Oct 26, 2013

Just Add Ink: Special Occasion Cards

Hi it's Tyra and I'm back with tips and techniques for creating special occasion cards.

Create special occasion cards in celebration of the season giving by substituting a few new items into your card making stash.  I typically use one or more of the following supplies:

  1. Shimmer or pearlescent paper.  Find pearlescent paper at your local craft or office supply store in the cover stock section.  This paper will add a touch of fancy to your holiday cards.  
  2. Embossing powder.  Most often I use embossing powder in clear and white.  Clear embossing powder gives me the ability to stamp in color with my various pigment inks, making the underlying colors pop! White embossing powder creates great solid outlines. 
  3. Embossing ink!  
  4. Anti-static bag.  An anti-static bag preps the paper surface for embossing by eliminating static and therefore, any extra embossing powder.  Trust me, this little bag will save you a lot of frustration! 
  5. Perfect pearls and an inexpensive  paint brush, size 0.  Perfect Pearls and a few drops of water are great for coloring on dark surfaces.
Using these tools, I created the following cards:

Give holiday envelopes a personal touch by adding embossed stamping:

I used the Speedy Greetings Set to create these cards and envelope:

What will you create?  Share your creations on our Flickr Group! Enter your crafty creation in the next Use What You Have Challenge.  Until next, time take care and thanks for stopping by! Tyra 

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  1. Tyra, what fun and perfectly CAS cards...I adore them! I also love that finishing touch on the back of the envelope...so perfect with white embossing! Great post today...love all your work!

  2. Very elegant cards Tyra!! And love the embossed envelope!!

  3. Beautiful cards!! Love the envelope!