I spent most of my day yesterday getting ready to send out the new Spring/Summer 2021 Mini Catalogue and the 2021 Sale-a-bration brochures out to my customers. Every year I do my best to post them just before Christmas so they arrive at their destinations after Christmas. The letter I’ll be sending with the catalogue has been prepared and all the envelopes have been labelled and stamped. All that’s needed now is for the envelopes to be stuffed and hubby has very kindly offered to do that for me! My hero! 💖
Today’s card was inspired by a card I saw that had been made by a US demonstrator whose blog is www.craftystampin.com. I have made a few changes to add my own spin to it. Not only is this another card that’s helping me to use up some Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper (DSP) but also some Pretty Peacock Cardstock (CS) which will be retiring in June 2021. Pretty Peacock is one of the five 2019 – 2021 InColours that will be retiring. The other four colours are Purple Posy, Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile and Rococo Rose. It isn’t often that I like all five InColours but these have been great colours!
When I first started today’s card I wasn’t sure if the Pretty Peacock would work for the holly leaves so I did a test image first. My doubt disappeared when I put it with the DSP and the cardstock; I decided to go for it! I used my regular size card base in Pretty Peacock CS and cut the Real Red CS layer to the same size as my regular top layer, i.e. 3 3/4″ x 5 3/8″. Next I cut the DSP top layer a quarter of an inch shorter on both sides to my Real Red CS layer, i.e. 3 1/2″ x 5 1/8″.
To colour the sentiment I used my Stampin’ Write Marker Pens in Pretty Peacock and Real Red and painted the stamp which I had mounted on my Stamparatus. This product comes into its own for this technique. I have always enjoyed painting sentiment stamps in two or more colours but have never been really pleased with the results. With the Stamparatus, I go back and paint the stamps a second time and the depth colour – as you can see – is amazing! The sizes of the sentiment layers are: Very Vanilla CS 1 5/8″ x 1 3/4″; Real Red CS 1 7/8″ x 2″; Pretty Peacock CS 2 1/8″ x 2 1/4″. This creates gaps of 1/4″ between each layer.
The holly had to be fussy cut as there aren’t any dies but they are very easy images to fussy cut! I created three so I would have one to put inside my card. The Very Vanilla CS layer inside the card is the same size as the DSP layer and the Real Red CS layer is the same size as the corresponding layer on the front of the card. I adhered the holly in the bottom right-hand corner and finished it by painting with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. To finish the front of the card I added a small bow made with some retired ribbon and three clusters of Red Basic Rhinestones. The final touch was painting the holly with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen! That’s another Christmas card ready for next year!
That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime, please be extra careful and stay very safe! Happy crafting.
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