This card uses the same Basic card layout I featured in my Step-it Up Sunday this week. It’s so quick to make and changing paper and colour schemes will alter the look of your card.
To vary today’s card, I used another sheet from the same Designer Series Paper. Then I matted it onto Tranquil Tide cardstock. The sentiment was matted onto Merry Merlot cardstock. Isn’t Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot a lovely colour combination for Christmas?
What really makes this card is the gorgeous ribbon. This reversible ribbon is Merry Merlot on one side and Copper on the other and seeing it in person is even more beautiful than in the photo. Added to this is a Snowflake Wire Element which has been attached with some metallic thread. These elements come in mixed packs of 12 with stars and hearts. Each one is 4.4cm so they are a nice large size to even use as a feature on a card.
You can make it
Wish you a Blessed Sunday and welcome to Stamping Flair. Thanks for stopping by. It’s been a great start to Spring this past week with the sun shining quite a number of days. What has your week been like? Have you been busy creating thinks like Christmas cards? No need to panic. I’ve got some inspiration for you today.
Most of the products are from the new Holiday catalogue. The Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper which I have used has copper accents on one side of the paper. It is really beautiful.
To create the Basic card, layer a panel of DSP on Merry Merlot cardstock. Stamp the sentiment in Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot. Add leaves in Crumb Cake then layer onto Merry Merlot cardstock.
The beautiful Ombré look on the sentiment is achieved very easily using a Stamparatus. If you haven’t got one, I can only say, it is the ultimate positioning tool and with 4 platforms on which you can mount your stamps, aligning images has never been easier. Stamping the same thing multiple times? Make it quick work with this tool. No wastage of cardstock either – if you miss part of the stamping, just re ink and stamp again.
Ombré stamping is a breeze with the Stamparatus. These are the steps to achieve this look.
- Use Mint Macaron as the initial colour, Ink up your entire stamp and stamp the image. Repeat to get a darker image.
- Clean your stamp using the Simply Shammy
- Using a scrap piece of cardstock, cover up the top part of the image (you could use post-it notes). Ink the uncovered area with Shaded Spruce and stamp over the Mint Macaron. Your image will now have 2 shades.
- Clean your stamp using the Simply Shammy
- Cover 2/3 of the stamp and ink the bottom area in Tranquil Tide and stamp over the image. You will now have an Ombré sentiment.
Heat emboss ‘Christ is Born’ in Gold.
On the sentiment panel, stamp the leaves in Soft Suede and some off-stamped to give a lighter shade
Add the Stitched Label between the sentiment and the Merry Merlot panel. Cut it in half, if required, to fit. Punch some leaves from Tranquil Tide and Glimmer Paper with the Sprig punch. The Glimmer paper does not drop glitter everywhere although it is glittery and it adds a lovely sparkle to your projects. Attach the vinyl stickers from the Tea Room Suite to the edge of the label.
The Advanced card adds a die cut, in Copper Glimmer paper, of Mary and Joseph from the Bethlehem Edgelits dies. Add a panel of embossed Crumb Cake cardstock behind the sentiment panel.
During the month of September the Dashing Along promotion is running. With purchases or party sales of $400 or more, you receive a pack of free Dashing Along Designer Series Paper. Contact me for details.
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I love the look of poinsettias and they make me feel all ‘Christmasy’ – not long to go now. The Peaceful Poinsettia bundle has varying stamps and dies and on todays card I have used only the dies and teamed it with the Merry Christmas to all bundle. This bundle is versatile with tons of greetings which can be swapped around and dies to mix and match like I have done here.
For the poinsettia, I die cut the flower but instead of taking all the pieces out, I left them in. It tends to stay in it’s place until pressed out with a Big Shot Die Brush so you’re pretty safe. I would recommend you put a piece of Double Sided Adhesive Sheet on the back of the cardstock before die cutting. This was a project that evolved when I die cut the flower. I liked how it looked with all the die cut pieces in so I just had to use liquid glue and that was a bit tricky. So hopefully this tip helps you. This needs to be attached to a whole base flower then mounted onto the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Gold Metallic pearls have been added to the centre. These pearls are a lovely muted gold so they tone in well.
The Designer Series Paper is from All is Bright and has photography on one side and designs on the other. One banner has been punched from DSP and the other from Crumb Cake Cardstock and embossed with the Subtle Embossing folder. This folder gives a very fine impression but adds beautiful texture. It reminds me of linen.
With the sentiment, which is from the Merry Christmas to All bundle, I find it easier to stamp the border first and then fit it the sentiment.
Hope you are enjoying the projects from the new catalogue. If you would like a copy or want to learn more, please contact me.
My cards today focus on the beautiful Dashing Along Designer Series Paper. Lovely designs in Christmas colours of Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green. I have teamed it with the Dashing Deer bundle which is a set that comes with 4 deer, some flowers and border dies.
For the first card I used the 2 smallest deer and die cut them from DSP. The trees have been stamped on the DSP which has the script on it. The actual script is not Christmas themed so you can use it for any occasion.
The Crumb Cake cardstock was first stamped and then embossed. I really like the look of the wagon wheel from the Country Road stamp set.
To complete the country look, I added a background with the Buffalo Check in Cherry Cobbler. I found it very handy to use my Stamparatus for this particular stamp as it’s large and if you miss any sections, you can just go over and re-stamp it to achieve the depth of colour you like.
This card uses the Gold Foil Edged card & envelopes which are also foil edged. For $16.50 you get 20 cards and envelopes which makes it .82 cents for a matching card and envelope and that is fantastic value. These also come in Silver foil. Such a great way to add a touch of chic to your projects.
I did a very light wash in Cherry Cobbler being very careful not to saturate the cardstock as it’s not really meant for this type of thing (but that has never stopped me before!). Water colour cardstock or Shimmery White Cardstock is best should you wish to water colour.
How to Achieve Ink Splatters
- Drop a little bit of ink refill in the lid of your stamp pad
- Using your Aqua Painter, create a very watery consistency
- Take your Aqua Painter with your right hand (or left hand if you’re left handed) and holding it on top of your project, tap it on top of your left index finger.
- Repeat if necessary
You don’t have much control over where the ink is going to end up but you can aim it in the general direction.
The reindeer has been heat embossed in gold and the design on the stamp shows very finely on the image in understated elegance. This has been layered on a die cut frame from DSP. I used the centre of the frame on the inside. The small flowers are dies in the Dashing Deer stamp set and you get 3 dies so you can cut multiples at the same time.
There is only one way to get your hands on this Designer Series Paper. Qualifying parties held during September or personal purchases totaling $400 (ex shipping) qualify to receive the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper free. To book a party contact me and I will plan a fun event for you and your friends. You will also qualify for Hostess rewards so you have the opportunity to add lots of goodies to your stash.
I look forward to assisting you.
Tarnished foil technique – a technique I have admired since I first saw it but I only tried it out a couple of weeks ago and boy, do I love it! So effective and I just love that I can mess about with it and it all looks fantastic.
So, this card came about as a bit of an experiment. I wanted to try Tarnished Foil technique, Rochelle style, with coloured ink pads. I used Champagne foil as my base. Firstly, I embossed the foil cardstock and proceeded to go through the steps.
Coloured Tarnished Foil
I got to work with Versamark and Copper embossing powder as per the usual Tarnished Foil technique which I first saw shared by Melissa Kerman. Here is where I decided to deviate from the instructions! I randomly dabbed on Call Me Clover in parts of the embossed panel. This of course gave me very colourful fingers as it’s water based ink (The original technique is done in Stazon). I did run the Stazon pad down the card stock after the entire process. Although the ink was wiping off, I loved the look and there was no turning back. This had been sitting on my desk for 2 weeks in it’s incomplete state Then I picked it up a couple of days ago and of course my fingers were green again. My experiment had a small hitch which I needed to fix – the colour was wiping off.
Sometimes sitting on projects for a few days gives you thinking time and that’s what happened. I applied my Versamark pad over the entire piece, put Clear embossing powder and heat embossed it. This made it touch proof. Do this step a couple of times if need be. You may be thinking ‘her Versamark pad is stained for life’. I only used a corner of the pad and then wiped it off on a piece of paper. So, although it is stained, the colour doesn’t come onto other projects. I would recommend having 2 Versamark ink pads. One for ‘clean’ projects such as watermark and basic stamping, and then one for all other projects such as this.
The card base is Garden Green and the Delicately Detailed Laser Cut DSP adds a lovely border in Very Vanilla. This paper matches many projects because it’s Whisper White on one side and Very Vanilla on the other.
I didn’t want too much added onto the card as I really loved the foil. The tag is from the new Tags & Tidings bundle which is 1 stamp and die set. It cuts 16 tags in one go and is a time saver. I coloured it in with the Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend. I attached this to a label, punched from the Frosted Floral DSP which is my new favourite DSP. A few embellishments and this creates an elegant Christmas card.
Have you had a chance to look through the brand new Holiday Catalogue yet? If you have, I’m sure you will agree that it is filled with amazing goodies for Christmas and other occasions. If you haven’t, you will definitely want to take a little time – who am I kidding – a lot of time – and look through it. From the traditional to the not so traditional, some whimsical and modern – there’s plenty for every crafter.
I’ve been experimenting with the Peaceful Poinsettias bundle. Traditionally a Christmas plant and used to decorate homes, staircases and tables, this bundle has varying poinsettias in different arrangements and includes border dies which are great to enhance your cards.
Frosted Floral Card
Normally a poinsettia is red but my imaginary poinsettia is Blackberry Bliss. I really wanted to use the beautiful Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper. It has a pearlescent shimmer on all the pages and is really beautiful. I think it’s the prettiest in the catalogue, so of course my poinsettia had to match.
The flower was coloured in Blackberry Bliss and the leaves in Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends and then die cut. This has been layered on a panel of Whisper White cardstock which has been embossed with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder. I’ve been using this folder a lot as it’s a great background.
The sentiment has been punched with the Everyday Label punch and trimmed down. It’s been set on the silver Chicken Wire. These come in sheets and you get 6 in a pack. I’ve cut one of these sheets down to create the backing for the sentiment.
Dashing Along Card
The next card uses the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper as the background. This DSP can be earned free with a qualifying party of $400 during the month of September. If you have a group of friends who would like to get together and create something, then you have the opportunity to get this in addition to your Host Rewards. We could plan a Christmas themed party to get your supplies for Christmas cards and tags. Whatever you like. Contact me for further information.
The Poinsettia has been coloured in Cherry Cobbler and the leaves in Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. I edged the image with Crumbed Cake ink using a sponge dauber. The Delicate Detailed Lace Paper has been attached with a bit of glue at the top and bottom and some behind the flower so it is hidden.
The sentiment was from Nature Sings and a little bit of liquid glue has been added to tuck it behind the flower.
Two different versions of a card using the same stamp. Which one do you prefer? Would love to hear your opinions.