Rustic Retreat – Three Ways

It’s been a while since I’ve taken one stamp set and shown you how simple it can be to make an elegant card and then to easily step it up. Today, I’m going to use the same sketch, the same gorgeous DSP, Feels Like Frost in the mini-catalog, and make three gorgeous cards. I’m playing with the Rustic Retreat stamp set from the 2020-21 Annual Catalog. This set is super flexible with images and sentiments. In addition to the Christmas sentiment I’m using, there is a Happy Birthday and even a quote from A.A. Milne. How can you not love a pooh bear quote?

A Simple Stamping Card

For this simple stamping card, I used a base of Thick Whisper White. The thick card base give the project some substance and will just hold up better in the mailing process. Next, I cut a piece of Seaside Spray at 3-3/4″ x 5″. Then I cut one of the gorgeous sheets of Feels Like Frost—this paper is so pretty, you could just put it in a frame. But I #cutthepaper to 2-3/4″x5″, making sure I got a nice section of the paper for my card. Now it was time for stamping.

I used Night of Navy ink and the sentiment from Rustic Retreat. Because I was stamping directly on the DSP, I didn’t want any mistakes, so I pulled out my Stamparatus. I put the DSP on the tray and anchored it with the magnets. Then I positioned my stamp on the paper where I wanted it. I closed the acrylic tray to pick up the stamp – cling stamps attach to the acrylic plates with zero fuss. Then I gently inked my stamp and closed the acrylic plate again and pressed gently. Perfect image. It’s that easy. If the image had been splotchy, I could have reinked and restamped until I was happy because it lines up perfectly every time.

To finish the card, I adhered the stamped DSP to the Seaside Spray and then added a length of Metallic edged ribbon before adding the assembly to the card front. One gorgeous card, ready to mail.

A Step Up

This card is a stepped up version of the card above. I swapped the Thick Whisper White with a base of Seaside Spray. Then I cut a piece of Pretty Peacock to 2-3/4″ x 5″ and embossed it with the Evergreen Forest 3-D embossing folder. I layered it with a 1-1/4″x5″ piece of the Feels Like Frost paper on top of a 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ piece of the same DSP. You can just see the silver and white edge peeking out.

Again, a length of the Metallic edged ribbon to cover my seam before I put the assembly on the front of the card. Then I did my stamping using Pretty Peacock ink, stamps from the set, and the Everyday Label punch. I added that to the card with Dimensionals and finished off the project with a few Snowflake embellishments from the mini-catalog.

Another gorgeous card ready to send. But there’s more. If you like more.

Artful Rustic Retreat

The last card I have for you today uses the same layout, but adds a few elements from some other stamp sets and dies. If you have a growing collection of supplies, there is no reason you can’t mix and match your old with your new to create a truly unique design.

Starting with a base of Pretty Peacock, I used the same measurements to cut a strip of the Feels Like Frost DSP and a piece of Silver Foil paper which I embossed with the Evergreen Forest 3-D folder. I used the same ribbon. to mount this, I added all the layers to a piece of 3-3/4″x5″ piece of Whisper White just to make the process simple.

Next I stamped a tree from the Winter Woods stamp set in Pretty Peacock and die cut it with the matching In the Woods dies from the annual catalog. I also die cut the deer from a scrap of Kraft paper I had using the North Pole Wonder dies from the mini-catalog. I stamped the cabin in Memento Ink and colored it in with my Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Christmas set in the annual catalog. It’s stamped in Pretty Peacock. I cut that out with the Layering Ovals dies, daubed some Cinnamon Cider ink around the edges, and added it and my deer to the card with Dimensionals.

One stamp set, three cards, crafting at whatever level makes you happy. Let me know which one you like best.

Happy crafting!

Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin Alternates

Default samples of the cards created with the Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin' Up!

The October 2020 Paper Pumpkin box contains all the necessary elements to make stunning Christmas cards. Cherry Cobbler twine and distressed Crumb Cake card bases add a rustic element and a perfect contrast to gold foil words, banners, and card base details. If you did nothing but make the eight cards as designed, you would be perfectly happy with this kit. But of course, I wanted to see what I could do to mix it up and create some easy, fun alternates. I have three options for you to consider, case, or use as a jumping-off point for your own creative takes on this super kit.

Envelope DSP

Alternate card using the Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin kit. Peace and flowers and the paper from the envelope.

For this card, I cut one of the kit card bases in half and then trimmed the gold patterned side to 5-1/4″x4″. I layered this piece on a Just Jace card base. I had no idea how good Cherry Cobbler would look with Just Jade, but the blue undertones in both colors work really well together.

Next, I cut a flap off one of the envelopes. They are lined with the beautiful patterned Cherry Cobbler paper that has holiday words in English, French, and German repeated. I trimmed off all the white parts of the envelope flap and then did a final trim to create a strip 4″ wide by 1-1/4″ high. After layering that on the card, just slightly below center, I added two of the floral pieces on Dimensionals. I used multi-purpose glue to add the gold foil Peace between the flowers.

For a final touch, I used the Dark Just Jade Stampin’ Blend to color three basic rhinestones.

More Envelope DSP

Alternate card for the Joy to the World October 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit using the envelope as DSP

Since I’d already sacrificed an envelope to alternate card making, I decided to use up the rest of it as a layer of DSP on a Cherry Cobbler card base. This monochromatic start to the card makes the next elements really pop.

Next, I added one of the cable-knit embossed panels from the kit. Then I stamped a wreath with Just Jade before I added it on top with Dimensionals. For the Peace foil, I was careful to only add glue where the letters would connect with the wreath. I used a glue dot for the Cherry Cobbler twine bow.

The sentiment is stamped in Just Jade and I added two gold glitter enamel dots for a final touch of sparkle.

Not a Christmas Card

A birthday card made from the Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin kit.

Depending on how many Christmas cards you like to mail, you may have pieces of this kit left over. How about a birthday card instead?

First, on Soft Sea Foam card stock, I stamped the flower in the same ink in random directions. Make sure to get partial images falling off the edge of the paper. This makes it look like the paper came from a larger sheet and the eye likes it better.

Next, I took the scrap of gold-patterned card base from the first card and added it directly to the lower third of the card. The flower piece is on Dimensionals. And I tucked the banner stamped in Cherry Cobbler under the edge and overlapping the scrap. To create a cohesive design that is more pleasing to the eye than random elements on the card front, layer the pieces even partially.

For the final touch, I added three basic pearls.

I hope you’re enjoying your Paper Pumpkin kit. If not, you can subscribe now by clicking on the link in the right-hand panel of this page. Enjoy creating beautiful handmade elements to celebrate the holidays. Happy Crafting.

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 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!