Ornamental Slimline Christmas Card

I promised you the skinny on how to make a slimline card. And here I am, back with all the details. Slimline cards come in all kinds of sizes, but this is what I’m using. The card I’m sharing with you today uses two stamp sets: Ornamental Envelopes and the matching dies and Christmas Gleaming for the sentiments. The colors are Real Red and Just Jade.

Slimline Card Instructions

Slimline Christmas card in Real Red and Just Jade using Stampin' Up! Ornamental Envelopes and Christmas Gleaming.

The base of this card is 8-1/2″ x 7″. I scored the 7″ at the midpoint so I end up with a card base that is 8-1/2″ by 3-1/2″. Next I cut two pieces of Whisper White at 8-1/4″ x 3-1/4″. One is for the inside.

Using scrap paper, I stamped the ornaments in Just Jade. Then I did two heat embossed versions in Gold and Silver. After I die cut them out I had plenty of ornaments to make multiple cards with slightly different configurations.

I stamped the corners to add more framing to the layout, there is a lot of white space to work with on a slimline. Then I stamped the branch. I stamped the ornament cluster in Real Red. Then I layered three of my previously die-cut ornaments on with Dimensionals.

For the sentiment, I used the Stitched So Sweetly dies to cut the Just Jade. I stamped the Christmas Gleaming sentiment and punched it with a circle punch. That is popped up on Dimensionals as well. The final touch for this card is a few basic rhinestones for the mandatory sparkle.

The Envelope

For this one, I’m crediting https://jennycards.blogspot.com/ Her March 26, 2020 blog post not only has the graphic for the vertical envelope I used but she also has instructions for a horizontal envelope. Basically, it’s going to take one sheet of card stock. On the 11″ side of the page, score at 1.5″ and 10.5″. The second score is basically 1/2″ from the bottom and this will be the bottom of your envelope. Then on the 8-1/2″ side, score at 2.5″ and 6.5″—these are your side flaps. Cut out the rectangles created at the top and bottom. Next, trim the side flaps with an angle cut at the top of the envelope so that when you glue these flaps together you have a little V at the top to insert/remove your card easily. Once you have those sides trimmed and glued, you can glue the half-inch bottom flap up and you basically have an envelope. You can see in the picture that I use a corner rounder to finish off the top flap. And again, I highly recommend checking out Jenny’s blog for the amazing graphic she has that will make all these words coherent.

But if you don’t want to create a custom envelope, the good news is that these cards fit in a standard business-sized envelope with room to spare. You have options!

Let me know if you try a slimline or if you have questions. It’s fun to mix it up occasionally and stretch our crafty wings. Happy crafting!

Magical Halloween

Halloween is around the corner or maybe just down the road. It’s going to be a different kind of celebration this year due to the health situation, but don’t let that ruin all your fun. I have some last minute inspiration for you. Whip up a few cards and send out some spooky fun. You still have time.

Elegant Spell

Halloween doesn’t have to be bat and cats and goblins and ghosts. This card has an eerie vibe but still casts a spell of elegance for the refined trickster. I used a base of Blackberry Bliss and added a piece of the Magic in This Night DSP. (This DSP collection is incredible and you will see I used it a lot.) The windswept floral in shades of black and white is simply gorgeous. A strip of Metallic Mesh ribbon adds a touch of sparkle under the flower that I die-cut with the Hallows Night Magic bundle from Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow for the leaves. I layered the flower outline of a scrap of Black Glitter paper and fussy cut it to match. The sentiment, stamped in Blackberry Bliss, is from the Hello, Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin kit. The final touch was a few Iridescent Pearls.

Completely Batty

The second card started with a base of Smoky Slate. Again I used a 4″ square piece of the Magic in This Night DSP, but before I added it to the card I glued a die-cut fancy border of Black Glimmer paper on the edge and wrapped the seam with Glittered Organdy ribbon. I set that aside and heat embossed the sentiment from the Hallows Night Magic set in silver. After I adhered the paper assembly to the front of the card, I finished it with bats cut from Black Glimmer paper. The large bat is a die from the bundle. The smaller bats are from last year’s punch, so I cheated a little bit. But I love this card so much, I don’t even feel guilty. Also, you can substitute the smaller bats the die cuts for the mini ones I used.

Good Bones

The last card I have for you is a new format for me—a slimline card. I haven’t found a set of standard dimensions for cutting these cards so I’ll do a post soon with all the measurements I’m using to create mine. But I couldn’t resist sharing this beauty. Starting with a base of Cajun Craze, I added a layer of the Magic in This Night DSP. Next, I used the stamp set on Whisper White to create the sentiment layer. I stamped the outline image in Memento Ink so I could color in the image with Stampin’ Blends. Then I used Cajun Craze ink for the words. The cat was from the Hello, Pumpkin kit. (There were so many pieces, expect to be seeing bits and bobs from it for a while.) The bats came from the DSP—the die in the bundle works perfectly with the printed image to cut out these spidery-webbed bats. I mounted the sentiment on a die-cut banner of Black Glimmer paper as the final bit of sparkle. These cards fit in a business-sized envelope if you’re planning to mail it.

Have a creative and safe holiday. I’ll be back soon with details on making slimline cards.

Celebrate with Flowers

It’s the start of the holiday season. I’ve already shared some Halloween ideas with you, but today, I’m going to go back to one of my favorite craft images—flowers. My inventory of flower stamps and dies is large. But there is always room for another great set and the Celebrate Sunflowers stamps and dies called to me. Then I saw the DSP that came in the suite and it was in a box and on its way to me. I fell in love with the way the In-Colors came together and the way this set will work year-round. I already did a post with the Memories and More cards from the Flowers for Every Season suite which includes the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle. Now, I have to show you how easy it is to create a card featuring the rest of this suite including the Stampin’ Blends in the new colors.

Winter Blues

Misty Moonlight is a gorgeous blue that reminds me of Dapper Denim, but is deeper and richer. For this card, I used it for the base and then added 1-3/4″ strips of the Flowers for Every Season DSP that included Misty Moonlight in the pattern. I stamped the sentiment in the matching ink. It’s cut out with the Stitched So Sweetly dies and layered over a length of the Whisper White ribbon from the Every Season pack. I love how sheer it is.

Next, I added a die cut sunflower stamped in Balmy Blue. I used this color to show how the image works no matter what color you use to stamp and to contrast with the Misty Moonlight. Almost monochromatic, but with a bit more zip. Lastly, I added an In-Color Enamel Dot.

Spring Bouquet

The next card shows off the amazing Magenta Madness. This pink is so vibrant it’s nearly neon. I can’t look at it without feeling happier. To create this cool 3-D card, I cut the DSP layer to fit the card. Then I used the Mason Jar punch, part of the Jar of Flowers bundle included in the suite, to create an opening for the shaker dome. I stamped the flower stems in Cinnamon Cider on a scrap piece of Pool Party and colored in a few of the stems to give it more visual dimension. The domes have the adhesive built-in, so I added a few of the Flowers for Every Season gems and adhered all of that to the card base.

For the bouquet, I started by stamping the image in Memento ink on Whisper White. I colored in the image using the In-Color Stampin’ Blends. I fussy cut out the flowers and lifted it on Dimensionals so it looks like it’s coming out of the mason jar. The sentiment is stamped in Magenta Madness and is from a different set. My design didn’t leave much room for the larger sentiments, so I had to cheat a bit.

Summer Sunflower

I started this card with the crazy idea of layering foil paper over vellum. I wanted something fun and different, and I think I got that. The base is Magenta Madness. Then added the strips of DSP which scream summertime to me. Can’t you see that striped piece as a beach towel?

So I stamped that great big beautiful sunflower image in Staz-on on vellum and then colored the back side with the Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends just to give it some color. I love how the DSP shows through the sunflower image. The overlay is die cut from silver foil.

Lastly, I added the sentiment from Celebrate Sunflowers in Magenta Madness and a few Just Jade enamel dots. I’ll probably play with the vellum-foil layering some more. I like the effect.

Fall Leaves

The last card I have for you today is a result of what fell on my craft desk as I created other cards. The small scraps of DSP that seem to collect in my craft room. And since I can’t rake them into a pile and fall into them, I decided to put their beautiful remains to use with this scrappy little patchwork card.

On a 4″x5-1/4″ base of Misty Moonlight, I organized my pieces until I had a pleasing arrangement. Staggering the “seam” is important if you’re trying to make a card like this. It give the card energy, also there is a slight symmetry to the pieces, the small piece in the upper left is mirrored by the small piece in the lower right. And all the colors are in contrast, at least as much as I could. This piece went on a Just Jade base.

To finish the card, I added a strip of ribbon from the combo pack. The Just Jade gingham is adorable—you’ll see more of it. The sentiment is stamped in Just Jade and die-cut with the Stitched Nested Labels. Two small Gold Glitter enamel dots provided the perfect touch of sparkle.

Four cards and I have barely scratched the surface of this gorgeous suite. I hope you’re finding some time create. Happy crafting.