When Stampin’ Up! announced the new Mini Catalogue was launching at the beginning of August, I made up my mind that I’d stick to starting my Christmas cards on 1st September as I always do! As you can see I fell at the first hurdle. My problem is I love Christmas and I love making Christmas cards!
I saw something on Pinterest that inspired today’s card. A few years ago I made a similar card with the oval upright. I had used this technique – I think it’s called reverse masking – by stamping a forest inside the oval and then adding a darker die-cut Christmas tree adhered on the left-hand side. To create the mask I cut a piece of computer paper the same size as my top layer. Next, using the largest straight cut oval die from the Layering Ovals Dies, I cut an oval out of the computer paper in the same position I wanted it to appear on my card. Using some removable tape, I adhered the computer paper on top of my Whisper White Cardstock (CS) top layer.
Using a Dauber and Seaside Spray Ink I started on the computer paper with a circular movement and gently moved onto the Whisper White CS. To start off with I concentrated on the outside of the oval and worked my way towards the centre very gradually. I wanted the outer part of the oval darker and the centre very light.
Next, I stamped some snowflakes from the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set mainly around the outside, leaving the centre clear. I removed the mask and set up the sentiment on my Stamparatus and stamped it using Night of Navy Ink. I stamped once, cleaned my stamp, re-inked with Versamark and dipped it into some Clear Emboss Powder and then heat set it. I stamped the two biggest snowflakes using my Stamparatus and Night of Navy Ink twice to get very dark images. I moved the plate along two notches and stamped the images again but this time just once. I was testing how dark, dark was and how light, light was! Next, I cleaned my stamps, re-inked with Versamark, dipped them into some Clear Emboss Powder and then heat set them.
I took a Seaside Spray CS card base but I didn’t think it went very well with the blue in the oval! I took a Balmy Blue CS card base and it looked so much better. I adhered a middle layer of Night of Navy and then my top image layer. I die-cut all four snowflakes using dies from the So Many Snowflakes dies. I adhered two of the snowflakes together and then adhered them in the top left-hand corner using Dimensionals.
I added three Night of Navy Coloured Rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels and coloured one large Basic Rhinestone Jewel with my Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend and adhered it in the centre of the large snowflakes. Inside the card, I added a top layer of Whisper White CS and a middle layer of Night of Navy CS. I decided to use the two remaining Snowflakes to decorate the inside cover of my card.
Yesterday I spent my time getting ready for my delivery from Stampin’ Up! which contains my free product for my July Online customers. My regular UPS driver is off sick – fortunately, it isn’t COVID – and his replacement doesn’t call until lunchtime, unlike my regular who delivers between 8.30 – 9.30! When it hadn’t arrived by after lunch, I double-checked and found it isn’t due until tomorrow! LOL! Never mind, at least I’m ready to rock and roll as soon as my parcel arrives today!
That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”