Yes, you absolutely can make holiday cards with rubber stamps. In fact I want to show you how you can make seasonal cards with almost ANY stamps. Well, about 80% of them I figure. Let me show you how.
The Holiday Extravaganza specials are on right now. It’s full of deals from the Annual Catalogue: cardstock, stamp pads and 8 pretty special bundles at savings of 15% off. But every one of the bundles in this special aren’t Christmasy.
Or are they?
Let’s first look at the stamp set I chose to play with.
At first glance, this is definitely all occasion. Thanks, birthday, treats with flowers. Hmmmmm.
But what if you squint just a teensy bit and take a look at those watercoloured flowers…poinsettias maybe?
Something like this perhaps?
I was happy with how this turned out. Let’s go through the things that I think make it Christmas-y.
Tips to Make Holiday Cards with Rubber Stamps, Any Stamps!
I chose pretty traditional Christmas colours, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive with the cool Very Vanilla neutral so it really leads us into the holiday theme. HINT: If these are YOUR colours, you’re going to want to check out this lovely – and easy – wreath card too.
I’m not sure I would use this combo with these stamps for any other time of year. So that’s why I think it works here!
For instance, if I had chosen to craft lighter rose or pink, it would probably be a bit more difficult to associate this same card with the holidays.
2. Pick a Well-Recognized Icon
Poinsettias are everywhere just about now so it’s not such a big leap to consider the “artsy” flowers in this set to be our seasonal favourite.
Adding in the leaves like you do with a two-step technique really reinforces the poinsettia idea.
And while the detailed die in behind the label doesn’t scream poinsettia, keeping it in the same colour as the background adds dimension and interest without detracting from the holiday theme.
3. Choose A “Cozy” Background
You can always leave the background plain but does anyone else think fluffy quilted blanket when you see the Tufted 3D embossing folder? And who isn’t starting to need a cozy blanket for frosty winter nights (well those of us in Canada anyway! 😬)
TIP: Stamp on it before you emboss to reinforce the poinsettia theme.
4. Use a Generic Sentiment
Nothing says you HAVE to say Merry Christmas or Seasons Greetings or Happy Holidays on a Christmas card. So why not this one for a special someone or family?
If you MUST, add a seasonal greeting from another set on the inside. (I didn’t 😊 but just in case you feel you need it.)
5. Add Sparkle and Sheen
Have you been in a card store lately? Every single one has tons of shiny metallics and glitter at this time of year. So I took a page out of their book and glitzed and glammed up my card. I thought gold coordinated better with the cherry and olive, so you can see a peek of gold metallic ribbon, a narrow strip of gold foil sheet and glittery gold rhinestones in my design.
TIP: To get the intense gold, I coloured both the gold faceted gem and the rhinestones with my Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend. It really shone up the gems.
Now we can’t finish this post off without a peek at the sweet little box that comes in the Perfect Parcel Dies which is part of the bundle.
Isn’t that a gorgeous trio? And I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to think classy Christmas holiday do you?
Isn’t this little tag pretty? It comes with the dies too. TIMESAVING TIP: I actually just cropped it from my leftover piece I had stamped for my card label.
Now It’s Your Turn!
One of my goals is to help you get more life out of your craft supplies. We invest lots in them, so I love to show you some different ways to use them. Like this post on how to save money on craft supplies (really important during this time of year!)
So pull out your bins and open your stamp room cupboards. I’ll bet there’s at least one – and maybe lots more – stamps you could turn into a festive seasonal card.
You might even think you could get lots of use from this Parcels & Petals bundle. It’s the ideal time to pick it up at a further 5% off the bundle price! But just until November 22nd so you’re not going to want to put it off.Make Holiday Cards with Rubber Stamps
Thanks for Stopping By
I’m so glad you took a few minutes to spend with me. Let me know how you like this project. Is it something you might make this season?
Even if you decide to make holiday cards with rubber stamps – festive stamps – don’t forget about these tips for every season of the year!