Stepping Up Farmhouse Christmas

Stepping Up Farmhouse Christmas

Hey stampin' friends!  Does today's project remind you of anything (think Simple Sunday)?  I thought it would be fun to show you how easy it can be to "step up" a project!  In stamping terms, "step up" means to add a few details to a "simple" project.  Both are beautiful, but if you have a bit more time--and maybe a few more accessories--it's easy to do!  Just for reference, here's the project I posted on Sunday:

You can see I used the same layout (just flipped it sideways), the same papers and stamp set...I just changed images and added some details!  (If you'd like to see Sunday's post, click HERE.)  Maybe you have a long list of people to send cards idea is to make most of them using something really quick and easy (like Sunday's card), and "step up" a few for sending out to extra special people.

For today's project, I did the background papers the same as Sunday's project but before adhering them to the thick Whisper White card base, I ran them through the Big Shot in the Subtle embossing folder.  Oh my gosh!!  I LOVE the way they look with the added texture....just like real fabric!

The house and tree images are stamped onto Watercolor paper using black StazOn ink.  I used an Aqua Painter with ink from the lids of  Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Granny Apple Green, Crushed Curry, Balmy Blue and Soft Suede ink pads to watercolor the images, then cut them out with the Big Shot and coordinating Farmhouse framelits dies.  (I didn't use the framelits on Saturday's card but the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set and Farmhouse framelits are available as a bundle in the Holiday catalog so I made sure to use them on today's "stepped up" card version!)

Do you like the little "glow" of the holiday lights on the house?  That's easy to achieve!  After the images are colored, I just add a little bit of lighter color around the bulbs.  Once the pieces were cut, I arranged and adhered them to the card front, then splattered everything with Wink of Stella to give it a look of glistening, falling snow.

Finally, I added the twine from the Festive Farmhouse twine trio (securing the bow on the front with a mini glue dot) and the sentiment, which is stamped onto Whisper White cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink.

You can really see the texture created with the Subtle embossing folder on the background in this photo!


Be sure to stop by on Thursday when I'll be participating in the Creating Kindness Blog Hop as a guest designer.  Oh boy, I'm excited because I have the prettiest card to share with you!  See you then!

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