I can't believe it's time to start gearing up for the holidays. I plan to make 50 to 60 homemade cards so a head start is crucial to prevent my pre-Christmas "gotta get my cards done" meltdown. Not typically a fun period for my family 🙂
Today's card focuses on an adorable Stampin' Up! stamp set called A Flower for All Seasons (images below). The colors selected are all part of the Earth Elements Collection (except White) and include Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red and Old Olive.
I stamped the sweet cardinal and poinsettias image in Chocolate Chip on Whisper White card stock and used Stampin' Up! Markers in Ruby Red and Old Olive to color in the flowers and leaves. TIP: I stamped the image again, colored with markers and added some sparkle to the leaves using a Sparkle Gel Pen. Vavoom! The sparkly flowers were snipped out and mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals. Three shiny gold Micro Brads highlight the corner.
TIP: Using Square Nestabilities and my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, I popped out a frame using Ski Slope Designer Series Paper (Holiday Mini) and mounted it with Stampin' Dimensionals (for a 3-D effect). The sentiment combines Chocolate Chip Ink, Ruby Red card stock, the Round Tab Punch and a Warm Words (dormant but available) stamp. It gets tucked in quietly on the side.
The Ruby Red panel was stamped in Ruby Red ink with a gorgeous stamp (for either backgrounds or main images) from Kindred Spirits. TIP: Using a Paper Piercer and Template, the corner gets some extra TLC.
Textured Old Olive card stock gets into shape with a Fiskars Scallop Punch (comes with the charming tiny circle detail–woo hoo). The lower half of the background is the flip side of the Ski Slope (Holiday Mini) pattern for the frame. Don't you just love 2-sided paper! The card base is 4.25 x 5.5 Textured Chocolate Chip–the perfect backdrop!
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Stamp Sets: A Flower for All Seasons, Kindred Spirits, Warm Words (dormant but available)
Paper: Ski Slope Designer Series, Whisper White, Ruby Red, Old Olive Textured, Chocolate Chip Textured
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Stampin' Up! Markers Ruby Red and Old Olive
Cool Tools: Paper Piercer and Template (Stampin' Up! Crafter's Tool Kit), Big Shot, Round Tab Punch, Fiskars Scallop Scallop Border Punch, Nestabilities
The Perfect Touch: Gold Micro Brads
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