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Holiday Collection Christmas Tree Card

Glittery Paper Christmas Tree Card

Holiday Collection Christmas Tree Card

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.

Holiday Collection Christmas Tree Card side

Holiday Collection Christmas Tree Card layers

Holiday Collection Christmas Tree Card layers

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?

Holiday Collection Christmas Tree Card tree detail

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.

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Enjoy! Julie

Holiday Collection Christmas Tree Card Tree

Card Recipe:
Ink: VersaMark #102283
Paper: Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper #126896, Very Vanilla cardstock #101650, Red Glimmer Paper #101790
Extras: Holiday Collection Framelit Dies #127814, Petals-a-Plenty of Embossing Folder #116824, Big Shot Die-cutting Machine #113439, Bakers Twine #123125, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder #101930
Lovely as a Tree Starry Night Christmas

Lovely as a Tree Starry Night Christmas

Lovely as a Tree Starry Night Christmas

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. 

Lovely as a Tree Starry Night Christmas detail

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!)

Lovely as a Tree Starry Night Merry Christmas

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.

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Lovely as a Tree Starry Night Christmas close up

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree w-#115026 c-#127793, Summer Silhouettes w-#126445 c-#126447
Ink: Midnight Muse #126860, Night of Navy #126970, Not Quite Navy #126971, Black Craft #102192, White Craft #101731, VersaMark #102283
Paper:  Whisper White cardstock #100730, Natural White cardstock #102316
Extras: Acrylic Block #118484, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder #101930, Black Embossing Powder #109133, Black Taffeta Ribbon #119261, Heat Tool #129053

Stampin’ Up! For You Candy Jar Card

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embellished event baby card above

Sweet Ducky Baby Card

embellished event baby card above

I was inspired by the sweet gift box featured on page 41 in the catalog to create this ‘Happy Baby Card’.  I stamped the duck pull toy from the Embellished Events stamp set on Crumb Cake cardstock with Chocolate Chip.  Then after inking up the stamp with Daffodil Delight, I colored the beak with a Pumpkin Pie marker and stamped on Whisper White.  The little yellow duck was trimmed out with my paper snips, adhered and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

embellished event baby card detail

The duck square is  layered on matching Chocolate Chip cardstock with a delicate scallop border along the bottom.  To create the scallop border, first trim off the bottom border of the layer.  Then using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, punch out a strip of paper ribbon slightly larger than your layer.  Adhere your paper ribbon under your  main image, and mount the whole piece to the Chocolate Chip layer.  Finally, trim your ribbon even with the sides with your paper snips.

embellished event baby card

The card base is So Saffron cardstock cut to a traditional 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ size.  After folding to a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch along the right front before adding the Baja Breeze layer on top.  The Baja Breeze cardstock was cut to cover the front of the card leaving the scallop border on the right exposed.  Before adhering this to the base, I ran it through the Big Shot Die-cutting machine with Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and tied the Victoria Crochet Trim around it.

I was so tempted to add Crystal Effects to the duck for a glossy finish or add buttons and brads, but I resisted the temptation to gussy-it-up too much.  I love the soft classic feel of this baby card!

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embellished events baby card close up

Card Recipe: 
Stamps: Embellished Events w-#126495 c-#126497
Ink: Chocolate Chip #126979, Daffodil Delight #126944
Paper: Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730, Chocolate Chip #102128, So Saffron #105118
Extras: Big Shot Die-cutting machine #113439, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Scallop Trim Border Punch #118402, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch#119275, Crochet Trim #118481, Paper Snips #103579, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430

Stampin’ Up! Apothecary Art Gift Card

Apothecary Art black & white Gift card

This simple little gift card has a classic black & white color scheme.  Measuring 3″ x 3″, I made this card quickly with my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.

I started by stamping the ‘for you’ label from Stampin’ Up! Apothecary Art stamp set in White Craft ink on Basic Black card stock and embossing it with white embossing powder.  Then I pulled out my super-hero Big Shot, cut out the label with the Labels Collection framelit and embossed the white background with the Fancy Fan Embossing folder.

Apothecary Art black & white Gift card inside

I used the framelit once again to trim out this piece for the inside of the card, giving me a clean spot for writing a happy message.

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Enjoy!  Julie

Apothecary Art black & white Gift card
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Apothecary Art w-#125525 c-#125527
Ink: White Craft #101731
Card stock: Whisper White #100730, Basic Black #121045
Extras: Big Shot Die-cutting Machine #113439, Labels Collection Framelits #125598, Fancy Fan Emboss Folder #127751, White Embossing Powder #109132, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430