I’m Dreaming of an Ivory Christmas

Stampin up winter post reindeer

This lovely reindeer silhouette is one more delightful stamp from the Winter Post set, coming October 1 in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini.  Need a copy of the Holiday Mini or Stampin' Up!'s Idea Book and Catalog?  Click here.   Have you seen my newest feature!  You can place orders (or search for Stampin' Up! product information) in one-step,  24/7 by clicking here.  Bookmark it so it's always handy. 

For today's card, I combined two Splitcoast challenges–Using a Silhouette (Thursday, WT184) and "White Out" (Friday, LSC186, using white or ivory as the main color).  All Splitcoast challenges are listed on my right side bar (scroll down).  Play along.  They are often my key sources of inspiration!

TIP:  To get excellent coverage with the  solid reindeer stamp, I used Stazon Jet Black Ink.  After a little experimentation, I found it offered better coverage than Basic Black Classic ink.  I next stamped on Very Vanilla card stock (2 3/4" x 2 3/4") and accented with paper piercing. 

Piercing is pretty simple using a template.  TIP:  Before you start piercing, look at the first side and determine (using a template) where you are going to start and end.  Will you end at a similar spot as where you started?  Adjust and move the template from corner to corner making sure you can line up each side and turn without losing your line or throwing your pierce marks out of balance.  When you determine how all the little holes will be unified upon completion, go back to the beginning and start "jabbing."

I wrapped gorgeous Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon around the reindeer panel.  It's wonderful how it flips from Kiwi to Vanilla and even more handsome when it exposes both.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals to attach this panel to Basic Black and Kiwi Kiss card stock.

Using my Big Shot and Cuttlebug Divine Swirls Embossing Folder (sandwich tips here), I can create a whole lotta WOW on Very Vanilla card stock.  It's layered on a 4.25 x 5.5 card base of Kiwi Kiss (scored at the top).  TIP:  Did you know?  The indented score goes on the outside and the ridge goes on the inside when you fold.  More polished that way. 

The sentiment is from All Holidays, again inked up in Stazon Jet Black and stamped on Very Vanilla.  Using the same piercing process as above, I created a pierced border and adhered the image with Stampin' Dimensionals (to mirror the 3-D of the reindeer panel). 

The PERFECT TOUCH?  A Kiwi Kiss designer button (new in Stampin' Up!'s Fall/Winter catalog, don't miss them on p. 187) is just the right thing for the corner.  TIP:  I find it easiest to attach buttons securely using a Mini Glue Dot (103683, $4.95).  TIP:  I cut a sliver of Basic Black card stock and carefully tied it to create coordinated "thread" in the button.

See all my Holiday Mini Sneak Peeks.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

Coming Up!  More Stamping 911 (my category for cards and gifts you can make in 10 minutes or less) and "Picture Perfect" (I reveal my favorite tips on how to get decent photos of your cards). 

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Stamp Set:  Winter Post, All Holidays
Paper:  Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Ink:  Stazon Jet Black
Cool Tools:  Paper Piercer and Template (Stampin' Up! Crafter's Tool Kit), Big Shot, Cuttlebug Divine Swirls Embossing Folder
The Perfect Touch:  Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Designer Buttons


  1. WOWZERS!! Your work BLOWS me away!! I LOVE your style!!

  2. Love the new look and the picture is great! I can’t believe how you come up with so many beautiful ideas. Keep it up! Good on you.

  3. The paper piercing looks great 🙂

  4. The rest have said it all. That is by far one of your best. Love it.

  5. This is absolutely stunning, I love all the piercing!!

  6. Beautiful! So very elegant with just a small splash of Kiwi! I love that reindeer, too. 🙂


  7. Mary – your card is beautiful!!! Love the piercing!!! Are you already working on our x-mas cards – LOL???

  8. very beautiful!!! I know I say the same thing each time!

  9. Your cards are the most original and appealing SU cards I ever see…and I check out many, many blogs! Well done, as always. I wish my paper piercing would turn out as even and perfect as yours. Got any tips to share?

  10. I’m a big fan of paper piercing and this is an excellent example of why! It’s a great way to enhance your cards and this demonstrates that beautifully. I love the cute little button too. 🙂

  11. Wow! this card is simply elegant

  12. As always Mary, you have done a great job!! That is a really nice card.

  13. Colleen Moreland

    Mary, I love this card. It is charming and very classy. I love the colors you used. I especially love the holes around. I love my tool from stampin up that does that. Good job!!

  14. Donna Appelquist

    WOW Mary! This is absolutely stunning. What’s not to love about Kiwi Kiss?

  15. Very elegant card Mary!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    God bless

  16. My, but your reindeer is so regal; love him!

  17. Beautiful card, Mary! I love the colors you used and the piercing adds the perfect touch. I agree with Colleen – the card layout can be used for just about any occasion. I will definitely be CASE’ing this card. Thanks! 🙂

  18. Colleen Kramer

    GORGEOUS!!!! Classic elegance. Love, love, love everything about this card. I can see this card from everything from sympathy to wedding, with a simple change of the stamped image and sentiment. Thanks for sharing!

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