How are you doing with your Christmas preparations? Me, not so well. As usual I run out of time before I run out of tasks. So I thought the Merry Christmas Thinlits would be a great way to make some impressive cards fairly quickly.
I began by using my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Thick Whisper White Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create my card base.
Next came the background layer.
I lightly spritzed a layer of Soft Sea Foam Card with clean water and then placed it inside the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I placed it directly onto the multipurpose platform with a cutting plate on top and then rolled it forwards and backwards through the Big Shot. Once done, I placed the embossed card to one side to dry completely.
Next came the holly accents. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the holly image from the Peaceful Poinsettia Stamp Set three times onto Thick Whisper White Card. Then I coloured in the images using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. On the berries I began with light Calypso Coral, followed by light and dark Poppy Parade. On the leaves I used light and dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.
Once all three holly images were coloured I took them over to my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform. Then using the coordinating dies from the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits I cut them all out
MERRY CHRISTMAS THINLITS
I needed my Big Shot for one last task, using the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies. This set of dies includes the words ‘Merry’, ‘Christmas’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Holidays’ plus two rectangle shapes suitable for stamped sentiments.
I placed the ‘Merry’ and ‘Christmas’ onto some Poppy Parade Card on a cutting plate. Then put another cutting plate on top and ran it through the Big Shot with the Magnetic Platform.
FAUX ENAMEL FINISH
Now that all the pieces were cut it was time to give them the faux enamel finish. To do this I began by pressing a VersaMark ink pad onto each piece then covered the sticky ink with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I tapped off the excess powder and then melted the rest with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
I let each piece cool down then inked them up again with VersaMark ink, covered them with clear embossing powder, tapped off the excess and melted the rest again.
Then, when they’d cooled, I repeated the process a third time.
By the end of the process, the two words and the three holly pieces were covered in a thick layer of embossing.
Now I was ready to start putting everything together. I began by using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the embossed Soft Sea Foam layer to the front of the card base. Then I added the ‘Merry’ and ‘Christmas’ words diagonally across the embossed background. Finally I attached two of the holly pieces to the sentiment with pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals.
All that was left to do was the inside of the card.
I stamped the holly image in the centre near the top of a layer of Whisper White Card using Tuxedo Black ink. Then I coloured the image as before using Stampin’ Blends. Once the layer was fixed inside the card base with liquid glue my project was complete.
I really like the faux enamel effect used on the sentiment and holly accents. It’s probably the easiest embossing powder technique to use, but very impressive nevertheless. I do hope you’ll give it a try.
BUNDLE BONUS – I purchased the Peaceful Poinsettia Stamp Set and coordinating Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits Dies using a single bundle item number and saved 10% off the cost of buying them separately. The Merry Christmas Thinlits can also be purchased by itself or in a bundle with the coordinating Merry Christmas To All Stamp Set (not used today). You’ll find links to all your options included in the product list below.