Christmas Crafting with Texture and Stamps

handmade Christmas card with snowflakes

I’ve been having fun Christmas crafting using texture and clear stamps from Sweet N Sassy Stamps!

Mixed media is one of my new favorite styles to create in and as both an illustrator AND design team member for SNSS, it gives me the opportunity to see designs from both the design side and the customer side of this business.

Two of the elements I am loving in crafting right now are textures and stamping. Corrugated cardboard makes an amazing base offering a fun texture when you tear away the top part of the paper, elevation in your design from the thickness, and stability when you need a rigid base to build on.

Stamping can be used in so many ways from basic linework additions to beautiful reliefs when used with texture pastes…really, the sky’s the limit with stamps!

Letting Texture Be the Focus

When combining stamped designs with embossing powders, the raised texture of the embossed image can create a simple yet elegant focal point as seen in this winter themed greeting card below.

handmade Christmas card with snowflakes

For this pretty card, I first stamped “Berry Branch Background” onto patterned paper and added a wide stripe of olive green cardstock through the center.

On tracing paper, I stamped three snowflakes with clear embossing ink using the “Folk Art Snowflakes” stamp set, then used glossy white embossing powder. The center of the largest snowflake was stamped separately and embossed with antique gold embossing powder then layered on a circle of the same olive green cardstock used before.

The tracing paper is quite a bit cheaper than vellum sheets but gives the same frosty look when layered.

I finished the card design with a shimmery white satin ribbon down each side border.

Texture and Stamps as Interest

For this next Christmas crafting project, the ridges of corrugated cardboard offer great texture, lift, and definition to the area of the main focal points – the cross, poinsettia cluster, and text from the SNSS “Endless Love” stamp set.

image of Christmas cross and flowers on cardboard mixed media art

Peeling away that top layer of paper from the corrugated cardboard rectangle, gives a wonderful rustic feel to this beautiful Christmas piece. The addition of various vintage fabrics and lace help to separate out each image into their own sections while still bringing them together into one pretty completed piece.

By the way, the above links are not affiliate links. I get no reward for sharing them and make no income as they are not from my personal line of designs. These are just images I am loving right now and wanted to share with you! ♥

However…if you would like to see the stamp designs that I’ve created over the years for SNSS, you can view those here. Again this is not an affiliate link, I do however receive a royalty – not a commission – from your purchase of my personal designs.

Let me know in the comments below…what are you creating for Christmas this year and do you enjoy adding textures to your creations?

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