My major papercrafting project every year is making Christmas Cards to send to family, friends, and my great customers. Last year's total reached a bit over 120 cards. That's a bunch! Every year I promise myself that I will begin a whole lot earlier than December to make the cards; but it never seems to happen for one reason or another. That doesn't mean that I'm not making Christmas Cards earlier than December, it's just that the cards are not for me. I design card for my annual Christmas Card Classes in October and November. In addition, I design a Christmas Card for my monthly classes beginning in August. I've learned to cut out a bunch of extras of all the cards I design for each of these events, so when it's time to make my own cards all I need to do is sit down and start stamping.
The July - December Mini Catalog will be launching a little bit late at the beginning of August. As a demonstrator, I've seen the great Christmas stamp sets and associated awesome punches, dies, papers, and embellishments. If you are on my mailing list, you'll be receiving this catalog in the mail sometime in the next few weeks. If you are not on my mailing list, please email me your address and I'd be happy to send a catalog to you as soon as they become available.
Today's post features a card made using elements from the Tidings of Christmas Suite introduced in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog (page 88).
This card begins with a panel of Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper matted with a slightly larger mat of Sahara Sand cardstock. A piece of Soft Succulent Open Weave ribbon was wrapped around the panels and tied into a bow at the left side of the panels. The bottom edge of the ribbon is 1-1/8" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper panel. The panels and ribbon were adhered at the center of the Evening Evergreen card front.
A mixture of detailed stars from the Christmas Trimmings dies and the Stitched Stars dies were used to die cut a piece of Gold Metallic Specialty Paper:
- The large detail star from the Christmas Trimmings dies = 1
- The medium detail star from the Christmas Trimmings dies = 2
- The 2" detail star from the Stitched Stars dies = 1
- The 1-1/4" detail star from the Stitched Stars dies = 1
- The 3/4" detail star from the Stitched Stars dies = 4
A mixture of solid stars from the Christmas Trimmings dies and the Stitched Stars dies were used to cut the following cardstock colors:
- The large solid star from the Christmas Trimmings dies = Cherry Cobbler
- The medium solid star from the Christmas Trimmings dies = Soft Succulent
- The 1-1/4" stitched star from the Stitched Stars dies = Cherry Cobbler
- The 1-7/8" stitched star from the Stitched Stars dies = Sahara Sand
- The 2" stitched star from the Stitched Stars dies = Misty Moonlight
Teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive were used to adhere the detailed stars to their corresponding solid stars:
- The large detail star from the Christmas Trimmings dies with the large Cherry Cobbler solid star
- The medium detail star from the Christmas Trimmings dies with the medium Soft Succulent solid star
- The 3/4" detail star from the Stitched Stars dies with the Cherry Cobbler stitched star
- The 1-1/4" detail star from the Stitched Stars dies with the Sahara Sand stitched star
- The 2" detail star from the Stitched Stars dies with the Misty Moonlight stitched star
- One medium detail star and three 3/4" detail stars from the Stitched Stars dies will be left over and used later
The matted stars were adhered to the card front with the large Cherry Cobbler star at the upper left corner, the Soft Succulent star at the upper right corner using Stampin' Dimensionals, the Sahara Sand star below and between the large Cherry Cobbler star and Soft Succulent star, the Misty Moonlight star near the lower left corner (part of the star will be under the bow of the ribbon), and the small Cherry Cobbler star just right of center near the bottom edge of the panel.
A piece of repositionable tape was placed over the "May Your Days Be" part of the "May Your Days Be Merry & Bright" greeting. The greeting was inked with Evening Evergreen ink, the tape removed, and the greeting stamped on a piece of Basic White cardstock. The greeting was punched with the Label Me Fancy punch and adhered to the Designer Series Paper panel straddling the ribbon with the right end of the greeting label 1/16" from the right edge of the panel and the bottom edge of the greeting label 1-1/4" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper panel.
The "Wishing You A Joyful Christmas And Happy New Year" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of a Basic White panel. The panel was adhered at the inside sentiment area of the card base. The remaining medium detailed star from the Christmas Trimmings dies and three 3/4" detailed stars from the Stitched Stars dies were adhered to the panel using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive. The medium star and two small stars were adhered at the top left corner of the panel and a single small star was adhered at the lower right corner of the panel.
The leaf-filled star image was randomly stamped over the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope using Evening Evergreen ink. TIP: Place a piece of scrap paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to keep the stamping confined to the envelope flap.
I'll be back in a couple of days with another Christmas Card using elements of the Tidings of Christmas Suite. See you soon!
Basic White: 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Cherry Cobbler: 3-1/4" x 3-1/4", 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"; Evening Evergreen: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Midnight Muse: 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"; Sahara Sand: 4" x 5-1/4", 2" x 2"; Soft Succulent: 2" x 2"; Gold Metallic Specialty: 3" x 6"; Tidings of Christmas Designer Series Paper: 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Soft Succulent Open Weave ribbon: 16"
Supplies I used to make this card
Stamps: Tidings & Trimmings; Inks: Evening Evergreen; Cardstock: Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand, Soft Succulent; Designer Series Paper: Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6"; Embellishments: Soft Succulent Open Weave ribbon; Tools: Label Me Fancy punch, Christmas Trimmings dies, Stitched Stars dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, Adhesives: Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid; Other: Medium Basic White Envelope