Winter Post Sneak Peek

Stampin up winter post combo

Here's another peek from Stampin' Up!'s new stamps and accessories from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  The complete Mini will be posted and available for order (24/7) on my blog on October 1.  Stay tuned!

Today's layout was inspired by this week's OCC Sketch Challenge by Amy Sheffer.  New on "the block" is "Winter Post," offering the skating couple, the postmark, to/from (box) and the snowflake stamp along the top of the card.  Although the colors are typical for fall, I thought they were a nice combination for the vintage feel of this set. 

Stampin up winter post skaters
The skaters are stamped in Chocolate Chip and colored with Really Rust, Sage Shadow and More Mustard Stampin' Up! Markers.  TIP:  I used watercolor paper since it's very forgiving when filling in with markers–much more even that when used with normal card stock.  A little paper piercing accents the corners and the image is layered on a Sage Shadow Scalloped Rectangle (created with Nestabilities Rectangles and my Big Shot).

 Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper is layered over a 4.25 x 5.5 Really Rust card base.  TIP:  Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig (tutorial here), I lined up this lovely snowflake border (Chocolate Chip on More Mustard card stock).  Three Circle Rhinestone Brads add a dash of winter sparkle.  Stampin' Up!'s new Sage Shadow 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon blends the two papers together.

Stampin up winter post card
The postmark stamp was inked in Chocolate Chip and stamped on More Mustard card stock.  I stamped it again on Sage Shadow and popped it out with 1/2" Circle Punch.  It's adhered with a Stampin' Dimensional for dimension.  TIP:  Keep your mind open to finding ways to dissect part of a stamp and layer . . . it's makes things so much more interesting.

Stampin up sage pillow box
The pillow box is a combination of Autumn Vine DP, my Pillow Box Die and a Big Shot.  Just a few turns of the handle and you have a perfectly cut and scored box. TIP:  I have the best results using the Crease Pad on dies which create score lines (Pillow Box, Scallop Envelope).   It's accented with sumptuous Chocolate Felt Ribbon (Holiday Mini) and a tag created with Stampin' Up!'s Tag and Small Tag Punches (Sage Shadow over Chocolate Chip).  The "to/from" stamp is also from Winter Post. A snippet of Linen Thread allows the tag to dangle.  Won't these pillow boxes make amazing stocking stuffers!

Thanks for your positive feedback on my inclusion of the stamp set images on the last two posts.  I will do my best to continue this practice.  However, the Winter Post set isn't "public" yet, so can't be offered until Oct. 1.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

Stamp Set:  Winter Post
Paper:  Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper, More Mustard, Sage Shadow, Really Rust
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Stampin' Up! Markers:  More Mustard, Really Rust, Sage Shadow
Cool Tools:  Paper Piercer and Template (Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit), 1/2" Circle Punch, Pillow Note Die, Big Shot, Tag and Small Tag Punches
The Perfect Touch:  Circle Rhinestone Brads (Fire Collection), Stampin' Dimensionals, Sage Shadow 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Alpine Ribbon Originals (Felt), Linen Thread


  1. Oh Mary, this is so beautiful! I haven’t been visiting for a few days and I am blown away with all your gorgeous samples.
    You are amazing! Hugs and smiles

  2. What a gorgeous card. That color combo and the layout are perfect!

  3. This is my favorite set of the new minicatalogue. I like how you used it with unconventional colors. Looks great!


  4. Mary – this card is gorgeous – love the colors and the Rhinestones!!! The box is darling too!!!

  5. Very nice! I would have never thought of using those colors for a Christmas card. I really like it!

  6. It looks amazing, Mary! Great job! Love the color combo…but would never have come up with it =)

  7. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors you used, too.

  8. Colleen Kramer

    Oh so pretty! Nice layout, the snowflakes almost appear 3-d, and great use of non-traditional holiday colors. You colored! Very nice. I love the use of SU watercolor paper for markers. It also works great with colored pencils…tends to lend itself to a Monet feel. Thanks!

  9. Gorgeous, Mary! Love the fall colors!! Thanks for playing along with the OCC sketch!

  10. I love how the watercolor paper photographed. It looks like you want to touch it because it appears to be fabric. I love it. You know fall colors are me.

  11. Gorgeous card, Mary. I like the fact that you used non-traditional colors as it looks vintage too. The snowflakes are what caught my eye first. I love the filigree look of the snowflake. Thanks for whetting my appetite for the mini catty soon to be released.

  12. Oh this is BEAUTIFUL…love the image and DP you used!!

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