Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas

Brightly Gleaming

Time is flying by and I am not as ready as I would like for the Holidays. I have family coming, which means the house needs to be cleaned up (except for my craft room!). I do have my Christmas cards made. Now I need to address them and send them out.

The Brightly Gleaming Suite in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is one of my favorites. I made several of my cards from this suite. The card for today is one of those cards.

One great thing about the Suite is the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). Many of the pages have a shiny copper foil on them. I just love anything that sparkles and shines!

The stamp set for this suite is the Christmas Gleaming set. There are two ornament punches that come as a pack, to punch out both of the ornament sizes. Today we will use the small ornament punch.

The other two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets I used are the Itty Bitty Christmas and the Beautiful Bouquet. Both of these sets are so versatile! The Beautiful Bouquet is the perfect set for a beginner stamper because it has sentiments for Birthday, Anniversary, Thank you, Wedding and Congratulations. The Itty Bitty Christmas set has just about any sentiment you would need for the holidays. Note: If you need a Hanukkah greeting there is one in the Itty Bitty Greetings #151331 found in the Annual Catalog.

To make this card you will need Stampin’ Up! Pretty Peacock and Night of Navy ink, the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker and the Designer Elements in the Annual Catalog.

Measurements: Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches, 3 x 1/2 inches and a scrap about 2 inches wide; Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP 4 x 2 3/4 inches; and Pretty Peacock 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

First we will stamp everything that needs stamping. Start with the “Merry Christmas” sentiment from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set. It is part of a larger sentiment that also says “and a Happy New Year”. Use the brush tip of the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write marker to put ink on the “Merry Christmas” only.

Once the sentiment is all inked up, huff on it and stamp it onto the 3 x 1/2 inch strip of Very Vanilla cardstock.

Next stamp the larger ornament in Pretty Peacock ink onto the lower left side of the 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Stamp the smaller ornament in Night of Navy ink onto the 2 inch wide scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock.

Use the smaller ornament punch to punch out the small ornament. To use the punch, lay it upside down on the table and use the heel of your hand to push firmly and quickly once you have it positioned.

Lay the smaller ornament next to the larger ornament and use a pencil to make a small mark above it.

Now use a ruler with the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write marker and draw two lines to be the strings for the ornaments.

Stamp the small bow from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set in Night of Navy ink as shown.

That is all the stamping. Now let’s put it all together!

Fold the Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base on the 4 1/4 inch score line. Use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock to the card front. Now adhere the stamped ornament piece to the 4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of the Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.

After I have used all the full sized Stampin’ Dimensionals, I cut up the edge to make 1/2 sized Dimensionals. Use Dimensionals on the back of the ornament/DSP piece and the smaller ornament.

Adhere the ornament/DSP piece to the card front leaving space underneath for the sentiment. Adhere the small ornament in its place.

Trim the sentiment.

Cut each end into a banner as shown.

Here is the finished sentiment.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and adhere to the card front.

Now for some bling!

Use the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the Designer Element bling from the package to the card front. Hold down gently to slide the pick out and apply firm pressure to stick the Designer Element completely.

Apply as many of the Designer Elements as suits you.

And Viola! you have a Brightly Gleaming Christmas card! I hope you all are having fun making cards for your friends and family. I love doing it! And I hear very nice complements which helps fuel my motivation for continuing to make my own cards.

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp Set: Christmas Gleaming #150464, Itty Bitty Christmas #150513 and Beautiful Bouquet #143666; Paper: Very Vanilla #101650 and Pretty Peacock #150880 card stock, and Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP #150429; Ink: Night of Navy #100867 and Pretty Peacock #150083 ink pads and the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker in the Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers #147058; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486 and D #118485; Punches: Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack #150647; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Paper Snips #103579; Take Your Pick tool #144107; and Designer Elements #149586.

Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas, Ornaments

Stamped on Wood Christmas Ornaments

Hello! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday. Now it’s time to get ready for Christmas. I have a church Bazaar coming up so I am making a few things to sell.

I made these fun wooden Christmas ornaments. Some of the stamps are retired, but there are many images that are current that will work too. I bought the wooden pieces on Amazon. They came with the twine and a hole drilled in the top.

I just stamped on them, then used a glitter spray paint followed by a clear spray paint to further decorate the ornament.

The current Stampin’ Up! stamp sets I used are: Merry Moose, Christmas Gleaming and Snowman Season.

I’ll be back next week with the usual post. I just needed to get myself ready for the Bazaar this week. Happy Crafting!