I didn’t think I’d be making any more Christmas cards this year but I changed my mind when I made last Sunday’s video. Three out of the five cards I’d used layers of Designer Series Paper (DSP) instead of my usual cardstock and I really like the look of DSP layers! I made up my mind to use it more often. At the weekend I went through the retiring list from the Christmas catalogue and saw how much Christmas DSP I still have! I decided I would make more Christmas cards using stamp sets and DSP that will be retiring! Today’s DSP is the Brightly Gleaming which has foiling in the design. This has added some great sparkle to my card.
If you like the idea of using DSP for layers but aren’t trying to use up your stash you could die cut smaller layers from the middle to save for other projects. I used my Stamparatus to stamp my chosen image from the Have a Hoot Stamp Set and coloured it using Stampin’ Blends as follows: owls’ bodies – Light & Dark Crumb Cake; feet and beaks – Light Soft Suede; hats – Light Mossy Meadow; branch – Dark Soft Suede; shading – Light Pool Party. I die-cut the finished image using the Stitched Rectangle regular die no. 3. The finished size was 1 13/16″ x 3 3/16″ so I cut a DSP layer which measured 1 15/16″ x 3 5/16″. Our Paper Trimmer has 1/16″ marked but if you don’t want to worry about using sixteenths of an inch, you can cut your layer to measure 2″ x 3 3/8″.
Next, I lined up the sentiment MERRY CHRISTMAS from the stamp set in my Stamparatus and stamped it in the bottom right-hand corner of the top Whisper White CS layer for the front of my card. My Mossy Meadow Ink pad was rather dry so I had to stamp three or four times to get good coverage! Next I cut two middle layers in DSP and adhered one to my Whisper White CS front of card top layer. Then I adhered a strip of DSP that measures about 1/8″ wide across the centre horizontally and adhered my image using Dimensionals over the strip but off to the left-hand side. I was pleased with how my card turned out but I felt I should have embossed the top Whisper White CS layer!
Instead, I decided to adhere some small snowflakes die-cut using the die from the So Many Snowflakes dies. I added three complete snowflakes and another three that I cut in varying sizes of half so I had six partial snowflakes. I love the effect! Next I stamped half of the owl image in the bottom right-hand corner of the to Whisper White CS layer and coloured the same as the image on the front of the card.
I adhered this layer on the DSP middle layer and then inside my card. Finally I painted all the owls and the snowflakes using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. The final touch was adding three Wonderful Gems 153536 which are in the Christmas catalogue and are being carried forward to the next year’s Christmas mini catalogue! I put the gems vertically in the top right-hand corner.
I wonder what you think about using DSP for layering! I love how much sparkle the Brightly Gleaming DSP has added to this card! That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime please take great care and stay very 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”