Today has been a more relaxed day than it was yesterday. At lunchtime, hubby and I had our booster vaccinations and as neither of us had much a a reaction with the first two doses, we’re hoping for the same again! This is the card I had wanted to share with you yesterday and it’s a card I’m really pleased with. Although I’m not normally an orange or brown person, I love Cinnamon Cider. I think it combines orange and brown together beautifully! I used my Stamparatus to stamp two stockings from the Tidings & Trimmings Stamp Set using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. For the red bows, I stamped on Real Red Cardstock (CS) using Real Red Ink. After I had painted the stockings using Dark Pool Party and Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blends, I used dies from the Christmas Trimmings Dies to die-cut all four images.
Next, I die-cut eight holly leaves from Pear Pizzazz CS and two strips of 6 berries from a scrap of Real Red CS. I chose the Cinnamon Cider brick design from the Bloom Where You’re Planted Designer Series Paper (DSP). My aim was to create a scene that resembled a chimney breast but I couldn’t find a piece of wood DSP for the mantelpiece that was light enough without being too light against the white area where I’ve stamped the sentiment. I decided a strip of Cinnamon Cider CS would work beautifully and didn’t entertain a passing thought I had about embossing it. I’m glad I didn’t because I think it looks clean and uncluttered as it is! To build my card I took a regular card base in Basic White CS and added a Cinnamon Cider CS middle layer, inside and on the front of the card. I also adhered a regular top layer of Basic White CS inside the card.
After I had stamped the IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR sentiment, using Cinnamon Cider Ink, on a piece of Basic White CS, I cut it to the correct width of a regular top layer – yes it would have been more sensible to get the size correct first! LOL! – and about 2″ tall. After adhering the sentiment piece in position on the front of the card, I cut a piece of the brick design so the height added to the height of the sentiment piece was the correct height for a top layer. For the mantelpiece across the chimney breast, I cut a piece of Cinnamon Cider CS that was the normal measurement for a top layer and cut it to ¾” wide. I positioned it where I felt it looked best between the sentiment and where the stockings would be hanging. After adhering the stockings in position using Dimensionals I added Mini Dimensionals to both “wings” on each bow and added a small dab of Tombow on the tails of the bow to adhere them to the top of the stockings.
To give my card finishing touches I added two holly leaves in the top left-hand and bottom right-hand corners of the sentiment area. I found it fiddly trying to glue the sets of three holly berries on each pair of holly leaves but life was a lot easier when I started using the putty tip of my Take Your Pick Tool! I can’t believe I haven’t given that part of the tool a test run before now. I have also been using it recently for my Subtle Shimmer Sequins! So much easier! Amazing. To finish off the front of my card I added a Red Basic Rhinestone to the centre of each bow and I painted the berries using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. Inside my card I added two holly leaves in the top left-hand corner and two in the bottom right-hand corner. I put my Take Your Pick Tool back to work and added three holly berries to each pair of leaves. I forgot to paint the berries inside my card with my Wink of Stella pen before I photographed it but I have done it since. SPECIAL NOTE: I have updated the measurements for my basic card sizes to include metric measurements. They are set out as follows: A4 (Metric) US
When I posted yesterday about the Last Chance Products Promotion yesterday, I wasn’t aware that there had also been a Clearance Rack Refresh. If you haven’t checked out these two features, please do sooner rather than later because there are products that have up to 50% discount! If you’re one of my customers this is the link for the updated Clearance Rack and the Last Chance Products. Please note that the availability of products vary between markets and my links show what’s available in UK and Europe.
The December Gingerbread & Peppermint Create with Us Tutorial Bundle is now available worldwide – yes, WORLDWIDE! 🥰 – via the Tutorial Shop on my website. As usual there are fifteen projects from Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world. Included in the projects is a fabulous 3D idea from Marine Wilier from France where she has used the Pretty Pillow Box Dies 156321 in a way I would never have dreamed of! As always, Caroline van der Straaten from the Netherlands had also come up with a fabulous 3D project – which I’ll call a Christmas decoration! – which I just cannot wait to give a try.
If this isn’t enough to tempt you there is another 3D project that has a matching card, there are two fancy fold cards, a shaker card and a gorgeous selection of cards using various products from this suite. If you find you’re running out of ideas now that Christmas is almost here, treat yourself to this bundle and get your mojo totally fired up again! At just £15, it’s only £1 a project! Going forward if you would like to get our monthly Tutorial PDF’s free, just place a qualifying order for £45 via my online shop during December 2021, and I will email it to you at the beginning of January 2022. Alternatively, you will receive these PDF’s free if you join my team!
That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you soon. In the meantime, please take care, stay safe and happy crafting!
NEW Basic Card Cardstock Measurements: A4 (Metric) US
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” (21cm x 14.6cm) US 8½” x 5½”
Scored and folded at 4⅛” (10.5cm) US 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3⅞” x 5½” (9.9cm x 14cm) US 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5⅜” (9.6cm x 13.7cm) US 3⅞” x 5⅛”
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