It's been a month since I last posted and I'm sorry I haven't been able to post but it has all been for a good cause. The last two months I've been cutting paper, die cutting, embossing, and packing card kits for my annual Christmas card classes. I had the first two classes this past weekend and I'm thrilled to report that things went really well. The folks who attended made 15 cards -- 3 cards each of 5 different designs. Two of the designs have already been featured in previous blog posts and you can see them by clicking here and here. I'll be sharing the remaining designs with you in the next week or so.
The concensus from the first two classes is that this card is the fan favorite. When you have a set of papers like the Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper, you don't need to do much to enhance the beautiful images with their silver accents. So, for this card, I let the paper do the talking.
This card begins with a panel of Peaceful Prints Specialty Designer Series Paper matted with a slightly larger panel of Basic Gray cardstock. The panels were adhered to the Smoky Slate card front.
A piece of Shimmery White cardstock was die cut using the 2-5/8" circle die, from the Layering Circles dies. The two solid tree with long trunks dies, from the Christmas Trees dies were used to die cut 3 pieces of foil from the Silver Foil Specialty Pack: the thin trees for the darker shades of foil and the wider tree for the lightest shade of foil. The trees were adhered to the die cut circle using Mini Glue Dots and the trunks of the trees that overhang the bottom edge of the circle were trimmed with Paper Snips. The circle was adhered to the Designer Series Paper panel with the bottom edge of the circle 7/8" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper and the right edge of the circle flush with the right edge of the Designer Series Paper.
The "Let Your Heart Be Light" greeting, from the Whimsical Trees stamp set, was stamped on Basic White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The greeting was adhered to a Basic Gray banner created with the Banners Pick A Punch with the right edges of the greeting and banner flush and the banner tails pointing to the left. The banner was adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals with the right edge of the banner flush with the right edge of the Designer Series Paper and the bottom edge of the banner 7/8" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper.
Three Rhinestone Basic Jewels were scattered among the die cut trees on the Shimmery White circle and a bow tied from the Silver cord in the Simply Elegant Trim was adhered to one of the trees using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.
The "May The Love Of The Season Warm Your Home & Fill Your Heart" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of a panel of Basic White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The tall ornamented tree was stamped at the lower left corner of the panel using Basic Gray ink and the short ornamented tree was stamped to the right of the taller tree using Smoky Slate ink. The panel was adhered at the inside sentiment area of the card base.
A piece of Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap of a Medium Basic White Envelope. Paper Snips were used to trim the excess paper away using the edge of the envelope flap as a guide.
With 30 people making 3 each of this card, I would have had to purchase quite a lot of the Designer Series Paper if I could only get 12 cards out of each pack of paper. To solve this problem, I chose two other pieces of this beautiful paper for the card fronts -- and each person made one of each of the three different pieces of Designer Series Paper. The only difference was the color of the mat behind the Designer Series Paper and the banner for the greeting.
I wish that the photographs could have picked up how the silver accents in the papers make these cards so special. In any case, you can see that the same basic card design is used for all three cards. Isn't it amazing how the mood of the card changes with the different paper used for the background?
I'll be back soon with another card from the Christmas card classes.
Card Measurements (Trees Background Paper)
Basic Gray: 4" x 5-1/4", 1/2" x 2-3/4"; Basic White: 4" x 5-1/4", 3/8" x 2-1/8"; Shimmery White: 3" x 3"; Smoky Slate: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper: 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Silver Foil Specialty Pack: 3 @ 1" x 3"; Simply Elegant Trim (Silver Cord): 8"
Card Measurements (Snowflake Background Papers)
Basic White: 2 @ 4" x 5-1/4", 3/8" x 2-1/8"; Shimmery White: 3" x 3"; Smoky Slate: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 1/2" x 2-3/4"; Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper: 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Silver Foil Specialty Pack: 3 @ 1" x 3"; Simply Elegant Trim (Silver Cord): 8"
Supplies I used to make this card
Stamps: Whimsical Trees; Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate; Cardstock: Basic Gray, Basic White, Shimmery White, Smoky Slate; Designer Series Paper: Peaceful Place Specialty, Silver Foil Specialty; Embellishements: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Simply Elegant Trim; Tools: Banners Pick A Punch, Christmas Trees dies, Layering Circles dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives: Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Other: Medium Basic White Envelope