Hello! I hope all is well with y’all today.
I decided to join in with Freshly Made Sketches today — I haven’t played along with them recently and just loved this week’s sketch, so this was a great time to jump back in.
My card base is Garden Green (gasp! I know!). I cut a Real Red panel, then embossed the gorgeous Winter Wonder snowflake on the bottom two-thirds. I sponged Real Red ink over the snowflake, just for a little extra depth. Then I sponged all the way around the edge of the Real Red cardstock. The paper (which actually has the words “Oh! what fun” on it) is from the Merry Music Specialty designer series paper. I cannot get enough of this paper!
I thought the “oh, what fun” sentiment from the Oh, What Fun stamp set was pretty perfect for this card. I heat embossed it in silver, then added a strip of Silver Glimmer Paper behind it. The snowflake is from the Trim Your Stocking thinlits, and I finished off the card with a Clear Faceted Gem. I love these things!
I stamped the inside with a stamp from Hang Your Stocking and also added a strip of the Merry Music paper.
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My first love in papercrafting is actually scrapbooking. I love to make cards, too, but scrapbooking is why I got into this whole world in the first place. It’s still my favorite. This is a two-page layout (inspiration from Lyssa Zwolanek, seen here). I had a lot of fun making the eight different presents. I did use a few retired embellishments in this layout.
This is the left page. I absolutely love the Be Merry paper and the sentiment “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” from the Christmas Pines stamp set. This is one of the packs of paper included in the Designer Series Paper Sale. “Merry Wishes” is from the Oh What Fun stamp set. The little holly leaves and berries are from Holly Berry Happiness, which has a matching punch. In this case, you punch first, then stamp, because it’s a builder punch, so it’s easier to punch first. There are some tricks to help you stamp first, but when I’m just stamping one or two, I do it this way with builder punches. That tiny tag on the far left present is one of the Corrugated Elements.
This is the right page. The Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon makes a fun gift bow. The bow on the second present is from Holly Berry Happiness. The little knit Christmas tree on the third present is from the Smitten Mittens bundle. The last gift has a tag from the new Labels to Love stamp set, punched with The Everyday Label punch.
Most of the items I used in my layout can be found in my online Stampin’ Up! store (linked supply list is at the end of this post). Make sure to use the October Host Code (below), and I’ll send you extra goodies!
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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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I pulled out my Birthday Fiesta set last week, intending to force out a cute birthday card to use for my Stamp Camp. I pulled out Emerald Envy ink, and the next thing I knew, I had a brainstorm, and my cactus was a Christmas tree!
Start with an Emerald Envy card base, cut to 4.75″ x 9.5″, scored at 4.75″. This is a square card. Next, cut a 4.5″ square layer out of Whisper White cardstock. Then cut a 4.25″ square layer out of Real Red cardstock. Emboss the Real Red layer with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.
Next, stamp the llama from Birthday Fiesta in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. You could also use Archival Black ink — I already had the Memento ink sitting on my desk. Go ahead and decorate your llama before you cut him out, too. I stamped three snowflakes from the Peaceful Pines stamp set on his blanket in Emerald Envy, then stamped the banner that goes around his neck, but I stamped it as a necklace, in Real Red. I stamped the same snowflake as a pendant. Cut out your llama using the Fiesta Time framelits and the Big Shot.
Now cut two banners out of Whisper White cardstock using the Fiesta Time framelits. Then stamp each flag with the stamps that look most like snowflakes for each shape, alternating Real Red and Emerald Envy.
Stamp the cactus in Emerald Envy. If you have a little trouble getting a well-defined image, don’t give up. I had to give it a few tries before I figured out how this stamp likes to be treated. First, make sure you’re not getting too much ink on the stamp. If you’re doing the tap-tap-tap when you ink your stamp, and your pokey cactus things (um, thorns, Sarah) aren’t showing up on your stamped image, try just tap-tapping. Also, don’t press down quite as hard when you stamp it. Practice on scratch paper or grid paper until you get a good image.
Next, cut out your cactus Christmas tree decorations. I stamped the star, ornament, and gift from the Peaceful Pines stamp set in Daffodil Delight, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise, respectively.
Stamp “JOLLY” from the Oh, What Fun stamp set in Emerald Envy on Whisper White, then cut it out with Paper Snips.
Now it’s time to assemble the card.
Glue the Whisper White layer to the card base, then add the embossed Real Red layer. Next situate and glue down the banners. You’ll have to snip off extra banners on the sides of the card.
Before you glue down the cactus, it needs some tinsel! Wrap some Silver Metallic thread around it several times, then add glue to the back, and glue it down. Glue on the ornament, the star, and the gift, then draw a line from the cactus to the ornament using a Basic Black marker. An ornament needs a hanger, right?
Pop the llama and the sentiment up on Dimensionals, and you’re done!
You can buy all the supplies you need to make this card in my online Stampin’ Up! store by clicking the pictures below. To print this tutorial, click on the TAMS link.