At last it’s August 4th and the Stampin’ Up! August to December Mini Catalogue is live for customers. I’ve been busy this morning adding a link to the PDF of the catalogue in the column on the right. Click on the image to open it, and from there you can download it to your computer to view offline if you wish. Although it’s called a ‘mini’ catalogue it actually consists of 84 pages with lots of exciting new products. You’ll also find some returning items from the 2019 Holiday Catalogue too. So to mark the start of this exciting new catalogue season here’s a pretty thank you card.
POINSETTIA PLACE PAPER
When I think of poinsettias, white poinsettias are not the first thing that comes to mind. But that is what you’ll get in the new Poinsettia Place 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP). For today’s card I chose the poinsettias and pine branch design from the pack. There’s also holly and pine cone/branch patterns too so it will work with lots of other stamp sets.
For my card base I decided to use Thick Whisper White Card. Using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored the card and folded it along the scored line. Then I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Turning to the DSP I began by cutting a 6″ x 6″ piece, and then cut a 2-1/4″ piece off that. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed the DSP to the flap of a Whisper White Medium Envelope. Then I trimmed the paper with Paper Snips, using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Next I cut a 3/4″ x 6″ strip off my DSP and trimmed it to 5-1/4″. Then using liquid glue I attached this piece down the right hand edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Whisper White Card. With that in place I then glued a 1/8″ strip of Garden Green Card against the edge of the DSP. Using more liquid glue I fixed the assembled layer inside the card base.
Going back to the remaining 3″ wide piece of DSP I trimmed it down to 5-1/2″. Then with liquid glue I attached it to the front of the card base and edged it with another 1/8″ strip of Garden Green Card.
All I had left to do was create my sentiment piece.
For my sentiment I turned to the new Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set. As you can imagine this has a number of poinsettia images. There’s also some berries, a fir branch and holly leaves. The 18 piece photopolymer set also includes five sentiments, and I chose “Thank you for making this a wonderful season”.
Using VersaMark ink I first stamped the sentiment onto some Thick Whisper White Card. Next I sprinkled the sticky ink with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess. Then after removing a few stray specks I melted the rest using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
At this point I was debating whether to simply cut the sentiment with my Paper Trimmer or uses dies. Instead I punched it out using the Label Me Fancy Punch.
Next I punched out some Vellum Cardstock using the Label Me Lovely Punch. Unfortunately it looked a bit boring under the sentiment so I decided to emboss it. I placed the punched piece inside the ‘dashed’ folder from the Wrapped In Texture Embossing Folders twin pack. After running it through my machine the embossed vellum looked so much better.
To complete my project I first fixed the sentiment to the vellum with some Mini Glue Dots. Then I attached the assembled piece to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals hidden beneath the sentiment. To finish, I tied a small bow using 1/8″ Poppy Parade ribbon from the All The Trimmings Ribbon Combo Pack. Then once I’d attached it to the sentiment with a Mini Glue Dot my project was complete.
I love the colour palette on this card, and the wonderful season sentiment means this isn’t necessarily a Christmas card. There’s another sentiment in the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set which has other uses too. More about that another day.
In the meantime make sure you check out the new August to December Mini Catalogue. It’s the perfect way to brighten any season.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating Poinsettia Dies (not used today). This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to look at this option. By the way, some of the dies in the set are designed cut out images from the Poinsettia Place DSP too.