I sat down to make a Christmas card using the colors from this week’s Global Design Project challenge, but a festive any-occasion card came out instead.
The color challenge this week is to use Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, and Basic Black. I kind of scratched my head at the combination, but it turns out that I love these colors together! I just never know until I start playing with them.
Don’t you love it when you find a second use for something you already have? This beautiful stamp/die bundle makes gorgeous Christmas cards (see an example here), and look at this festive celebration card! This could work for a birthday, graduation, new baby (especially done in soft colors), wedding, anniversary — any celebratory occasion.
The card base is Emerald Envy (5’1/2″x4-1/4″), and the white panel is Whisper White. I love stamps that allow you to create your own background. The Festive Season stamp set has several stamps perfect for creating backgrounds. I did three groupings on my card, and for each grouping I stamped the starburst image twice in Emerald Envy (without re-inking the stamp in between — that’s how you get the two different shades of green) and once in Sweet Sugarplum. I then stamped the small star image once in each grouping, in Sweet Sugarplum ink. And that’s all there is to the background! Easy.
You could use any sentiment here. I chose the “let’s celebrate” stamp from Confetti Celebration, because this card just feels like it’s ready to party. I stamped the sentiment in Archival Basic Black.
I stamped the solid star image from the Festive Season bundle in Sweet Sugarplum, then lined up the Festive Stitching Star die so the stitching holes would be right along the outside of the star. Yes, a die punched all the stitching holes for me! The Festive Stitching Thinlits make hand-stitched cards so easy.
I cut the star out using the Stars Framelits.
I stitched the outline of the star using the Halloween Night Baker’s Twine. There’s no reason to stop using it just because Halloween is over, right? So Christmas + Halloween supplies = non-Christmas / non-Halloween card.
After I started the stitching, I held down the end with a small piece of Tear & Tape. I did a simple backstitch, and when I finished, I taped down the other end. I popped the star up on Dimensionals.
To finish off my card front, I added two stars and a dot from the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes. I just love these tiny embellishments!
I did two more stamp groupings on the inside of the card. I will stamp another sentiment when I decide what event this card will be for.
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The Warmth & Cheer and This Christmas designer series paper packs combine for a festively vintage, fun Christmas card. Oh, what fun!
I don’t tend to make a lot of vintage cards, so when I saw the Merry Monday Challenge this week, I decided to make a card, because I knew it would be… well, a challenge.
Tips for making this card:
1) I laid out the entire card before ever cutting the star in the music paper (from the This Christmas paper). This helps you know exactly where to place your Stars framelit when you cut it.
2) After you cut out the star using the Stars framelits (I think this is the 3rd-largest star), lay the music paper on the Cherry Cobbler card base to determine exactly where to stamp the scrollwork star from the Festive Season stamp set (this set also seen here). Stamp the star in Cherry Cobbler ink before you sponge, curl, and glue the music paper down.
3) To get the old, vintage look, I first sponged around the edges of the music paper with Crumb Cake ink. I didn’t want the card to be too drab, so I used a light touch here. To curl the corners of the paper, I used my bone folder as you would a pencil, to break down the fibers in the paper and curl it. If it isn’t working, try wetting the paper just a smidge.
4) I used the Layering Squares framelits to cut the (mostly) Garden Green square and the Large Numbers framelits to cut the (mostly) Cherry Cobbler numbers from the Warmth & Cheer paper stack (LOVE this stack!). I wanted to use these argyle papers for more of that retro feel. I played with the numbers until I got the dotted pattern lines in the numbers to align with the dotted pattern lines in the Garden Green square. I was so excited when I finally got them to work! But it was also not centered very well, so after I glued down the numbers, I trimmed around them until they were centered. So I used the Layering Squares framelits, but you could do this using just your paper trimmer.
5) For my “oh, what fun” label, I first stamped the sentiment (from the Oh What Fun stamp set) in Garden Green, then cut it out using one of the label framelits from the Project Life Cards & Labels dies. Then I stamped on some splatters using Crumb Cake ink and the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (this is one of the most important stamp sets to have in your arsenal! So much texture from one set!). I spritzed the label with water, using my Stampin’ Spritzer, waited until the ink finished running, then crumbled up the paper. Then opened it back up, laid it out, and let it dry. After the label was dry, I flicked on some Gold Wink of Stella, just enough to give a tiny sparkle.
The label is the only part of my card that uses Dimensionals. Can you believe I made a card using only three Dimensionals? It’s a record for me. #allthedimensionals
6) The Linen Thread is a must-have for vintage-look cards. It just has that old-timey, homey feel, right? I tied a bow and glued that down using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue (the thread makes a bow too small for a Glue Dot). I was going to trim the ends of my bow, but I kind of liked how it curled off the edge of the card, so I left it. Because why not?
7) My favorite little touch is the strip of Basic Black cardstock that you can barely see at the top of the card. I actually meant to glue the music paper down just a smidge lower than I did so the black would show a little more, but I was so busy watching to make sure I was off-center horizontally that I forgot to check where my paper was vertically.
8) I wanted the inside of the card to recall elements from the front of the card, so I again added a strip of Basic Black, the Crumb Cake spots from Gorgeous Grunge, and a smaller Star cut from the same Warmth & Cheer paper. I also sponged the edges of the Very Vanilla layer with Crumb Cake ink again. The inside sentiment is from the Hang Your Stocking stamp set.
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Hey! It’s been a while (life, first year of formal homeschool, turning 40, life, etc.), but I’m jumping back in for a World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop with a bunch of fabulous Stampin’ Up! demonstrators using all current Stampin’ Up! products. This is such a fantastic way to celebrate this event, and we have lots of projects to inspire you. You are currently visiting my blog — Sarah Fleming in Texas, USA — and you will visit lots of different places as you hop today. There is a list at the end of the page to help you navigate from blog to blog, so follow through the hop to see 30 amazing projects.
Here’s my card, a double gatefold card that showcases the Festive Season bundle, which includes the Festive Season photopolymer stamp set and the matching Festive Stitching Thinlits dies. I designed this for a recent card swap with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.
My base for the card is Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I sort of followed this tutorial to get the dimensions of my card, but I also just fiddled with it to get the layers that I wanted. CLEAR AS DAY, right? But seriously, I just fiddled. That gorgeous designer series paper is the This Christmas paper from the annual catalog.
A close-up of the belly band:
Look at that ornament! One of my very favorite things from the holiday catalog. I stamped the ornament in Mint Macaron and then cut it out with the coordinating Festive Stitching thinlit. The thinlit punches the holes in the ornament for the decorative stitching. Cool, right? As you can tell, I was in a gold mood when I designed this card. I used two strands of Gold Metallic Thread for the stitching, added a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper to the front of the belly band, die cut the ornament topper in the same paper, and used the Gold 1/4″ Natural Trim for the bow. The center of the ornament is from the same stamp set.
Here’s the card without the belly band.
The “Merry Christmas” stamp is one of my favorite new sentiments from the holiday catalog; it’s from the Hang Your Stocking set. The tiny trees (or tops of a dense forest, depending on your view of it) are stamped in Garden Green and Mint Macaron, and they’re from the Greetings from Santa set. I just love them.
Look at that detail! This is the Cable Knit embossing folder — I’ve knitted those braided cables (on some Maudie socks that have been sitting unfinished for about a year and a half). One note on the embossing — I wanted the cables all facing the same direction, and since the two embossed panels don’t touch, I couldn’t emboss both panels at the same time. However, one set of cables would have been upside down if I’d tried to just emboss one panel and then the other. So you have to cut separate panels to emboss, then glue those directly on top of the card base.
The sentiment is from Merriest Wishes.
And that’s my card.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today; I’m so honored to be included in the hop with all of these wonderful demonstrators! Don’t forget to continue on the hop and see all the wonderful cards from around the world. Remember that currently you are at my blog — Sarah Fleming — so check the blog hop lineup to see who is next on the list.
You can buy everything I used to make my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store (links below). And make sure you check back soon for all the details on my October classes, including my new Class in the Mail. See you soon!