Hey stampin' friends! I know it's a bit early for a Christmas card but I was playing around with this set and really liked the way this card turned out. And it's never REALLY too early to start Christmas cards, right??
I am so in love with the colors from this years Holiday catalog...I've honestly been trying to do projects in bright colors but they keep coming out in these pretty deep, rich colors! There's nothing wrong with that, I know, except that I feel like I'm not really sharing diverse projects...I'll keep trying though! :)
To make the main tree on this card, I used two of the dies from the In The Woods framelits. I started by stamping the pine tree from Winter Woods twice onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Shaded Spruce ink. I cut one with the outline framelit and the other is cut with the thinner pine tree framelit. This framelit not only cuts out the image but also makes "branch" cuts (for lack of something better to call them!) which can be pushed out from the image to create a neat 3-D effect. After pushing out the cut pieces, I layered the two trees together with Tombow liquid glue. (You'll be able to get a better view of the tree in the photo below.)
The next layer of trees are also stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Shaded Spruce ink. The greeting is stamped onto a strip of Sahara Sand cardstock with Shaded Spruce ink, and the bottom edge is ripped. I attached the Sahara Sand strip to the bottom edge of the Whisper White piece with SNAIL adhesive.
I don't know how well you're going to be able to see it in these photos but I applied a pretty spray of Frost White Shimmer Paint over the 3-D tree and the greeting piece. To create the spray, I filled a Stampin' Sprintz bottle about 3/5ths full of 91% Isopropyl alcohol and the rest with water (you will not need to add the water if your alcohol is a lower percentage...I was having trouble getting mine to spray correctly until I added the water), then add a few drops of the shimmer paint (make sure to SHAKE the shimmer paint bottle well before adding...that was another mistake I made!). Shake the sprintzer well to mix, then spritz over the tree and greeting piece. Viola! Shimmer paper! Because it's mixed with alcohol, it also dries really quickly!
Once the pieces were dry, I wrapped a piece of the Cherry Cobbler Festive Farmhouse cotton twine between the Whisper White and Sahara Sand cardstocks, attaching it on the backside, then layered the piece onto a piece of the Joyous Noel Specialty designer series paper. I love the gorgeous copper foil accents you'll find on these pretty papers!
To finish this card, the front tree was then attached with Stampin' dimensionals and tied a bow on the front before adhering everything to a Sahara Sand card base.
Ok, ok, maybe now that I've stamped a Christmas card, I'll go back to Fall for my next project! :)
I'll have a quick and easy project to share with you for Simple Sunday!
Until next time...happy stampin'!