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.
When you look at this card at first glance you will likely be reminded of the card in my last post as it takes advantage of "white space" to make an elegant statement.
This card begins with a card base of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock. A panel of Very Vanilla cardstock was swiped with the Embossing Buddy and the starry swoop from the Star of Light stamp set was stamped twice using Versamark: the first stamping has the larger part of the swoop at the upper right corner with the smaller part of the swoop pointing toward the lower left corner, and the second stamping has the larger part of the swoop at the lower left corner and the smaller part of the swoop pointing toward the upper right corner. [Tip: When using photopolymer stamps, be sure to place the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the cardstock to achieve the best stamped images.] The stamped images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the image heat embossed with the Heat Tool. You can see in the photo below what the panel looks like after it has been embossed. Don't worry about the overlap of the images at the center as that will be covered up.
The embossed panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Fresh Fig cardstock. A length of Copper Trim was wrapped around the center of the two panels (each wrap is about 1" apart) and tied into a bow near the right center of the panels. The panels were adhered at the center of the card front.
The "Peace on Earth" sentiment from the Carols of Christmas stamp set was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Fresh Fig ink. The words were cut out with Paper Snips: "Peace", "on" with the lines to the right and left, and "Earth"; trimming closely to the inked areas. A piece of Copper Foil Sheets was die cut with the Big Shot using the largest of the circle Stitched Shapes Framelits (2-7/8"). The die cut circle was adhered to the left center of the card front with the left edge of the circle 1/8" from the left edge of the Very Vanilla embossed panel. The "on" with the lines to the right and left was adhered across the center of the circle die cut. Then the "Peace" and "Earth" were adhered above and below the "on", respectively, using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The inside sentiment area of the card was stamped with the "May your Season be Peaceful, your New Year be Bright" sentiment from the Star of Light stamp set using Fresh Fig ink. Once the ink was completed dry (just a couple of seconds), the area was swiped with the Embossing Buddy and the star/cross/diamond/dots image from the Carols of Christmas stamp set was stamped three times around the sentiment using Versamark ink. The stamped images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the images heat embossed with the Heat Tool.
The envelope flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope was randomly stamped with the star/cross/diamond/dots image and the 4 dots in the shape of a diamond image from the Carols of Christmas stamp set using Fresh Fig ink. [Tip: Place a scrap sheet of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that the images stamp only on the envelope flap.]
I love the elegant look of this card and that it uses non-traditional colors to convey a Christmas greeting. I'll be back soon with the instructions for the final card I designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Carols of Christmas stamp set and coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits. That card is all about creating a Winter scene with the thinlits. I hope you'll stop by to visit!
Card Measurements --
Fresh Fig: 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"; Very Vanilla: 4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/2" x 3"; Thick Very Vanilla: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Copper Foil Sheets: 3-1/4" x 3-1/4"; Copper Trim: 20"
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: Carols of Christmas, Star of Light; Inks: Fresh Fig, Versamark; Cardstock: Fresh Fig, Very Vanilla, Thick Very Vanilla, Copper Foil Sheets; Embellishments: Copper Trim; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Stitched Shapes Framelits; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope