Oh my! I can’t believe it’s our last official day of the 12 Days of Christmas! It’s been quite a ride, hasn’t it? Our creative team has knocked our socks off, our holiday guests have wowed us to the tippy tops, and thousands of freebies have found their way to your homes. It’s been an incredible time and I thank you all for making it so great. A huge thanks to our creative girls for sharing their talents too. They are just remarkable!
So now we are at our last freebie, our Merry Little Christmas Cars print.
You may notice one tree that’s not like the others. ;) That bottom right tree does not look like that. It looks like what you see in the store. I just didn’t have time to print, shoot and edit all over again.
I had this moment when I was making the truck for the Christmas Calendar. I’d also made the little Christmas Car at the same time and then decided to collect all the vehicles I’d made on one page. Then came the trees. And that resulted in this fun little print. The Retro Van is brand new in the store. If you’re wondering where the rest came from or if you have it, follow these links: red car, mint station wagon, blue truck, blue car, yellow van, pink car.
This print comes only in PNG in four sizes, 6×8, 5×7, 4×6 and 3×4 so it can be used for many projects.
I used the single cardstockPaper Bag design with a little modification. I thought since I was using ink and embossing that using the Neenah cardstock would be best. That meant my bag needed to be a little bit smaller, which didn’t give me a lot of room for those stamps. I ungrouped the image and moved the handles up a little . No room for the star, but that’s okay because there’s a lot of shiny going on anyway. :)
To stamp the tree, I used the Brilliance ink on my tree. This stamp pad is pretty juicy. So I did a swoopy swiping motion across the tree so that it would smooth out some of the ink, but also so it would make a cool look when stamped.
I had a happy accident when making this due to the fact that excess ink stayed at some of the edges. Even though I dried it first with my embossing gun, those thicker spots didn’t quite dry–and I was okay with that knowing that the gold would pick up there.
Once it was ‘dried’, I used my VersaMark to stamp the text, added some gold Ranger embossing powder and set it.
The result was this.
Here’s a really good closeup to see the texture of the silver swooping and the tips.
You can see that the tips picked up the gold. I kind of wish I had added a a bit more to the tips of the trees because that would have been awesome. I didn’t start out with that end in mind, but knew what was going to happen when I saw the excess. Next time, I’ll make sure there’s a bit more excess on purpose. :)
That sums up all the ideas….maaaaybe….you never know, we might just have a ‘baker’s dozen’ with our ideas for our 12 Days of Christmas. Maybe be sure to stop back by here tomorrow. ;)