I wanted to feature the Merriest Wishes stamp set and that grew into this card! I seem to be back in Christmas card making mode – tomorrow should be different!
I used a piece of DSP from the This Christmas specialty DSP paper and wrapped two pieces of the gold satin ribbon around it to make it look like a parcel. I tied the bow as well. It was clear that the underlying ribbon was too wide and wasn’t going to look as if the ribbon was one piece tied in a bow so I used a few glue dots to pull the ribbon together so as to give the impression that it was tied. You can see how on the right hand side of the bow, the ribbon isn’t it’s full width and looks as it it’s drawn into a bow? Yup. Glue dots!
Next I made the tag. First I used versamark and gold embossing powder for the sentiment which is from the Merriest Wishes set and cut it out with the coordinating Merry Tags framelits dies. I then cut it out again in garden green and crumb cake and carefully snipped the trees and the deer and glued them onto my very vanilla one. Since I didn’t want to introduce another colour, I cut out a plain tag disc again using the framelits in very vanilla and glued that onto the back. I attached the tag using the garden green twine from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack and then used more glue dots to adhere the bow. I really like how this came out although I think the tag steals the show!
See you tomorrow,
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I’m still using the Star of Light set but today it’s not a Christmas card. I thought after 4 or 5 days of Christmas, it was time for a break! This is the fifth Thursday in the month which means that it’s time for the dreaded double at CAS Colours & Sketches and it’s the last week for Karen as hostess for a while. I know that people fear the double – I did – but it’s a lot of fun. It also tends to lead to other designs as you get carried away either with the colours OR the sketch and then realise that you’ve wandered off at a tangent and are not using both which you must do to fulfill the challenge requirements.
And here are the challenge requirements:
The left hand element looked a bit like torn paper to me which I never do; it’s just not clean enough for me so I needed an alternative. What a surprise – I picked up the Star of Light swoosh! I stamped that down the left hand of my very vanilla and then used a piece of rich razzleberry ribbon from the Holiday catalog as the stripe. This was a useful element because I love the mint macaron with the rich razzleberry but I’m not so fond of the tangerine tango with the mint macaron so the ribbon stripe is keeping them separated!
The sentiment is from Love & Affection and after I’d stamped it, I felt (unusually) that there was just a little too much white space so out came the enamel shapes in rich razzleberry to finish off the card.
I hope that you’ll head over to the challenge site to check out the rest of the design team’s creations and to have a go yourself.
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I heat embossed Merry Medley with the copper embossing powder (I’m having a bit of an embossing week!) and then cut up the image into separate sentiments. As you can see, I’m continuing using up that pile of sentiments. It’s a lot more sparkly and pretty in person.
The gorgeous swoosh from Star of Light was still out on my desk – apparently I haven’t quite adopted Pootles’ mantra of “don’t put it down, put it away”! – and ever since the earlier card, I wanted to do the swooshes again, this time on night of navy. So I swiped my card with the embossing buddy and stamped the swoosh a couple of times, ensuring that they began in about the same place, and sprinkled silver embossing powder. After heating so that they shone, I used the embossing buddy again and stamped a couple more times and added the copper embossing powder. I’ve seen mixed metals around lately and thought it would be fun to try on a card and I really like how it looks. Of course after I’d added the two copper swooshes, I could see that I was missing a tiny bit of silver at the bottom to balance the card, so I went for a third silver embossed swoosh.
I wanted the sentiment as part of the card, rather than trying to really stand out, so for once, I didn’t pop it up. A few enamel shapes in metallic silver and I was done.
Now that I have the design, this would be an easy card to mass produce – with just two rounds of heat embossing rather than three! Just be sure to hold your cardstock unfolded or your card can warp slightly. I originally thought that folded would be better, it’s really not. If it’s single, you can turn it over and straighten out your card by heating the other side.
At the weekend I was playing with the Star of Light stamp set for the first time and that meant that I pulled out the matching Starlight Thinlits dies to see what was in there. I then ran all of the pieces through the big shot, just to see what we had. So I didn’t plan the island indigo for this card, it just happened to be a scrap next to my big shot. But what a beautiful star.
At first glance, it’s hard to see exactly how this comes together – it’s two pieces. There are a silver foil star which fits perfectly behind the delicate cut out island indigo star, I used the 2 way glue pen to attach it. The sentiment comes from the Star of Light set and it’s heat embossed in silver. Once I had that completed, I cut out tiny pieces of dimensionals that would fit in the points of the star and popped it up.
There are quite a few other beautiful shapes in the Starlight Thinlits Dies set, I’ll be playing with them soon and then sharing with you.
I’m busily preparing for my Christmas Buffet, card making style on Sunday – check out the details on my classes page.
I don’t think I’ve ever covered the card front completely in DSP before, it definitely gives a very clean look. This is a piece from the Floral Boutique DSP. To tie the copper embossing into the rest of the card, I added a piece of copper foil as one of the sketch’s elements, it’s very rich looking.
And to finish off the card, I popped up the sentiment. Truly a very quick and easy card – once you’ve got a pile of ready embossed sentiments in front of you anyway!