate
  • Die – Papertrey Ink Bells and Boughs dies (to make embellishments from Shrink Film)
  • Ink – Staz-On Blazing Red, Staz-On Metallic Silver
  • Stamp – Papertrey Ink Bells and Boughs stamps
  • Other – Silver Foil Tape, Veneer Prisma Glitter, Glossy Accents


Card 17: Little Birdie Get Well

While this is not a Christmas card, it could easily be adapted to one!  My BFF and her hubby and her mother all came down with the Flu over Thanksgiving and this was a Get Well card for them.

I really like the white-on-white embossed brick on the white cardstock.



  • Card Base – Solid Cherry Red Card Stock 100#, 8 1/2 x 11 from www.paperandmore.com
  • Other Cardstock/paper – Neenah Solar White
  • Dry medium – Opaque White embossing powder
  • Die – Memory Box Branch Die; Papertrey Ink Tweet Talk Die set
  • Ink – Versamark
  • Stamp – Papertrey ink Tweet Talk Stamp set; Impression Obsession C-A-C Brick


Hope you all are ready for the holidays, and I wish you all the happiest of holidays with family and friends.  May you and yours be full of Joy and Peace this holiday season. Warmest Hugs and Wishes, Stephanie