While the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue gives us products for a full year, the same is not true of their Mini Catalogues. I love that these ‘Minis’ give me additional seasonal goodies but sometimes I feel that 6 months is not enough. Admittedly some items get carried over, however that rarely happens for the paper packs. This year though I get a second chance with the Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP). I especially love this pine cones pattern and couldn’t wait to use it again on a Christmas card.
The Painted Christmas DSP includes images painted in one of my favourite greens, Evening Evergreen, so I decided to start by using that for my card base. After cutting and scoring the card I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next I cut a 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ piece of Evening Evergreen Card to cover the front of the card base. Of course the cut piece was slightly too big but that was ‘insurance’ in case it shrank during the embossing process.
The embossing folder I chose was the pine branch pattern from the pack of two Wintry 3D Embossing Folders (the other one has snowflakes). These embossing folders are actually sized to fit the Mini Cut & Emboss Machine so to emboss a larger piece of card I needed to do double the work and use my full size Cut & Emboss Machine.
I began by slightly dampening the card using clean water and a Stampin’ Spritzer. This would help the card fibres to stretch rather than break during the embossing process. Then I placed the right half of the card layer inside the folder and laid it across the platform. After placing the correct plate on top I began to crank the folder however I stopped just before the second long edge went between the rollers. Instead I reversed direction and cranked the folder and card back out.
So now I had half of the card embossed and I just needed to repeat the process and emboss the other half. So I moved the folder to the left side of the card and laid it onto the platform so the un-embossed portion went under the rollers first. As before I stopped just as the second long edge of the folder got close to the rollers and reversed everything back out.
Now all I had to do was trim the embossed piece at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ to fit the front of the card base. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed it into place.
PAINTED PINE CONES
It was time to pull out the Painted Christmas DSP and my favourite of all the patterns, the small pine cones on a white background.
First I cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece and glued it to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Then with Paper Snips I trimmed off the excess paper using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Next I cut a 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ strip of the DSP and glued that along one long edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. I added a 1/8″ x 5-1/4″ strip of Gold Foil Sheet up against the top of the DSP and then glued the layers inside the card base.
Finally I cut a 2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of the same paper and glued that onto a 3″ x 4-1/2″ layer of Gold Foil Sheet. Then using Tear & Tape Adhesive I added a 2-7/8″ scrap of 3/8″ Gold Shimmer Ribbon, placing it 1-3/4″ from the top edge. Once that was done I added these layers to the embossed card front at an angle using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
All I needed now was the sentiment and for that I chose “Merry Christmas” from the Peaceful Deer Stamp Set.
Using VersaMark ink I stamped the sentiment onto a 1/2″ x 2-3/8″ strip of Basic White Card. Then I sprinkled the sticky ink with gold powder from the Metallics Stampin’ Emboss Powder pack. After tapping off the excess powder I removed a few stray specks then melted the rest using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high). Finally added the sentiment to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals and I was finished.
I have to says it’s lovely to be able to play with the Painted Christmas DSP again. For more projects featuring this paper see these past blog posts
- Christmas Paper Scraps are not wasted
- Peaceful Sunday and making plans
- Less than a month to Christmas
- Christmas card making in bulk
Please note that as these posts are all from 2021 they may mention bundle savings that are no longer available.