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November 2010

Big Surprises Come in Little Boxes

Hi there!  Sorry that I've been missing for a few days.  Had some things to take care of with my "day job" which included a business trip most of last week. 

Today's post is the last installment of the projects featured during the Royal Blog Tour at the beginning of November (Good Grief!  The month has flown by so very quickly!).   One of the things my mother made with recycled Christmas cards was small boxes to package the beautiful earrings and pins that she makes with fused glass, wire wrapping, and/or beads.  She would use an origami fold to make her boxes.  Since I don't have her dexterity, I was thrilled when Stampin' Up! offered the Bitty Box and Envelope Bigz XL die for the Big Shot.  This little box is just the right size for tiny gifts and tags.

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These little boxes were quick and easy to make.  In fact, it took longer to do the stamping than to cut out the boxes!  I used three different types of cardstock for these boxes:  Crumb Cake for the box on the left, Glossy White for the center box, and Brushed Gold for the box on the right. 

As with all the projects featured during the Royal Blog Tour, the Christmas Collage stamp was used to make these boxes.  The stamp was laid on its wooden back on the tabletop and the Basic Black ink was tapped repeatedly on the rubber until the entire stamp was inked.  The top edge of a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock was pressed to the top edge of the stamp (5 1/2" edge pressed to the top edge of the stamp).  A hard rubber brayer was rolled over the cardstock to transfer the ink to the cardstock.  The cardstock was carefully removed and then the stamp reinked.  This time, the bottom edge of the stamping on the cardstock was lined up with the top edge of the stamp and the remaining unstamped part of the cardstock was pressed to the stamp.  Like before, the hard rubber brayer was rolled over the cardstock to transfer the ink to the cardstock.  Note that if you are not comfortable with an eyeball approach to lining up the bottom of the inked area of cardstock to the top of the inked stamp, then use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig; just don't use the Basic Black ink on the plastic Stamp-A-Ma-Jig sheet because it's very hard (nearly impossible) to remove). 

Here's how each box was made:

Crumb Cake box.  Use a Blender Pen and Classic inks to color selected images on the cardstock.  I used Old Olive and Always Artichoke for the holly branches and pine boughs; Real Red and Cherry Cobbler for the poinsettias; Cherry Cobbler for the holly berries; Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, and Cherry Cobbler for the bells with Old Olive and Always Artichoke for the holly leaves; and More Mustard for the shading around the ring for the number 25.  Place the cardstock face down on the Bitty Box and Envelope Bigz XL die over the Bitty Box cutting area.  Note that the bottom of the stamped design needs to be lined up with the top of the box top flap.  Place an XL cutting plate on top and bottom of the die and roll through the Big Shot.  Remove the die cut box and assemble.  Fold one yard of Real Red 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in half and wrap around box from top to bottom, then turn ribbon to wrap around box from side to side.  Knot on top and trim ends with Paper Snips.

Glossy White box.  Use a sponge to randomly apply ink to the cardstock.  For this box I used More Mustard in the area of the bells and the number 25; Old Olive and Always Artichoke in the area of the holly branches and pine boughs; Cherry Cobbler in the area of the poinsettias, holly berries and the middle of the bells; and Not Quite Navy in the area of the ribbon on the bells.  Place the cardstock face down on the Bitty Box and Envelope Bigz XL die over the Bitty Box cutting area.  Note that the bottom of the stamped design needs to be lined up with the top of the box top flap.  Place an XL cutting plate on top and bottom of the die and roll through the Big Shot.  Remove the die cut box and assemble.  Wrap 18" of Whisper White organza ribbon around box from top to bottom, then turn ribbon to wrap around box from side to side.  Knot on top and trim ends with Paper Snips.  Create a bow with 12" of Whisper White Organza ribbon over the knot on box top.  Trim ends with Paper Snips.

Since the Brushed Gold cardstock is so pretty, I didn't think it needed any added color but some ribbon.  For this box, I laid Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta ribbon on top of Real Red 3/8" Taffeta ribbon around the box and threaded one end through one buttonhole of the Always Artichoke Big Designer Button from the Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons assortment.  Then I threaded the other end through the opposite corner buttonhole, snugged the button to the box top, and knotted the ribbon on top of the button.  Trim the ends of the ribbon with Paper Snips.

I really enjoyed making all the projects featured in the Royal Blog Tour.  It's always fun to participate in these types of tours to get out of my comfort zone and stretch my papercrafting skills.

Thanks so much to all the folks who visited my blog during the Royal Blog Tour and left all the wonderful comments.  I appreciate the feedback and look forward to your return visits.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Christmas Collage; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Real Red; Cardstock:  Brushed Gold, Crumb Cake, Glossy White; Embellishments:  Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Real Red 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Whisper White Organza Ribbon; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pen, Sponge, Big Shot w/XL Cutting Plates, Bitty Box and Envelope Bigz XL die


Recycled Card Fronts Make Beautiful Tags (Part 2)

Hi there!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  My weekend was busy, but a fun busy because I was designing projects for the SASS Stamp Club meeting and then meeting with the SASS Stamp Club members.  We were a smaller group than normal, but we had fun stamping and enjoying each other's company.

Today's post is the third installment of the how-to's for the projects featured during the Royal Blog Tour.  All of the projects were made using the Christmas Collage stamp and showcased how a Christmas card front can be recycled to make tags and boxes the following year.  In the last post I stated that I could find five tags in the card front shown in this post and showed you two of them; today we'll look at the remaining three tags.

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As a reminder, here is how the card front was made (just the stamping and inking of the glossy white cardstock):

1.  Lay the stamp on its wooden "back" and tap the Basic Black ink pad to the rubber to completely ink the image

2.  Place glossy white cardstock face-down on top of the inked image and roll a hard rubber brayer over the cardstock to ensure that the ink is completely transferred to the cardstock

3.  Add color to selected images with a blender pen and classic inks (using the "squish the ink pad lid to the felt" method and picking up the ink left on the lid with the blender pen).  Here are the colors I used for today's featured tags:  A Merry Christmas:  Old Olive for the pine bough base with Always Artichoke in the centers to create depth; Real Red for the poinsettias; More Mustard for the poinsettia centers

Tag #3

Tag Front:  This tag uses a part of the card front that was covered up by a rectangle of Brushed Gold cardstock and a greeting from the Sincere Salutations stamp set.  So if you are making this from the already assembled card front, you would carefully remove those pieces and cut out the rectangular box from the glossy white cardstock.  To remove any residual adhesive, use a dry adhesive remover (i.e., Adhesive Remover, page 197 of the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog).  Using Always Artichoke ink, stamp the holly branch (Bells & Boughs) across the glossy white cardstock rectangle.  Using Cherry Cobbler ink, stamp A Merry Christmas (Bells & Boughs) centered within the glossy white cardstock rectangle.  Place three Stampin' Dimensionals on the back of the glossy white cardstock rectangle.  Using Basic Black ink, ink the rectangle box and surrounding flourishes on the Christmas Collage stamp as directed in Step 1 above.  Press a 3" x 3" piece of Brushed Gold cardstock over the inked area and roll a hard rubber brayer over the back of the cardstock to ensure that the inked image is transferred to the Brushed Gold cardstock.  Using Paper Snips, trim closely around the rectangular box and surrounding flourishes.  Place a line of SNAIL lengthwise across the middle of the Brushed Gold rectangular box.  Fold a 7" piece of Old Olive 5/8" Satin ribbon over the Brushed Gold cardstock so that the ribbon covers the rectangular box, the fold is on the left and the ends of the ribbon extend beyond the right side of the cardstock.  Use a 4" piece of Linen Thread to tie the ribbon next to the right end of the rectangular box.  Use Paper Snips to trim the ends of the Linen Thread.  Remove the adhesive covers from the Stampin' Dimensionals and place the glossy white cardstock rectangle over the Old Olive satin ribbon and Brushed Gold rectangle.  Use a Crop-A-Dile to punch a 1/8" hole at the top of the Brushed Gold cardstock.  Fold a 10" piece of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in half and knot at the end.  Slip the fold through the punched hole about 1" and then slide the knotted end through the 1" loop and pull the loop snug around the punched hole.

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Tag Back:  Using Basic Black ink, ink the rectangular box on the Christmas Collage stamp as directed in Step 1 above.  Press a 1 1/2" x 3" piece of Whisper White cardstock over the inked area and roll a hard rubber brayer over the back of the cardstock to ensure that the inked image is transferred to teh Whisper White cardstock.  Using Cherry Cobbler ink, stamp To/From (Peaceful Season) inside the rectangular box on the left side.  Using Paper Snips, trim closely around the rectangular box.  Place three Stampin' Dimensionals on the back of the rectangle and place over the Old Olive satin ribbon on the uninked side of the Brushed Gold cardstock.

Tag #4

Tag Front:  Cut a 1 3/4" x 4" rectangle around the poinsettias and A Merry Christmas at the bottom right corner of the card front.  Use 3/16" corner rounder to round all corners.  Use a sponge and Always Artichoke ink to sponge the edges of the cardstock.  Wrap a 13" piece of Old Olive 3/8" Taffeta ribbon around the top of the cardstock, approximately 1/4" below the top edge, and knot on front just above Merry.  Use Paper Snips to trim the ends of the ribbon.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the cardstock and place, centered, on a 2" x 4 1/4" piece of Always Artichoke cardstock (the edges sponged with Always Artichoke ink).

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Tag Back:  Cut a 1 3/4" x 4" rectangle of Whisper White cardstock.  Using Always Artichoke ink, stamp the poinsettia bough (Bells & Boughs) on a scrap piece of paper and then across the Whisper White cardstock (stamping off method).  Using Cherry Cobbler ink, stamp To/From (Peaceful Season) near the left side of the cardstock.  Use the 3/16" corner rounder to round all corners.  Use a sponge and Always Artichoke ink to sponge the edges of the cardstock.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the Whisper White cardstock and place, centered, on Always Artichoke cardstock ensuring that the top of the image is consistent with the top of the image on the front of the tag.  Use the Crop-A-Dile to punch a 1/8" hole in the upper right corner of the tag, ensuring that the hole is above the top edge of the Old Olive 3/8" Taffeta ribbon on the front of the tag.  Fold a 10" piece of Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in half and knot at the end.  Slip fold through the punched hole about 1" and then slide the knotted end through the 1" loop and pull snug around the punched hole.

Tag #5

Tag Front:  Use 1 3/4" circle punch to punch out 25 from the card front.  Place circle face down on tabletop.  Place pieces of Sticky Strip to create a continuous band of Sticky Strip around the edges of the circle.  Place 1/4" of one edge of Real Red 3/8" Taffeta ribbon to the Sticky Strip so that approximately 1/4" of the ribbon extends beyond the edge of the cardstock circle and press in place with fingertip.  Fold approximately 1/8" of the ribbon above the Sticky Strip and then press 1/4" of ribbon into the Sticky Strip.  Repeat this process around the circle.  Cut the ribbon from the ribbon roll so that approximately 1/2" of ribbon extends beyond the end of the ribbon pressed into the circle.  Place a sliver of Sticky Strip over the end of the ribbon at the beginning of the ribbon circle and press the ribbon end in place.  Place four Stampin' Dimensionals around the inside area of the cardstock circle.  Using Basic Black ink, ink the circle containing 25 and surrounding flourishes on the Christmas Collage stamp as directed in Step 1 above.  Press a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of Brushed Gold cardstock over the inked area and roll a hard rubber brayer over the back of the cardstock to ensure that the inked image is transferred to the Brushed Gold cardstock.  Using Paper Snips, trim closely around the flourishes.  Remove Stampin' Dimensional adhesive covers and press 25 over the circle containing 25 on the Brushed Gold cardstock.

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Tag Back:  Use the 2 1/2" circle punch to punch a circle from Whisper White cardstock.  Using Always Artichoke ink, stamp the holly branch (Bells & Boughs) across the top half of the circle.  Add color to the holly branch with a blender pen and classic inks (using the "squish the ink pad lid to the felt" method and picking up the ink left on the lid with the blender pen).  Here are the colors I used:  Old Olive for the holly branch base with Always Artichoke in the centers to create depth and Cherry Cobbler for the berries.  Using Real Red ink, stamp To/From (Peaceful Season) below the holly branch near the left center of the circle.  Sponge the edges of the circle with Real Red ink.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the circle and place, centered, on the back of the Brushed Gold cardstock ensuring that the top of the image is consistent with the top of the image on the front of the tag.  Use the Crop-A-Dile to punch a 1/8" hole in the upper center of the tag.  Fold a 10" piece of Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in half and knot at the end.  Slip the fold through the punched hole about 1" and then slide the knotted end through the 1" loop and pull snug around the punched hole.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  In the next post, and final installment of how-to's for the projects featured during the Royal Blog Tour, we'll look at making some gift boxes using the Christmas Collage stamp and the Bitty Box and Envelope Bigz XL die.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Bells & Boughs, Christmas Collage, Peaceful Season; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Old Olive, Real Red; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Glossy White, Brushed Gold, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Old Olive 5/8" Satin ribbon, Real Red 3/8" Taffeta ribbon, Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Linen Thread; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pen, Sponge, Crop-A-Dile (1/8" hole punch), 3/16" corner rounder, 1 3/4" circle punch, 2 1/2" circle punch


Recycled Card Fronts Make Beautiful Tags (Part 1)

Hello!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

Today's post continues the how-to's for the projects featured during the Royal Blog Tour made using the Christmas Collage stamp.  As I mentioned during the Tour, one of the traditions I grew up with was to make Christmas gift tags by cutting up Christmas card fronts from the previous year's cards.  My mother challenged my sisters and I to find as many tags from one card front as possible.  Looking at the card front in the previous post, I identified five areas for tags.  Today we'll talk about the first two.

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As a refresher, here is how the cardstock for the card front was prepared (the stamping and coloring of the glossy white cardstock):

1.  Lay the stamp on its wooden "back" and tap the Basic Black ink pad to the rubber to completely ink the image

2.  Place glossy white cardstock face down on top of the inked image and roll a hard rubber brayer over the cardstock to ensure that the ink is completely transferred to the cardstock

3.  Add color to selected images with a blender pen and Classic inks (using the "squish the ink pad lid to the felt" method and picking up the ink left on the lid with the blender pen).  Here are the colors I used for today's featured tags:

Joy:  Old Olive for the holly leaf base with Always Artichoke in the centers to create depth; Cherry Cobbler for the holly berries, and the stripes and dots on the bells; More Mustard for the bells; Not Quite Navy for the ribbon

Silent Night:  Old Olive for the holly leaf base with Always Artichoke in the centers to create depth; Cherry Cobbler for the holly berries

Tag #1

Tag Front:  Cut a 2 1/4" x 1 3/4" rectangle around Joy, round the corners using the corner rounder and sponge the edges of the rectangle with Always Artichoke ink.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the rectangle and place on a 2 3/8" x 1 7/8" piece of Always Artichoke cardstock (also with corners rounded and edges sponged with Always Artichoke ink).  Apply SNAIL to the back of the Always Artichoke cardstock and place, centered, on a 2 1/2" x 2" rectangle of Real Red Textured cardstock (the edges sponged with Real Red ink).

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Tag Back:  Ink holly branch (Bells & Boughs) with Always Artichoke ink and stamp on a scrap piece of paper and then across a 2 1/4" x 1 3/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock (stamping off method).  Stamp To/From (Peaceful Season) on the left center of the Whisper White cardstock using Real Red ink.  Round the corners of the Whisper White cardstock and sponge edges with Always Artichoke ink.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the Whisper White cardstock and place on a 2 3/8" x 1 7/8" piece of Always Artichoke cardstock (also with corners rounded and edges sponged with Always Artichoke ink).  Apply SNAIL to the back of the Always Artichoke cardstock and place, centered, on a 2 1/2" x 2" rectangle of Real Red Textured cardstock (the edges sponged with Real Red ink).  Apply a Stampin' Dimensional to each corner on the back of the Real Red Textured cardstock.  Place a piece of Sticky Strip vertically (the 2" height) along the center back of the Real Red Textured cardstock.  Fold a 15" piece of Real Red 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in half and knot at approximately 3" from the fold.  Place the tag back face down on the tabletop ensuring that the bottom edges is closest to you.  Remove the Sticky Strip adhesive cover and place the ribbon knot just above the top center edge of the tag back.  Smooth the ribbon ends down over the Sticky Strip with the ribbon ends slightly apart.  Remove the Stampin' Dimensional adhesive covers and place the tag front over the tag back (back sides together) aligning the edges of the Real Red Textured cardstock and ensuring the top edges are together before pressing both sides together.  Trim the hanging ends of the ribbon to the desired length with Paper Snips.

Tag #2

Tag Front:  Cut a 3 7/8" x 1 3/4" rectangle around Silent Night, round the corners using the corner rounder and sponge the edges of the rectangle with Real Red ink.  Wrap a piece of Real Red 5/8" Satin ribbon around the cardstock approximately 3/4" from the bottom edge of the cardstock (to cover the words from A Merry Christmas but leaving the flourishes exposed) and knot on front.  Trim the ribbon ends with Paper Snips.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the rectangle and place on a 4 1/8" x 2" piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the Basic Black cardstock and place, centered, on a 4 1/4" x 2 1/8" rectangle of Real Red cardstock (the edges sponged with Real Red ink).

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Tag Back:  Ink holly branch (Bells & Boughs) with Always Artichoke ink and stamp on a scrap piece of paper and then across the right side of a 3 7/8" x 1 3/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock (stamping off method).  Stamp To/From (Peaceful Season) on the left center of the Whisper White cardstock using Always Artichoke ink.  Round the corners of the Whisper White cardstock and sponge the edges with Real Red ink.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the Whisper White cardstock and place on a 4 1/8" x 2" piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Apply SNAIL to the back of the Basic Black cardstock and place, centered, on a 4 1/4" x 2 1/8" rectangle of Real Red cardstock (the edges sponged with Real Red ink).  Place the front and back tags together back-to-back ensuring that the top edges are matching (note that the To/From is the top edge for the tag back) and use the Crop-A-Dile to punch a 1/8" hole in the tags (upper left corner of the tag front).  Place the tag back face down on the tabletop.  Apply Sticky Strip next to all of the edges.  Remove the Sticky Strip adhesive cover from the bottom edge of the tag.  Place a sliver of Sticky Strip on the end of the ribbon (still on the ribbon roll) and fold the edge over to cover the Sticky Strip.  Place 1/4" of one edge of ribbon along the top edge of the Sticky Strip near the center of the tag bottom and press in place with fingertip.  Fold approximately 1/8" of the ribbon above the Sticky Strip and then press 1/4" of ribbon into the Sticky Strip.  Repeat this process to the corner.  At the corner, place a sliver of Sticky Strip on top of the ribbon pressed to the tag at the corner and fold the ribbon over the Sticky Strip at an angle to make the rounded corner of ribbon.  Then remove the Sticky Strip adhesive cover for the next side and continue the pressing and folding process (with corners as required) until the ribbon is applied around all tag edges.  Overlap the beginning point of the ribbon by 1/2" by using slivers of Sticky Strip over the existing ribbon.  Cut the ribbon from the roll and place a sliver of Sticky Strip on the end of the ribbon and fold the end over to cover the Sticky Strip to hold the end in place on the tag.  Place six Stampin' Dimensionals around the interior of the tag back.  Remove the Stampin' Dimensional adhesive covers and press the tag front in place (the tags are back-to-back) taking care to line up the 1/8" hole and ensuring that the cardstock edges are aligned.  Thread 8" of Real Red 1/8" Taffeta ribbon through the 1/8" holes and fold in half with the fold in the punched holes.  Knot ribbon approximately 1" from the ribbon ends.  Trim the ribbon ends with Paper Snips.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  In my next blog post we'll look at the remaining three tags from the Christmas Collage card front.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Bells & Boughs, Christmas Collage, Peaceful Season; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Real Red; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Glossy White, Real Red Textured; Embellishments:  Real Red 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Real Red 5/8" Satin ribbon, Whisper White 5/8" Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pen, Sponge, Crop-A-Dile (1/8" hole punch), 3/16" corner rounder

 


Bright and Shiny Christmas Wishes

Hi there!

Here's a project just full of bright and shiny Christmas wishes using the Christmas Collage stamp.  This stamp is very versatile.  It can be a background stamp, it can be a single image for a card front, or it can be inked in specific places so that only an area of the stamp is utilized.  For this blog post, I'm showcasing how the stamp can be used for a card front. 

With a stamp image of this size, a card made using this stamp will exceed the usual card size of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  To stamp this image on a piece of cardstock sized for a "normal" card front, I'd have to exclude one or more of the lovely images on this stamp and I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

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As with all large single image stamps from Stampin' Up!, this stamp is designed to be mounted on a wooden block.  I began by laying the stamp on its wooden "back" and tapping the ink pad to the rubber to completely ink the image.  Once the stamp was completely inked, the cardstock was placed face down on top of the rubber and a hard rubber brayer was rolled over the cardstock to ensure that the ink was completely transferred to the cardstock.  I used Basic Black ink on glossy white cardstock so that I'd have a bright, crisp image to work with.  Then I began adding color to selected images with a blender pen and Classic inks (using the "squish the ink pad lid to the felt" method and picking up the ink left on the lid with the blender pen).  Here are the colors I used for each of the areas:

Joy:  Old Olive for the holly leaf base with Always Artichoke in the centers to create depth; Cherry Cobbler for the holly berries, and the stripes and dots on the bells; More Mustard for the bells; Not Quite Navy for the ribbon

25:  More Mustard around the rim of the circle

Silent Night:  Old Olive for teh holly leaf base with Always Artichoke in the centers to create depth; Cherry Cobbler for the holly berries

A Merry Christmas:  Old Olive for the pine bough base with Always Artichoke in the centers to creat depth; Real Red for the poinsettias with More Mustard for the flower centers

When all the color was added to the cardstock, I cut a 3/4" slit on the outside of the circle on both sides of the 25 and slid a Real Red 5/8" Satin ribbon underneath the 25 and around the back of the cardstock to tie off on the front.  The stamped image was matted to a piece of Brushed Gold cardstock and Always Artichoke cardstock and then adhered to the card base of Real Red Textured cardstock.

The stamp image was inked again with Basic Black ink just in the area of the rectangular box to the right of Joy and a piece of Brushed Gold cardstock was pressed against the inked area.  The rectangular box was cut out and adhered over the glossy white rectangular box with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The sentiment on the Brushed Gold box comes from the Sincere Sentiments stamp set and was stamped on glossy white cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink.  I used Paper Snips to cut out the image an adhered it to the Brushed Gold rectangle with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The neat thing about the Christmas Collage stamp is that it incorporates a number of truly lovely images available in other products found in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  Most of these images are found in the Bells & Boughs stamp set, so I used this stamp set to create the inside sentiment area of the card.  The card base was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, the edges sponged with Always Artichoke ink and matted with a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock.  The holly bough image was stamped randomly on the top and left sides of the Whisper White cardstock and the bells image was stamped in the upper left corner using Basic Black ink.  I used the same process and colors to color these images as was used for the card front (Old Olive for the holly leaf base with Always Artichoke in the centers to create depth; Cherry Cobbler for the holly berries, and the stripes and dots on the bells; More Mustard for the bells; Not Quite Navy for the ribbon).

Because this card is larger than I normally make, I didn't have Stampin' Up! envelopes to use for the card.  If I made this card for my annual Christmas card, I would likely go to my local office supply store and choose a bright white envelope lined with gold paper in the size that fits this card.  Of course, if I were hand delivering the card, I would most likely make a decorated sleeve using a coordinating piece of the Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper, some Cherry Cobbler or Always Artichoke seam binding, and a couple of buttons from the Deck the Halls Big Designer Button assortment.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  My next blog post will focus on how this beautiful card front can be cut apart and recycled to make gift tags.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Bells & Boughs, Christmas Collage, Sincere Sentiments; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Real Red; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Brushed Gold, Glossy White, Real Red Textured, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Real Red 5/8" Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Craft Knife & Cutting Mat, Blender Pen, Sponge


Royal Blog Tour -- Blog Candy Winner

Hello Everyone!

Thanks to all who stopped by to visit during the Royal Blog Tour.  I really appreciate all the comments and great feedback about the projects made using the Christmas Collage background stamp.  I enjoyed making the projects and sharing them with you.

There were 112 valid comments received, so I entered the numbers in the Random Number Generator.

RANDOM.ORG - True Random Nu.._Page_1 The winner of the Christmas Collage background stamp is Sue Stevens from Mississippi, USA. 

Here's Sue's comment:  "Love your blog and your ideas!  Thanks for sharing how you made them.  I love the tags, but my favorite is the card - the collage is so festive.  Thanks also for the chance to win blog candy!"

I'll be e-mailing Sue today to get the particulars for shipping the stamp to her home.

The next few posts will provide the how-to's for all the projects made using the Christmas Collage background stamp, so be sure to stop by the remainder of this week and next week for that info.

I'm looking forward to visiting with you again very soon!

Robertssiggy