The idea for this card came from seeing one of those Christmas tree ornaments made from baubles. It got me thinking how I could make one using circles. Here’s the result! I think this would be a fun card to make with children.
I began by drawing a triangular tree shape on my card top layer. I used a tree stamp but any rough triangular shape will do. Then, after dry embossing a selection of card in Shaded Spruce, Real Red and gold foil, I punched circles of various sizes. If you wanted to use die cut circles, you’d have to cut first then emboss.
The circles were roughly arranged in the tree shape. To help me remember the placement for gluing, I took a quick shot of the layout and then removed the circles to erase the triangle.
I glued all the circles in place, stamped and heat embossed my greeting, mounting it on a layer of Shaded Spruce and a length of Real Red ribbon. To finish, I added a die cut star to the top on foam tape and rhinestones into some of the gaps to resemble fairy lights.
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 ?
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!