Nordic-sh Christmas Card with Hero Arts & Colored Pencils

Nordic-ish Christmas Card with Hero Arts Stamps & Colored Pencils

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Lately I have been in a crazy Christmas mood. I have been dying to put up our tree (it’s November, so that’s okay, right?) and watch cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies, make cookies, create more ornaments – you name it. As a result, I had to make yet another Christmas card for one of my YouTube videos this week. It is a Nordic-ish card in that the white embossing on the red background really reminds me of the various Scandinavian Christmas decorations I grew up with.

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To start, I cut some red card stock down to 4 ¼” x 5 ½” and inked up the Hero Arts Holiday Floral Background stamp with white pigment ink. I then positioned the red card stock on top of the stamp (flipped upside down) and pressed it firmly on to the stamp to ensure a good solid transfer of ink since this stamp is very, very detailed. I covered the inked image with white detail embossing powder and heat set it for my Nordic-ish background.

Nordic Christmas Card - Detail

For embellishments, I stamped the flower, leaves, berries and pinecone images from the Hero Arts Color Layering Dimensional Bird stamp set using the darker red ink found in the Hero Arts Lia Griffith 4 ink cube Holiday Reds set (flowers and berries), the Hero Arts Emerald Green Shadow Ink (leaves) and Java Bean Ranger Dye Ink (pinecones). To add additional depth and dimension to the images I colored them with several Prismacolor colored pencils (see Supply List below for specific colors) and fussy cut them out, leaving a small white border around each image. Then, I cut apart the Happy Holidays greeting also in the Dimensional Bird stamp set in order to stack it vertically and then stamped it with Versamark ink on to white card stock and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. To complete the embellishments, I die cut a rectangle (3 5/8” x 2 3/8”) from the My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Die Set out of gold mirror card stock and used the next smallest sized rectangle (3 ¼” x 2”) to die cut out the white card stock with the gold greeting as well. The pierced edges on the rectangles pick up on the “stitch” details on the flower stamps.

For assembly, I trimmed down the red background piece to 4” x 5 ¼” and mounted it on to an A2 sized white side folding card stock card base. I then adhered the gold rectangle in the center with the white greeting rectangle centered on top. I layered the various flowers, leaves and pinecones (didn’t use the berries, but will save them for another project) around the greeting in a pretty arrangement, adhering them only in their middles for added dimension. I also used gold sequins for the flower centers to pick up on the gold in the larger rectangle and greeting. Finally, I used Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops in Silver Lining to add some random dots around the greeting to pick up on the random dots in the Holiday Floral background image.

Nordic Christmas Card

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  1. oh my! I love this! Love the heat embossing on red cardstock! Such a beautiful card!
    Thanks so much for joining us for the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge!

    1. elenaa3 says:

      Thanks Amy! I love Hero Arts and had fun participating in the challenge.

  2. Jeanette says:

    I love, love, love your Nordic-ish card. I am a first generation Scandinavian on my dad’s side, and how well I remember those Christmas decorations. Thanks for bringing back warm and happy memories!

    1. elenaa3 says:

      Awww, thanks Jeanette! I am so glad that other Scandinavian descendants out there can relate to my Christmas memories. The older I get, the more those decorations mean to me. 😎

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