Friday, December 15, 2017

December Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas. This month we’re going to stamp our own background for a unique customized look.  Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one yourself.  If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  Since this is our last A Year Of Card Techniques hop and the holiday season is just around the corner, we are going to give you some extra time to hop!  The winner will be announced on Saturday, December 30, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday. The winner will have until January 6, 2018 to claim their prize.  If you would like to be notified by email, please leave your email address in the comments.
You should have arrived here from Debbie's blog, Paws to Scrap.  If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.
This was fun to make. I heat embossed the background with gold embossing powder, then rubbed gold pan pastel over the entire piece. (I think it's time to replace my gold embossing powder. It's kind of speckled!)

After doing this card for the hop, I decided to make a dozen more for my Christmas card stash this year. It's hard to tell in the photo, but it's very shiny - red glitter paper mats for the center panel and sentiment, and red glitter on all the berries.

I'm not sure what I'll do with this card - depending on what is stamped inside, I think it could become a birthday, thank you, sympathy, thinking of you or just hello.

Have you ever had an idea that looked GREAT in your mind, but when it was finished, not so much? This gray and yellow card is one of those. But gotta be real, right? So I'm including it even though I'm not terribly fond of it!! :-)

This is a color combination that I don't use too often, but I think I like it!

Now you’re off to visit with Amanda at My Thoughts and Scraps. Hope you had fun this year!
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:


  1. You did a great job on all your cards! Have a Merry Christmas!!

  2. Wow Wilma, you did a great job. So many different backgrounds hard to pick a favorite one. But ti’s the season so the two Christmas ones are my :-) Thanks for hopping along with us through out the year. Love your creations

  3. What lovely cards you've made. You did a fantastic job. Thanks for participating in the AYOCT hops this year! Sharon
    A Piece Of (my) Heart Blog
    **Make sure to visit my blog to grab some really great FREE Digi Sentiments.**

  4. These are so beautiful. I can't pick a favorite. You were so busy (including making additional cards on that second one). That last one is a great idea for a sympathy card. Great hopping with you.

  5. Your ability to easily create five uniquely different backgrounds is impressive. Looking forward to trying your doily background card.

  6. These are beautiful, Wilma. Each and every one! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you!