Once again Stampin’ Up! knocked it out of the park with their October Paper Pumpkin kit called Peaceful Christmas. This amazing kit was designed to coordinate with the Peaceful Place suite in the July to December 2021 Annual Catalogue. As a result, even if you didn’t get the actual kit there are lots of design ideas you can take from it to make your own Christmas cards.
PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS START
This card uses a combination of pieces from the Peaceful Christmas kit starting with one of the tree card bases. First I cut the front of the card base to 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″. Then using my Paper Snips I cut around and separated the two groups of two trees and set them aside.
Going back to the original card base I cut around the remaining part of the tree on the right hand-side. This piece of tree had the original score line on it which I wanted to disguise. So I flipped it over and used my Bone Folder to press along the back of the score line to smooth it out. Now it was virtually invisible from the front. With that done I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach this section of tree down the right-hand edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card.
Next, from the exclusive stamp set included in the Peaceful Christmas Paper Pumpkin kit, I chose “sending you peace & joy all year long”. Then using Basic Gray ink I stamped it onto the Basic White layer.
For my card base I decided to go with Misty Moonlight Card, cutting and scoring it on my Paper Trimmer. After folding it along the scored line I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Before going any further I wanted to give the card base a little more of a night-time feel. So using a Blending Brush I went over the front of the card with Misty Moonlight ink. Then I added Night of Navy ink over the top of that, creating a darker area around the edges. Finally I glued the Basic White layer on the inside.
SETTING THE SCENE
It was time to return the the two sets of trees I’d fussy-cut at the beginning.
Each set of trees now had a straight side and that determined where they would go on my card. I started with the piece with the tallest tree, attaching that to the left edge of the card front using liquid glue. Then with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back I added the second tree piece to the right-hand edge of the card front.
Going back to the Peaceful Christmas kit I found one of the large silver “Noel” die-cut pieces. This was perfect for the space above the trees and I added it to the card base using liquid glue.
Finally it was time to turn to products from the Peaceful Place suite in the Mini Catalogue.
I began with the Peaceful Cabin Stamp Set and I used Basic Gray ink to stamp the cabin image onto Thick Basic White Card.
Then using the coordinating die from the Cabin Dies set I cut out the image. After trimming the ‘ground’ beneath the cabin to 4-1/4″ wide I mounted it onto the card front using more Stampin’ Dimensionals. To keep this layer level, I made sure to stack the Stampin’ Dimensionals where it extended past the trees on the right-hand side.
It was only now that I realised I hadn’t thought about the envelope so I took the snowflakes stamp from the Paper Pumpkin kit. Then using Basic Gray ink I stamped the image over the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope.
Finally I selected some of the opaque white sequins from the Subtle Shimmer Sequins pack. Using pieces of Mini Glue Dots I scattered the sequins over the ‘sky’ and my alternate Christmas card project was complete.
If you’d like to get more Peaceful Christmas inspiration, make sure you visit the official Paper Pumpkin blog.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Peaceful Cabin Stamp Set and coordinating Cabin Dies using a 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 this further.
Sadly the refill kits for the Peaceful Christmas Paper Pumpkin kit sold out earlier this week within 24 hours of being released. However there is a scaled-up version of the grey and silver trees in the Peaceful Place 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.