Sunday, October 24, 2010

Christmas Stamp A Stack

Held a Christmas Stamp A Stack at my daughters on Thursday and met some lovely ladies who came along to make the Christmas cards and also to be able to catch up with each other. Here are the cards that we made.
The first one using the stamp set Lovely as a Tree and Season of Joy for the sentiment,  is a blatent CASE from Kris McIntosh.  This was such a simple card to make and using Night of Navy and Whisper White Cardstock gave this card a beautiful clean and simple finish. It doesnt show up on here but I highlighted the centre pine with dazzling diamonds and also the mounds of earth at the bottom of the trees. Thank you Kris!
The others are of my own design, and the second card is made using the ever popular Lovely as a Tree set, but stamping them on an angle across the top of the cardstock, using Old Olive to give the impression of a Christmas tree. I then stamped the baubles from Delightful Decorations and I used Tempting Turquoise, Concord Crush and Melon Mambo. The sentiment has been taken from the Snow Swirled set and stamped in Cherry Cobbler, and just to finish it off the Melon Mambo bauble has a touch of Dazzling Diamonds in the centre to add a bit of 'bling.
Contempo Christmas was the set used here for this card, along with The small flower from Season of Joy, and the sentiment is from Heard from the Heart and of course the wonderful Ornament Punch. How easy does this punch make things?  The Garden Green cardstock was matted with Whisper White which was stamped in Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler both top and bottom edges. We then distressed a piece of Garden Green Cardstock and tore both edges, and seperated the cardstock so it turned into Faux Suede. The piece of Cherry Cobbler was punched along both edges with the Scallop Border Trim Punch and centred over the Faux Suede. Two ornaments were stamped and punched out (how I love that punch!!) and attached to the assembled card using dimensionals. The sentiment is just the word Christmas, which was inked using the Stamp n Write Marker Cherry Cobbler from the set Heard from the Heart, so not to include the rest of the sentiment which actually says 'Welcome Christmas into your heart'. This was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock that had been edged in Garden Green after it was cut using the Big Shot and the Lots of Tags Die. Next came the ribbon. I had a lot of fun with this. I took a length of 1/8" Whisper White Tafetta Ribbon and using the end of the Paper Piercer, to give even pressure I gently alternated between running it along the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Stampin Pads so I duo coloured ribbon to place on top of the baubles. The baubles were then finished off with a dash of Dazzling Diamonds.
After I had made this card, I decided that it needed something more, so when the ladies made it they embossed the Whisper White in the Big Shot using the Petals a Plenty embossing folder. It made such a difference and added some class to what was otherwise a fairly plain creation! The Real Red band across the front of the card was stamped using the holly branch from the Christmas Classics stamp set. The small flowers from the Season of Joy set and also the Jingle all the Way from the Christmas Classics were stamped on the main panel using Versamark Ink and then embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. It certainly had a WOW factor, and everyone loved it. The Stamp a Stack was so popular with the ladies I have been asked back to do another on the 26th of November, this time using the evergreen set Pick a Petal, which is actually the very first stamp set I ever used from Stampin' Up!.

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