Home for Christmas for the Stamp Ink Paper challenge #121

Hi y’all!  Decided it was time to take the plunge and participate in my favorite challenge group – Stamp, Ink, Paper.  So, here goes!

Sometimes, you look at a new stamp set and immediately know how you are going to use it for a card.  Doesn’t happen to me often, but when it does everything else gets put on hold until I can get that image out of my head and onto the paper.  And so it was with this card (I am still apologizing to my poor hungry husband about this one).

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I started with Dapper Denim cardstock.  Was going to use Night of Navy, but behind the vellum it was just too dark.  I cut the Dapper Denim to my usual 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″.  Next I grabbed a piece of Whisper White and the Big Shot, and using one of the sets of houses from the Hometown Edgelits Greetings dies cut the background image.  This was mounted onto the card base using Tombow Liquid Glue.

So far, so good but really wanted a snowy look to it.  Our Vellum cardstock came to my rescue.  I cut a panel the same size as the card front and ran it through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  Love how it softened the Dapper Denim and created that winter feel.

Then I got stuck on how to, well, stick the vellum to the card base without the adhesive showing?  Plus, I did want to give the card more depth.  I grabbed the Card Front Builder Thinlets and die cut the tree images.  These were glued directly onto the vellum with Tombow Liquid Glue.  So that took care of how I could attach the bottom.  Still needed a sentiment, so went to the Hearts Come Home stamp set and heat embossed it using our Silver Embossing Powder onto a piece of Whisper White cut with one of the ovals from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.  I popped the sentiment up onto the vellum using Stampin’ Mini Dimensionals.  Now I had three points where I could attach the vellum to the card base.

Great, right?  Well, no.  The top of the vellum was kinda flopping away from the base.  And I felt the card still needed a little something to finish it off.  Then I remembered out beautiful Silver Satin Ribbon.  I tied the tiniest of bows possible with the width of the ribbon and added it right at the top center of card giving me the final place to put a glue dot to solve the flapping of the vellum at the top!  Success!

While this card has a lot of elements to it, it really is fairly simple to put together.  I hope you will give it a try.  You can purchase the products used to make the card by clicking on the Shop Online button in the upper right corner.  I would be delighted to have you as my customer!  If you have any questions at all about the card please leave me a comment and I promise to get right back to you (well, after I feed hubby that is).  Ta for now!

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North Pole cards

It was a cool, rainy day here yesterday – perfect for holing up in my craft room and designing cards.  I think I made about 20 of them yesterday LOL!  Designing cards is hit and miss with me, it either comes to me in a flash or I have to tease it out slowly.  Luckily, these two came quickly.

My brother was in the Air Force and I had the opportunity to visit him when he was stationed in Alaska some years ago.  Instead of living on base, he opted to live near a town called North Pole.  It of course had a huge Christmas village in it but what struck me more was how quaint the town itself was.  That was the inspiration for these cards.

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They both start out exactly the same.  I cut Whisper White cardstock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ and folded.  I pulled out the Hearts Come Home stamp set and arranged the three houses and two trees on a stamp platform until I had the layout I wanted.  This was stamped using Garden Green ink straight onto the card base.  I wanted more trees, so re-positioned them and stamped again in Garden Green ink.  Once I was happy with the number of trees, I added the sentiment, again from Hearts Come Home this time stamping with Cherry Cobbler ink.

I was happy with the design but felt it could be stepped up a notch.  Hmm, what to do?  Thought about die cutting some trees to add but really wanted to keep this simple.  Luckily, we have the Card Front Builders dies which will really add some pop to your cards.  But which of the dies to use?   Well I had two cards so why not try two different ones?  I love how clean and simple the frame die looks so that went on one.  And then those poinsettia flowers were perfect for the upper corners of the other one.  Once I ran each card through the Big Shot with the appropriate dies, I added a panel of Cherry Cobbler cardstock to the back of the front panel with Tombow Liquid Glue for drama and WOW did I love how that made each of them pop!  Lastly, I went over the roofs and trees with a little Wink of Stella.  A girl’s gotta have a little glitter!

So there you have it, two completely different looks using the exact same stamps.  I hope you have enjoyed today’s cards and will look through your stash to see what dies you can use to bring a little drama to your cards.

As always, if you have any questions about the card please drop me a comment below.    And if you are looking for a demonstrator, I would love to have you as a customer!  You can shop for supplies by clicking the shopping icon in the upper right corner.

Ta for now!