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Christmas is Coming!

I know. That is no secret. It also amazes me that every year about this time I start to panic that I won’t get everything done that I WANT to do before then. I times past, either I was better organized, did less, or did fewer things that were time intensive. By Halloween I ALWAYS had my shopping done, cards were mailed by December 1 and by Thanksgiving most of the wrapping was done as well. That left December free for getting together with relatives to bake and decorate dozens of cookies, to make candy, attend events, practice for the church Christmas program and such things. Now……well.

Today’s card is a Christmas card, though I typically don’t send this kind of card. I honestly think that since Jesus is the reason for the season, my cards should reflect that belief. I do like the red and green traditional colors, the Santa Claus figure, deer, Christmas trees, etc. I just don’t usually send those kinds of cards. However, others do, and our Women’s Club has a bake sale and bazaar the first Saturday of December, so I may sell these for their fundraiser. At any rate, I like this card, and I hope you do too.

card and envelope

 

I began by using the lantern die from the Seasonal Lantern bundle to cut the lantern from Gold Foil Sheets. Using the same die, I cut another out of Very Vanilla card stock so I would have the middle of the lantern to stamp my candle, saving the rest of the lantern for another project. I then used the larger lantern, solid die, to cut one from Real Red Card Stock. I adhered the Gold one to the red lantern with Liquid Glue.

From Old Olive and Garden Green I die cut pine boughs using the Pretty Pines thinlits. Using the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set, I stamped several of the smaller leaves in Garden Green on Garden Green Card stock and the three berries in Real Red on Real Red card stock. These were punched out using the Holly  Berry Builder Punch.card-front.jpg

On the center panel of the lantern, I stamped the Seasonal Lantern candle in Real red and the flame and ‘glow’ in Crushed Curry. I outlined the flame in Real Red with my Stampin’ Write Marker. Using a white gel pen, I added a little highlight on the side of the candle. This piece was then liquid glued into the lantern.

I dry embossed a panel of Real Red using the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Using Real Red as my card base, I liquid glued a panel of plaid paper to a panel of Garden Green and onto the card base. On the embossed red panel, I wrapped a piece of gold and white ribbon around, taping it to the back.

I assembled all the pieces of the lantern using liquid glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini-Stampin’ Dimensionals, then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the finished lantern to the embossed panel.

Taking my sentiment from the Wonder of Christmas stamp set (retired) I stamped it in Versamark on a panel of Very Vanilla and heat embossed it with Gold Emboss Powder. This was punched out using the Everyday Label Punch. I punched out another in Garden Green to use as a mat for the sentiment label. This one was cut in half vertically and liquid glued to the back of the sentiment. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it over the ribbon.front

This finished panel was put on the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals also.

The inside of the card was made with a plaid panel on a Garden Green mat and adhered to the card base. This sentiment, also from Wonder of Christmas, was heat embossed in gold on a panel of Very Vanilla and adhered to a Real Red mat using Liquid Glue. I lightly drew three holly leaves and filled them in with my Garden Green Stampin’ Write marker. Ditto the red berries, using a Real Red Stampin’ Write marker. I deliberately placed the sentiment toward the left side of the panel to leave room to hand write a message. If I am going to the trouble to make a card for someone, I am going to write a few words of personal greeting as well.

inside

The envelope received a plaid flap and a Garden Green lantern, embossed with Gold on the front.flap

envelope front

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Card Cuts: Real Red: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, embossed panel 4″ x 5″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″, solid lantern 3″ x 4″; Garden Green: front mat and inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, mat for sentiment 2″ x 3″, scraps for holly leaves and pine boughs; Very Vanilla: sentiment 2″ x 3″, lantern 3″ x 4″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″; Gold Foil sheets: lantern 3″ x 4″; Plaid Designer Paper: front and inside 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

NON Stampin’ Up! products used: ribbon, plaid paper. I wanted to use up some older stock, so used these from my stash. You could use instead the DSP Around the world and the gold stripe ribbon, which I will put in my product list.

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Stampin’ Up! Softly Falling

frontGood Thursday morning to you all! Here it is almost the end of another week, and the end of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. However, the work of recovering from the devastation wrought by Harvey will just be beginning.

My nephew and family finally had to evacuate yesterday..two boat rides, a truck ride and a walk through flood waters later, they are safe with a family friend. When he tried to return to their home today to see the situation, he was turned back by law enforcement. They are trying to prevent looting and other crimes against persons. Prayers continue for the situation down there. Makes me want to get in my car and go do something to help, but I would probably be more hindrance than help. Donations to churches in the area would probably be the best way to help at this point in time.

OK. On with today’s card, a pretty simple one, but one that also uses a new-to-me technique.

Did you know that you can use your dies to stamp and/or emboss a design? You can! The front of my card is embossed with the Softly Falling TIEF AND the little snowflake dies in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits set.

snowflake detail

To emboss with dies and your Big Shot, you will need the Sizzix Emboss and Transfer set accessory which includes a Silicone Rubber Mat (squishy) and a hard Impressions Pad. You will actually only use the squishy mat for this process.

Using your multipurpose platform on Tab 1 (the one you use when using an embossing folder) layer as follows: cut plate, die, cutting side up, paper, squishy, cut plate. Run this through your Big Shot. It will go very smoothly and you might think nothing is happening. However, your dies will emboss your paper. Cool! I would suggest doing a test run to make sure the embossing is embossing the correct side of your paper instead of debossing it.

I see all kinds of possibilities for the dies that I already have. It is more effective with detailed dies.

After embossing, I rounded the corners of the embossed panel and the corners of the card base, using the 3/16″corner punch. This is a good time to also round the corners of the inside sentiment panel.

Using a length of ribbon from my ribbon stash, I wrapped it around the embossed panel, taping it on the back, and liquid glued the panel to the Garden Green card base.

Using the tree dies from Card Front Builder die set, available tomorrow from the Holiday catalog, I cut one of the double tree and one of the single tree in Always Artichoke card stock. These were liquid glued to the embossed panel as background trees. Next, I cut two of the double tree and one of the single tree in Garden Green card stock. The double tree on the right hand side was liquid glued to the panel and the others were adhered using Mini-Stampin’ Dimensionals and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The sentiment is from the old Wonderland stamp set. I stamped it in Garden Green on Whisper White card stock and die cut it with the number 2 (numbered from smallest to largest) die in the Lots of Labels Framelits. I also cut one in Garden Green using the Number 3 size to use as a mat and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The scene, to me, is reminiscent of a still, silent, nighttime snowfall and I wanted the Silent Night sentiment.

It looked a little bare, so I die cut two small deer from Early Espresso card stock using the die from the Card Front Builder Thinlits, tucking one back into the trees and adhering both with Glue Dots.

To finish the card front, a white gel pen made some snowflakes on the trees and piled up snow on the tops of the letters of the sentiment. A few tiny pearls from the Pearl Basic Jewels complete the front.

Inside, I used the dies that cut the trees for the front, only I used them to emboss the trees on the inside. Then, using my Garden Green Stampin’ Write marker, I colored them in. The photo does not show the embossing, but it is there. There was no tree stamp to coordinate with this die set, so the embossing technique allowed me to use the trees on the inside without the bulk of die cuts.

inside

The sentiment at the bottom is also from the Wonderland set, while the main sentiment is from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set.

The envelope front received a pine bough and pine cone in Garden Green and Early Espresso using the marker to stamp method of inking. The flap is embossed with the Softly Falling TIEF.

I encourage you to try using your dies to emboss and/or stamp. To use them to stamp, just tap, tap, tap your ink pad over the cutting side of the die and run it through your Big Shot as detailed above. I love to be able to use products I have in unexpected ways.

Thought for Today: If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. Vincent Van Gogh

Card Cuts: Garden Green: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, trees 2-1/2″ x 7″, sentiment label mat 1-3/4″ x 3″; Always Artichoke: trees 2-1/2″ x 5″; Whisper White: (2) 4-3//4″ x 6-3/4″ inside sentiment panel and front panel, sentiment label 1-3/4″ x 2″; Early Espresso:  deer 1″ x 2″.

Products used not listed below: Retired Wonderland Stamp set, Sizzix Big Shot Accessory Emboss and Transfer set.

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