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 😊
I loved making this week’s card for our friend that had her first baby recently. I don’t have a lot of use for stamps aimed at making children’s cards but I bought the Baby Bear set as you’re never too old for a teddy bear! This is a retired stamp set but I’ve kept mine as I really like that bear and how he comes to life with the three layers of ink. I’ve also got a couple of handy tips on repeat stamping and extending the use of dies.
This was a bigger card than usual as I wanted it to be a square Z-fold card. I fancied a gingham style background but didn’t have anything in my stash that was pink so used the Buffalo Check background stamp and some Rococo Rose ink. The stamp was a little small for my background so I used the Stamparatus to do some repeat stamping. I first stamped the check background and marked an arrow on my grid paper where the edge of the stamp came to. Next, I moved the card so that the left-hand edge of the stamped image lined up with the arrow (1) and then stamped again (2). This then gave me a bigger stamped image to centre my cut out.
Next, I stamped the three bear images in 1. Sahara Sand, 2. Crumb Cake and 3. Early Espresso.
To add a bit of extra dimension to him, I applied some fine-tipped glue to his nose and eyes and set aside to dry. This gave his eyes and nose a shiny finish.
I used the sentiments from the set and a stitched rectangle die. This worked fine for the first sentiment but was too short for the second. However, a way to get more from your dies is to only partially cut the die by lining up the top cutting plate before the end of the die. The Big Shot won’t cut where there’s no top plate leaving a partially cut shape. Then simply move the die to the end of the sentiment and repeat the process on the other end of the die.
I mounted the pieces on a Rococo Rose base layer, the gingham layer and the bear on top, adorned with a pink bow.
The inside was layered the same way. Here’s the bird’s eye view of the finished Z-fold.