Be of Good Cheer
Christmas Card CASE

Bells & Boughs for a Stampin' Addicts Swap

Hi there!

One of the best things about Convention is swapping cards.  Most of the time, the swaps involve just the card front; however, there are other "organized" swaps where the rules are a little different.  This card was designed for a Stampin' Addicts Christmas Card Swap which required the full card.  The swap occurred at the Stampin' Addicts Meet & Greet and it was so fun to be able to put a face to all the screen names I've seen in the Forums and Galleries of the Stampin' Addicts on-line community.

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This card begins with a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock randomly stamped with the holly bough from the Bells & Boughs stamp set using Gumball Green ink.  The edges of the card front were sponged with Gumball Green ink.  A piece of Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper, the edges sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink, was double matted with Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler cardstock; the edges of the mats sponged with their corresponding color inks.  Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon was wrapped around the bottom edge of the mats and knotted on front.  [Note:  I placed a Mini Glue Dot behind the ribbon knot to hold it in place.]  The mats were adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The focal point begins with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the bells image from the Bells & Boughs stamp set stamped near the upper center of the cardstock using Staz-On Jet Black ink.  A Blender Pen and the following color inks were used to color the image:  Gumball Green for the holly leaves, More Mustard for the bells, and Cherry Cobbler for the ribbon and the accents on the bells.  [With the ink pad closed, press the top and bottom panels of the ink pad together with your fingertips to push the ink onto the inside surface of the flip cover.  Open the ink pad, but don't slide the flip cover under.  You'll see some ink on the inside of the cover.  Pick up the ink with the Blender Pen and apply it to the stamped image.  Don't brush the ink into the cardstock too vigorously, though; the Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstocks will begin to "pill" or break down if they get too much attention from a wet object.]  The "A Merry Christmas" greeting was stamped under the bells using Gumball Green ink.

There's a bit of shimmer and shine on this card that's not very easy to see in the photo.  The shimmer comes from the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint that was sponged onto the bells.

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To do this, stamp the bells image onto a Post-It Note so that the bulk of the image is over the area where the repositionable adhesive is located (on the back side of the Post-It Note).  Using Paper Snips or a Craft Knife, carefully cut away just the bells from the stamped image.  Then place the Post-It Note over the colored image on the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Shake the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint well, then open the bottle and place the cap on the work surface so that you can see inside the cap.  Using a Sponge Dauber, pick up the ink inside the cap and sponge the paint over the bells.  Then remove the Post-It Note.  [Note:  You can use the mask for the bells multiple times (until the repositionable adhesive wears out).]  The shine comes from the Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details that was applied to the bells image for the holly berries.  [I would suggest applying the Dazzling Details after the Shimmer Paint has dried.]

Once the Dazzling Details has dried (approximately 30 minutes), the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock were sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink and double matted with Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green cardstock (the edges of the cardstock mats sponged with their corresponding color ink).  The completed focal point was adhered, centered, on the mats with the Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the holly bough image stamped along the top and bottom edges of the cardstock using Gumball Green ink and the edges of the cardstock sponged with Gumball Green ink.  The liner was matted with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, the edges lined with Cherry Cobbler ink, and adhered, centered, to the inside sentiment area of the card.  A sentiment from the More Merry Messages stamp set was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Cherry Cobbler ink.

Bells_Boughs_Swap_Envelope_Front Bells_Boughs_Swap_Envelope_Back
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The holly bough image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla envelope using Gumball Green ink.  The "A Merry Christmas" greeting was stamped to the right of the holly bough using Cherry Cobbler ink.  A piece of Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap.

Making a stack of these cards for Christmas is actually pretty quick.  Once all the pieces are cut, it's just a matter of stamping, coloring, sponging, adhering, and assembling.  Just take it one step at a time!  When I'm making Christmas cards, I put one of my favorite Christmas movies into the DVD player and just relax into the process.  My husband will stick his head in the door of my workroom from time to time to see how I'm doing and leaves with a pretty corny imitation of Jimmy Stewart saying, "Hello, Bijou!", while heading to his man cave to watch his favorite Chrismas movie, Die Hard.  (I won't repeat his favorite quote from that movie...)


Stamps:  Bells & Boughs, More Merry Messages; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, More Mustard, Staz-On Jet Black, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Be of Good Cheer; Embellishments:  Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Sponge, Sponge Dauber, Blender Pen; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Note


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Penny Hanuszak

Gorgeous and such a great writeup. Love this card Micki and all your tips.


Gorgeous, gorgeous card!! I love all of those layers! Just stunning! The envelope flap is the crowning touch!


WOW!!! This is so pretty! I LOVE the tip about masking the bells and using the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint on a sponge to get the look of metal! I will soooo use that idea! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful card and taking the time to detail your methods!

Paula aka Scrapshappen

I love your attention to details. Beautiful card. Love the tip about the shimmer paint too.

Tanya Boser

Another fun use for one of my favorite embellishments, Shimmer Paint! Great way to make the bells more realistic :)

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