On my way to Stampaway in Cincinnati a few weeks ago, I stopped into this amazing little craft store called Stamping Buddies on Galbraith in Deer Park, just outside of Cincinnati. It was so much fun to wander around the store and find new goodies for my craft room. One of the items that caught my eye was a sheet of deep, gorgeous purple cardstock. It was a full sheet of Bazzill Plum Pudding Dotted Swiss cardstock. I knew I would just have to do something with it. The owner, Pam, helped me pick out some unique and fun dies to make a unique and fun Christmas card with. These are the supplies I used. I cut the 12×12 cardstock down into 6 4 x 5.25 pieces. For the base I used Stampin’ Up Whisper White heavy cardstock cut to 8.5 x 5.5 , scored at the side. The dies would be cutting out a tree in Stampin’ Up Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and a deep purple glitter cardstock (sorry, don’t know the product on this one). For inks I used Ranger Distress Ink in Seedless Preserves and some GinaKDesigns White pigment ink, using a large dauber.
The amazing dies at Stamping Buddies are Dee’s Distinctly Dies: Large Snow Covered Tree and Mini Snowflakes. I also used a double stitched oval die and a mini double stitched rectangle die from Cottage Cutz, and a wonky stitched rectangle die from Avery Elle.
For stamping sentiments and snowflakes, I used Hero Arts Layering Christmas Tree and Hero Arts Snowflakes. The best match I found for my purple was Perfect Plum by Stampin’ Up. I think the name should have given me a hint before stamping in several colors to find a match!
So lets get started making this card. The first step for me is to put the 4 x 5.25 purple cardstock on the bases and set aside. I am making up 3 of these cards today and will finish up 2 that were started earlier for practice.
Then comes the die cutting. I cut all the tree shapes out from the white glitter cardstock. Then cut snowflakes from the purple and white glitter cardstock. I kept a little tub for the snowflakes as they have a tendency to get lost.
To color the background for the tree, I used a combination of white pigment ink and the distress ink. The seedless preserves was the only color I found (initially) that matched up with my precious purple cardstock – but I needed it lighter and more cloudy. So I put some of the white pigment and a bit of the distress ink on an acrylic block and mixed them on my dauber. Using a light hand I applied a cloud-like area down the middle of my white layer cardstock and then die cut an oval, deciding on the best section. These were adhered down on the purple card bases. *Make sure you clean your block between new applications to keep from contaminating either ink pad.
The coloring of the trees can get messy. Make sure you use a throwaway piece of foam and the acrylic block again. Coloring on the glitter paper is very pretty but also pulls a lot of glitter onto your foam piece and can get all over the ink pad if you go directly to it. Just daub the ink from the acrylic block on the cut pieces, leaving the tips white.
Time to build our trees. Get the cardbases, some small pop dots, and the tree pieces. I set up the tree pieces under the bases, flipped them over, and applied pop dots to the top part of each piece. Starting with the bottom largest piece. build the tree upwards by removing the pop dots and placing over the previous piece.
Dump out the little tub of snowflakes and have fun applying them until it looks the way you want it to. I combined one small white snowflake on top of a larger purple one for a special embellishment.
The sentiment was stamped in Perfectly Plum (this isn’t it, this was the wrong color) and die cut with a small double stitched die and adhered to the card with pop dots.
An insert for the card was done by die cutting with a wonky stitched die, and stamping in the Perfect Plum ink. I also stamped snowflakes on the envelopes for a finishing touch.
That is it. 5 finished cards all decorated with matching envelopes!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are as excited about the upcoming holidays as I am. Or maybe will be when it gets closer.
One of these cards will be going to Stamping Buddies for display, and I would like to send someone a couple of them just for commenting below. You will get 2 cards with envelopes. Please let me know what you think of them.
Hugs and good wishes – Mary Kay
Stamping Buddies, Cincinnati, Ohio
Dee’s Distinctively Large Snow Covered Tree
Dee’s Distinctively Mini Snowflakes
Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle Dies
Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Dies
Stampin Up Whisper White Card Base
Stampin Up Whisper White Layer
Bazzill Dotted Swiss Plum Pudding Cardstock
Hero Arts Layering Christmas Tree
Hero Arts Snowflakes
Stampin Up Perfect Plum Ink
Ranger Distress Seedless Preserves
GinaKDesigns White Pigment Ink