Christmas · Holiday · simple cards

Perfectly Plaid

The Perfectly Plaid Bundle has been so useful this season! I have lost count of how many cards, tags, and gift décor I have made with it! This card was for the second Stamp a Stack of Christmas cards I had this month! (It’s my busy season-sorry I haven’t posted as much!)

I started off with a Crumb Cake card base and then a Shaded Spruce background. To create texture, I used the Winter Knit 3D Embossing Folder. Next, I used the Pine Tree punch to cut out 3 trees with the coordinating Wrapped In Plaid 6×6 paper. To create dimension, I used Dimensionals to make the trees pop up on the front of the card. TIP: To center your trees, I adhere the first one in the middle. Then I added a strip of Crumb Cake that I used for the sentiment.

The Pine Cones are accented with Wink of Stella to add some sparkle and I topped each tree with a Gold Metallic pearl. To finish the card, I added a small Linen Thread bow to the center tree. Such a versatile set!

Guess what is coming next week!!! Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza on November 20–22, 2019. Stay tuned for more details!

Holiday · Techniques · Thank you

Faux Metal

One of the projects for our monthly stamp club focuses on a technique. October I made this card with the Faux Metal Technique. I love how it turned out! The Come to Gather Suite is just gorgeous! I have made so many cards, décor items, and loose leaves with this bundle!

To create this card, I stamped the grain image with Pretty Peacock on a Pretty Peacock card base. Then I adhered the Come to Gather DSP after cutting the banner on one end. Next, I cut leaves using Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, and Terracotta Tile cardstock.

Now for the fun part! To make the faux metal, I punched a Very Vanilla Thick circle. Then I swiped Versamark ontop of the whole circle, sprinkled it with Silver Emossing Folder, and then heat set it. I reapeated the process 2 more times. But the last time I heat set the embossing powder, I had the stamp ready! While it is still hot, I pressed the stamp down firmly and pushed. I held it there for a few seconds and then pulled it up! The nice thing is if you don’t like the way it looks you can melt another layer and the messed up one will melt with it!

I accented the leaves with Wink of Stella clear and a small piece of the Come Together ribbon. I didn’t want my sentiment to take over, so I found a small one and used the Classic Label punch to cut it out.

Get ready for the Online Extravaganza next week!!!

Christmas · Holiday

Beautiful Baubles

The Brightly Gleaming Suite is just gorgeous! There are so many possiblitites using this suite to make cards, pages, framed art, and even ornaments for your tree! This card was made for our first of two Stamp a Stack of cards! It was so much fun to create and the results are so elegant!

I stamped the holly berry bunch randomly on the Pretty Peacock base using matching ink. Next, I used the Copper Delicata Metallic Ink to stamp the smaller ornaments and then punch them out with coordinating punch. Then, I used the bigger ornament punch to cut out an ornament with no fuss! I ran Copper Foil through the die cutting machine using the Hammered Metal 3-D folder. I adhered it to the base and then layered a piece of Very Vanilla to create a focal point for the ornaments. To make the ornaments seem more realistic, I cut out just the tops and adhered them to create the metal tops on the ornaments.

To create the Pretty Peacock bow, I used a Pretty Peacock Blends to color White Baker’s Twine. There is this elegant Classic Weave Ribbon that has copper “Merry Christmas” written on it. I cut a small piece and stabilized it on a Very Vanilla strip of paper.

I love how the card came out and how the colors just compliment one another!

Stay tuned for more fun cards!

Christmas · Holiday · simple cards

Elegant Fir

This card was made for my first Stamp a Stack and it was a favorite with my girls! It was a fun and simple card to create and make! The Perfectly Plaid stamp set and Pine Tree Punch are a must have this season! I have seen so many gorgeous cards, 3-d items, tags, and scrapbook pages using the duo!

For this card, I first stamp the Crumb Cake with the Birch background stamp (I did stamp off first to make it more subtle). Next, I stamped the fir tree with Shaded Spruce onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with the Stitched Nested Labels. Then I tied a piece of the stunning Shaded Spruce/Gold 3/8″ ribbon into a knot and adhered it below the tree.

I placed a piece of the Toile Tidings DSP onto the card base and then used Dimensionals to adhere the shape with the stamped tree on top of that. I added 2 Gold Foil sprigs that I cut from the Sprig Punch. The final touch was a Gold Metallic Pearl!

What is funny, is last year I looked at the Sprig punch and thought “I don’t need that”. I was sooooo wrong! I love that punch! I have seen cute wreaths made from several that are layered into a circle.

Stay tuned for a 24 hour sale tomorrow, Monday, October 21st!!!!

Happy Stampin’ Laura