It’s August 31st, and here in Nova Scotia the last day of the meteorological summer is going to be hot and humid. So naturally I’m thinking of cooler weather and looking forward to Christmas. As I sat down to create today’s project I decided it was time for another slimline card idea. Then while I was working it struck me that slimline cards are the perfect solution for those gifts of money, or concert / theatre tickets. How is it I’ve not thought of that before? Better late than never…
I began this Christmas card by creating the slimline card base. Using my Paper Trimmer I cut a 7″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Evening Evergreen Card. Then with the short side at the top I scored it at 3-1/2″, before folding it along the scored line and sharpening the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next from the Boughs of Holly 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack I chose the large poinsettia design. While I like this pattern I’ve struggled to work with the big flowers. The larger area of the slimline card solved my problem. So from the DSP sheet I started by cutting a 3″ x 12″ strip, then I cut the strip at 8″.
I set the smaller piece of DSP aside for the moment while I cut a 3-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ layer of Real Red Card. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted the larger piece of DSP on top, before attaching the layers to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Going back to the small piece of DSP that was left, I cut it in half so now I had two pieces each 1-1/2″ x 4″. Then I trimmed one of them down so it was 1-1/2″ x 3-1/4″. Using liquid glue I fixed this strip along the bottom edge of a 3-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then I glued the assembled layer inside my card base.
Finally I glued the remaining 1-1/2″ x 4″ piece of DSP to the flap of a Soft Succulent Slimline Envelope. Then I trimmed off the excess paper with Paper Snips using the edge of the flap as a guide.
LARGE CHRISTMAS SENTIMENT
Now that the card and envelope were prepared I began to look for an appropriate Christmas sentiment. This time I had the opposite problem to my the DSP dilemma, I needed a sentiment that was fairly large, (but not too wide).
Eventually I found exactly what I needed in the Very Best Occasions Stamp Set… “May your days be happy, your heart be light, your Christmas merry, and the new year bright”. This was spread over five lines to create a nice block of words I could work with. So using Evening Evergreen ink to match my card base I stamped it onto some Basic White Card.
For some extra interest I decided to die-cut the sentiment and for that I turned to the Painted Labels Dies. The large rectangular die in this set was the perfect fit and added an interesting embossed border detail and shaped corners too.
My project was almost complete and just needed to add a couple of finishing touches. First I added three Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the sentiment piece. Then using Stampin’ Dimensionals I attached it to the card front.
Finally I cut 10″ of Gold 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon and tied it into a simple bow. After putting some Tear & Tape Adhesive on the back I fixed the bow below the sentiment and my slimline Christmas (money) card was done.
From initially struggling to use that very large poinsettia pattern I’m delighted that I’ve found a way to use it. Now I want to pull out other sheets of DSP with large patterns that I’ve been avoiding. I see a growing collection of slimline cards in my future!
For some other slimline card ideas see these earlier blog posts:
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Very Best Occasions Stamp Set in a bundle with the Very Best Trio Punch (not used today). Using the single ‘bundle’ item number on my order meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle below in case you want to explore that option.
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