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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Layering Backgrounds

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

Embossed Butterfly Beauty

Embossing is a great way to add texture and interest to your paper crafts. I use my embossing folders frequently. I am constantly heat embossing images and sentiments. Previous projects have even used wet embossing or embossing paste with stencils. Today I’m going to show you how to use your favorite Thinlit to emboss instead of cut. It’s simple using the Big Shot Embossing Mats. This accessory is available in the Annual catalog. The key is creating your sandwich correctly. I’ll post the Stampin’ Up! video on my Resources page.

My embossed card

Embossed background using Stampin' Up! Butterfly Beauty Thinlits

You may have seen the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits in the Occasions catalog. There are two dies in the set that are ideal for embossing. Both have five connected butterflies and are large enough to emboss your first layer in one go. For my card, I used Grapefruit Grove on a Very Vanilla base. The embossed butterfly images add subtle, elegant texture.

Next, I die cut a few small butterflies from the Botanical Butterfly designer paper available with Sale-a-Bration credits. I also fussy cut one image from the same DSP. The sentiment is from the Darling Label Punch Box set. The set comes in a gorgeous tin with six stamps, two ink spots, an acrylic block, and the matching punch.

The sentiment was stamped once in Highland Heather and once in Mint Macaron. Then I cut out part of the Mint Macaron image and layered it over the Highland Heather. Underneath the sentiment, I used two layers, one Mint Macaron and one from the Botanical Butterfly DSP cut out with the Pretty Label punch.

Lastly, I added a length of Very Vanilla Polka Dot Tulle and several Artisan pearls. I hope this card inspires you to use your dies in creative ways. For more details on embossing with dies, go to my Resources.

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