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Rustic Winter Card with Unity Stamps and Digital Papers

This year I’ve been drawn to the more traditional holiday colors with a touch of rustic, farmhouse style. You might notice it with my latest rubber stamp kit for Unity and also with the new digital paper pack I’ve designed. Today I’m combining both of them to create a unique Winter card.


To begin, I printed the digital patterned papers on photo paper, which makes the patterns look very bright and pretty. I cut a large A2 panel from the distressed black and white gingham sheet and a smaller rectangle from the poinsettia on chalkboard patterned sheet. I used kraft cardstock for both the card base and the matting frame.

The Poinsettia branch was colored with Spectrum Noir markers. The colors that seemed to match the patterned papers best were the Magenta reds. This is a very detailed image but it will always end up looking regal no matter how much shading you decide to add to it.


I printed a sentiment from the kit and cut a banner from it. I added a couple of Silver Glitter Dust Photo Corners to it, which added an elegant sparkly touch to contrast the rustic details on the card. I also tied some jute twine around the other end of the banner. Both the sentiment, the fussy cut Poinsettias and the organic sticks added to them were adhered with Gina K. Designs Permanent Adhesive Runner and 3D Zots.


Love, love, love this color combo. Black, red and kraft look SO great together. I invite you to try it out for your Holiday and Winter cards this year! This card has a simple layout, but the colors and patterns make it pop beautifully.

That’s it for today. Hope you enjoyed today’s card!

55% OFF Sale at Unity!

I want to remind you to check out the new Whatever Keeps you Warm Rubber Stamp Kit, which is 55% OFF right now over at Unity. Everything else is also on sale! Click HERE to shop.

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BOGO Sale on Etsy!

The Rustic Winter Wishes Digital Paper Pack is also on sale this week! Yep, lots of great sales are up! We are having a BOGO sale over at our digital Etsy shop! Grab your favorite sets, because this sale is ending soon! Hope you can get lots of new crafty goodies at a great price…

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Finally, if you haven’t read my previous post with Brutus Monroe, please do! We are sharing a new giveaway for a chance to win a $25 gift card. YAY! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Until next time!

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How-to Video: Coloring Deco Foil Clear Toner Sheets with Alcohol Inks

Hello everyone! Today I’ll show you how to add color to the new Holiday Deco Foil Clear Designer Toner Sheets using alcohol markers! This is a fun and satisfying technique that will let you create colorful clear and foiled backgrounds for your cards and more! On the other hand, today’s card also features Newton’s Nook new Caroling Newton stamps and Forest Scene Builer dies. All the cute and bright elements on this non-traditional Holiday card look amazing together! Scroll down to watch the video tutorial.



Therm O Web Supplies:
NEW Holiday Clear Designer Toner Sheets
Deco Foil Transfer Sheets
Premium Luxury White Cardstock
Single Stitch Design Large Oval Die Set
Permanent XL Tape Runner
3D Zots

Other Supplies:
Newton’s Nook Caroling Newton Clear Stamp Set
Newton’s Nook Caroling Newton Die Set
Newton’s Nook Forest Scene Builder Die Set
Alcohol Markers
Die Cutting Machine
Paper Trimmer

How to Color Deco Foil Clear Designer Toner Sheets Video Tutorial

The Deco Foil Clear Toner Sheets are made of acetate, which is a non-porous surface. Only certain coloring media will work well in this kind of surfaces, and alcohol ink is one of them. Since crafters usually have permanent coloring markers on hand, I used markers to color the backgrounds for this tutorial. Be sure to experiment and try out alcohol inks directly if you have some in your stash!

Tip: Rubbing alcohol is the only one that will all the alcohol markers and/or inks to dry properly. I have tried this technique with regular alcohol in the past with decent results. Nevertheless, regular alcohol will make alcohol inks feel tacky, will take days to dry completely and won’t activate and move the inks as rubbing alcohol does. The way alcohol inks react with rubbing alcohol is what creates all those interesting patterns and that is what you want to get with every background!

The best part of this technique is that it won’t damage your Clear Designer Toner Sheets or the foiled patterns on it. I recommend that you protect the surface you’re going to work on if you don’t want it to get stained with alcohol inks. Your hands may get stained also, but you can avoid that easily with a pair of gloves!

Giveaway Winner

Before I go, I want to announce the winner of my latest Deco Foil giveaway, sponsored by Therm O Web. (This giveaway was happening on my YouTube channel and over at our All Things Decofoil Facebook Group.) And the winner is…

Heather White

Congratulations! You are the winner of this incredible package of Deco Foil goodies. Please send me a message so I can coordinate your prize. Yay!

To those who joined the fun and participated in this giveaway, THANK YOU! I so appreciate reading your comments and interacting with each of you! We will share more giveaways in the future I’m sure! Just make sure you’re subscribed so you find out whenever we share a new giveaway!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you find today’s tutorial useful! Can’t wait to see what you create with this technique! Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and give this video a big thumbs up! Until next time.



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Cocoa Cup Christmas Card using Digital Stamps

Hello! Today’s Christmas card is a combination of elements that ended up looking so very elegant and festive. It wasn’t planned that way… In fact, I had colored this image quite a bit ago and had forgotten about it! Yesterday, I decided to use if for a card, because I totally love this cocoa cup digital stamp!


I watercolored this stamp from the Christmas Cheer digital stamp using Arteza Real Brush Pens and a Sharpie white paint marker for added details. I layered the sentiment and sized it to fit inside the cup and then printed it on Canson Mixed Media Paper, using a laser printer. To be able to watercolor the image, I heat set the toner using a heat gun, just to make sure the image will remain intact while I start adding water and color to it.

One thing I also tend to do is seal the watercolored image with a fixative spray. That will protect your work and avoid any accidents that could ruin your coloring or the card itself once it’s  done. This time I used Therm O Web’s Glitter Spray which will not only protect your image but it will also add lots of sparkle with micro glitter goodness!


For the background I basically created an inset frame using Echo Park’s A Perfect Christmas patterned papers and Spellbinders dies. For the inner frame I also layered a Brutus Monroe Distress Circle Clear Designer Toner Sheet foiled with Brutus Monroe Tide Pool Foil Transfer Sheets.

To finish my card I added a big triple bow on one side using white seam binding ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I also added some Nuvo Crystal Drops just for fun.


If you love this digital stamp set as much as I do, make sure to come check out our new bundles! We have put together a few amazing digi stamp bundles and they’re on SALE!

This bundle is an instant download!

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Giveaway + Video with the NEW Holiday Clear Designer Toner Sheets

Hello and happy Monday! I’m excited to be here sharing a video tutorial using the new Holiday Clear Designer Toner Sheets. Today I’ll show you how to easily put together a sunburst -foiled and patterned- background for your Christmas cards. I am totally in love with the look of this card! The best part is that it can be mass produced easily and it doesn’t take much time at all to create! Scroll down to watch the video now!



Deco Foil Supplies:
Rustic Winter Clear Designer Toner Sheets
Iridescent Deco Foil Transfer Sheets
XL Permanent Tape Runner
3D Zots
Gina K. Designs Premium Luxury White Cardstock

Other Supplies:
A Perfect Christmas Paper Collection by Echo Park
Paper Trimmer

Foiled and Patterned Sunburst Background Video Tutorial

Click below to watch this tutorial now! Make sure to visit our YouTube channel and give this video a big thumbs up! Leave me a comment letting me know what you love the most about this card!


If you want to win an amazing pack of Deco Foil goodies, including the Rustic Winter pack I used on today’s card, make sure to:
1. Subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE and leave a comment under today’s video.
2. For a second chance to win, join our Facebook group All Things Decofoil HERE and leave a comment under the giveaway post!


We will announce the winner soon over at our Facebook page HERE. Stay tuned!

More inspiration

I hope you enjoyed! This card was so much fun to make! If you want to learn more about the new Holiday Clear Designer Toner Sheets be sure to check out all our latest tutorials over at Therm O Web’s blog! (If you’re curious about my favorite Deco Foil Techniques, click HERE.) Thanks so much for stopping by today! Until next time.


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A Christmas Hello • Lilac & Green Holiday Card with Unity Stamp Company

Happy Monday! This weekend I had the chance to make a card live over at Instagram! A non-traditional Christmas card in Lilac and Green using the new A Christmas Hello rubber stamp kit by Unity Stamp Co. This kit comes with 2 hanging elements, bold Christmas words and small words to mix and match. The hanging poinsettia and pinecone are playful elements that you can layer to create a festive background such as this one! This kit is the Holiday version of the Hey Friend rubber stamp kit released earlier this year. By the way, A Christmas Hello is 50% off right now over at Unity! Click here to find out more!

Today I’m sharing the steps I followed to create this card. The techniques I used are perfect for this stamp kit, no matter what colors you use! I’m also sharing links to many of the supplies I used in each step. Hope this gives you a better idea of how to put together a card like this!


To make this card:

1. Use Amalgam Ink to stamp several Pinecone and Poinsettia elements on the top border of a white card panel. Use a Stamp Platform or a Misti to stamp even more precisely each time.

2. Apply color to the background with the ink smooshing technique. In this case I used ink from the Arteza Real Brush Pens, a water mister and a Graphix Monoprint plate for the technique. Let dry the background well.


3. Next stamp more pinecones and poinsettias on a separate piece of white paper.

4. Watercolor the elements with Arteza Real Brush Pens and let dry.

5. Fussy cut the poinsettias and pinecones and add them to the stamped background using 3D Zots and mixed media adhesive for the end of the hanging strings.


6. Stamp the words peace, joy and love using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and fussy cut each of them.

7. Attach the sentiments using Mixed Media Adhesive to the bottom corner of the card panel.

8. Adhere the stamped card panel to a black mattting layer and then to a white cardbase.

9. Finally, adhere lots of sequins (from Unity) and Nuvo Crystal Drops.


If you don’t mind using non-traditional colors on your Christmas cards, this combo might be something to try out this year! Nevertheless, I’m sure you could try this same technique in reds and greens to create stunning traditional Holiday cards also! If you do make a card with this stamp kit and/or this technique please tag us on social media with #gracielliedesign because we’d love to see what you come up with!

Hope you enjoyed today’s post. For many more ideas make sure to follow us here on the blog and also on Facebook and Instagram. We’re always sharing lots of inspiration projects! Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’m sharing this card with: SSS Monday Challenge – Starry Night / AI Challenge – Add embellishments