Here’s another easy to mass produce card if you’re panicking about Christmas looming. It’s very similar to yesterday’s in design, but different in result.

star embossed noel real red

I used real red for the base and mat. The mat went through the big shot in the Stampin’ Up! Lucky Stars embossing folder. I thought that the stars didn’t stand out much, although they seem to in this photo, so I coloured in a few random stars using my gold Stampin’ dazzle marker. After a trip to Home Depot returning via Staples, my brother picked me up some metallic sharpies since I’d been lamenting the lack of a silver marker (it was on my Stampin’ Up! wish list but hadn’t made it to the big time). I found that the gold sharpie was a brighter colour and have been preferring it to the dazzle marker ever since.

I used the gold glimmer paper and the Wonderful Wreath framelits to cut out the Noel – using wax paper in between the paper and die to make it easier to get the paper and die apart. I carefully dotted tombow glue onto the back of the word in order to stick it onto the card.

If you’re planning on making your own Christmas cards, you need to get started. You have ten weeks from today. But there’s no need to panic – there are plenty of products from Stampin’ Up! that make your cards easy to produce. Here’s one example that you can easily mass produce.

merry night of navy embossed stars

Details:

Base: 8.5″ by 5.5″ Night of Navy

Top layer: 4″ by 5.25″ Night of Navy

Other: Stampin’ Up! Lucky Stars TIEF, Expressions Thinlits Dies (retired), Silver foil sheets, silver sharpie, Backgrounds DSP

You can easily make a mass of these. Cut your A4 paper in two and score and fold it. Make your smaller mat and run it through the big shot in the Lucky Stars TIEF. Then you cut the Merry out of the silver foil sheet. Don’t forget to use waxed paper in between the silver foil and the die to cut the Merry – it makes it so much easier to release the foil from the die. If you don’t have the thinlits dies – go directly to the Clearance Rack, do not pass go, and buy this set! At $14.99 for three dies saying Merry, Love and Thankful, it’s a great buy. After you adhere the Merry to the card, colour some stars in silver. I finished it off in the usual way by lining the envelope using the Stampin’ Up! envelope framelit dies and the Background DSP in Night of Navy.

blog posts! The other 50 won’t happen until next year. Not something I’m looking forward to. I wanted to do something special but I was fixated on another challenge. A colour one, of course. This one is at the Paper Players. I am really finding that the challenges stretch me. This one wants mossy meadow, tangelo twist and hello honey.  I let this percolate for a few days until whilst driving to work today, I realised what I wanted to do.

I decided to take a real leaf and do some sponging. Of course, driving home it was a monsoon but I grabbed a perfect looking leaf and dried it out so that I could make my card.

leaf mossy meadow, hello honey, tangelo twist

The challenge was:

Details:

One perfect leaf

Base: 5.5″ by 8.5″ mossy meadow

5.25″ by 4″ basic black

5″ by 3.75″ very vanilla

Stamp set: Stampin’ Up! Lots of thanks

Inks: mossy meadow, hello honey, tangelo twist, memento black

I took my leaf and holding it still on the very vanilla paper, sponged the mossy meadow around the edges. I sponged off the paper first so as not to get sponge texture. Then I sponged hello honey over the entire leaf and then some tangelo twist for contrast. Finally I took my sentiment and stamped it in memento black (using the stampamajig of course). I’ve made three of these cards this evening and they’re all different and all fun. I think I’ll add this card to an upcoming card class – it’s a lot of fun to make.

 

I received The Newborn King stamp set in my Big Order last week – so heavy that I actually strained my wrist! I’d stocked up on paper when it was on sale and that’s heavy. At least that’s my excuse. I really like this stamp; my brother thinks it looks a bit “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”-esque, I think it’s more like the inside of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. For my first card using this stamp, I decided to just go straight down the middle. The photo is a little dark, but it shows off the silver embossing better than photos with more light.

newborn king navy and silver

Details:

Base: 8.5″ by 5.5″ Night of Navy

Mat: 4 5/8″ by 3 1/8″ brushed silver

Top layer: 4 3/8″ by 2 7/8″ Night of Navy – the odd measurements due to cutting the top layer until it looked “right”.

Stamp set: Stampin’ Up! The Newborn King

Other: Versamark, silver embossing powder, embossing buddy

This is my favourite kind of card – clean and simple. I think that the brushed silver mat saves it from being too simple. I used the embossing buddy on a decent sized scrap of Night of Navy (you DO keep your embossing buddy on top of your versamark ink pad, don’t you?) and then inked up the stamp with Versamark. I sprinkled on the silver embossing powder and used the heat tool to give this fabulous image. This was the first time that I’d stamped the image so I hadn’t grabbed a full sized piece of card – I was just testing it out, but it came out so nicely that I wanted to make a card out of it. This meant that I’d either have to have a large mat or a lot of the base card showing. I tried both and chose to make the silver mat a quarter of an inch bigger than the top layer. I think it sets off the image really well.

I remember seeing a video on Brian King’s site showing the effects of different sized mats; I think I need to play with mats some more.

I’ve mentioned before that I struggle to use DSP (Designer Series Paper) so I’m quite proud to present my first card where there’s a lot of DSP! I confess that I did start with one in only two colours to make it easier. Naturally, it’s a retired DSP, but you can’t have everything.

crushed curry thousand thanks eastern elegance

This is a clean and simple card (definitely my stamping style) and easy to mass produce using different DSPs.

Details

Base: 8.5″ by 5.5″ crushed curry

Stamp set: Stampin’ Up! Lots of Thanks

Mat: 4″ by 5.25″ Eastern elegance (retired) DSP

Other: Oval framelits 3 and 4 (counting from the smallest), Versamark, crushed curry embossing powder, embossing buddy

I rubbed the embossing buddy over a scrap of whisper white and then stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and sprinkled the crushed curry embossing powder over it. Then, my favourite part, I heated it with the heating tool until the text was glossy. I used the #3 framelit to cut out the oval and then used both the #3 and #4 to cut out an oval frame in crushed curry cardstock. Then it was a simple matter of assembling the card by adhering everything together. I initially grabbed a very vanilla envelope and lined it with the background DSP in crushed curry since I use the very vanilla most of the time. After photographing the card and envelope, I noticed that it should’ve been whisper white and had to redo it. At least I now have a lined very vanilla envelope ready to go!