I love Stampin’ Up! Big Shot dies! And the Top Note Bigz Die is so versatile. I used it here to create this adorable purse and tucked a gift card in the top. Using dies allows me to make complicated-looking projects in a snap. I created the purse by die-cutting Be of Good Cheer holiday paper in my Big Shot Die-cutting Machine with the Top Note die and then folding it down the top. With a couple of quick snips the purse was complete. Stay tuned this week for a video tutorial on making this cute purse.
Here it is without the gift card:
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I’m always experimenting so I can bring you more ideas to spark your creativity. This was fun to make with designer paper, framelit dies, an embossing folder and iridescent ice embossing powder. As soon as I saw this green polka dot paper in the Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper pack, I knew is was perfect for a Christmas tree. I wanted to do something more interesting than simply die-cutting the shape from the paper so I used it to show case the die-cut Christmas Tree through the coordinating paper.
I started with Very Vanilla cardstock cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, then layered green polka dot paper over that measuring 4″ x 10-3/4″. When I adhered the pattern paper I only glued down to the top of the Very Vanilla on the front and the back. I wanted the layers to be separate so they would really stand out. Here’s some pictures so you can see the layers better.
I ran a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of the red and green snowflake paper through the Big Shot Die-cutting Machine in the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing folder. Then I ran it through again with the Christmas tree framelet die from the Holiday Collection dies. Finally I brayered Versamark lighly over the paper and add Iridescent Ice embossing powder to the raised pattern for a glittery effect. Then I adhered this piece to the front at the top. Can you see the texture and the glimmer of the embossing in this photo?
Finally, I added the Red Glimmer Paper star, also cut out from the Holiday Collection framelit dies, and tied the baker twine around the top.
The links to the products I used in this card are below.
I have loved this pine tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set since I first got this set years ago. Can’t believe it’s still available in this year’s Stampin’ Up! catalog. I used it as a silhouette on this simple Christmas card. I saw a challenge on splitcoast stampers to be inspired by this quote, “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night” from Galileo. That was the challenge and this is the card that it inspired me to make.
I started with the large ‘E’ acrylic block, smudged it with Midnight Muse, Night of Navy and Not Quite Navy stamp pads, spritzed it with water and stamped with the block. You need a good but of spritzed water on the block in order for the colors to blend together so you get good coverage. I used my heat tool to dry the paper after stamping.
I used some paper and post-it notes to mask the bottom and side edges, stamped the tree in Black Craft Ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I really wanted the shimmer of the Iridescent Ice embossing powder, but the tree wasn’t very visible, so I stamped it again with the Black Craft Ink and embossed again with black embossing powder. That did the trick. I got the shimmer and enough black silhouette so it would show up on the dark blue background.
I used the small starburst stamp from the Summer Silhouette stamp set to stamp stars in the sky with VersaMark and the White Stamp Pad and embossed the stars with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. Then I add the Merry Christmas sentiment with Black Craft Ink and the black embossing powder. (I wanted a script Merry Christmas so I used this retired stamp, but any of the stamps from the Greetings of the Season stamp set would have been perfect and beautiful!)
With the water-spritzed-block stamping and heat embossing, the paper became quite warped, so I layered it on a Natural White cardstock base to smooth it out and added the black ribbon which really added just the right amount of contrast, texture and interest.
I could not resist combining these Christmas stamps from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog into one Merry Christmas card. This little gingerbread man from the Scentsational Season stamp set fits perfectly in the Perfectly Preserved mason jar.
I stamped the gingerbread man in Early Espresso on Whisper White cardstock and cut it out with the mason jar Cannery Set Framelit Die. His cute little bow tie is from the Joyous Celebrations stamp set with a little detail added with a black Stampin’ Write marker. Then I stamped the jar with Black StazOn ink on a window sheet and layered that over the ‘gingerbread man’ jar.
The Old Olive lid was die cut out of the Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper with a baker’s twine tie. The Top Note Die background is in Real Red cardstock with a layer of Real Red pattern paper from the same dsp paper pack. Merry Christmas banner is from Owl Occasions stamp set.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with lots of food, family and friends. We enjoyed our weekend very much, catching up with family, playing games, going to a couple of shows and watching some football.
This adorable little folded Christmas Tree gift card measures only 2″ x 3″ and fits perfectly into the gift envelope made from the Scallop Envelop Bigz Die and the Big Shot Die-cutting Machine.
The fold Christmas tree was made with a half circle of Old Olive Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper. I created the envelope with the Real Red paper from the same pack. A perfect Christmas combination.
The Christmas star from Scentsational Season stamp set was stamped in Daffodil Delight and trimmed out with the coordinating Holiday Collection framelit. I punched the tree trunk out with the corner of a square punch.
I stamped the greeting from Joyous Celebrationsstamp set in Real Red and punched it out with the Ticket Duo Builder Punch. I then trimmed the tree and the star with Dazzling Details glitter glue.