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December 2011

Warmest of Wishes

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Hello!

Today begins a series of posts presenting the Christmas Cards I designed for my annual Christmas Card class.  We'll begin with a simple design using the Warmest of Wishes Hostess stamp set.

Noel_Ornaments
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The focal point for this card is the "NOEL" image from the Warmest of Wishes Hostess Stamp Set from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  The image was inked with Marina Mist ink, stamped on Whisper White cardstock, then punched out with the Decorative Label punch.  The punched image was matted with Riding Hood Red Textured cardstock (you'll find instructions for making the mat here).  The focal point was adhered to a piece of Old Olive cardstock embossed in the Big Shot using the Snow Burst Textured Impressions embossing folder.  Frost White Shimmer Paint was lightly brushed across the raised embossing using a Sponge Dauber and then the cardstock was adhered to the right side of a piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  One edge of a piece of Riding Hood Red Textured cardstock was punched with the Eyelet Border punch and adhered to the Early Espresso cardstock along the left side of the Old Olive cardstock with the punched edge sitting on top of the Old Olive cardstock.  Next, a piece of Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper was adhered to the left side of the Early Espresso cardstock.  Note that the Old Olive, Riding Hood Red Textured, and Designer Series Paper is sized such that there is a 1/16" border of Chocolate Chip cardstock visible around the outside edges of these items.  To finish, a piece of Marina Mist 1/4" grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the Early Espresso cardstock and knotted on the front to cover the overlap of the Designer Series Paper and the punched border.  The completed piece was adhered to the Marina Mist card base using SNAIL. 

Noel_Ornaments_Inside
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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with Whisper White cardstock.  A piece of Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper was punched with the Eyelet Border punch and adhered along the left side of the liner.  The "Warmest of Wishes" image was inked with Riding Hood Red ink and stamped near the upper center of the remaining white space of the liner.

Noel_Ornaments_Envelope
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The lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope was stamped with the "NOEL" image using Marina Mist ink.

I really like how the Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper adds a great punch of color to the card front.  Since the piece used on the card front is 3" x 4", a single 12" x 12" sheet will yield enough paper pieces for 12 card fronts.  The coordinating paper used for the inside sentiment area of the card is 1 1/4" x 4", which means that you'd need a 5" x 12" piece of the Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper.  Since the ornaments contain all the colors used for this Designer Series Paper, you can choose any one of the double-sided papers in the package for the inside of the card and know that you'll be matching the paper used on the card front.  Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers make it so easy!

If you're still looking for ideas for your own Christmas cards, check back next week for a few more ideas as I continue to present the remaining cards from my annual Christmas card class.

Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Warmest of Wishes; Inks:  Marina Mist, Riding Hood Red; Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Riding Hood Red Textured, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Letters to Santa; Embellishments:  Marina Mist 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Decorative Label punch, Eyelet Border punch, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Sponge Dauber, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Snow Burst Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope