Alternatives to Christmas Stamps

By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi. Follow Heidi on her blog Blue Scallop Creations and on Instagram @bluescallopcreations.

Christmas Stamp 1

In past posts, I have talked about stretching your stamps or thinking “outside the box” when it comes to theme.  For today’s post, I will show you how to turn a simple floral stamp into a Christmas stamp.  This is great when you don’t have or want to get a huge collection of holiday stamps but still want to create some festive greetings.  It is helpful to have one or two holiday sentiments though.  I will be using Avery Elle’s Modern Floral stamp and die set as my focal point along with a floral themed embossing folder whose flowers have a bit of a poinsettia look.  Even better, would be to use a Christmas-themed embossing folder if you have it.  The terrarium around the floral stamp reminds me of a Christmas ornament which is a plus.

To start, I embossed a panel of white cardstock measuring 4.25”x 5.5” using the folder.

Christmas Stamp 2

I then heat embossed the floral stamp using Versafine Onyx black ink and clear embossing powder.

Christmas Stamp 3

I chose Christmas-y red and green Zig brush markers to color in the leaves and flowers.  I chose a more teal green to give the look of retro-style Christmas colors.

Christmas Stamp 4

Now, you have the Christmas red and green and the terrarium around the flowers that looks like an ornament.  Next adding a holiday sentiment will complete the transformation.

I used a sentiment from Avery Elle’s Holiday Skates set which has this great curved Happy Holidays sentiment to fit in the terrarium area.  I curved it a little more with help from my acrylic block.  You could actually do this with any straight sentiment stamp.  Just bend it around your acrylic block to where it can fit on your project.

Christmas Stamp 5

Finally, I layered the embossed panel and floral stamp I cut out using the matching die to a shimmery silver card base.  Again, this silver adds an element of “holiday”.

Christmas Stamp 6

A few sparkly sequins complete the look!  I hope this project inspired you to take a second look at your stamps to see how you can stretch them into the holidays.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Christmas Stamp 7

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