It has been cloudy, overcast and/or raining for more than a week now and I'm so happy! My grass is finally turning green and the dead spots in the lawn are beginning to show signs of filling in. The plants and bushes are standing straighter, their colors are more vivid, and there's new growth. It's amazing what continuous rain will do. And because it's rainy the temperatures are not in the 90s. I'm good with that, too.
Along with the cooler temperatures (it's all relative when you live in the South--on so many levels...) I'd like to share with you a Christmas card I designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Colorful Seasons stamp set. [To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here. To begin the hop, click here.] You may be surprised to see a Christmas card in June, but there are folks out there who actually make Christmas cards year round. I honor these crafters and yearn to be just like them--especially when I'm trying to make more than 100 cards the week before Christmas...
This card begins with a card base made with my favorite of the new In Colors, Tranquil Tide. A panel of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper was swiped with the Embossing Buddy and randomly stamped with the two snowflake images contained in the Colorful Seasons stamp set using Versamark ink. Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder was sprinkled over the inked snowflakes with the excess powder tapped back into the container. Then the embossing powder was melted with the Heat Tool. The paper panel was matted with a slightly larger piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhered at the center of the card front.
The "Christmas wishes from across the miles" greeting, from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set, was stamped on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Tranquil Tide ink. The left end of the strip was punched with the Banner Triple punch and adhered to a longer and wider piece of Silver Foil Sheets with the left end also punched with the Banner Triple punch. The two banners were adhered with the right sides flush and then adhered to the Designer Series Paper/Whisper White mat with the right edge of the banners flush with the right edge of the Whisper White mat and the bottom edge of the Silver Foil Sheets banner 1" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper.
A double bow was tied from Silver 1/8" ribbon and adhered along the right end of the banners using Mini Glue Dots. (I used a BowMaker tool to make my bow, but you can use a fork or make your own tool using lightweight chipboard and the Classic Label punch. The width of this bow is 1-1/2".)
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The embossing buddy was swiped across the liner and then the large snowflake image from the Colorful Seasons stamp set was stamped twice--once near the upper left corner and a second time near the right center edge--and the small snowflake image stamped one time--near the upper right corner--using Versamark ink. The inked images were covered with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder with the excess powder tapped back into the container. The embossing powder was melted with the Heat Tool. The "Best wishes for the season" sentiment, from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner, between the snowflakes, using Tranquil Tide ink.
The Embossing Buddy was swiped across the front of the Medium Whisper White Envelope. The large snowflake image was stamped along the left edge of the envelope, just a smidge below center, using Versamark ink. The small snowflake image was stamped twice--once at the lower left corner and a second time just above the bottom edge to the right of the left corner--using Versamark ink. The inked images were covered with Silver Stampin' Emboss powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the powder melted with the Heat Tool.
This year's Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog has a great selection of Christmas stamp sets and many other stamp sets, like Colorful Seasons, that contain Christmas images and/or sentiments. It's never too early to begin planning your Christmas cards and projects--even if you don't get them completed until a few days before Christmas...
Card Measurements --
Tranquil Tide: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Whisper White: 7/8" x 3-1/2", 3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 4" x 5-1/4"; Silver Foil Sheets: 1-1/4" x 4"; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper: 3-3/4" x 5"; Silver 1/8" ribbon: 12"
Supplies I used for this card --
Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Holly Berry Happiness; Inks: Tranquil Tide, Versamark; Cardstock: Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper: Delightful Daisy; Embellishments: Silver 1/8" ribbon; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Banner Triple punch, Embossing Buddy, Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope