Happy Saturday (and Happy Halloween)!
A busy day getting ready for a Christmas card class tomorrow. There's so much to do to get ready. I'm very blessed that my husband always makes himself available to help. I'm so grateful to have him!
Today's project was inspired by a card I saw during the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop at Paula Wright's blog. You can see the project that inspired my card here. I just loved Paula's use of the red foil striped vellum from the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum and had to give it a try myself.
Don't you just love the snowflakes peeking through the vellum stripes?
This card begins with a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock. To create the focal point, a piece of Whisper White cardstock was randomly stamped with the snowflake from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and the large snowflake from the Project Life Hello December 2015 stamp set. The snowflakes were stamped with Real Red ink. A piece of red foil striped vellum from the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum was cut to the same size as the Whisper White cardstock and adhered to the Whisper White cardstock with Mini Glue Dots placed behind the thick foil stripes.
A piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the "Christmas" sentiment from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set using Basic Black Archival ink. [I'm really loving this new Black ink!!] The sentiment was die cut in the Big Shot using the largest of the Bitty Banner Framelits adjusting the sentiment nearer the left end of the banner. The banner was adhered to the vellum near the lower right corner and the right end of the banner trimmed off along the right edge of the vellum. The vellum/Whisper White was adhered at the center of a slightly larger piece of Red Foil Sheets using Mini Glue Dots. The Red Foil Sheets was adhered at the center of a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock. The focal point was adhered to the card front with approximately 1/2" border between the Basic Black and the top, right, and left edges of the card front.
Strips of Thick Whisper White cardstock and Basic Black cardstock were die cut in the Big Shot using the "merry" thinlit from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits. The Basic Black "merry" was adhered across the vellum using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, holding the word in place with fingertips until the adhesive began to set. Then the Thick Whisper White "merry" was adhered on top of the Basic Black "merry" just a bit above and a bit to the left of the Basic Black "merry". This allows the Basic Black "merry" to create a drop shadow for the Thick Whisper White "merry", making it stand out better from the red foil in the vellum.
I'd like to take a moment here to make a plug for the Precision Base Plate for the Big Shot. Prior to getting this new tool, I was disappointed with the "hairs" that I was always finding along the edges of detailed thinlits [e.g., words, butterflies, doilies, and ornaments] and frustrated trying to remove them. Also, I was not happy with the little bumps on the tops of the die cut items created when the cardstock was pushed up into the access holes in the thinlits (used to help remove the thinlits from the dies). The Precision Base Plate negates the need for the waxed paper to make it easier to get the thinlits from the die, you don't have the bumps on top of the detail thinlits, and the "hairs" are considerably reduced. I am VERY HAPPY!!
Because the card base is white, I decided to add a mat to bring the color from the vellum into play at the inside sentiment area of the card. So I began with a layer of Real Red cardstock slightly smaller than the inside sentiment area of the card. A liner of Whisper White cardstock was randomly stamped with the two snowflakes used for the card front at the bottom inch of the liner. The snowflakes were stamped with Real Red ink. A strip of red foil striped vellum was adhered along the bottom edge of the liner using Mini Glue Dots behind the thick foil stripes. A narrow strip of Red Foil Sheets was adhered along the top edge of the vellum using Mini Glue Dots. A Christmas greeting, from the Lots of Joy stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Basic Black Archival ink.
The two snowflakes were randomly stamped along the left front edge of the Medium Whisper White envelope using Real Red ink.
I love the simple look of this card. AND it was simple to make! Which is an even better endorsement when you are making a bunch of cards for Christmas.
Well, back to work setting up for tomorrow's class. Don't forget, I still have a few slots left for the class on November 21st. If you live in the East Central Florida area, I'd love to have you join in the fun. You can find more information about the class here. You can see the projects for the class here, here, here, here, and here.
Have a great Halloween!
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings, Lots of Joy, Project Life Hello December 2015; Inks: Basic Black Archival, Real Red; Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Red Foil Sheets; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plate, Magnetic Plate, Bitty Banners Framelits, Precision Base Plate, Christmas Greetings Thinlits; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope