Monday, May 16, 2022

Oh Nuts, with A Colorful Life Designs

Hi friends and yes, I make Christmas cards all year 'round, especially when I get an idea in my head and have to create it! Today's blog is part of my May 2022 Guest Designer series for A Colorful Life Designs, a small business in Dallas, Texas owned and operated by Mary Kay de la Fuente.
Today's stencil is called Rattan. Here is the image from Mary Kay's website:
To start I cut a piece of Hero Hues Premium Dove White 100 lb. Cardstock which I trimmed to 4" X 5 1/4" with Tim Holtz's Deckle Edge Trimmer
That leaves a nice little subtle edge around the card panel which I do enjoy seeing.

I applied some Brutus Monroe Glitter Glaze called Emerald through the Rattan Stencil with a palette knife and let it dry overnight. For interest, I didn't want the glaze to be solid but left it sketchy on the sides of the stencil design.
I have this Avery Elle stamp and die set called Nutcrackers which I thought would make a perfect image to go along with this stencil. I stamped, colored (with alcohol markers) and die cut all the images and choose the image with the red hat to contrast against the green background.
I thought the nuts from the stamp set were the perfect embellishment for this card. It's not exactly a Clean and Simple card, but this is my version of a CAS Christmas Card!
I kept with the "Nuts" theme for both the outside and inside sentiment. Added one more nut to the inside:
I love this card for the mixed media feel and the playful images. If you haven't had a chance, please click this link and visit A Colorful Life Designs shop. Let support women owned small business and also "Made in the USA"!
I will be submitting to the following challenges:

Colors: Red, Green & Brown

Thank you for stopping by!
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Hello, welcome to Stampin With Anita. I love crafting in all forms. It gives me great joy to create something special. I hope you enjoy your visit.


  1. Beautiful Christmas card, thanks for playing at 52CCT colour challenge

  2. Superb card.
    Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge blog.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT



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