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Stampin’ Up!® Evergreen Forest & In The Pines Serene Season’s Greetings with Sponging Tips

Hello fellow crafters! To continue on with my 15-Day Challenge of making a Christmas card each day, I decided to create a peaceful forest with the Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder. The “Season’s Greetings” sentiment is from the In The Pines stamp set.

To create the coloring I used the Sponge Brayer and Sponge Dauber so I will try to give you some tips on using those.

Measurements: Shaded Spruce Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Thick Whisper White CS: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches; Whisper White CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 1/2 x 4 inches; Shaded Spruce CS: 3/4 x 4 inches.

The Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder is available in the 2020 August-December Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. Note: The reason mine has a “One Navy Blue Plate” sign on it is because that is what I would use with my Big Shot. I now use the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine which uses a gray plate and is much smoother.

The first step is to roll some Night of Navy ink onto the inside of the embossing folder. Apply the ink to the side that has the “Stampin’ Up!” logo on it. Tip: To get the ink on the Sponge Brayer evenly, push fairly firmly and roll the sponge from near to far, lift, and roll from near to far again. Repeat until there is a nice layer of ink on the sponge. Roll the ink onto the embossing folder with the same motion- near to far, lift, near to far. If needed apply more ink to the Sponge Brayer. Roll ink onto the embossing folder until there is a nice even layer.

Tip: Spritz a little water onto the Thick Whisper White CS to help the paper be easier to emboss and turn out more 3D. Also spritz a wee bit of water onto the ink on the embossing folder. Place the paper on the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder and close. Run through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine slowly to allow time for the ink to be absorbed by the paper.

Viola! This is the beautiful scene you have!

Now use the Sponge Dauber to apply Shaded Spruce ink to the trees. Tip: Dab the dauber onto the ink pad, then gently rub onto the embossed trees in a small circular motion applying a light layer of ink. Start light and add more to get a darker shade. Note: I have a different dauber for each color that I keep in a partitioned craft box.

Apply a nice even layer of the Shaded Spruce ink, then add a deeper color to the trees that “stick out” a little more than the others. Tip: Shade the edges of the card piece a little darker for a vignette look.

Continue to add more ink in a small circular motion until the color is deep enough and you are satisfied with the look.

Use the Shaded Spruce ink to stamp the sentiment “Season’s Greetings” onto the 1/2 x 4 inch Whisper White CS. Adhere the sentiment to the 3/4 x 4 inch Shaded Spruce CS.

Use the Timeless Label Punch to make a curved edge.

Use the largest tree in the In The Pines stamp set to stamp onto the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Some trees are stamped full strength and others are Stamped Off. This is the inside of the card.

Use your Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 score line on the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Shaded Spruce CS card base. Adhere the inside panel to the inside of the card base.

Adhere the embossed and sponged front panel to the front of the Shaded Spruce CS card base. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment.

Viola! This really turned out to be a fun and soothing Holiday card!

I really appreciate you coming by today. Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

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Crafting keeps me sane. Ok to try this at home.😊

Theresa

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Stampin’ Up! Artistry Blooms Thank You Card

Since saying “Thank You” to others is such an important gesture I decided to break from the Halloween and Fall cards to make a fun Thank You card that uses the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP). Artistry Blooms is one of the many Designer Series Papers currently available for 15% off. More on that below.

I just love the Artistry Blooms DSP because of all the bright colors and abstract patterns.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches and 2 x 4 inches; Mango Melody CS: 3 x 5 inches; Magenta Madness CS: 2 x 4 1/4 inches; Artistry Blooms DSP: 2 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches and 1 3/4 x 4 inches.

Peaceful Moments is a really great sentiment stamp set for the beginner. It has most of the major categories included: Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Sympathy, and Thank you.

Using Magenta Madness ink, stamp the sentiment “Thank You” onto the 2 x 4 inch Whisper White CS. Punch the sentiment out with the Timeless Label Punch. Believe it or not, that is it for the stamping.

Adhere the 2 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches Artistry Blooms DSP to the 3 x 5 inches Mango Melody CS. Then adhere the 1 3/4 x 4 inch Artistry Blooms DSP to the 2 x 4 1/4 inch Magenta Madness CS.

Fold the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Whisper White CS at the 5 1/2 inch score line and use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold. Adhere the Mango Melody CS and DSP card piece to the left side of the card front. I try to leave a white border on the left side, the top and the bottom that are roughly equal, about 1/4 inch. Add the Magenta Madness CS and DSP card piece so that the right white border is the same as the left white border.

Use the Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment “Thank You” to the card front. This card is perfectly fine the way it is. However, I wanted to add some butterflies and Bling! to dress the card up a bit.

I cut a 2 inch strip of the Artistry Blooms DSP in a pattern that would show up against the two patterns already on the card. I punched out one large and two small butterflies with the Butterfly Duet Punch.

I used the Bone Folder to curl the ends of the butterfly’s wings.

I put them on the card and moved them around until I felt I had a nice balance.

Now for the Bling! I used the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots in the Magenta Madness and Bumble Bee colors in the center of the butterflies.

Viola! You have a colorful thank you card to send off! A card that expresses gratitude is really beneficial not only to the recipient of the card but also to the sender. I think if the card is made by the sender, the sender benefits even more! Good feelings all around!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I really enjoy hearing your comments, so let me know what you think. Also, please like my post. Thank you!

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Have a wonderful and creative day!

Theresa