There are so many phrases associated with the holiday season: “deck the halls,” “season’s greetings,” “ho, ho, ho,” “merry and bright.” I like “merry and bright.” It makes me think of time spent with family and friends; pretty, twinkling lights; bright, neon colors … huh?
I have neon inks and “merry and bright” stamps. Why not put them together for fun, festive and eye-catching cards?
These cards were created using masking. This isn’t a technique I use often, but it’s easy to do. To create the ornament on the first card, I made a die-cut of an ornament and used the negative space on the paper the shape was cut from as a mask. For the second card, I stamped the tree image, cut it out and used the cutout as a mask.
Here’s how to make these (blindingly bright) cards:
Card one: Bright adornment
Cut a 3 1/2-inch-wide ornament shape from a piece of scrap cardstock (I created mine using my Making Memories Slice Elite and “Mistletoe” design card). Discard the cutout or set it aside for use on another card. You’ll be using the negative space left from making the cut.
Cut a piece of white cardstock to 4 inches square, then tape it to the back of the scrap paper that’s leftover from the cut, making sure the ornament-shaped hole is centered over the white cardstock. Using the scrap cardstock taped to the paper as a mask, stamp stripes (I used the smooth back of an acrylic border stamp) in neon-green and neon-pink inks (mine are by Hero Arts), alternating the colors (I stamped all the green stripes first, then stamped the pink stripes), onto the exposed white cardstock. Re-inking and re-stamping each stripe may be necessary.
Remove the mask. Stamp “merry & bright” (mine’s part of a stamp from the 2003 Crazy for Christmas collection by Stampin’ Up!) in black ink (such as Versafine in onyx black) next to the bottom-right portion of the ornament.
Draw a vertical line in black pen (such as Sakura Pigma Micron 01, .25 mm) from the top of the ornament to the paper’s top edge. Cut a piece of white textured cardstock to 4 1/2 inches square. Using dimensional adhesive, adhere the 4-inch-square piece, centered, to the textured cardstock.
Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of white cardstock. Adhere the textured cardstock, centered, to the card’s front.
Card two: Neon trees
Stamp a tree image (I used raindrop tree by Josephine Kimberling for Impress Rubber Stamps) onto a piece of scrap cardstock and cut it out.
Cut a 5-by-3-inch piece of white cardstock. Stamp the tree image in neon-pink ink (Hero Arts), centered, onto the paper.
Tape the cutout over the stamped image.
Stamp the tree image in neon-green ink (Hero Arts) to the upper-right and upper-left portions of the paper, over the mask.
Remove the mask. Cut a 5-by-3 1/2-inch piece of neon-blue cardstock, and adhere the white paper, centered, to it. Cut a 5-by-4 1/4-inch piece of neon-pink, diagonal-stripe cardstock (I created my own using Heidi Swapp Color Magic cardstock and neon-pink ink), and adhere the neon-blue paper, centered, to it. Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of white textured cardstock, and adhere the diagonal-stripe paper, centered, to the card’s front.
Wrap a piece of hot-pink ribbon around the front of the card and tie it in a knot, with the ribbon below the trees and the knot centered. Adhere several hot-pink and clear rhinestones of different sizes (I used pink rhinestones from Studio G by Hampton Art and clear rhinestones from the Tweet Memories collection by Heidi Grace Designs for Colorbok) to the neon-pink tree.