Hi, today I am sharing one of the Christmas Cards I am making this Christmas season. This set of cards features the retiring Carols of Christmas stamp set and the coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits dies. These products are available as a bundle or separately. It is so sad to see them on the retiring list. I think they have been such a great set.
I was inspired by Holly Stene with regards to the colour choices and the overall design of this card. I hope my card inspires you as Holly’s card inspired me.
As I needed to make quite a few of these cards, I planned out the quantity of each item I needed then set to work. It is MUCH easier to work in batches; do all your stamping at the one time and then all of your die cutting at the one time, for example. As I had quite a lot to die cut, I cut the cardstock so that I could run a few different shapes through at the same time. This also minimised my effort. I strongly recommend working in this manner and the card will come together quite quickly once all that preparation work is done.
The card base was made using Thick Whisper White cardstock. The next panel was cut from Night of Navy. I used the stars and moon die to create the night sky. I felt the panel looked a little flat so I sponged Night of Navy ink to the top and part way down the sides. I then squeezed out a little of the Whisper White re-inker onto an acrylic block and used the aqua painter to add water to the ink. When it was quite inky, I splattered it over this panel and put it aside to dry.
Next up, I stamped the sentiment. I used Night of Navy and Tranquil Tide. To create this beautiful dual-toned look, simply ink up part of the sentiment with one ink and then the rest of the sentiment with a different colour. You could use sponge daubers to apply the ink if you prefer but it is really easy to just tap straight onto the inkpad. When doing this technique, I do recommend using the lighter ink colour first and then the dark colour as you won’t notice any colour transfer. Looks so effective, doesn’t it! I die-cut the sentiment using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (I *love* this die set – I use it a LOT!).
As I had already done all of the die cutting, it was really just a matter of assembling the card as I had planned. I finished off the card with some (non-Stampin’ Up!) glitter glue. You could use Wink of Stella but I have a very large old bottle of glitter glue which I am slowly using up.
Here’s the card…
And here’s the entire set made up and ready to go into envelopes for posting…
Hope you like this card because, if you have ordered from me, you will be receiving one of these Christmas cards in the mail, along with the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogue. They should be being posted early next week (I’m still waiting for them to arrive) so keep an eye on your letterbox. Thank you so very much for being such a great supporter of my small business.
A few important reminders:
- The second reserve window for the Stamparatus is now open. All the details are here.
- Don’t forget the Year-End Sales Event is still going on. Here’s your chance to grab some of your favourites before they are gone. All the details are here or you can shop 24/7 at my online store. The direct link to this Sales event is here.
- Finally, Stampin’ Up! has stated December 11, 2017, is the last day to ensure pre-Christmas delivery.
Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!
Listed below are the supplies used to create the above project. If the stamp set (or other product) comes in different types (such as clear mount or wood mount) or as a bundle, I link to all options.