Cardmaking, Guest Designer

Tips for Clean & Simple Winter Holiday Cards with Guest Designer Amy Tsuruta + Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

A classic, clean and simple card is always in style! We’re thrilled to have our guest, Amy Tsuruta, back on the blog to show you how she was inspired by CAS cards and our new Cozy Cuppa set. Keep reading and follow along to find out how you can enter to WIN your very own Cozy Cuppa Stamp & Die Combo set!

Clean and simple card designs can be more than just a one layer project.  Incorporating heavy amounts of white space can kick a design into a CAS category.  I’ve designed a project that features the new Cozy Cuppa by Julie Ebersole just in time for the Fall | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Ellen Hutson LLC is a proud super sponsor.  Check the Hop Post for all the details and for a chance to win the new Cozy Cuppa set!

Here’s how I was inspired:

Although I incorporated many images from the Cozy Cuppa set in this project, it still has a clean feel because of the white space. The base is an A2 sized Bristol Panel for easier ink blending.

  • I used the Essentials Arches to make a stencil so that I could blend the shape in Catherine Pooler’s Wintergreen ink.  I finished it off with water droplets.
  • The whip and marshmallows both have glitter from my stash.

Do you notice how I stamped both the mug and gingerbread cookie on colored cardstock?  I like the mix and match of cardstock and Copic coloring! Then, the sentiment and outline of the gingerbread have been heat embossed with Hero Arts White embossing powder.

I love the unexpected use of Concord & 9th’s Grapefruit for a holiday card. I’m a big fan of nontraditional colors.

Thanks so much for stoppin’ by today!


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  • Reply Von Marie November 11, 2022 at 7:47 am

    Adorable card. Thank you for being a Super Sponsor.

  • Reply 4hetty November 11, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Lovely card, Amy. I love the soft toned colors.

  • Reply sheryl262 November 11, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Perfection! Love the stamping on colored cardstock, the nice ensemble, and colors.

  • Reply macimbalo November 11, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Super cute card! Thanks so much for sponsoring the hop!

  • Reply Indy November 11, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Oh this is fabulously designed! So glad you are a sponsor to this amazing hop!

  • Reply Kelly November 11, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Amy is the QUEEN of subtle colors. GREAT card!

  • Reply Holly Flores November 11, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    OMGosh this is so super cute!!! Thank you for being a super sponsor!!!

  • Reply Denise Bryant November 11, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Pretty card by Amy! Love the designs and colors! Enjoying the hop and all the wonderful creations! Thanks for being a sponsor!

  • Reply Victoria A Banaszak November 11, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    What a lovely card. I love the soft colors. I also love using odd colors for Christmas.

  • Reply Suzanne Harkinson November 12, 2022 at 6:51 am

    Amy’s card is lovely with the soft colors. Thanks so much for sponsoring the hop!

  • Reply Lisa Bzibziak November 12, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    What a beautiful design! Thank you so much for being a sponsor again!

  • Reply Shelly November 12, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    So pretty and sweet! Thanks so much for being a Super Sponsor!

  • Reply donna mikasa November 13, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Love the pop of color behind your main images–still keeps your card super CAS!

  • Reply Donna Walls November 13, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    Lovely CAS design and sweet images. Thanks for sponsoring this fun Hop.

  • Reply Celeste M Goff November 13, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Oh my gosh, this card is fabulous! Thank you for being a super sponsor!

  • Reply Pam Sebring November 13, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Very cute! I 3D things…they pop off the project! Thanks for being a sponsor!

  • Reply sunshinehoneybee November 14, 2022 at 6:27 am

    Definitely cheerful.

  • Reply Migdalia Rodriguez November 14, 2022 at 8:04 am

    This is so pretty! I love it! Thanks for being a sponsor of the hop!

  • Reply busybusyhoneybee November 14, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for the tip!! I totally struggle with CAS cards. This one is adorable!! Thank you for being a sponsor and for sharing the wonderful inspiration!!
    Karen C

  • Reply Sue D November 17, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Cute and cheery. Thanks for being a sponsor.

  • Reply Vivian Foo November 18, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Fabulous! Thanks for being a Super sponsor.

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