It is never too early to start preparing your Christmas crafts. At least that is the theory behind the Christmas Challenge Stampathon. This Facebook group issues a new challenge each month so that by the time December arrives the participants are well on their way to having their holiday preparations done. I participate because I love the challenges and seeing what everyone else comes up with. This month was “Mainly White”.
I’m not particularly good with clean and simple or mainly white cards. So, I dove into Pinterest for some ideas. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to locate the original designers for these cards, but I appreciate the Pinterest posts for their inspiration.
This card is ingenious in its design. It’s a lot of small punches or in my CASE die-cuts layered in a circle to form a wreath. I used the Corrugated dynamic embossing folder to add texture behind the wreath. The snowflakes are cut from Champagne foil.
I plan to repeat this card using butterflies and possibly small flowers. It would make a great Thank you or Birthday card.
For the next card, I really wanted to use a piece of the whitewashed Wood Textures DSP. But I was out! (Yes, I ordered more.) So, I had to get creative. I used the Hardwood dynamic embossing folder, but I inked one side of the folder with Soft Suede —just dragged my ink pad across the side that would embed in the paper. The folder is easy to clean with an alcohol-free baby wipe. The wreath is a from the Swirly Scribbles die set. I added the pine pieces from a Paper Pumpkin and some pearls. Super simple, but elegant card.
The final card I’ll share with you uses the Pretty Pines die set. I use this set frequently along with the Christmas Pines stamps that go with it. I used a piece of Champagne foil as the shiny layer. Over that, I crumpled a scrap piece of Kraft paper. I sparkled it up with some Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the folds. The pines branches are cut from Whisper White and the bow is in Champagne foil. There are a couple of sprigs that I die cut from Sparkle Glimmer paper, but they might be hard to see in the picture. And because I might have overlooked an opportunity to sparkle, I added rhinestones.
So, I now have three more Christmas cards ready to send in December and lots of inspiration to attempt more clean and simple designs. Hope you are inspired as well.
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The March Paper Pumpkin kit is so much fun. It is eight three dimensional cards that can be dressed up or down. The kit came with lots of punched numbers. I don’t know about you, but I’m at the age when we don’t discuss actual numbers. Which is pretty much anyone over the age of 29. So the first thing I did was figure out how to make the basic cards with some small changes – no numbers!
The first card uses the gray striped base with the Daffodil Delight banner. A balloon stamp came with the bonus set and I punched it out using the smaller side of the Balloon Bouquet punch. I used Poppy Parade from the kit and Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight, two of the coordinating colors. A few Glitter Enamel Dots from the Annual catalog finished the card.
The second basic card also substitutes balloons in the same colors instead of numbers. On the white banner, I stamped the confetti stamp from the kit in Bermuda Bay after stamping off so the color was lighter. I finished this card with a few Basic Rhinestones.
The last card I did that was almost entirely from the kit used the numbers in the sprinkles pattern to add interest to the background. I glued a set of them on in random patterns and directions. Then I turned the white banner sideways and stamped the candle image in Daffodil Delight. I added one of the punched hats from the kit and a few yellow embellishments.
Alternates Using My Stash
The next few cards, I took advantage of the stuff in my stash. It is so rewarding to dig out a little bit of saved paper or a stamp set I like and truly play with my Paper Pumpkin. Feel free to copy these cards or be inspired to use what you have to get creative.
For this first card, I cut up the strings of candles in the kit and glued them on to the card base, much like I did with the numbers up above. On the banner, I used the confetti stamp and heat embossed the images in white. The balloons are punched from some long retired scrap that happened to be in the Bermuda Bay family and so was perfect for my purposes. The 3″ white twine pieces are attached to the balloons with glue dots.
The next card uses leftovers from January’s kit. The kangaroo and chameleons are wearing party hats that came in the March kit. The banner is turned over and stamped in Daffodil Delight. I really like the contrast of the gray stripes with the yellow confetti. Even the embellishments are from an old Paper Pumpkin kit. Save those scraps where you can find them.
The next card I used my new Sale-A-Bration stamp set, So Hoppy Together. I hope you got your orders in because the sale ends tonight. The frog is stamped in Memento Ink so that I could color in the image with my Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. The tire and pedals are in Dark Smoky Slate and the seat and wheel hub in Light Bermuda Bay. I gave him a party hat too. The confetti is stamped all around in Flirty Flamingo. I used a masking technique to get just the “Hoppy” and that is in Bermuda Bay along with Birthday from the kit.
Since I was having so much fun doing animals, I thought I should do one more. I remembered that I had a small stash of scraps from the Birthday Delivery DSP. Yes this is old, but still super cute. I fussy cut some presents and one of the animals. Then I punched the larger balloon using the Balloon Bouquet punch. I still have a little bit more of this paper left, so, I’m sure you will see it again at some point. I also considered using the cat punch or the puppy punch – both would have been super cute.
Last, because it is never too early to start creating your holiday supplies, I have two tags for you. One is very much a Christmas tag, the other could be used for any occasion even a wedding gift. I used the Oh What Fun stamp set. But remember, we have the Labeler stamp set that will let you add any wording you want to your projects.
That’s it. Lots of fun as always. If you don’t have your Paper Pumpkin kit coming every month, you’re missing out. Subscribe now.
Today’s card has a really cool technique – layering backgrounds. It’s so simple, and can give your card or paper project a really cool, unique look. I did this card as a make and take with my Paper Pumpkin group and it surprised me how much they liked it.
The Technique Layer
First the layered backgrounds, I used a quarter sheet of Whisper White and my Stamparatus. On one panel I used the Hardwood background stamp and the Post Script background on the other acrylic plate. For the Hardwood stamp, I used Sahara Sand – a very light color. For the Post Script stamp, I used Balmy Blue. This is a medium intensity color. So it stands out a bit more and the Hardwood image is visible, but not overwhelming. I then cut this layer down to 3-7/8″x5-1/8″. It’s better to cut this down after you stamp so that if your edges aren’t completely stamped, it doesn’t matter.
Putting Together the Card
I stared with a base of Night of Navy. I added the stamped layer to a piece of Balmy Blue cut to 5-1/4″x 4″. Then I added Crumb Cake Classic Weave ribbon wrapped at the bottom third with some snail. I added that entire assembly to the Night of Navy base.
Next, I used the Life is Grand stamp set from the Occasions catalog. A big, bold sentiment is all this card needs so that the stamped background stands out. I used Night of Navy Ink and die cut it using the Stitched Shapes dies. I added a piece of Night of Navy cut with the Layering Ovals dies. The sentiment is glued to the card with Dimensionals.
To finish the card, I added three gold pearls. This is optional and I would probably leave them off for a more masculine style.
This technique would also work great with the Crackle Paint background stamp in the Occasions catalog. If you want some background stamps of your own, shop with me