Warmest Wishes

Hey there,

Phew!  Now that holidays and birthdays have passed for now, maybe I can get some Christmas cards made.  My goal was to make one Christmas card a week starting in January.  I sure have a lot of catching up to do.  I think I’ve made six, counting this one!  I wanted to do a tropical Christmas card, which I did, but it didn’t turn out the way I had imagined.  That’s okay, since I have the desire to make more tropical cards.  I will send these to my friends in Florida where we used to live before we followed our four-year-old granddaughter to Georgia.

2 Warmest Wishes watermarked

I love this patterned paper.  I was supposed to back the peach rectangle and the striped strip with black, but I forgot to do it.  Instead I distressed the edges, and I don’t like it.  It looks dirty.  Hindsight, I think the character of this paper wants to remain clean and bright.  All is not lost since I have more of this beautiful paper in the package.  After I had already adhered the two distressed papers to the card front, it was too late to back the fishtail banner with black.

Card Base 110# Neenah Crest Solar White Cardstock cut to 8.5 x 5.5 inches and folded in half to make a 4.25 x 5.5 inch A2 size card.

Paper Pieces 

  • Pale Green Back Panel –  Birds & Berries 6 x 6 Paper Pack by Wild Rose Studio Ltd – 4.25 x 5.5 inches
  • Black Cardstock – 65# Recollections – 4 x 5.25
  • Leaves and Berries Patterned Paper – Birds & Berries – 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches (Sorry, I can’t figure this out in centimeters)
  • Peach Patterned Paper – Birds & Berries – 1.5 x 3.75 inches
  • Merry Christmas Patterned Paper – Birds & Berries – 3-7/8 x 1 inches
  • Striped Strip – Birds & Berries – 3/8 x 5.25 inches

Tim Holtz Distress Pumice Stone Ink was added to the edges of the pieces with a finger dauber.

Scrapbook E-Z Runner Adhesive was used to adhere the layers together.

Palm Trees

  • Inspire by Spellbinders, Paradise Palms, CUT TWO, color only one
  • Cuttlebug Embossing and Die Cutting Machine
  • Ranger Watercolor Paper
  • Tim Holtz Distress Evergreen Bough Ink was applied to the fronds and grass with a finger dauber.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Pine Needle Marker went around the edges and made the marks on the fronds and the grass. 
  • Tim Holtz Distress Pumice Stone Ink was applied lightly to the tree trunks.  
  • Tim Holtz Distress Pumice Stone Marker was used to go around the edges of the trunks.
  • Glue the two palm tree die cuts together with the colored one on top using Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue, then adhere it to the card.  Set something heavy on top of the card while the trees dry on the front.


  • Peach Patterned Paper – Birds & Berries
  • Inkadinkado Clear Stamps, Warmest Wishes
  • MISTI Stamping Tool
  • Tim Holtz Distress Pine Needle Ink Pad

Stamp the peach paper with Pine Needle ink several times.  Distress ink usually stamps blotchy because of the nature of the ink.  Do not remove the paper or the stamp from the MISTI.  Wipe the stamp clean, then stamp in the same location again with a

  • VersaMark Clear Sticky Ink Pad
  • Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder is then sprinkled on the sentiment and melted with a 
  • heat gun.

Using a trimmer, cut the edges of the peach paper close to the sentiment, leaving space on the left side to cut a fishtail.

Back the sentiment banner with Scotch Double-Sided Tape to give the banner dimension , then adhere it to the card front.

Finishing Touches

  • Use a Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen to add a little shimmer to the trees.
  • Doodlebug Blue Jean Glitter Sprinkles


As I said before, I love this pack of patterned paper.  Hopefully, you will be seeing more cards that I make using this lovely paper.  We have six months to make Christmas cards.  We’d better get crackin’!  Have you started YOUR holiday cards?

Thank you for having a look,



Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Let’s Take a Vacation http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Patterned Paper  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #288-#289 – Anything Goes  http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/



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