Have you ever noticed the Hand-Lettered Prose (Alphabet) Dies in the annual catalogue? (Page 193 product code 149550). I have a thing about alphabets both as dies and stamps, and I bought this set as soon as I was able to. I’ve often looked at it and admired it, but never used it! That is, until yesterday! I have to say the die-cuts look so very much better than the dies suggest they will!
My initial plan for today’s card was white and gold with a wreath. I thought I might use a die-cut of the leaping deer across the wreath, but I couldn’t get it to look right, so I gave up on that idea and moved onto JOY. The size of the dies dictated that JOY would have to be glued behind the popped up wreath, but it fitted in nicely – I only lost a little bit of the tail of the Y!
I heat embossed the wreath from the Tidings All Around Stamp Set using Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Whisper White Cardstock (CS). I die-cut the wreath using the matching die in the All Around Wreath Die Set. As I going to be layering the white of the wreath onto the top of a Whisper White CS layer, I decided to dry emboss the top layer using the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder.
I adhered this top layer to a layer of Gold Foil then on to a Whisper White CS card base. After I had die-cut the letters, I arranged them in different designs on my card front, each time placing the wreath over the top to see what view of JOY could be seen! Although the J in the die set is a small j with a dot on top, I discarded the dot, and lowered the J so it looked like a capital J. I’m really pleased how it worked out!
I added the Season’s Greeting sentiment from the Itty Bitty Stamp Set. Like the wreath, I heat embossed the sentiment using Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Whisper White CS. I used the Classic Label Punch to punch the sentiment out, and like the wreath, I adhered it to the card front using Dimensionals. To complete the look I added Gold Metallic Pearls around the wreath, but it wasn’t enough! I didn’t like the look!
I had another think and tried flowers made from the small dies in the Detailed Deer Thinlits dies – they were on my desk because I had planned using the leaping deer until I changed my mind. Initially, I die-cut one complete flower and one outline flower. After arranging them in different positions, I decided to die-cut four more outline flowers and adhere them randomly around my card. I completed them by adhering a Gold Metallic Pearl inside each flower.
Inside the card, I added a layer of Gold Foil and then a top layer of Whisper White CS. Earlier, when I had taken the little flowers out of the Detailed Deer Dies folder I noticed the two decorative corner dies, and die-cut two of them. Using Tombow, I adhered them in diagonally opposite corners. I wanted to adhere the Gold Foil leaping deer on the left-hand side inside the card, but decided against as it didn’t tie in with anything. The deer has been saved for another day!
I wonder if you have written and posted your Christmas cards yet? All my cards are made, I just need to take the time out to sit down and get them written. This is why I’m known as lastminute . com! So that’s going to be my job today! I know I’ve said it before but it is true, i.e. if you tell someone your goal you’re far more likely to achieve it. By writing it here, I’ve just told about 1,000 crafters, so I’m in with an excellent chance of getting the job done today!
That’s it from me today, must dash to get my Christmas cards written! LOL! I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, happy crafting.
Products used for this project: please click on any link to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. December 2019 Hostess Code is RVWA74X3 Thank you. xx