Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas, Holiday Catalog 2019, Punch

O’ Christmas Tree

I know Halloween just barely passed, and Thanksgiving is on the way, but I am itching to start on my Christmas cards. I send out about 45 cards each year, and I make each one. I am also doing a church Bazaar on the first weekend in December and will need cards to sell there. So, let’s get started!

This is a Merry little card with a forest of Christmas trees made from the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I used two Stampin’ Up! punches, the Pine Tree Punch from Holiday Catalog and the Twinkle Builder from the Annual Catalog.

The sentiment “Christmas Wishes” is from the Toile Christmas stamp set. I plan on showing you a card with the cardinal in a later post.

Measurements: Whisper White: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches and a 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch strip for the sentiment; Shaded Spruce: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Wrapped in Plaid DSP: 7 different patterns in strips 6 x 2 1/4 inches; and Gold Foil: 4 x 1 inches.

Side Note: My blog posts are geared toward the Beginner Stamper. My goal is to show the Beginner Stamper how you can make beautiful cards that are fairly straight forward to put together. I will use Stamps primarily. I will also use Punches, but I do not use the Big Shot or any framelits or dies. Any comments you can give me to help accomplish the goal of keeping this post for the Beginner Stamper would be appreciated. Please let me know if the instructions are not clear enough.

Use Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Up! ink to stamp the sentiment “Christmas Wishes” onto the 3 1/4 x 1 1/2 inch strip of Whisper White cardstock.

Use your Paper Snips to fussy cut the banner.

Now punch one tree from each of the 7 different designs of Wrapped in Plaid DSP.

Use the Gold Foil in the Twinkle Builder punch to make 7 stars.

Fold the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White card base at the 4 1/4 inch scoreline and use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Shaded Spruce to the front of the card base. Tip: I prefer the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue because it allows you to straighten out the piece for a few seconds after you adhere it. If you use the Snail Adhesive Tape runner, once it is stuck, it is stuck!

Adhere 2 of the trees to the upper portion of the card front with the “center line” between them. Leave enough room on top for the star.

For the next 3 trees, apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the upper portion to elevate the top of the tree slightly.

Adhere a tree in the center, then one tree to either side.

For the last 2 trees, apply 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals so that the entire tree will be slightly elevated.

Apply the last 2 trees so that they lie in between the trees in the row above them.

Adhere the Gold Foil stars flat to the card front above the top 2 trees.

Apply a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional to each of the remaining 5 Gold Foil stars and adhere above the rest of the trees.

Apply the Stampin’ Dimensionals to the sentiment “Christmas Wishes”.

Adhere the sentiment to the card front.

And Viola! You have your first Christmas card ready to go!!

Join me every week over the next few weeks for more simple Christmas card ideas! See you soon!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Toile Christmas #150469; Punches: Pine Tree #149521 and Twinkle Builder #146321; Paper: Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Shaded Spruce #146981; Designer Series Paper: Wrapped in Plaid #149596; and Gold Foil 132622; Ink: Cherry Cobbler #147083; Adhesive: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals #144108; and Paper Snips #103579.

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I would love to help you get started on stamping at home. Contact me and let me know what you need. Stamping is cheaper than therapy!!

Posted in Halloween, Holiday Catalog 2019

Creepy Monster Bash and Paper Saving Tip

One of the most fun things about fall is all the silly costumes and cute monsters of Halloween! Stampin’ Up!’s Spooktacular Bash stamp set and Monster Bash Designer Series paper are full of fun images and sentiments to make just the right card for the season!

This card is so “Creepy”! I just love the bats on the Monster Bash DSP.

Here is the Spooktacular Bash stamp set. The mummy and vampire are just too cute!

Measurements: Pumpkin Pie: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base and a 2 1/2 x 1 inch strip; Black Foil: 5 1/4 x 4 inches; Monster Bash DSP: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inch; Whisper White: 2 x 7/8 inches and 4 x 2 1/2 inches.

Set up the Whisper White pieces. Use the Memento Ink to stamp the vampire image on the left hand side, leaving space to punch a circle around the image.

Stamp the mummy image on the right hand side next to the vampire leaving space to punch a circle around the mummy. Stamp the sentiment “Creepy” on the strip of Whisper White.

The sentiment “Creepy” will go onto the Pumpkin Pie strip.

You will need 2 Stampin’ Up! circle punches, a 1 3/4 inch and a 2 inch. (Oops-after I photographed this card I realized the punch was retired. You can use the 1 1/2 inch circle punch)

Use the 1 3/4 inch circle punch to punch out the mummy and vampire. Tip: Set the punch upside down on the table, position the image to be punched, press lightly to hold the paper in place, then use the heel of your hand to push firmly and quickly.

Use the 2 inch circle punch to make the Black Foil circles to border the vampire and mummy. Paper Saving Tip: Use the 5 1/4 x 4 inch black foil card piece to make the circles to border the mummy and vampire images. Be sure to leave a 1/4 inch border near the edge of the Black Foil card piece so that the overlying DSP card piece covers the punched out spaces. Note: Sometimes the top color layer of the foil will come off when punched. That is why there is a little silver showing on the edge. One way to minimize this is to punch through the back of the foil. I realized this after I had already made my circles.

To add a little color to the vampire and mummy, I used the Stampin’ Blends in Dark Real Red, Light Petal Pink, and Light and Dark Gray Granite.

I used the Light Petal Pink to outline the face and hands of the vampire, although it is hard to see in the photo.

Add a touch of the Dark Real Red to make a tie.

Use the Dark Gray Granite to shadow one side of the mummy. Blend the Light Gray Granite with the Dark Gray Granite to extend the shadow a little.

Add Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the back of the vampire and mummy images.

Adhere the vampire and mummy to the 2 inch Black Foil circles.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Black Foil to the card base. Now adhere the 51/8 x 3 7/8 inch Monster Bash Designer Series paper over the black foil. No one would ever know there are “holes” in the Black Foil!

Make a banner end on the sentiment piece by first cutting in the center, then from one corner to the center. Repeat on other corner.

Adhere the Creepy sentiment to the strip of Pumpkin Pie.

Cut the banner end first by cutting up the center. Position the scissors to be parallel to the Creepy sentiment border to cut from the outside edge to the center on each side.

I decided the border around the sentiment was too thick so I trimmed it. I did adjust the measurements so you would not have to do this step.

Position all of the pieces on the card front to get the proper spacing.

Adhere each piece to the card front.

And there you have a really “Creepy” Halloween card! Hope you enjoy a Spooktacular Halloween! See you next week for another Halloween card!

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp Set: Spooktacular Bash #150544; Paper: Pumpkin Pie #105117, Black Foil #147898, Monster Bash DSP #150447 and Whisper White #100730; Ink: Memento #132708; Punches: 2 inch circle #133782 and 1 3/4 inch circle (oops-retired, recommend using the 1 1/2 inch circle #138299; Stampin’ Blends: Light Petal Pink #146866, Light Real Red #147933, Light and dark Gray Granite combo #149537; Clear Blocks: C #118486 and D #118485; Paper Snips #103579; Adhesive: Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.