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Waffle Flower Shader Plus Brushes Unleashed: Christmas Card Wonders!

Hey there, crafty friends! 'Tis the season to get our hands inky and creative, and I've got something extra special to share with you today. We're diving into the world of Waffle Flower Crafts, exploring the wonders of their Shader Plus Brushes, Ornaments Background Hot Foil Plate, Ornaments Coloring Stencils, and the oh-so-colorful JJ's Rainbow Paper Pad. Together, we're about to whip up a Christmas card that's bound to spread joy and cheer. So, grab your favorite mug of cocoa and let's get started!


Merry Christmas Ornaments Foiled Card by Rick Adkins Blog banner

Shader Plus Brush Video Tutorial:


You can watch the full tutorial about how i made this card using the Shader Plus Brushes and other supplies from Waffle Flowers Crafters here!

If you have problems watching the video here on my blog you can always watch it on my YouTube Channel by Clicking here!


Getting Started with Waffle Flower Shader Plus Brushes: Brush Magic Unleashed


Now, I don't know about you, but I've always been a bit intimidated by new brushes. It's like trying to learn a new dance – a little awkward at first, but once you get the hang of it, magic happens. The Shader Plus Brushes from Waffle Flower are no different. They've got this incredible pressure sensitivity that allows you to control the ink flow like a pro.


Pro tip: Hold the brushes like you're holding a delicate butterfly. Light and gentle. These brushes respond to the lightest touch, so you're in control without breaking a sweat. And can we talk about JJ's Rainbow Paper Pad? It's like a color explosion waiting to happen, perfect for our festive masterpiece.


Merry Christmas Ornaments Foiled Card by Rick Adkins

Unveiling the Ornaments Background Hot Foil Plate: Shiny Impressions Guaranteed


Now, hot foiling – it sounds like a fancy baking technique, doesn't it? Well, fear not! The Ornaments Background Hot Foil Plate is here to make you feel like a foiling superstar. Even if you don't have a hot foil machine you can still use this plate to dry emboss and add Versamark Ink to your paper. Then you simple cover it with embossing powder and heat heat for a beautiful faux foiled look. I remember my first attempt? Let's just say I had more embossing powder on my fingers than on the card. But once you get the hang of it (and a few mishaps later), you'll be creating stunning, shiny backgrounds that scream holiday glam.


Pro tip: Dry embossing with a hot foil plate takes a little more time but so worth it. Just play around with your embossing sandwhich with the embossing mat until you get just the right sandwhich for your machine.


Merry Christmas Ornaments Foiled Card by Rick Adkins Over Head view

Adding Dimension with Ornaments Coloring Stencils: Layering Fun Ahead


Stencils have come a long way since my early crafting days, and the Ornaments Coloring Stencils are proof of that. The layering technique is like playing with crafting magic – each layer adds a new dimension, making those ornaments pop off the card.


Personal story: I once layered a stencil so perfectly; I couldn't believe I did it on the first try. It was like my stencils and I were in perfect harmony, and the result was a card that looked like it came straight from the store.


Merry Christmas Ornaments Foiled Card by Rick Adkins Over Head

Ink Blending Magic with Shader Plus Brushes: Blend, Baby, Blend!


Now, let's talk ink blending with those Shader Plus Brushes. Trust me, these brushes are game-changers. Remember the days when blending was a workout for your wrists? Those days are gone. With these brushes, it's like a gentle dance – effortless and oh-so-pretty.


Pro tip: Start with a light touch and build up the color gradually. You're the maestro of this blending orchestra, and the result will be a symphony of colors that'll make your Christmas card sing.


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Assembling the Christmas Card Masterpiece: Bring It All Together


Alright, friends, we've reached the grand finale – putting it all together. The foiled background, the stenciled ornaments, and those gorgeous blended colors. It's like crafting magic unfolding before your eyes.


Personal touch: I like to add a little extra something, maybe a tiny embellishment or a sentiment that speaks to the heart. It's those personal touches that turn a handmade card into a heartfelt gift.


Merry Christmas Ornaments Foiled Card by Rick Adkins

Well, my crafty companions, we've journeyed through the wonders of Waffle Flower's Shader Plus Brushes, hot foil plates, stencils, and vibrant paper pads. Now it's your turn to unleash your creativity. Don't be afraid to experiment, make mistakes, and, most importantly, have fun. Share your creations with the world using our special hashtag – I can't wait to see what you come up with!


Happy crafting, and may your holiday season be filled with joy, laughter, and lots of handmade love.


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Materials Used:

Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to supply sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins














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