For quite a while now, I have been trying to make the perfect cloud or puff of ink as a background on my card fronts. I kept ending up with blotchy, streaky messes. Finally, I realized I was using the wrong tool. I'm very excited to share with you today how I successfully got these beautiful clouds of ink in the middle of my card fronts. So, on y go! Let's get stamping.
It's only August, but Christmas will be here before you know it! So, it's never to early to start making Christmas Cards. Today, I have three cards for you using the new Peace & Joy stamp set from Stampin' Up! I started with a very simple card that uses only stamping and minimal layering. Then, I stepped it up using a little ribbon and some Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper. Finally, I stepped it up again by using the coordination Joy dies. Whether you want a super quick and easy card or something fancy, there's a design for you! So, on y go! Let's get stamping.
Casual Card Dimensions:
Real Red: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Heartwarming Hugs DSP: (2) 3/4" x 5 1/2"
Whisper White: 3" x 5"
Pear Pizzazz: 3 3/16" x 5 3/16"
Mossy Meadow: 3 1/2" x 5 1/2"
I never know quite what to call the different fun-fold cards. So, I settled on Illusion Card Front for this one, because it kind of seems like an optical illusion that the card stays together. We did this fun layout for last night's Mystery Stamping event. It's great because it's easy and can be used with all sorts of stamps. So, on y go! Let's get stamping.
Next, fold the card and set it in front of you. Lay the cut-off strip of 1 1/2" x 4 1/4" cardstock on the bottom where it would have originally been. Then, turn the piece of 2 1/2" x 4 1/4" card stock and glue it so that it holds the bottom strip to the top flap to create the card front. Be careful to only put glue on the top and bottom so that you don't glue your card front closed!
Add a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock to the inside of the card. Stamp an image on the piece of 2 1/4" x 4" Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock and it to the front of your card.
For last night's Mystery Stamping event, we created cards using 5 strips of Designer Series Paper, a focal image, and a simple greeting strip. These cards are quick and easy and a great way to show off patterned paper while still using a stamped image.
For the Christmas cards, I used the So Many Stars stamp set and dies with the Beautifully Gleaming Designer Series paper. Unfortunately, this gorgeous paper is sold out for this year, but Stampin' Up! has promised to bring it back next September! The stamps and dies will be retiring at the end of December, so if they're on your wish list, be sure to order them before they are gone.
While all of these fun folds make great Christmas cards, they can be used for any occasion. I paired the Check You Out stamp set with the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper to create another set of cards using these same three folds.
I hope you've enjoyed these Christmas cards and are able to use the fun folds in your own creations. Please take a moment to check out the rest of the designers participating in the Magnolia Blog Hop!
Heidi Collins (You are here!)
The Bells are Ringing stamp set and the Detailed Bells Dies from the 2019 Holiday catalog feature a variety of bells from handbells to jingle bells that are perfect for Christmas, the New Year, weddings, and more. I paired this bundle with the Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper. While the paper is sold out for this year, it will be back for the Holiday 2020 catalog. However, this wonderful bundle of bells will retire at the end of December!
To coordinate with the Brightly Gleaming DSP, all of these cards use Pretty Peacock, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, and Merry Merlot cardstock and ink as well as Very Vanilla Copper Foil cardstock. All of the coloring on these cards has been done using an aqua-painter with ink from the ink pad.
I stamped the bow with Stazon ink. To color it, I tapped my Pretty Peacock ink pad on an acrylic block to transfer a little ink. Then, I used my aqua-painter to pick up the ink from the acrylic block and color the ribbon.
I cut the bells using the Detailed Bells dies and stamped the sentiment with Pretty Peacock ink.
I cut the bells using the Detailed Bells dies and attached them to the front of the card overlapping the bells and varying the heights to give interest and a feeling of movement.
I have been making a bunch of cards of the same design, which has left me with a bunch of scraps. You know, those thin, 1/4" to 1 1/4" strips that seem too good to throw away, but are still pretty skinny? So, I decided to design a couple of cards to use up some of the scraps.
First, I made this Christmas card using the Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper. I layered the strips across a piece of Mossy Meadow, leaving uneven lengths along one edge. Then, I wrapped it in some old copper cord I had, added a couple stars cut with the Stitched Stars dies, and popped on a greeting from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set. Quick and easy and made good use of those gorgeous coppery scraps that were too good for the trash.
Then, I made this birthday card using scraps of the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper. I layered four strips on the side of a piece of Mango Melody cardstock. These strips were a little wider and didn't cover the whole card front. Horizontally across the card front, I put a strip of Real Red cardstock and wrapped it with some white Baker's Twine tied with a bow. I used the Well Written dies to cut "happy" from Old Olive card stock and stamped "Birthday" from the Well Said stamp set in Real Red on Whisper White cardstock. Again, a quick and easy card that made good use of some pretty scraps.
The weather is chilly and perfect for remembering last Christmas. The Cup of Christmas stamp set (2019 Holiday Catalog) was perfect to highlight these pictures and I'm back to trying to use up my stash with the Holiday Thyme Designer Series Paper. I used the retired In-Colors Cranberry Crisp and True Thyme as well as the current Old Olive for this page. Additionally, I used my Cricut to cut the numbers and the retired Priceless stamp set for the steam flourishes coming out of the cups. Quick and easy page of Christmas memories!
Today, I have three card ideas to share with you. A very easy, Simple Stamping card using only stamps, ink, and paper; a card with a little bling added on; and a third card for those of you who like die cutting. All three cards use the Cup of Christmas stamp set and the Wrapped in Plaid 6"x6" Designer Series Paper.
All three cards were easy and fun to make! Whether you have limited supplies or a full craft room, beautiful holiday cards can be simple to make.
I cut a circle using the Layering Circles dies from Soft Sea Foam cardstock and a slightly larger circle using the Stitched Shaped dies from Coastal Cabana cardstock. I wrapped some Linen Thread and Silver Metallic Thread around my fingers and then twisted it behind the circle. I secured the thread with a glue dot and then put dimensionals on the back of the circles to pop them up. I used an old die from Stampin' Up! to cut the "Joy" from Rich Razzleberry, but you could use the Hand-lettered Prose dies to assemble the word "Joy."
I layered the whole thing on Coastal Cabana cardstock and then Rich Razzleberry cardstock. I embossed the layer of Rich Razzleberry with the Subtle embossing folder before attaching it to a Rich Razzleberry card base.
This non-traditional color scheme and non-Christmas stamp set combine to form an elegant Christmas card.
Heidi Collins, Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator
I have been stamping, scrapbooking, and paper crafting for over 20 years, and I love helping others explore the joy of making beautiful projects for yourself and others.
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