Today’s card is a clean and simple Christmas card made with the Ornamental Envelopes Stamp Set and the co-ordinating dies called Envelope Dies. I used my Stamparatus to set up my two stamps, i.e. the branches and the berries. Now that I use my Stamparatus virtually every day I have a routine that makes setting up the stamps so straightforward and easy! Using my Paper Trimmer I have cut some recycled computer paper to the size of our Notecards, which is 5½” x 3″ and some the same size as my top layer which is 3¾” x 5 3/8”. I line my stamp up on my small grid paper in the position I want to stamp the image or the sentiment.
When I’m confident that it’s straight, I put the appropriate size recycled computer paper in my Stamparatus in the position I’ll be placing my cardstock and stamp again. If I’m happy, I ink the stamp in Mossy Meadow Ink and stamp. Next, I moved my plate along two notches and found the two branches just touched each other! It also left almost the same space between the stamped image and the top and bottom of my cardstock! It was so amazingly close!
Although it isn’t written on the front of the stamp case, the Ornamental Envelopes Stamp Set can be used as a two-step stamp set with some of the stamps. This certainly applies to the two stamps I used but it looks as if the berries can also be used with the pine-looking stamp and I also think the spots with the dotted line could be used with one of the other three stamps. I need to play with this stamp set a bit more to find out exactly what will go with what.I took a second plate and laid the berries stamp on the stamped image where I wanted them to go and put the plate down to pick up the stamp. I moved my cardstock away, put the recycled computer paper that had the stamped leaf image on back in place. Next, I inked the stamps in Crushed Curry – it was the closest bright Ink Spot near me – and stamped. The berries were positioned very well! Once again, I put my cardstock back in position, and after I had cleaned the stamp I wiped over my cardstock with my Embossing Buddy and inked it in Versamark. I stamped the berries, moved the plate along two notches, inked the stamp again with Versamark and stamped again. Then I dipped my cardstock in my White Embossing Powder and heat set it.
Next, I took the three-flower stamp and stamped them in Poppy Parade several times on scraps of Whisper White Cardstock. Then I used the die to cut them all out and chose the best to adhere on the stamped image using Mini Dimensionals. I also adhered a larger flower by the side of the sentiment using a large Dimensional.The sentiment MERRY CHRISTMAS is from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set and was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white. To decorate the inside of my card I followed the same procedure with the leafy branch, berries and added some flowers. I used my white gel pen to paint in some white centres but not surprisingly they turned pink! On the front of the card, I adhered some tiny pearls.
That’s it from me today. I hope you have a super weekend and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, please 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”