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Step-it-Up Sunday #22 Nature Inspired Christmas Card

Hi Stampers,

Welcome to my Christmas in July edition of Step-it-Up Sunday. Thank you for visiting Stamping Flair today. I am so glad you have taken the time to stop by and I hope you enjoy browsing the site which has had a bit of a revamp in the last week. 

I thought I’d squeeze in a Christmas card before July flies past us. Today’s card uses the beautiful stamp sets –  Nature Sings and Rooted in Nature.  Quite a coincidence that both these sets are ‘nature’ stamps. They paired well together and I am yet again convinced that there is no end to the uses of the Rooted in Nature bundle,  it is a whopper bundle with so many dies and stamps.  

The idea in my mind was to create a rustic card in natural tones to blend with the stamp sets. So for the Basic card, you create a wood effect with the stamp from Timeless Textures using Early Espresso. Stamp off several times to achieve a very light shade. Create rows of pine with Mint Macaron stamped off for some trees and then in full strength for others. Add more pine trees along the front in Shaded Spruce stamped off. This creates the background for your card.

The deer is stamped in Soft Suede on Tranquil Tide DSP and punched out. At times it’s nice to have the texture of the Designer Series Paper instead of plain cardstock to stamp on as it adds more dimension to the card,

To step this card up for the Intermediate level, add a layer of Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper. I loved how the deer on this paper matched the stamped image. The papers in this pack are so vibrant, colourful and  for those who like the traditional Christmas colours, this pack is definitely for you.

Replace the wood stamp with a layer of Wood Texture Designer Series Paper punched with the Tailored Tag punch. Adhere this with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Linen thread tied through the button adds a bit of a country feel to the card. 

Using the remaining ink on the rubber stamp and run the stamp along the edge of the Very Vanilla panel to take off the stark edges. This is an alternative way of distressing the edges of the cardstock.

 

Add some die cut trees stamped on Mint Macaron cardstock to create the Advanced card.

Create the frame for the deer using a circle one size larger and one size smaller than the image. Then adhere on top of image and mount with Dimensionals. Cut and separate the strands of Burlap ribbon and add behind the Very Vanilla using double sided tape.

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Using sponge daubers, add mint macaron and a very pale layer of Soft Suede around the Very Vanilla layer. 

Have fun trying this card out. Why not try this layout with the different papers included in this pack. Get a head start on your Christmas card making and while you’re at it you use your beautiful papers.

All the Designer Series Paper used in this project are included in the July promotion. Stock up and you could even get some for Christmas presents for your crafty friends.

Have a wonderful week.

 


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