First Frost for First Post of 2019

The New Year brings new opportunities, but we have to say goodbye to the old. I’ll miss the fantastic products in the Holiday catalog, but I’m looking forward to getting creative with the new products in the Occasions catalog. This is also Sale-a-bration time which means free products with qualifying purchases. I love free – really, who doesn’t? But with all this helloing and goodbyeing – you might have missed the fact that some of the holiday products are carrying over. Meaning, even though the Holiday catalog is gone you can still order some of the amazing stamps and dies. The First Frost and matching Frosted Bouquet dies are two of those products. I have three cards for you using them. One for my Zen crafters, one for Paper Princesses and one that my Stash Queens will love to fuss with.

The first card combines Gray Granite, Merry Merlot and Whisper White for an elegant color palette. I used a Whisper White base. I combined a layer of Merry Merlot with a 4″x5-1/4″ piece of the Frosted Floral Specialty DSP that was part of the suite. If you didn’t get that paper – no problem. Stamp a piece of Gray Granite with Gray Granite ink using one of the leafy sprays from the set. I used a straight length of Silver Metallic Edge ribbon about 2/3 of the way down the card and adhered that to the Merry Merlot layer before I put that layer on the card base. Super easy -no bows.

The center panel is a 2″x5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White stamped in Gray Granite and Merry Merlot. I stamped the leaf stamp coming off the edges of the panel. This is a great technique to add interest and the sense of movement to your design. The sentiment from the set is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Lastly, I added some Pearls. I used one of them to cover over a tiny smudge so I wouldn’t have to restamp the entire panel. No big deal, just cover it and keep going.

The next card uses a fancy fold that I found online. The measurements were from a card done by Sharon Armstrong. You can see her card here. I used a base of Soft Sea Foam that was 5-1/2″ x6-7/8″ scored at 2-3/4″. On the 2-3/4″ flap I added a 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ piece of DSP from the same pack of paper as the first card. Again, if you don’t have this paper, you could use Whisper White and the stamps in the set with a variety of ink colors. In fact that’s what I did for the flap. The base of the flap is 3-1/4″ x 3-1/2″, scored at 2-3/4″ on 3-1/4″ side. This gives you a narrow flap, the perfect width for adhesive so you can tuck it between the big base and the Whisper White inner layer (standard 4″x5-1/4″). On top of the flap, instead of DSP I stamped a 2-1/2″x 3-1/4″ piece of Whisper White with Powder Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Berry Burst inks using stamps from the set.

The sentiment is stamped in Berry Burst. I punched it out using the Pretty Label punch. I stamped the edges in Powder Pink and Soft Sea Foam with a leaf and a flower stamp. The Tranquil Tide edge is done by punching a second label and cutting it in half then adhering it to the stamped label. I added a length of the Silver Metallic Edge ribbon and then put the sentiment on with Dimensionals. The gems are from a past Paper Pumpkin kit. For a final touch, I stamped the inside Whisper White layer in Tranquil Tide so there wouldn’t be blank areas around the flap.

For the last card, I got out the Big Shot and the Frosted Bouquet dies. The card base is Tranquil Tide. If you don’t have the specialty DSP, it would be easy to recreate with the long leaf stamp and Whisper White paper. I used Vellum, Champagne Foil, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam and Gorgeous Grape for the foliage around the sentiment. The sentiment is stamped in Tranquil Tide on Whisper White. I added a Champagne Foil edge to the label by combining the dies in the set. It’s a delicate detail to add more interest.

The flowers were created with three layers. The two flower images each die cut and then the larger outline cut from the coordinating paper. I used Berry Burst, Blackberry Bliss and Rich Razzleberry. I sponged the edges of the stamped and cut flowers so there was less of a white edge. Too finish off the card, I used two small pearls and the new organza ribbon from the Sale-a-bration pack. The ribbon is super easy to tie into a bow.

It’s easy to make gorgeous cards with this stamp set no matter what your preferred style of crafting is. If I can help you with your projects, don’t hesitate to contact me with questions. Happy Crafting!

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