Hello my stampin' friends! Thank you so much for stopping by...you're in for a treat because I'm participating in the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop today which means that you're about to see some fabulous ideas stamped by talented demonstrators around the world! If you haven't been to my blog before, WELCOME! I hope you'll come back often!
As you might already know, many of us Stampin' Up! demonstrators just returned from our OnStage convention in Orlando, Florida. I was really excited to get to meet a few of my fellow Stampers Dozen bloggers...
It was so great to get to meet them face-to-face and get a hug!
Our theme for this month's hop is Christmas. With so many great Christmas sets in both the annual catalog and the Holiday catalog, I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to use! I finally settled on Christmas Pines. This is a carry over from last year's Holiday catalog and I love it because it's easy to create beautiful, classic cards and projects with it. Pretty Pines is a coordinating framelit set and together these two make a dynamic duo!
I actually have two cards to share with you today. I used the same stamp set, cardstock and designer series paper on both but I used #simplestamping on one to appeal to beginner/casual stampers and added a few accessories to step up the second one...a project for my avid stampin' friends! Let's start with the quick and easy project...
I really like the way this easy card turned out. The sentiment is stamped onto a strip of Tranquil Tide cardstock in Tranquil Tide ink. I also stamped the pine boughs in Tranquil Tide ink but wanted them to be a little lighter so after inking them but before stamping them on the cardstock, I stamped them onto a piece of scratch paper. I tore the top and bottom edges then wrapped some copper thread around the left edge a few times, securing the ends to the back. This piece was attached to a piece of the Joyous Noel specialty designer series paper, then adhered to the Tranquil Tide card base. I finished it up by tying a bow to the copper thread with a bit more thread.
Here's a showcase of the products I used for this card:
For the second card, I added heat embossing and the beautiful coordinating framelits...
I started this one with a scrap of Tranquil Tide cardstock, stamping the pine boughs in Tranquil Tide ink (and again, stamping off onto scratch paper before stamping them onto the paper to create a lighter image). You'll want to make sure the ink is dry before moving to the next step...if it's even a little wet, the embossing powder will stick where you don't want it to stick! Next, stamp the sentiment in VersaMark ink, sprinkle with copper embossing powder and heat with heat tool until all the powder is melted--the image will look slick and shiny, and you won't see any part that looks gritty. I ran this piece through the Big Shot with one of the Stitched Shapes oval framelits.
I cut the pine boughs from Tranquil Tide cardstock and the other little filler pieces from Copper foil. These were attached to the back side of my sentiment piece using mini glue dots. The entire pieces was then attached to the designer series paper with stampin' dimensionals, then adhered to the Tranquil Tide card base.
In addition to the products shown above, I added these products to complete this card:
If you're fairly new to the art of stamping, I encourage you to watch a couple of videos I've made which will teach you some of the basics: Click HERE to watch Getting Started - Stamps, Ink, Paper and HERE to watch 10 Things You Can Do With a Stamp Pad. And welcome to the stampin' world!
Are you ready to move on to the next blog! Click the link below and you'll be magically transported across the sea to the UK to visit Laura Mackie!
Please join me again tomorrow when I'll be hopping in the Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop...another talented group of demonstrators showcasing scrapbooking ideas! Thank you again, so much, for stopping by. Looking forward to sharing with you again soon!
Until next time...happy stampin'!