For today’s card the inspiration comes from a Challenge Sketch, the DOStamperSTARS DOswts343. Be sure to follow the links below to see the other entries for more inspiration.
I always tell myself that I will start making Christmas cards in July so that I don’t get overwhelmed in November. This is my first card, only about 249 more to go!
I love the fuzzy Red Velvet paper, available in the new Mini Stampin’ Up! catalog starting in August. It reminds me of my Grandmother Myrtle. She’s the one that I inherited my crafty gene from. Her house was always magical. Filled with sparkly homemade creations. She also went through a wall paper phase and I remember her having red velvet fuzzy wall paper with a brocade pattern in her dining room. At the time, I thought it was SO elegant.
When I saw the Red Velvet paper in the new Mini Catalog and the Poinsettia Place Suite, I instantly put the two together. They were the first things on my wish list! I was a bit unsure about how the Red Velvet paper would take ink, so I mounted my Poinsettia Petals stamps on my Stamparatus so that I could re-ink and re-stamp the images on the Red Velvet paper until they were sharp and dark. It took 3 times of stamping to get the dark lines that I liked.
The Red Velvet paper cut very nicely with the Poinsettia Dies. I used dimensionals to adhere the die cut Poinsettia leaves together. The leaves are stamped on Old Olive paper with Mossy Meadow ink for the outlines and the shadow is Pear Pizzazz ink. Then they are cut and embossed at the same time with the Poinsettia Dies. After stamping I crumpled the leaves and the greeting banner. For the greeting banner, I wanted it to have a scroll look, so I rolled the ends around my Pick It Tool and then placed a dimensional in the center of the banner to adhere to the card front, leaving the ends loose and slightly rolled.
The pretty center embellishment is a single piece that is part of the Poinsettia Place Suite called Beaded Pearls Embellishments. and Grandma Myrtle would have loved them!
The pretty designed paper is also part of the Poinsettia Place Suite, and has the same name – Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper. It has Poinsettias, pine cones, and holly combined with subtle visual texture for a rustic feel. Some images can be cut out using the Poinsettia Dies. It comes in packs of 12 sheets: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs*. 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm). Acid free, lignin free. It uses the colors: Bumblebee, Garden Green, Old Olive, Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White.
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