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!)
Before the 2019 Holiday Catalog by Stampin' Up is over, I wanted to share a few more cards featuring stamp sets from it, like these Playful Penguins. This set is so cute and easy to overlook in the catalog. It is a great set for creating a variety of cards. While the stamp set includes some great sentiments, I also paired the penguins with greetings from other stamp sets to show its versatility.
All of these cards follow the same basic pattern. A piece of 5" x 3 3/4" Whisper White cardstock, a piece of 5 3/16" x 3 15/16" Basic Black cardstock, and a card base in one of the brights colors cut to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4".
I stamped the scarf with Melon Mambo ink on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut it out before adhering it to my penguin with liquid adhesive. I tried stamping the scarf directly on the penguin, but was unhappy with the muddled results. The scarf is much brighter when it isn't stamped onto a black penguin. And fussy cutting the scarf was easy! However, the hat is stamped directly on the card front.
Once again, the sentiment is from the Playful Penguins stamp set. I stamped it in Melon Mambo on a strip of Whisper White cardstock and mounted it on another piece of Basic Black cardstock. Then I mounted it to my card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
I hope you've enjoyed this quartet of penguins! Tomorrow, I have one last post of gorgeous Christmas cards coming your way as I participate in the first ever Magnolia Bloghop Project.
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.
A while back, when the Holiday catalog was still brand new and exciting, I shared with you a bunch of cards using the Cup of Christmas stamp set and retired Christmas paper. This week, I thought I'd make some of the same cards, but this time, I'd use the Let it Snow and Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper from the 2019 Holiday Catalog. So, here are the same cards, but with a completely different look. It's amazing what a change in color and background paper can do!
And a few more with just the Let It Snow and Wrapped in Plaid papers...
I would like to announce my first ever YouTube video featuring the Country Home stamp set and the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint. I am excited to have another way to share projects and techniques with you in a way where you can actually see what I am doing!
In this first video, I show you how to apply the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint using a paintbrush for a more even effect. Basically, you pour out a little puddle of paint onto a clear block and then use a paintbrush to scoop some up and dab it onto your project. In order for the puff effect to work, you need to create little puddles of puff paint, so I show you how to apply it with a tapping method to leave a puddle of paint instead of brushing it into the cardstock. Then, heat it with a heat gun and watch it puff up! You can also go back and add a little more paint with your paintbrush if you don't get quite the puff you were hoping for the first time.
I also demonstrate how to create beautiful shading with the Stampin' Blends markers. These markers are so easy to use. Begin by coloring the image with the lighter marker. Then, color the shaded areas with the darker marker. Finally, go back over the whole image with the lighter marker to blend the colors together. You can keep going over the image until you have the desired darkness and effect.
You'll want to check out the video to see the puff paint and blends in action! I'd love to hear what you think about my first foray into the world of instructional videos; please leave a comment or suggestion below. As always, On Y Go! Let's get stamping!
Pear Pizzaz Cardstock: 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2"
Whisper White Cardstock: 2 1/2" x 3 3/4"
Soft Suede Cardstock: 2 5/8" x 3 7/8"
Old Olive Cardstock: 3" x 4 1/4"
Old Olive Cardstock: 4 1/4" x 3 3/16"
Garden Lane DSP: 4 1/4" x 3"
But washi is perfect for making quick and easy cards! I love to layer cardstock on my cards, but all those layers take time. With washi, it's easy to layer colors and patterns. It sticks, but isn't super sticky, so when you put it in the wrong place, it's easy to peel it off and re-position it. And with the coordinating colors and patterns, you can layer strips on top of each other to create patterns.
So today, I pulled out my stash of washi and got to work.
I have been using the So Many Stars stamp set from the 2019 Holiday Catalog a lot lately. Well, I've been using the matching Stitched Stars dies a lot and adding on a greeting or one stamped image from the stamp set. I haven't really been using the stamp set, at least not to its fullest. So, today, for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge (ctd567), I pulled out the stamp set and challenged myself to make a card with it and without using the Stitched Stars dies. Boy oh boy, am I glad that I did! I figured out some fun tricks with this stamp set that I hadn't noticed before.
I didn't realize that when the curly radiance line stamp is stamped in a line, the curls on the ends meet up and create a continuous pattern. On top of that, the more solid radiance stamp can be used to fill in the center of the curly one. This makes an awesome pattern for the edge of a card!
We don't get tons of Trick-or-Treaters at our house, so I wanted to make something a little special for the ghosties and ghoulies who knock on our door. However, not very many is still a fair number, so I needed the treats to be quick and easy. I came up with these little packages that fit two mini packages of starbursts. I was able to finish off 30 or so in just a couple hours.
Quick and easy and ready for the kiddos to come knocking!
Today, I have four adorable cards to show you using the Birds of a Feather stamp set. This set is in the 2019 Holiday Catalog by Stampin' Up! and is a 4-season set as it has four different birds - a duck, a chick, a turkey, and a hen - for four different holidays - Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Valentine's Day. I used my Stampin' Blends on the cards for some quick and easy coloring and the Brights 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper. So easy and so fun!
Coloring these images with the Stampin' Blends is so easy! The Blends are available in a light and a dark version of each color. I simply colored the image with the light version, then went around the outside and where there should be shadows with the dark version. Then I switched back to the light version again to smooth out the lines.
It's hard to see in the photo, but I used the light Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend around the outside edges of the image. This gives it a slight shadow all around and helps it pop out from the page.
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.
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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