This week’s star of the show is the Stampin’ Up! Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder. It’s super detailed and has so much dimension that it deserves to be the focal point of the card. I paired it with the new Brushed Metallic cardstock for added glitz!
To begin, I embossed a top layer of white card and a skinnier panel of metallic card. I deliberately made my metallic panel longer so that I’d have some wiggle room when assembling the two together.
As the embossing is so deep, it’s easy to ‘feel’ when the panels are aligned and the branches match. Once aligned, I glued first the top half, holding the bottom in place, then lifted the bottom to adhere that. I used lots of liquid glue to get into all the nooks and crannies of the trees. Once dry, I trimmed off the excess metallic card.
I wanted a pop of colour on the card so I applied a strip of adhesive tape across the panel to attach some coordinating ribbon.
Lastly, I mounted the panel onto a Cherry Cobbler mat layer and then onto the Smoky Slate card base, adding the greeting.
Since I had three colours of brushed metallic card, I had to make three cards. This one is in more traditional colours comprising Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.
The last one is copper with Pretty Peacock and Night of Navy.
One of the dies in the So Many Snowflakes cuts out a stitched window, which is crying out to be made into a shaker card! To make the scene through the window, I used the Snow Front stamp set.
The first job was to cut out the window. I eyeballed the position of the die to get it more or less in the centre.
As my cutting plates are somewhat manky, the card was marked a little so I ran it through the Winter Snow embossing folder to disguise the marks. Remember to stamp the sentiment before embossing!
Next, I stamped my scene onto a smaller piece of card. I drew around the die lightly to help with positioning my scene and erased the pencil marks afterwards. Although the scene is navy in this picture, I changed my mind and did another in Basic Grey – to avoid any confusion in the later photos!
To make the shaker element, I glued a piece of acetate onto the back of the window and then applied foam strips around the window. It’s important that the strips meet up snuggly to prevent the sequins or glitter escaping! I added another layer of foam around the edge of the card ready for mounting onto the card. Lastly, I removed the backing paper, added the sequins into the window area and positioned the scene, pressing down well.
The shaker was mounted on a Basic Grey layer and then onto a Smoky Slate card base.
In case you can’t be bothered with making a shaker card, the idea works equally well without as just a simple 3D window card.
Welcome to September – it’s time to get started on Christmas projects! This is my first Christmas card this year. For best results, a stamp positioning tool is needed – this allows the trees on the two layers to be perfectly aligned.
First, I cut a ‘moon’ layer of Whisper White and a Misty Moonlight layer ¼” shorter in height. I positioned both pieces of card in my Stamparatus, added the trees from Stampin’ Up! Winter Woods and stamped on the blue layer, removed it and stamped the white layer. The white layer was removed and I repeat stamped the trees on the blue layer to cover the front.
Next, I masked the trees and sponged a little black ink to ‘ground’ my trees. I sponged a little white and silver ink too.
The moon was made by punching a circle from the blue layer and to add some more wintry feel, I ran the blue section through the Winter Snow embossing folder to cover with snowflakes. As I’d used the stamp positioner, my trees matched through the hole beautifully! I was mounting the card on a white card base so I needed an extra border which I made by cutting thing strips of Balmy Blue Glimmer paper.
The final step was to stamp the sentiment in the tiny gap I had left myself! Fortunately, the simple Season’s Greetings from Itty Bitty Christmas fit perfectly 😊
Mr L gave me the idea for this week’s card where sometimes, a coffee just won’t cut it! In the Nothing’s Better Than stamp set, there are lots of fun little phrases to pair with the main words but none that quite say this. I first tried doing small lettering like the stamps but the big, bold lettering worked better for the feel of the card.
I used the Love You More Than dies and wanted my focal words to stand out on a background. For the words, I blended Misty Moonlight/Smoky Slate and So Saffron/Rococo Rose onto two pieces of white card. For the black backgrounds, I drew around the outside of the die and fussy cut.
The black halo really helps the words have drama!
Next, using my grid paper, I experimented with wording layouts and styles, eventually choosing a plain, bold style. I transferred this onto vellum before transferring onto the card using my light box.
To finish, I stamped the coffee cup and cocktail glass, colouring with the same inks and die cutting, then adhering to the card. The words were raised on foam adhesive.
Sometimes you don’t need the whole picture presented to you, just snippets in spotlights. That was my inspiration for my card this week anyway. I like the Stampin’ Up! Field of Flowers for silhouette images but I’m not keen on the coloured version so I thought I’d play around with it to see how I could use the coloured stamps on a card using the spotlight technique.
I began by stamping the leaves in Mint Macaron and the flowers in Rococo Rose, Highland Heather and So Saffron together with a few dragonflies in Smoky Slate. Then I used various punches to cut circles to make my spotlights.
Next, I made my background by stamping the sentiment and ink blending a few circles using my sponge daubers and my homemade circle mask.
For the liner and envelope, I punched a circle from a post-it note and stamped the images into the hole so that the image would have a circular shape to mirror the spotlights on the fronts.
Lastly, I assembled the card, gluing some spotlights directly onto the card front and raising some up on foam dimensionals, and adding a few rhinestones.
I’m really happy with the results of my experiment!