Not only do I have some quick and easy Christmas card heat embossing ideas for you.
Today I also want you to be inspired by nature and the peaceful beauty of the Christmas season with this card.
Many, many years ago, I featured a Christmas fir on my festive greeting. Inside I had hand lettered the entire Alfie the ChristmasTree song by John Denver and the Muppets. Have you ever heard of it? Although those two together might not really “fit” for you, that was, and I think still is, my favourite Christmas album.
Now if you’re drawing a blank about that album, this might help. Go WAAAAY back (to 1979) and you’ll hear it has a message that bears remembering still today. Not just at Christmas but all throughout the year.
“It’s in each and everyone one of us to be wise. Find your heart, open up both your eyes. We can all know everything, without ever knowing why. It’s in everyone one of us, by and by.”
Aren’t they beautiful?
Christmas Card Heat Embossing Ideas
Now what was my thought process as I sat down to create this card for you?
- First, it needs to reclaim some of that peaceful message feel.
- Then, I want to include heat embossing on it to finish up my Weekly Feature.
- It has to be “doable” in under 10 minutes.
- Since I had so much fun with the Winter Woods stamp set on this card, I wanted to show some versatility with it. But using the fir tree this time.
- If I can include a watercoloured image, bonus!
Let’s take a closer peek at the two sets I’ve used for this nature inspired card, Winter Woods and Timeless Tidings.
So now you know what I was thinking and have seen these beautiful sets up close, let me give you the measurements and steps.
Bits & Bites
- Merry Merlot cardbase – 5 1/2 x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
- Watercolour paper – 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”
- Copper foil – 3 5/8” x 4 7/8”
- Tranquil Tide – 1 1/4” x 5 1/2”
- Stamp pine bough repeatedly onto strip of Tranquil Tide with Versamark and glue to front left of folded card.
- Ink words from Timeless Tidings with Versamark and stamp onto bottom middle of water-colour paper. TIP: Rub Embossing Buddy lightly over watercolour paper. See why this is a great add-on to your stamping supplies in this post. TIP: Since this paper has a bumpy surface, using your Stamparatus to do this may give you the best results. See how to use the Stamparatus here.
- Sprinkle with Copper embossing powder and heat with your heat tool.
- Ink fir tree with Tranquil Tide.
- Hold stamp up about 6-8” away and spritz with water with Stampin’ Spritzer about 2-3 times. TIP: It’s best to not make it dripping wet.
- Stamp onto middle of piece of watercolour paper. TIP: hold your stamp a few seconds longer than you would normally. Don’t press any harder, just hold it still. Lift off and let dry.
- Glue to piece of copper foil then use dimensionals to attach to the front of your card. TIP: Use a stronger glue here like Liquid glue or Tear & Tape to hold the bumpier surface of the watercolour paper secure.
What’s one of the best parts for this card? Stamp & emboss many of these in no time. Yes, even with watercoloring AND heat embossing. TIP: spritz your stamp another time and get a second – and maybe even ONE more time for a lighter third impression. They will still look lovely with a much softer feel.
Now it’s time to get into your stamp studio. Pull out your stamps and watercolour paper and start spritzing for a peaceful Christmas card this year. Here are all the supplies I used.
Stamping & Embossing Christmas Cards
In the words of John Denver, “It’s in each and everyone one of us to be wise. Find your heart, open up both your eyes. We can all know everything, without ever knowing why. It’s in everyone one of us, by and by.”
I love this song and the words are ones to live by. So as you’re thinking about Christmas card heat embossing ideas and your festive greetings, keep these words close and your cards will be sure to have a peaceful beauty.