I hope you are having a Fabulous Friday wherever you are! Here it is a nearly perfect summer day, although I would trade it for a rainy one. We are very dry here, so some moisture in the ground would be appreciated.
Today my inspiration was the Global Design Project challenge, which is a color challenge that I thought would lend itself well for an antique looking card. Global Design Project 097/ Color Challenge
These colors would translate very well to a Christmas theme, I’m-a-thinkin’, so I pulled out my Father Christmas and Nature Sings stamp sets, and the new Card Front Builder thinlits from the Holiday Catalog which goes live on September 1.
First, I cut the card base from Wild Wasabi, then a mat in Berry Burst. The art panel is from Crumb Cake and die cut with the beautiful framing die. After tearing some Post-it tape to look like a snowdrift, I masked off the frame with Post-it notes and the sky with the torn tape and sponged Stampin’ Craft White with a sponge dauber. I moved the mask to cover part of the ‘snow’ and sponged a bit heavier, although when it dried it wasn’t very obvious.To highlight the snow a little and give it some dimension, I used a white gel pen to just add a few indentations.
I then masked off the snow and VERY lightly sponged soft sky on the upper part of the card with a sponge, just to take the edge off the crumb cake color. I stamped some little clouds in Craft White using the stamps from the retired Sky is the Limit.
Using the trees from the Nature Sings set, I stamped two sets of them on Wild Wasabi in Crumb Cake ink and fussy cut them. The small stamp of two reindeer was stamped in Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake card stock and fussy cut also. I dry arranged these before liquid gluing the back set of trees to the panel, and used stampin’ dimensionals for the other set.
I used liquid glue and mini stampin’ dimensionals to adhere the deer.
Father Christmas was stamped twice in Crumb Cake, once on Very Vanilla and once on the panel. My reason for doing this was that it gave me the shadow under his feet, which I fussy cut off the other one. I used Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write markers to color the Santa. His face is Powder Pink applied with a blender pen. I also used the blender pen and the Craft White to color in his beard and eyebrows to give them a little whiter look than the fur on his cloak.
Having done all the coloring, I was dissatisfied with the little tree he is holding, so I stamped part of another Father Christmas in Crumb Cake on Wild Wasabi and cut out the tree. I also fussy cut the colored Father Christmas and liquid glued the Wild Wasabi tree over the top of the original. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals the Santa figure was adhered to the front panel.
The sentiment was also from Nature Sings and stamped in Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake and cut with the 7/8″ x 1-3/4″ oval punch, now retired. It looked rather plain, so I stamped the pine branch from Nature Sings in Crumb Cake on Wild Wasabi and fussy cut it, liquid gluing it to the back of the sentiment, which was adhered to the front panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A tiny boy in Linen Thread finished the panel.
My original thought was to use dimensionals to adhere the Berry Burst mat to the card base, but decided there was already enough dimension. The art panel was liquid glued to the mat and liquid glued onto the card base. The card front is finished.
The inside sentiment panel of Crumb Cake was stamped in Crumb Cake using the sentiment and reindeer from Nature Sings. This was liquid glued to a Berry Burst mat and into the card base.
The Crumb Cake envelope received some trees on the front and on the flap, stamped in Wild Wasabi.
I hope you like my take on Christmas using these colors.
Card Cuts: Wild Wasabi: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, pine bough, trees scrap approx. 2″ x 6″ ; Berry Burst: front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Crumb Cake: front art piece 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside sentiment 3-3/4″ x 5″, deer and sentiment scrap approx 2″ x 3″; Very Vanilla Father Christmas 2″ x 4-1/2″.
6 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Christmas and Nature”
Lovely card! The framed front adds such beautiful dimension. Nicely done!
Thank you Linda
Beautiful Julie! The colors work so well for Christmas and I love your Santa! The framing looks amazing too. 🙂
Thanks Amy. It was fun to do.
So pretty! Your coloring is perfect and I love the whole little scene with Father Christmas and his deer friends! 🙂
Thank you, so much, Ma’m!