Jen Shurkus: Get Cracking On Christmas Challenge


Hey there crafty friends, thanks for joining me today!

While scrolling through Instagram the other day, I came across a card making challenge to help me get a jump start on my Christmas cards for the holiday season. The challenge I came across is called “Get Cracking On Christmas,” hosted by the talented Jenn Shurkus, creativity teacher for Lawn Fawn stamps and author of the blog Creative Chick.

After watching Jenn’s Instagram story, I learned she and her pals Cherion Brandon, and Chari Moss each year make a Christmas card or project a month to prepare for their holiday card gifting. By crafting Christmas all year long, once December arrives, the ladies have at least 12 complete holiday cards a piece to send to family and friends. Every third Thursday of the month you can catch Jenn and friends showcasing their Christmas cards and projects they make on their blogs and under the Instagram hashtag #getcrackinonchristmas.

I have decided to join the challenge and too “Get Crackin’ On Christmas.” From now and until December, I too will create at least one Christmas card a month and showcase the project on my blog, Instagram and Pinterest page. This challenge will help me to also build my stash of cards for the coming holiday season.

My first project, is a set of four cards featuring the popular stamp and die set, “Thanks A Latte,” from Lawn Fawn. I stamped the mugs, candy canes, heart, snowflake, marshmallows and whip topping with my Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored each mage in with my Copic markers. I used various shades of red, pink, blue green and cool gray markers to color the images.

After coloring, I cut each image with their coordinating die and adhered the image to my card with 3M dimensional foam tape. I used my Sakura white gel pen to add a few accent details to the images to make them pop. Then I stamped the word Merry form the Hero Arts Merry Stamp and Cut set in Lady Bug Memento Ink and the word Christmas in Verafine Onyx black ink.

I really enjoyed making these cards. I am no expert with Copic coloring, but I thinkI did a pretty good job for not being taught any Copic coloring techniques. I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and will tune in next time for my next card share. If you would like to join the fun, simply create a Christmas card or project and post it to the Instagram hashtag #getcrackinonchristmas. Until next time.

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