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Card Front Builder Thinlits -- Thanks For Being You


Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop featuring the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

One of the great things about the Carols of Christmas stamp set is the coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits.  When you look at the stamp set, you wouldn't think that there would be so many great card building accessories included with the thinlits.  I have to admit that if I hadn't been crazy about the stamp set, I would have ordered the thinlits no matter what.  

Living in Florida doesn't give you a whole lot of insight into Winter; however, thanks to traveling, photos, and movies, I do have a good idea of what a serene Winter scene might look like.  Here's my take.


This card begins with a card base of Early Espresso cardstock.  A piece of Silver Foil Sheets was die cut with the Big Shot using the embellished frame from the Card Front Builder Thinlits.  Here's how that's done (using a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock--you'll see it incorporated into the card later).


The embellished frame die cuts one half of the frame at a time.  This is a great feature, because it allows you to make the frame as long as you need it to be.  So the first step is to place the thinlit over one half of the cardstock and run it through the Big Shot (don't forget to put the cutting plate on top of the cardstock/thinlit).  For this example with the Very Vanilla cardstock, I used the Magnetic Plate and ran it through twice.  When cutting the Silver Foil Sheets, I would recommend using the NEW Multipurpose Platform and running it through twice OR using the Precision Base Plate.


Remove the thinlit from the die cut half of the cardstock.  In addition, remove any die cut pieces that may have become embedded in the thinlit.  Then place the thinlit on the opposite side of the cardstock; lining up the two small dots at the ends of the arms of the thinlit with the two die cut dots on the cardstock AND leaving a smidge of space between the dots.  Then run the sandwich through the Big Shot twice.


When you remove the thinlit from the cardstock, this is what your frame will look like.  So envisioning this piece of Very Vanilla cardstock as a die cut frame of Silver Foil Sheets, adhere the Silver Foil Sheet frame to the center of the card front.  

A light colored piece of paper from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack was cut to 3-3/16" x 4-1/2" and matted with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock cut to 3-1/4" x 4-9/16".  A strip of Shimmery White cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in the more densely embossed area of the folder.  The paper was torn to create two pieces with a bump up on the right sloping down to a thin area and another piece with a bump up on the left sloping down to a thin area.  These two pieces were adhered along the bottom edge of the Wood Textures paper aligning the right, left, and bottom edges of the Shimmer White torn paper flush with the right, left, and bottom edges of the Wood Textures paper.  [Tip:  When adhering heavily embossed paper to a flat surface, it is best to use Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.]

Pieces of Garden Green and Always Artichoke cardstock were die cut with the Big Shot using the evergreen trees thinlits.  The Always Artichoke trees were adhered to the Wood Textures paper with the bases of the trees tucked just below the top edge of the torn embossed paper.  The Garden Green trees were adhered in front of and slightly offset from the Always Artichoke trees to give a hint of depth to the "forest".  Note that some of the Garden Green tree bases are tucked just below the top edge of the torn embossed paper and some sit on top of the torn embossed paper.

Two deer were die cut with the Big Shot using the deer thinlits and Early Espresso cardstock.  The deer were adhered near the lower center in front of the trees to look like they are coming out of the "forest".  

Three silver stars from the Metallic Enamel Shapes were adhered among the trees.


The "Thanks for being you." greeting, from the Special Celebrations stamp set, was stamped on a narrow strip of Very Vanilla cardstock using Early Espresso ink.  The greeting was adhered at the upper left corner of the Wood Textures paper with the top left corner of the greeting 1/16" from the top and left edges of the Wood Textures paper.  The completed Winter scene was adhered at the center of the Silver Foil Sheets frame.


The Very Vanilla frame used for the frame die cutting example above was used as the liner for the inside sentiment area of the card.  The "You share so much, so gladly, so often...  I'm blessed to have you in my life." sentiment, from the Special Celebrations stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the frame using Early Espresso ink.


A piece of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (same color as used for the card front) was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the paper to match the edge of the envelope flap.

People who migrate here from the North tend to wax nostalgic about the sparkling cold and breathtaking beauty of Winter "at home" as they walk the beaches and darken their tans during the months of November through April.  I think that their memories are much more pleasant than the reality--which is probably why they Winter in Florida every year.  I have heard, however, that there are people who actually look forward to the snow and cold.  If you are one of those people, I say:  God Bless You!  I'll take my sun, sand, and warm and create Winter scenes.

Card Measurements -- 

Always Artichoke:  2-1/2" x 2-1/2", 2 @ 1-1/2" x 2-1/2"; Early Espresso:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 3-1/4" x 4-9/16", 2 @ 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"; Garden Green:  2-1/2" x 2-1/2", 2 @ 1-1/2" x 2-1/2"; Very Vanilla:  9/16" x 2-3/16", 4" x 5-1/4"; Shimmery White:  3" x 4-1/2"; Silver Foil Sheets:  4" x 5-1/4"; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack:  3-3/16" x 4-1/2", 2-1/4" x 6"


Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Special Celebrations; Inks:  Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Shimmery White, Silver Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Wood Textures Pack; Embellishments:  Metallic Enamel Shapes; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform and Magnetic Platform, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Card Front Builder Thinlits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


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