Yesterday when I was ready to start making today’s card I looked at a handful of stamp sets I haven’t used yet and picked the Pretty Parasol. Because I’m now fully focussed on Christmas cards, I decided to have a look on Pinterest for some inspiration. Frequently when I check out Pinterest and I see a card I like, it’s been made by fellow demo Su Mohr, who is in the US (I believe). She is always coming up with great ideas. Yesterday was no different although, instead of Pretty Parasol, she had used the Under My Umbrella Stamp Set and made a birthday card. Not only was the card gorgeous, but Su had also paper-pieced five pairs of Wellington Boots and used the sentiments FROM ALL OF US and HAPPY BIRTHDAY. This was designed to be sent from all FIVE of us, hence five pairs of boots!
As soon as I realised this is what the message was, I wondered if I could CASE Su’s card but make it a Christmas card. My first hurdle was working out how I could get such a straight line of boots! Me and straight lines just do not get on together! As I was preparing my Stamparatus I guessed I could use the stepping technique. Later when I checked Su’s blog, this is what she had done. I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) which measured the width of a top layer by 1.5″. Using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, I stamped the first pair of Wellington Boots, moved the plate down one notch, and stamped the second pair of boots. I carried on to the end until I had five pairs and had reached the end of my cardstock.
Next, I needed five different Christmas designs of Designer Series Paper (DSP) and found the first four in Poinsettia Place. The fifth one is from Trimming the Town – that’s for the second pair of boots in the line in pale blue and green. Still using the Stamparatus, I positioned each piece of DSP in position one by one and stamped the boots image using the Memento Ink. If this is the first time you’ve tried paper piecing, as you fussy cut each pair of boots you don’t need to worry about the thin black lines that come out from the back of the boot nor the short black lines at the front. When you adhere your fussy cut boots on the stamped image on the Whisper White CS the lines will still be visible because your fussy cut boots won’t go near the stamped lines.
Su used the Ornate Garden DSP for her card and adhered her strip to a piece of Daffodil Delight CS. Her website is called Aromas and Art.com and this is the link to her project https://aromasandart.com/ornate-garden-paper-pieced-rain-boots/. Please do check it out because it looks bright and very spring-like.
For my white layer behind my strip of boots, I embossed it using the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder. You might remember I used this embossing folder for a different project recently because I think it looks very much like snow. My sentiment FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS is from the Fireside Trimmings Stamp Set and the BLESSED CHRISTMAS WISHES is from the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set. After I had die-cut both sentiments using the no.1 slim die from the Stitched Rectangle Dies, I die cut another five blanks for each and adhered them all together rather than adhering them using Dimensionals. I wanted an added decoration and chose the small wreath from the Coming Home Stamp Set which has a matching set of dies called Home Together.
I added one in the lower left-hand corner and one in the upper right-hand corner on the front of my card. After I had added a middle layer of Real Red CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS inside my card, I adhered the third small wreath in the bottom right-hand corner using Tombow. I finished off the front of my card by adding four Red Rhinestones, two each on the two sentiments.
I’m really pleased how my card turned out and I thank Su Mohr for the inspiration. I love her idea! All I need now is to find someone who has five members in their family who could use this card! If you’re new to paper-piecing, do give it a try. It’s a great technique and I’m sure you’ll love it. That’s it from me today. This morning I’m off to Sharon to get my nails looked after! I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and 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”