My second Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack is in 2 weeks. I have 3 different designs ready for this one. This set is more down-home Christmas.
The first one uses the Mistletoe Season stamp set in the big catalog with the matching Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper. It’s Shaded Spruce and Old Olive with a Cherry Cobbler bow. I love how the Gold Foil paper for the little jingle bells turned out.
Mistletoe Season Stamp Set
Mistletoe Season Stamp Set Close-up
The second one uses the new Buffalo Check background stamp and the Winter Woods stamp set. This one is Real Red, Crumb Cake, and Early Espresso. I colored in the birch tree trunks with our Chalk Marker and used a little Burlap Ribbon under the main image.
Winter Woods Stamp Set
Winter Woods Stamp Set Close-up
The third one uses the Christmas Bulb Builder punch and Making Christmas Bright stamp set. I also “hung” the light bulbs from Braided Linen Trim and used the Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the background.
Christmas Bulb Builder punch
Christmas Bulb Builder punch close-up
I can’t wait to have everyone over again to make these cards. I just finished making the extras I cut for myself from the first class…24 cards total. I mail a Christmas card to every customer that buys from me, so I need a lot of cards. Thankfully, my Christmas card drawer is already getting full.
I love doing Stamp-A-Stack classes. And, Christmas cards are the perfect project for this type of class. For my first SAS class, I designed elegant cards using the Joyous Noel 6×6 Glimmer Paper in the Holiday Catalog. I just love the colors of this glimmer pack: Copper, Merry Merlot, and Tranquil Tide. One thing I also try to do is not use the Big Shot for these since we are making a dozen cards. That way, everyone can finish 12 cards in 3 hours, plus if they want to make tons more, the designs are easy to duplicate.
September 30th Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack
Here’s a closer look at the cards:
Hardwood & Winter Woods stamp sets
Bright Copper Shimmer Paint to border the tag
Dashing Deer stamp set
Dazzling Diamonds on the antlers
Flourish Filigree stamp set and Vellum card stock
I made these at my retreat last weekend plus another set for a SAS in October. I’m in love with the Dashing Deer stamp set…I think I made about 4 Christmas card designs using that bundle so far.
This eclipse technique has been around for a while, but seems to be very popular over the last few months. I did a mother’s day card for my club using this technique with the Springtime Foils paper from sale-a-bration last month.
There are certainly more complicated ways to do this technique, but I like this simple way of using dark card stock under heavier specialty designer paper that is simply one layer popped out on dimensionals. Stamp or color your top piece before punching or running it through the Big Shot.
Also, make sure you save centers of images or letters (like the “O”) since you need to use every piece that you cut out to put your card front back together like a puzzle. Just set the “O” where it came from in order to stick down the middle into the right spot.
Tip: If you have the Springtime Foils paper, it colors best with lighter Stampin’ Blends colors. The darker colors tend to cover up the metallic details.
Here’s the fun cards we made in Ft. Worth on Saturday at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event. Notice some new stamp sets, new colors, and new ribbons…
I should have used glue dots on this one…oops!
Let me know if you need a copy of the new catalog. I can mail them out starting now.
I did this Blossoming Basket Card for my club in March to show them how awesome the Basket Weave embossing folder is. This folder will carry over into the 2018 Annual Catalog that starts in June…Yay! I used our awesome Stampin’ Blends for all the coloring. I can’t wait to get new colors to add to my Blends collection.
I patted the Crumb Cake ink pad on the folder before running it through the Big Shot to get shadowing and more texture. Since the dynamic folders do scrunch up the card stock a little more than the standard folders, the ink shifts slightly by the time the bottom is scrunched. I still love the extra effects though and just made sure that was at the bottom of my card. I just had to add some Wink of Stella too.
I know Sale-a-Bration is over, but I have a few more cards to share from my recent classes. The Lots of Lavender stamp set is so quick and easy. If you managed to get this freebie last quarter, here’s another card idea. I used the Shimmery White card stock for the water-colored background since it resists water better than regular Whisper White card stock.
I always put an insert in my cards to write or stamp additional greetings and images on. It gives it a more finished feel and nicer weight. I usually wait on additional greetings though until I know who I’m sending it to and for what occasion. The white piece above is the inside insert for this one.