Deck The Halls (or Christmas at the Beach)

Yup – it’s almost that time….time for the stores to pull out the Christmas decorations while we are still thinking about summer vacation and buying back to school supplies.  So I decided to go with the flow and create my first Christmas card!  No groaning, please..I promise this will be the only one until at least after Halloween LOL!

One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up demonstrator is getting to preorder new stamp bundles before the general public (that would be you).  Makes sense, that way you get to see examples of ways to use them and so it whets your appetite causing that well know “when can I get it” syndrome.  And I love when the sentiment takes center stage like this one does!  Most of the time it makes designing the rest of the card much easier, right?

Well in my case, not always.  I started out okay with red and green, that’s pretty traditional, but it seems my brain was still thinking about summer vacation and that’s what made it onto the card.  So I guess I will just have to call this one Christmas at the Beach.  But enough blabbering – on to the card!

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The card starts with Whisper White card stock cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, then scored and folded.  Next came a panel measuring 4 1/4 x 2 3/4″ of some of the beautiful Foil Frenzy designer paper.  That’s when summer hijacked the card by insisting I put a panel of Wood Textures designer paper on the top (I knew I shouldn’t have left it sitting out).  It measures 4 1/4″ x 2 3/4″.  Now how to transition between these two vastly different papers?  Why with Copper Trim ribbon of course!  It combines the shine of the foil with the earthy tones of the wood panel.  Perfect!  Then came muttering and much head scratching.  How the heck do you bring Christmas to the beach?  Well, I always sit in a chair outside so I cut the Adirondack-style chair from more of the Wood Textures paper using a die from the Seasonal Layers set and used Tombow glue to adhere it directly to the paper.  Problem solved – now I have something to decorate!

I pulled out the At Home with You stamp set and stamped the wreath using Tranquil Tide (I used the aqua pen to blend the ink into the leaves of the wreath) and the present was stamped using Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst  (Helpful Hint – if you need to color a stamp using more than one color, pull out your Stampin’ Write Markers and use the brush tip to gently color in the sections before stamping.)  Both pieces were die cut and popped up with Dimensionals; the minis came in so handy for the wreath.  All that was left was the sentiment, which is from the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  This was inked in Cherry Cobbler and stamped onto a piece of Whisper White, then cut with a large stitched rectangle die.  It took was popped up on Dimensionals taking center stage.

Whew!  Like I said, will save making more Christmas cards for when Christmas is in the air (or at least the retail stores) so my brain will behave.  I hope you enjoyed this tale of Christmas at the Beach!  If you need help ordering any of the stamps/dies/inks, etc mentioned, please let me know as I would be more than happy to help you.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Summer!  Ta for now!