When I made today’s project using the Delivering Cheer Stamp Set I thought I’d come up with a cute Christmas card. But several days later as I looked at the image of the lady carrying a huge pile of gifts I had another idea. The pile of gifts could actually be for any occasion. With a simple change of sentiment you could have a card for a birthday, baby shower, wedding, anything. So now I’ve added that to my design ideas list for a future blog post. But first, here’s my original Christmas card.
This card began as I was experimenting with the Delivering Cheer Stamp Set. The set contains two sets of ‘legs’ plus three sets of hands holding large items that hide the body and head. In addition there’s a couple of smaller images and four sentiment stamps.
For this project I took a piece of Basic White Card and using Tuxedo Black ink stamped the gifts image. Then I coloured it using an assortment of Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. In the end I used light and dark Cherry Cobbler, Mint Macaron, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen and Misty Moonlight for the gifts. Finally, for the arms and hands I opted for Ivory. With that done I cut out the image with Paper Snips.
TIP – To make cutting out the image easier I cut around the top of the arms where they met the gifts. Then I was able to remove the small ‘gap’ between the arms and gifts so my final background layer could show through. Once I glued the piece to the background these cut lines would be virtually invisible.
For the bottom half of the image I chose the legs with the puffy skirt. I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card and stamped the image on the left side with Tuxedo Black ink. Then in the bottom right corner I stamped “Sending love & Christmas cheer”.
Next, going back to the Stampin’ Blends I coloured the legs in Ivory and the shoes in dark Mint Macaron.
I originally thought I’d colour in the skirt too but decided it would be fun to do a little paper piecing instead. So, after a little search, I found a pretty pattern in the Tidings of Christmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Then using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the skirt image onto the DSP and cut it out with Paper Snips.
Now all I needed to do was use Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the DSP skirt onto the Very Vanilla layer, then add the gifts.
With the front panel of the card complete I chose Cherry Cobbler Card for my card base. Using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored the card, then folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Finally, keeping it simple, I fixed the assembled Very Vanilla layer onto the card front using liquid glue.
To add a lighter lining to the card base I cut another 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped just the top part of the gifts image in the bottom right corner. I also did the same on the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope.
Going back to the Stampin’ Blends one last time I coloured in the two sets of gifts to match the ones on the card front. Then after fixing the Very Vanilla layer inside the card base with liquid glue my project was complete.
I have to say I love how this card turned out. The paper-pieced skirt is so easy to do and adds a delicate touch to the bold colours of the gifts. But it’s the rich colours of the pile of gifts that keep drawing me in. In fact I love the colour palette so much I created a graphic so I can save it and refer to it again.
What do you think of today’s project, please leave me a comment below and let me know.
For another project using the Delivering Gifts Stamp Set (and a very similar colour scheme) see my blog post Delivering cheer with a large bouquet.