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Holly embossed - two cool

Inspired by Dawn Olchefske at DO Stamping & Sandi MacIver at Stamping With Sandi.

Today's two cool cards have so many pretty features!  There's a lovely tinted texture background, colorful two-step stamping, and delightful details! 

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Let's start with the background—my favorite!  I inked the inside of the Lacy Brocade Impressions Folder with Soft Suede ink before running the Crumb Cake card stock through the Big Shot for that beautiful texture.

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It's essentially the same technique that I showed a few days ago—Texture Stamping—except I went one step further and texture embossed it.  The above photo shows the results from inking the "logo" side, or de-bossed side, of the folder.  You'll get a completely different look if you ink the opposite side of the folder before embossing.  It reminds me of my Vintage Wallpaper Inked Impressions cards where I used the same technique with White Craft Ink.

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I also love the layering on the stamped embellishment.  I started with Early Espresso and Very Vanilla Window Frame Framelit die-cuts.  I used the Festive Paper-Piercing pack to add piercing details on the Espresso layer.  I stamped a More Merry Messages holiday phrase in Crumb Cake, stamped off once, as the first layer.  Then, I stamped the holly line image in Soft Suede, and two-step bold stamped in Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke (added with markers).

The Ornament Keepsakes ornament is stamped in Always Artichoke and die-cut with the Holiday Ornament Framelits.  The center is another ornament, stamped in Cherry Cobbler, then punched with the 3/4" Circle Punch.  It's trimmed with a Linen Thread bow and hangs from the holly with a Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker hand-drawn line. 

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The background of each card is wrapped with Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding and each focal point is accented with a matching bow.

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