Foam-Stamped Holiday Cards

sizes: angel and tree, 5"x6-7/8"; snowbird, 4-5/8"x6-3/16"


  • Cardstock: teal; aqua
  • Cardstock: dark green; white; willow green


  • Pitt Artist Pen, black fine (Faber-Castell)
  • Inkssentials Heat it Craft Tool (Ranger)
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Niji waterbrush (Yasutomo)
  • Paper towels
  • Foam stamps: Chunky Angel (Duncan Enterprises); Star, Hearts & Stars (Heidi Swapp)
  • Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers (Ranger): Pool; Stream; Denim; Shell Pink; Sandal; Pearl
  • Adirondack Dye Ink Pads (Ranger): Stream; Denim
  • Liquid Pearls (Ranger): Pastel Raspberry; Mint Green
  • Stickles Glitter Glue (Ranger): Eucalyptus; Turquoise; Dark Blue; Icicle
  • Inkssentials Cut n’ Dry Foam Pad (Ranger)
  • Small stippling brush
  • Baby wipes
  • 3-D Dots Adhesive (EK Success Ltd.)
  • Foam stamps: Chunky Fancy Christmas Tree (Duncan Enterprises); Tree, Christmas Cheer (The Paper Studio); Hearts & Stars (Heidi Swapp)
  • Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers (Ranger): Citrus; Lettuce
  • Adirondack Metallics Copper Acrylic Paint Dabber (Ranger)
  • Stickles Glitter Glue (Ranger): Copper; Cinnamon; Star Dust
  • Inkssentials White Opaque Pen (Ranger)
  • Angel Card
  • 1. Make teal card base. Cut smaller aqua panel.
  • 2. Dab paint on angel and star stamps: Pool, Stream and Denim (robe); Shell Pink and Sandal (face and hair); Pearl (star and wings). Mist generously with water and stamp angel and star on aqua cardstock. Fill in and blend colors with waterbrush as desired. Heat set with Craft Tool. Stamp additional star on aqua scrap.
  • 3. Use black pen to outline shapes and add definition to hair and star, extending images as desired. Apply Stickles and Liquid Pearls to highlight: Mint Green, Eucalyptus, Turquoise and Dark Blue (robe); Pastel Raspberry, Mint Green, Turquoise, Dark Blue and Icicle (wings); Turquoise, Dark Blue and Icicle (both stars.) Cut out extra star.
  • 4. To avoid a stenciled appearance, use black pen, Stickles and Liquid Pearls to soften images and fill in gaps between stamp sections.
  • 5. Stipple Stream and Denim inks at base of angel. Gently swipe with baby wipe to tint card background. Use foam pad to sponge ink around paper edges. Apply small amounts of Turquoise and Dark Blue Stickles to background; spread with finger. Let dry.
  • 6. Adhere stamped panel to card. Adhere embellished star over stamped image with 3-D Dots.
  • O'Christmas Tree Card
  • 1. Make dark green card base. Cut two smaller white panels, 4-3/8"x6-1/4" and 4-1/4"x6-1/8".
  • 2. Edge smallest panel with copper paint and adhere both to card base.
  • 3. Cut 4"x5-7/8" willow panel. Dab paint on stamps as follows: Citrus and Lettuce (tree, avoid star and trunk); Copper (fancy tree, avoid star); Copper (star). Mist generously with water; stamp willow cardstock and heat set after each stamp.
  • 4. Use black pen to outline shapes, draw spirals inside circles and dashed lines through fancy tree. Highlight shapes with white pen as shown.
  • 5. Apply Stickles to highlight: Copper (star, layers of tree); Cinnamon (spiral circles, tree base); Star Dust (fancy tree). Let dry.
  • 6. Adhere stamped panel to card.