It’s Christmas!

Feeling super festive, I’ve been working on wanted on my cards for Christmas. I used several dies which is outside my wheelhouse and my stamping was really all about creating a nice background for my die cut letters – hope you like it!

I started off by using Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout stamp set to create a panel that can be used as a background. Concord and 9ths turnabout stamps are really unique because there are so many options with one stamp set! They do however require a stamping tool. I use My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool but really any stamping tool will work. You MAY be able to use a very large stamping block…but that’s not something I’ve ever tried.

I opted to go full out with it for this card. Here’s are the basics behind turnabout stamps. First things first…the jig. The Jig is a plastic template that you place down in your stamping tool to line up your panel. There are little corner marks to show you exactly where your paper should be placed, as well as numbers in the top right corner of each side – 1, 2, 3 & 4 so you know which side you’re rotating/stamping on. Then you place your cardstock – I used a bit of removable tape runner to the back of the card panel to help it stay in place temporarily. I’m using an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock. Then in the stamp set, there’s an acetate sheet with a giant ‘X’ on it as well as some printed portion of the stamp. You’re going to line that up with your jig and paper so that the center point is in the center of your panel.

Then you’re going to line up your stamp with the printed images on on the acetate sheet, then close your stamping tool and the stamp will get picked up on the cover of your stamping tool ready to be stamped. Just remember to remove your acetate template before stamping.

I opted to stamp my greenery using Altenew’s Just Green Crisp Dye Ink. Then…you rotate the jig (with the card panel still stuck to it) to the next number. I started off with my jig in position 1 (top right corner), so I rotated the jig so that number 2 was now in the top right corner. I inked the stamp up again, and stamped it down. You’ll see that the panel is starting to fill up with the greenery in a really cool pattern. You can always opt to stop here, or to change the colour you’re stamping with, however I opted to use the same colour for all the greenery.

Turn to position 3 in the top right corner….ink, stamp….rotate to position 4, ink stamp….done with the greenery!

In this particular stamp set, there’s a second stamp with berries. You can opt to just have the greenery, just have the berries or do both…I’m doing both. So same process. I started back in position #1, applied the acetate template for the berry stamp, lined up the berry stamp, then started stamping.

Same process – ink, stamp, rotate…ink, stamp, rotate…ink, stamp, rotate….done! Below shows the completed panel with all of the greenery and the berries stamped out.

This would make a really great background, but for this particular card, I’m die cutting the word “NOEL” using EK Success Cutter BEE Alphabet Dies. I made sure the letters were lined up with proper spacing, then I used a piece of purple tape to keep everything together. I placed it onto my stamped panel, ran it through my Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine (any die cutting machine will work here). Voila….a really cool patterned “NOEL”, plus…I can use the negative space on another card! I love being able to get two cards out of one technique!

Then on to my base panel. I stared with an embossing folder from Darice with a really cute Christmas pattern on an A2 panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Then I took the bow out of Cheery Lynn Designs Die – Ornamental Wreath – DL143 die set, and a piece of Simon Says Stamp Glitter Paper – Crimson and ran it through my die cutting machine again to get a really sparkly bow 🙂

Then I grabbed a wreath die I found in my stash – I don’t have the details for it as it’s an older die, but I loved the size of this wreath. I ran the die through my die cutting machine twice with a piece of DCVW Green Shimmer Cardstock to get two subtle sparkly wreaths.

Then I put everything together….I trimmed down the embossed panel to approximately 5.25×4 inches, then adhered it to an A2 card base of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. Then I placed all of the dies..starting with the wreaths. I staggered both wreath die cuts to get a fuller looking wreath. I then placed the sparkly bow, using some pieces of Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape to give the bow a bit of dimension.

Then I lined up the “NOEL” letter die cuts at the bottom of the panel and eyeballed the spacing a bit. I started with the first and last letters, then aligned the center letters….this allows for a bit of better placement overall.

That’s it! Lots of different elements to this card, but I feel like it really came together nicely. I paired the card with a Christmas red envelope to finish things off.

Stamps/Dies/Embossing Folders:
Cheery Lynn Designs Die – Ornamental Wreath – DL143

Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout stamp

-Darice Embossing Folder

-EK Success Cutter BEE Alphabet Dies

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

-DCVW Shimmer Cardstock

Simon Says Stamp Glitter Paper – Crimson

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)0

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

Tag! You’re It! – Papercraft Challenge #23 (New DT)

So I’ve been accepted by an awesome design team at Papercraft Business Challenge. It’s a great monthly challenge for paper crafters and definitely a way for me to think outside my usual box. I’m beyond excited! One way to help keep track of dates for this as well as other challenges grab a Challenge Planner! They’re handy and stylish.

The October challenge #23 is Tags! Check out the blog at Papercraft Business Challenge for all the details and to submit your entry!

My entry for this month is a Halloween inspired card using a tag.

It’s a pretty simple card but I thought it was really cute. I started off with Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Jack O Lanterns’ stencil, Spectrum Noir Midus Pigment ink in Silver and Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Blender Brushes and stencilled faces on the black cardstock tag.

I repeated that several times using different faces from the stencil until the tag was filled. Then I used Clearly Besotted’s ‘Spooky Spirits’ stamp and die set to stamp and cut out several ghosts.

I cut a sheet of zig zag patterned paper measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches from Tim Holtz’s Ideology Halloween Kraft Stock Paper Pad. I adhered the tag using a 3M neon orange washi tape and stamped a sentiment across the bottom using Gina K Amalgam Ink.

I added the ghosts using some foam squares around the tag.

Then to add a smidge of dimension I used Nuvo Drops in ebony black on the eyes of each of the ghosts.

I then added the panel to a card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches and my Challenge card is complete!

Stamps/Stencils:

– Clearly Besotted ‘Spooky Spirits’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Jack O’ Lanterns ‘ Stencil

Inks:

– Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink – Black

– Spectrum Noir Silver Midas Metallic Pigment Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Fog

– Tim Holtz Ideology Halloween Kraft Stock Paper Pad

– Tonic Nuvo Drops – Ebony Black

– Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen – Glitter

– Scotch 3M Xpressions Washi Tape

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

– Scrapbook Adhesive 3D Foam Squares

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

– Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Blender Brushes

CAS(E) Card Challenge #312 (cts#312)

Another Card Challenge!

CAS(E) Card Sketch Challenge #312:

Below is my submission:

My card features:

1. Carta Bella Spring Market 6×6 Paper Pad (cbsm80023)

2. Simon Says Stamp “Moments of Grace” stamp set (sss101951)

3. Ranger’s Distress Oxide ink

4. We R Memory Keepers’ Precision Stencil (stripes)

5. Recollections “Gold” Embossing powder