Here’s a closer look at some of the cards: the whole idea is to keep it simple (embossing and gloss can be simple once you get the hang of it) + playful + to use bits and pieces of pattern and product.
These two cards both have glossy surfaces. The first is the result of using UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) and the second with Diamond Glaze (you could also use Glossy Accents – tips on Rangers website for using that can be found here).
For the first card I used a Fiskars square punch for the patterned papers + covered the entire card with Versamark + then covered with UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel). Then I tapped off the excess and used my heat gun to melt the UTEE. I think my UTEE may be old – I did not get the same sort of smooth coverage I have gotten in the past.
The “ho ho” card was used by painting over top of a Heidi Swapp alphabet mask (my favorite red is cranberry from Making Memories). After the paint dried I peeled off the mask letters and then used Diamond Glaze all over the top of the card to create the “seal” layer (it goes on cloudy and then dries clear – you can read a basic tutorial about using this here). You can just use your fingers to smooth it around the card. I let it dry over-night.
Each of the above cards include red Embossing Tinsel from Ranger – essentially embossing glitter. For these I stamped or rubber with Versamark (embossing ink), then sprinkled the tinsel, and used a heat gun to set the glitter. If you want to learn more about embossing, Ranger has some great tips near the bottom of this page. (Merry Christmas stamp is from Catslife Press)
The middle frame was created by cutting out the center of two cards (using an xacto knife), embossing the outside of both with the tinsel, and placing a transparency between the two (Red Hambly Rub Ons were used for the red trees on the transparency).
The white pen used on the third card is the Sharpie Poster Paint Pen.
Some of the other products used:
Anna Griffin Dorothy Epoxy Stickers
Anna Griffin Elegant Embellishment Stickers
K & Company Wild Saffron Fabric Brads
Also, lots of stuff from Making Memories St. Nick holiday collection.
Edited: Candi asked how I punched the cards after covering with paper – I used a craft knife to cut out the space (using another card as a template on top).