Scandinavian Holiday with Guest Designer Maya Isaksson

Today we have a very special guest on the blog – our friend Maya Isaksson! We couldn’t think of a better guest to share cards using our Scandinavian-influenced stamps from Lia Griffith!

I’m thrilled to be back again as a guest here at Hero Arts. When I saw the cute CL900 Scandinavian Holiday by Lia stamp set I was so excited. I live in Sweden and the set has some really traditional Swedish images that are perfect for Christmas. These cards will be so much fun to send out to my loved ones this year. I really couldn’t stop at one card so I made five in two different styles.

Scandinavian Holiday by Maya Isaksson for Hero Arts

I used a watercolor paper and applied some Distress ink in Evergreen Bough and Pine needles with a paintbrush and spritzed some water in an angle to make it spread a bit. I let it dry completely before die cutting a rectangle out of the piece. The little horses in the set are called Dalahäst or Dalecarlian horse and are cut out of wood and painted red with beautiful patterns.I embossed the two horses using opaque red embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment from DC170 Merry Stamp & Cut above the horses and mounted the panel to a black card base.

Scandinavian Holiday by Maya Isaksson for Hero Arts

For this card I started by embossing the trees and the star with white embossing powder. I used an ink blending tool and Distress ink to cover the area around the trees and spritzed with water to blend. While drying I diecut the word merry and used Distress inks to make a gradient effect. When the ink was dry I diecut a rectangle and adhered the die cut word and stamped the word Christmas. I attached this panel too to a black card base.

Scandinavian Holiday by Maya Isaksson for Hero Arts

For this card I started by painting a part of the card using Distress ink and a paint brush, making sure the ink dripped a bit up and down. I made a couple of layers of ink to make it a bit more interesting. After making sure the ink was completely dry I embossed the horses and the star on top. I diecut the word merry and colored it using Distress ink and an ink blending tool and attached it to the panel, stamped the other words and then diecut the panel with a rectangle die. I used a black card front for this card too, making a matching set of three cards.

Scandinavian Holiday by Maya Isaksson for Hero Arts

I also wanted to try to make a more graphic looking card. These little goats are traditionally hand made out of straw and we always had a big one by the Christmas tree when I grew up. The goat used to bring the presents for Christmas a long time ago, before Santa Claus came to Sweden. Now the goat is a lovely image that is everywhere around the holidays. I stamped my goat repeatedly to make a pattern and then stamped the sentiment in black on top. I added some stars and mounted the panel to a black card front.

Scandinavian Holiday by Maya Isaksson for Hero Arts

The last card I made is maybe not so traditional, but I love the black and white. I decorate my home in black and white with some red and gold for christmas. I stamped a pattern using a tree and the little hearts. I diecut the word merry three times out of black cardstock and one out of red. I glued all the diecuts together, finishing with the red. The word pops up a bit and the sides are black, making it look really cool from the side. I embossed the word Christmas in white on black cardstock and attached with foam tape, making a little nest of gold thread under it as decoration.

I hope you enjoyed my many projects and got some inspiration for using these cute images. If you like these projects I would love if you’d come visit my blog Little Outbursts of Creativity. Thank you for giving me a moment of your time, and thank you to Hero Arts for having me as a guest. I had a blast!

Thank you, Maya! It was wonderful learning a bit more about Swedish traditions in addition to these fabulous stamping techniques!

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