Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sweet Sassy Diva Design Team- Stain glass window Christmas cards

This week at Sweet Sassy Diva we were asked to create Christmas Card with a tutorial. 
Before I start I want to explain that I do not have my boxes of Christmas crafting supplies all in the house yet.  Last year I packed them up to give me more room and I need my hubs to get them down from the attic.  This gives me more room during the year.  So luckily I had some scraps and a few goodies but will have to add stamped sentiments labeI have made several Christmas cards using Ornamental Iron and love the look.  This time I decided to make stain glass effect using Alcohol Inks.  
I start out with glossy paper.  If you can't find it at the craft store you can buy packs of glossy card paper at the office stationary stores.  Do not use photo paper. 
 I don't know why just know I have read that several times. 
I then choose a color scheme.  You drip the inks on the pad and add alcohol blending solution and then stamp away.  
This is what the first two came out looking like. 
The cuts are from Ornamental Iron page 30 gate 10a cut at 5.75 
and the window on the same page cut at 5. 75.  
I then decided to make a blue one.  I wanted to show you can use different cuts.   From the first one I decided to cut both shapes so that I would not waste ink on parts I did not need. 
 I highly recommend doing this.  
This shape is cut from Winter Lace and is the second snowflake and shadow cut at 4.75 inches.  
Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the blue paper inked but you can see it through the holes. 
I used Sailboat blue and Pearl alcohol inks.
Then it is time to decorate and make your cards.  
For the first one I did my usual and punched out a pile of branches using my MS branch punch and a wreath shape.  I use a lot of different green color scraps to give the wreath more dimension.  Start gluing around the circle varying the colors and add and add to make dimension and cover the base.  
This is the finished card.  All the  cards are 5 x 7.  This one the colors were darker so I used brighter papers and ribbon.  I then added bling and punched the one side and rounded all the corners with my chomper.  I also added a garland at the top with more branch punches.  
Alcohol Inks used- Meadow, Stream, Twilight Purple  and Watermelon
The next card I used Watermelon and this time Citrus alcohol inks to brighten the background.  
I added a Recollection Pointsettia and leaves to match the paper.  

Now if you don't want to use Alcohol Inks here are two others I have made using the same idea but with a background of  scrapbook paper.  You can  click on the links to get the exact directions.  

Thanks for joining me today and please come back all week to SSD
see the card designs the DT comes up with .  I know I can't wait to see them too.  I would love to read your comments too. Happy Craftin! 


  1. Suzanne, this is just beautiful!! I love, love this!! I just have to go find that branch punch...your details are fabulous! TFS!
    Sherrie K

  2. Beautiful cards, I love them...great idea! Your tutorial was great also! Have a wonderful day...