Okay so maybe it is a little predictable with the fireplace but I really like it. This photo was taken without a flash. Let me show you the one with the flash!!
Just look at that shine!!! To make my stockings, I would first ink the stamp with VersaMark ink and then with the color I was using, either Real Red or Garden Green. Then I added either red tinsel or green tinsel embossing powder depending on the ink color and heat embossed it. I then punched them out with the Stocking Builder punch. I am sure you can also see the shine on the background. Before attaching the fireplace, I spritz the black card stock with frosted white spray. I made my spray using a small spray bottle with alcohol in it to which I added a few drops of the Frosted White paint to and shook it up. As for the fireplace itself, I made that all on my own. I used Basic Gray card stock and basically cut it to have a mantle and an opening for the fire. I placed Basic Black card stock behind the gray to make the interior of the fireplace. I used my trusty ruler and added the lines for the bricks. I then sponged Basic Gray ink onto the bricks to add a distressed look. I then used the Jewelry Tag punch and made four tags to go into the stockings. I wrote out names on them to personalize the card. Not hard at all.
Here is a close up of the fire and logs. For the logs, I punched out large ovals from Soft Suede and then trimmed them down to make the logs. I sponged Soft Suede ink onto them to distress them. The flames were made using the Blossoms Petal Builder Punch. I used 2 different size petals, taller ones in the back. I sponged the edges of each one with Tangerine Tango ink then glued then together. I thought it was pretty creative of me to do this. Sorry. I don't mean to brag but sometimes when my ideas work, I am just as surprised as anyone else.
For the inside greeting, I left my SU! stamps and used one for Stampabilities. I have had this one a while and just like the saying. I stamped it on Whisper White with VersaMark ink and then sprinkled some red tinsel embossing powder on a little more than half and green tinsel on the rest. I heat embossed it so it would shine like the outside. I then alternated sponging Real Red and Garden Green ink.
I think this will definitely be out family card. I love the overall look and had so much fun making it. What does your family card look like? Leave me a comment and let me know. That's it for today. Have a wonderful holiday weekend and I will see you Tuesday.