Casing a White Christmas

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.

Snowflake Wreath

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.

Inked Hardwood

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.

Pretty Pines

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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Wonderfully Romantic CASE

An often overlooked source of inspiration for your crafting projects is the Stampin’ Up! catalogs. When I receive a new bundle, stamps and dies, I like to stamp each stamp with black ink and run each die on some scrap paper so that I can see what they look like. Frequently, I will be inspired and a card will pop up in my head like a picture. Other times, I feel a little overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. The Wonderful Romance stamp set and matching Wonderful Floral dies were just such a bundle. They are so detailed and beautiful, I really wanted to create a project that would show them off. Well, Stampin’ Up! had done my work for me.

My Version

Like the example, this one uses Soft Sea Foam and lots of die cut layers along with stamping. I started with a base of Thick Whisper White so that I would have good support for the floral bundle. Then I added a 2″x5.5″ strip of the Petal Pink printed vellum from the Floral Romance DSP.

Next, I used a 4.25×5.5″ piece of Soft Sea Foam and used the leafy edger die to add that lattice and leaf detail. The cool thing about that die is it only cuts the edge. You don’t have to glue the piece back on to the paper.

I wasn’t sure how the design team at SU did the big floral spray. It’s a stamp with a matching die, but their coloring was so beautifully done. I heat embossed the stamped image with Clear embossing powder on Whisper White and then colored in the image using a combination of Highland Heather, Petal Pink, Granny Apple Green, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. I have to say, at this point, I didn’t love it, but I kept going.

Lots of die cuts

When I do this type of card, I tend to cut more pieces than I think I will need. I also tend to use groupings of three. The large leaf sprays and individual leaves were cut from Pear Pizzazz. The small bud sprays are Mossy Meadow. I also stamped some small flowers in Petal Pink. The die set comes with multiple dies for this image so that you can cut several efficiently —s.uch a time saver.

Now that I had all my dies, I started assembling. First the strip of Vellum DSP, I used snail adhesive on the left side and some glue dots strategically placed in the swirls on the right side and adhered it to the right-hand side of my card base. Before I layered on the Soft Sea Foam, I stamped the large leaf spray in Pear Pizzazz twice so the tips of the leaves would be visible. I also added some texture with the background dots stamp in the same ink. I used snail to adhere that to the front of the card.

Next, I added the hand-colored spray. I used Dimensionals away from the edges of the piece so that I could tuck leaves in and around the spray. I used a combination of glue dots and liquid glue to get them all added. The sentiment is stamped in Fresh Fig. I used a Dimensional on the right-hand side of the sentiment and snail on the left-hand side where it would stick to the spray. This kept the sentiment level with everything else.

Finally, I added some pearls to my Highland Heather flowers and some Wink of Stella to my die cut Petal Pink flowers because It Sparkles!

I had a lot of fun making this card. If you’d like your own Floral Romance bundle, shop with me.

Post Script CASE

P.S. You’re the Best is a fun stamp set in the Annual Catalog. I especially like the typewriter that allows you to stamp a sentiment on the paper part of the image. It begs for customized messages beyond what’s in the set. I decided to pair it with the Post Script background set. Made sense to me. P.S – Post Script. Ah, the ways my mind works. Of course, I dove into Pinterest for inspiration and found a great card made with the same background and using the Crafting Forever stamp set. You can see my inspiration from Carmen Morris here.

My CASE

Stampin' Up! P.S. You're the Best paired with the Post Script background stamp. A CASE of Carmen Morris's card.

For my card, I started with a base of Mossy Meadow. I liked the touch of black in Carmen’s card so I kept that and paired it with Copper Foil for a little more sparkle. The Post Script background is stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla card stock.. Using the same ink, I sponged the edges. I liked the aged quality and wanted to incorporate that in my card.

Next I added another strip of Copper Foil, 1-1/2″ wide. Over that I layered a 1/2″ strip of kraft paper (left over from the Holiday catalog 12×12). I ripped the end and sponged that as well.

The typewriter is from the P.S. You’re the Best stamp set. I added the “P.S” and the “you’re the best” sentiments in Memento Tuxedo Black. The image was too large for the Stitched Shape Ovals, so I used the new Stitched Rectangles in the Occasions catalog. These dies will get a lot of use. I sponged the edges of that piece in Soft Suede so it wasn’t quite as dark as the background. I used Dimensionals to adhere it.

For a final touch I added three green rhinestones from a Christmas card kit. You could achieve the same look using a Mossy Meadows Stampin’ Blends marker and our Basic Rhinestones. This would make an excellent thank you card for any gender recipient.

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