It’s December 22nd and I hate to say it, but if your Christmas projects aren’t complete it might just be a little too late. Unless of course you’ve planned some time and use your crafting to de-stress once all the other preparations are done. Personally I’m looking forward to spending some quality time in my studio over the Christmas break. With everything else going on I’ve had to be in and out in super quick time. In fact after working a full day yesterday I didn’t get in there at all, and today’s not looking good either. So it’s lucky that I still have a few projects made on World Cardmaking Day to show you. Today I have a simple Congratulations card featuring the Christmas Layers Dies and Here’s A Card Stamp Set.
I think the Christmas Layers Dies are one of those products that can be overlooked. In fact I think all of the dies in the set can be used at times other than Christmas. The snowflake background and coordinating individual snowflakes could be for any card given in the winter. Then the ‘mistletoe’ background die and smaller sprig would be perfect when you want leaves for a project. The final Christmas Layers Dies background die is harder to describe. It was this background die and the coordinating small die that I wanted for today’s project.
Before die-cutting I actually remembered to back my Gold Foil Sheet with some Adhesive Sheet. (I often forget this step and end up using liquid glue which is challenging.) Next I cut the foil once with the background die and twice with the smaller coordinating die. Then I set to work on the coordination part of the project.
First I removed the backing paper from one of the smaller die-cut pieces and pressed it in the centre of the flap on a retiring Whisper White Medium Envelope.
Next, using my Paper Trimmer, I cut and scored a piece of Bermuda Bay Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base. Now I could remove the backing from the die-cut background piece and attach it to the front of the card.
As I was workiing I noticed that not all the tiny bits in the design had come out. I could of course have poked them out with my Take Your Pick tool. However I quite liked how it looked so decided to leave the odd pieces there as part of my overall design.
Before I could go any further I needed to complete the stamping part of the project. For this I turned to the Here’s A Card Stamp Set. This sentiment only set has sentiments for both the outside and inside of a card and I planned to take advantage of that.
First, using Bermuda Bay ink, I stamped “Congratulations” onto a 1″ strip of retiring Whisper White Card. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted it onto a 1-1/8″ strip of Coastal Cabana Card. Finally I fixed the assembled sentiment over the die-cut piece on the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
That just left the inside of the card to do.
Going back to the Here’s A Card Stamp Set I chose “on that thing you did. I’d give you a standing ovation but here’s a card instead”. Then, using Bermuda Bay ink I stamped it near the top of a layer of retiring Whisper White Card. With that done I added the layer to the inside of the card with liquid glue.
All I had left was one last small die-cut shape. So after peeling off the backing, I attached it to the inside of the card in the bottom right corner and my project was complete.
I love how this project turned out and I quite sad that I haven’t made the most of the Christmas Layers Dies. However I plan to change that in the coming months. Meanwhile if you want to see what I have created so far with these dies check out my earlier blog posts: