Today’s card started off with a design built around one of our Gold Hoops. I’m happy with today’s design but I think I will revisit the hoop design sometime. I must remember that we are now in December and don’t have too much time left for Christmas cards! My first step was stamping the birds using Soft Suede Ink and as they are two-step stamping, I used Pool Party stamped off for step two. I knew I was going to use the flowers stamped in Real Red Ink so they look like poinsettias which meant I’d also need green leaves. There’s a stamp in the set that looks like half a poinsettia which I thought I could stamp in green and use as poinsettia leaves!
That idea was soon forgotten when I had a look at the matching Birds & More Dies and saw the tall sprigs of leaves. I turned over my plastic die wallet so I could see exactly how the leaves looked once they had been die-cut. As soon as I saw they were solid leaves, I knew they’d be great for my card, and looking at the bird’s Pool Party bodies I knew Just Jade would be the perfect green. I stamped six of the flowers using Real Red Ink and die-cut them.
There are stamps and dies for feet for both of the birds and I hesitated about using them. Eventually, I decided I prefer the clean look of the birds without feet. I started building my card with a Whisper White Cardstock (CS) card base, a middle layer of Just Jade CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. Before adhering the top layer on the front of the card, I embossed it using the Winter Snow Embossing Folder. All the time I was working on this card I had a niggling doubt that it didn’t look much like a Christmas card.
I had spent some time playing with different sentiments, e.g. Happy Birthday, Get Well Soon, but nothing seemed quite right! That is until I embossed the top Whisper White CS layer! After I had adhered the two sprigs on the card front, I took the ready made BLESSED CHRISTMAS WISHES sentiment from the cello bag in the front of the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set and layered it onto a piece of Just Jade CS. I popped it up on Dimensionals and adhered it across the stems of the two sprigs.
I played around with arranging the flowers and the birds until I was happy with the overall design and popped them all up on Dimensionals. I added some Gold Glitter Enamel Dots in the centres of the three poinsettias. On the leafy sprigs there are six “pom-poms”, so I added a Gold Glitter Enamel Dot to each of them. At first I thought they looked too much and was going to take them off, but I decided to leave them and I’m glad I did!
Inside the card, I adhered another sprig of leaves – I trimmed this one a bit! – in the bottom right-hand corner and added one poinsettia. It looked rather sad on its own but I didn’t think there was room for a second one, so I cut one in half and adhered it to the edge of the layer. This looked ideal! Apart from the embossed snowflakes (which could be changed to a more generic design) and this card would be ideal for crafters who enjoy their Christmas in the sunshine! BTW I used my retired Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Pen for the centres of the poinsettias inside my card.
That’s it from me today. 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”