With all the excitement about the new Online Exclusive products launched this week something important slipped my mind. Next Tuesday Stampin’ Up! will reveal the January to April Mini Catalogue to Demonstrators. While that’s all very exciting, it does mean they’re also preparing to retire most of the products in the current Mini Catalogue and if there’s anything you really want you may not have much time left. So while they’re still available here’s a card using the Joy Of Noel Stamp Set and Shining Brightly Designer Series Paper (DSP).
I began this project by using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Thick Basic White Card. After folding it along the scored line I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a simple A2 card base.
Turning to the Shining Brightly DSP pack I chose the gold stars on a Night of Navy background. To decorate the card front, inside and envelope I cut a single 6″ x 6″ piece. Then from that I cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece and fixed the DSP to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Finally I trimmed off the excess DSP with my Paper Snips, using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Now from my DSP I cut a 2-1/8″ x 5-1/2″ piece and glued that onto the front of my card up against the fold line. Then I cut a 2-1/8″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Distressed Gold 12″ x 12″ Specialty Paper and glued that on the other half of the card front.
Before thinking about the sentiment I still had the inside of my card to decorate. So from what was left of my quarter sheet of Shining Brightly DSP I cut a 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ strip. After cutting a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card I glued the DSP strip down the right-hand edge. Then I glued the assembled layer inside the card base.
JOY OF NOEL
With the bold panels on the card front I decided that a simple but large sentiment would be ideal. So from the Joy of Noel Stamp Set I chose the square “Noel” sentiment. Using Night of Navy Card I stamped it into a scrap of Thick Basic White Card.
Then I cut out the sentiment using the #4 square die from the Stylish Shapes Dies (counting from the smallest up). This die not only cut the sentiment but also added a faux stitched detail around the edge. With that done I attached the sentiment to the centre of my card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and in mere minutes my card was complete.
I love how the gold foil stars and distressed gold panel is able to take a very basic card layout and turn it into something special. The six foiled designs in the Shining Brightly DSP pack are really gorgeous and it’s definitely worth stocking up before this paper retires.
For a gift box project using the Joy of Noel Stamp Set and Shining Brightly DSP see my earlier blog post Shining brightly.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Joy of Noel Stamp Set and coordinating Joy Of Noel Dies (not used today) using the single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included both options below in case you want to explore these for yourself.