Envelope Art

170307_Stampendous_EnvelopeArtI love to decorate the envelopes that go with my handmade cards!! Sometimes I design the envelopes to match the card and other times I just add a cute little image for the card receiver to enjoy. I just thought this little ‘just for you’ sign was so cute!!

When I create a card, I always make an envelope and generally decorate the envelope while I have all my card supplies out and ready to use.


Christmas Pines Card

Christmas Pines CardTo create this card I watercolored a border around the card edges with Distress Inks. Using the same colors of Distress Inks (Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, and Forest Moss), I stamped the pine branches on top of the border.



Christmas Card Wreath

Stampendous Christmas WreathTo create this beautiful wreath, I first colored on the rubber stamp with Distress Markers. Once I achieved the saturation of color I desired, I used Distress Ink to watercolor the holly leaves/berries and pinecones. I heat embossed the sentiment in gold embossing powder. Finally Heidi Swapp Color Shine in gold was splattered over the entire card front.


Christmas Gift Card Holders

Christmas Gift Card HoldersWith the holidays rapidly approaching, I’ve manged to make several gift card holders. These are fun and easy to make. I used a wonderful die to cut out the gift cards. All of the gift cards were either watercolored and/or sponge blended with Distress Inks or Markers.161120_giftcardholders_1 Glitter and the Wink of Stella Glitter pen add that special shimmer and shine!





Stained Glass Window

Hero Arts Stained Glass Window stamp watercolored with Distress InksAfter Christmas last year, I was able to purchase this beautiful stained glass rubber stamp on clearance. I was so delighted to make a Christmas card with it for this year. I used Distress Inks to watercolor the stamped image. I also added iridescent medium to my inks to create a lovely shimmer effect. It almost looks like light is being reflected through the window.

I also made an envelope to put the card in. I tore some freezer paper to create the sloped effect and taped it down to my work surface with painter’s tape. Then I used Distress Inks to sponge the color onto the envelope. Finally I stamped and embossed the image. I really like the way it turned out.

Stampendous Christmas Nativity stamp ink blended with Distress InksSupplies: