Peaceful Poinsettia Christmas Card

If you’re like me, you’ve started making your Christmas cards.  At our recent Stamp Club, the group made a gorgeous card using the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle.  Take a look at some of the variations of the card.

Which card do you like the best?  Did you look at the slight differences in the cards?

  • Green on green card – The die cut piece is adhered with dimensionals.  The center “dots” of the poinsettia flower were left in the die cut.

  • White on green card – The die cut piece is adhered directly to the top of the card.  The center “dots” of the poinsettia flower were taken out of the die cut.  Pearls were added to the sentiment on the ribbon.

  • White on white card – The die cut piece is adhered directly to the top of the card.  The center “dots” of the poinsettia flower were left in the die cut and covered with Basic Pearls.

Here are the basic instructions for the cards –

  • The card base is made from either Whisper White card stock or Mossy Meadow card stock.  Cut the card base piece to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″.
  • Choose the color you would like for the card front (either Whisper White card stock or Mossy Meadow card stock).  Cut the card front to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • Use two dies from the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits Dies set to decorate the card front.  Use the corner die that will leave the holly berry bows on the edges and in the corner.  Also, use the poinsettia die that leaves the detail pictured.
  • You can cut both dies at the same time if you would like.  The poinsettia die nestles into the corner die.
  • Make sure you save the die cut pieces for the bows.  You will adhere them to the front of the card as pictured.  This will give a nice embossing effect.  I recommend the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the bow pieces.
  • Choose your favorite piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) to make your ribbon.  I chose a piece of retired DSP from my stash.  Cut the DSP to 1 1/2″ to 6″.  Stamp the “Christmas Wishes” sentiment from the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set onto the DSP.  Use Early Espresso ink.  Score the DSP at 3″ and fold in half.  Adhere the right 3″ piece to the bottom of the card front piece, and wrap the stamped piece onto the top right of the card.  Use scissors to cut a flag end on your ribbon.  Use your bone folder to give the ribbon some curl.  Adhere the ribbon to the card front as pictured.
  • Embellish your card as you would like with Basic Pearls or other pieces of bling.

This card would also be gorgeous in a red on red design with a pretty green ribbon.  And, how about blue on blue with a silver ribbon?  Yup, the options are endless!

Below are the main products that I used to make the cards.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Oct 23 ONLY – 15% off Selected Stamp Sets!!

Stampin’ Up! is celebrating its birthday and wants to extend the celebration to everyone.  On October 23 ONLY, the stamp sets shown below will be available for 15% off their published price.

Click on any item, and you’ll go to my on-line store.  Don’t miss out on this great deal!

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Peaceful Plaid Poinsettia Card

Yesterday afternoon, our monthly Stamp Club members got together and made three festive cards.  The card I’m sharing below is the first of the three that I’ll post.  We had a great time making the plaid pattern with the Buffalo Check background stamp and masking the beautiful poinsettia image from the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set.

Masking is one of my favorite techniques since it can make a one layer card look multi-dimensional.  This card was especially fun with the amazing plaid background.

Here are the steps that we used to create the card.

  • The card base is Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • The card front is Whisper White card stock cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
  • The first step is to stamp the poinsettia image from the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set onto the card front with Call Me Clover ink.  Position the image as pictured.
  • Next, use the poinsettia outline die from the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits Dies set to cut a mask to put over the stamped image.  The die fits perfectly around the stamped image.  I suggest cutting the mask from copy paper or a post-it note.  These types of paper are very thin and will give you good results for masking.  Use a two-way glue pen to add some glue that will dry to just be tacky.  You’ll then be able to use the die cut paper like a post-it note over the stamped image.
  • The next step is to stamp the Buffalo Check image over the entire card front.  In other words, you want to stamp the Buffalo Check image over the masked stamped poinsettia image. To do this, put a glue dot on each corner on the back of the card front piece.  Put a piece of paper on the base of your Stamparatus.  Lay the card front onto the base.  The glue dots will hold the paper in place.  Position the Buffalo Check on your Stamparatus plate to ensure the stamped image will cover the entire card front.  Use the amazing new Gray Granite ink to stamp the Buffalo Check background stamp.  You may need to add extra pressure when you stamp to make sure the checks are stamped well around the masked image.
  • Now, it’s time to add the additional colored lines to get the plaid pattern.  Grab your Call Me Clover and Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Write Markers and an acrylic ruler.  Draw lines with the smaller end of the markers to add color.  Use the picture as a guide.

  • When you’re happy with the results, take the card front off the piece of paper.  Carefully take of the mask over the poinsettia stamped image.
  • Use a Blender Pen to color the poinsettia image with the following In-Colors:  Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, and Pineapple Punch.  I used a stamping block as my palette and scribbled a little color from my Stampin’ Write Markers onto the block.  Then, I picked up the color from the block with my Blender Pen.
  • After you’ve colored the poinsettia image, you can fill in the white space around the image with Gray Granite ink again using your Blender Pen.  I found adding the Gray Granite ink around the image added a nice touch to the design.

  • Stamp the “May this season be filled with peace.” sentiment from the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set onto the card base.  Use Call Me Clover ink to stamp the sentiment.  Use the picture for placement of the sentiment.

  • To finish the card, you will cut the card front as pictured to allow the sentiment on the card base to be seen between the two card front pieces.  Use your ruler to decide where to cut the card front.  Use dimensionals to add the two card front pieces to the base.

I hope you will use this design to either CASE this card or to make another card using your choice of stamps and colors.  There are endless possibilities!

Below, the main products that I used to make this card are shown.  Click on any picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.  Enjoy!

Happy stamping!

Blender Pens





Blended Seasons – Artist Trading Cards!

My husband, Bruce, and I live in the beautiful state of North Carolina.  Each October, the North Carolina State Fair is one of the prime events in the area.  If you’re going to be in the Raleigh area beginning this Thursday, be sure to check out the NC State Fair website for the event calendar.  Click on the logo below for more information.

Just like many state fairs, the NC State Fair has several friendly competitions.  One of them is card making!  I’ve entered the card making competition each year beginning with 2008.  Every year, I am in awe of the amazing talents of so many artists.  They are all very inspiring.

A few years ago, a new category was added to the card making category.  It is the Artist Trading Cards (ATC).  Entries have four ATC cards, each measuring 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  This category has really stretched me with stamping and other techniques.

Today, I’d like to share the entry that I literally just dropped off for this year’s ATC competition.  I hope you enjoy the fall theme and recognize the stamp set that I used.

The ATCs feature the recently available Blended Seasons stamp set.  If you did not add that stamp set to your collection, don’t fear.  I bet you have a stamp set in your stash that you can use to create a similar set of Artist Trading Cards.

Here are some of the steps that I used in the process:

  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 5″ x 7″.
  • Use your Stamparatus (the most amazing stamp positioning tool ever!!) to stamp your favorite image in opposite corners of the card stock piece.  I stamped four separate pieces of card stock with four different colors of inks.  I wanted to have a variety of stamped line colors to play with and figure out which pieces I wanted to keep.
  • Before you cut the 5″ x 7″ to their final 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ sizes, be sure to complete the coloring of each piece.
  • On one piece, I used Tim Holtz distress inks over the image stamped in Old Olive ink.  After I distressed the piece, I sprinkled some water onto the piece and took the excess water off with a paper towel.  The effect is really fun.  After this piece of card stock was cut, it was used for the upper left and lower right quadrants.

  • On another piece that I stamped with a really light touch of Cajun Craze ink, I used my Watercolor Pencils to add interest and depth to the design.  After this piece was cut, it was used for the upper right quadrant.

  • On yet another piece that I stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink, I used my Aqua Painters to add color to the leaves.  I like the way Aqua Painter made the inked lines bleed a little.  After this piece was cut, it was used for the bottom left quadrant.

  • I did have another piece that I had stamped with Early Espresso ink.  The colors that I used to decorate this piece didn’t work well with my final project.  But, I will use the piece for another project.
  • After I figured out which pieces were going to be used for each quadrant, I put them together on a scrap piece of paper and spattered some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over the entire piece.

  • Since I had extra leaves from each piece that I chose not to use in the final project, I fussy cut some of the leaves and decided where I would place them on the cards.  To add a little interest to the leaves, I highlighted them with Clear Wink of Stella.
  • The final touch was random drops of Ranger Glossy Accents.  They add a very unique, whimsical feel.

This technique can easily be translated into cards.  Stay tuned, I’ve been inspired by the ATC entry!  I’m going to make a few cards with similar layouts.  Check back to see them.

Some of the products that I used to make the ATCs are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!




Welcome Autumn – Multi-Colored Wreath Card

Two of the stamp sets that I have been using recently are Wishing You Well and Country Home.  Both have beautiful images and wonderful sentiments to use on cards for many occasions.  The card in today’s post uses both stamp sets and the Country Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Since it is meant to welcome Autumn, I hope it makes you smile 🙂

Before I get into the steps to make the card, I have a question for you.  Have you ever been daydreaming and a really fun card design popped into your head?  I can see you shaking your head and admitting that you have!  Thank you – I don’t feel alone now 🙂  This is one of those cards.

Wreaths are such pretty decorations and are used to celebrate many different occasions throughout the year.  My design epiphany was to use the wreath stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set to create a wreath with many layers of colors.  I’m going to put a tutorial together with step-by-step instructions to show you how I created the card.  But, in the meantime, here are the basic directions and measurements for the card.

  • The base of the card is a piece of Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • The first layer on the card front is a piece of DSP from the gorgeous Country Lane DSP collection.  There are many colors and designs in this collection that make beautiful Autumn themed projects.  I wanted to highlight the gorgeous Blackberry Bliss color in the background.  The DSP is cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • Adhere the DSP piece directly to the card front, as pictured.
  • The focal point for the card is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 3″ x 4 1/4″.  The frame piece is Old Olive card stock cut to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″.
  • I first stamped the sentiment onto the Whisper White card stock using my StamparatusHow in the world did we stamp before we had stamp positioning tools??  I cannot believe how much easier and quicker it is to make cards with my Stamparatus.
  • The sentiment comes from the Country Home stamp set.  I used Old Olive ink to stamp “HAPPY harvest BLESSINGS” onto the Whisper White card stock as pictured.

  • Next, stamp the multi-colored wreath.  This is the step that I will explain more fully in another post with step-by-step pictures.  For now, I will describe the process.
  • Grab one of your clear blocks.  The size D clear block is a great size for this.  Use Crushed Curry ink to stamp the wreath from the Wishing You Well stamp set in the middle top section of the Whisper White card stock.  I recommend stamping off once before stamping onto the Whisper White piece.
  • Clean your stamp and grab your Old Olive ink.  Stamp the wreath again – but this time with Old Olive – and stamp so the wreath is a little bit to the left and bottom of the first wreath that you stamped in Crushed Curry.  Don’t clean your stamp and stamp the wreath with Old Olive so that the image is a little right and top of the first wreath that you stamped in Crushed Curry.
  • Repeat the step above with Old Olive ink.  But, this time, when you stamp first, stamp the image to the right and bottom of the initial Crushed Curry image.  The second time you stamp (without reinking), stamp to the left and top of the initial Crushed Curry image.
  • Repeat the last two steps above using Pumpkin Pie ink.

  • The last layer of color on the wreath is Blackberry Bliss.  Look at the picture below to see where the Blackberry Bliss is stamped.  If you think of the wreath as a clock, the Blackberry Bliss is stamped between 8:00 and 4:00 ish.  This is done intentionally since you don’t want the dark Blackberry Bliss color behind the stamped bow.  Ink the wreath stamp to approximate the 8:00 to 4:00 ish and stamp the image toward the top center of the already stamped muli-colored wreath.

  • The last bit of stamping is adding the bow at the bottom of the wreath.  The bow stamp is from the Wishing You Well stamp set.  I used Blackberry Bliss ink to stamp the bow.  Confession – The bow stamp is one of my all-time favorites.  It is really amazing!  I used the Stamparatus to stamp the bow.
  • Adhere your finished Whisper White piece to the Old Olive frame piece.  Use dimensionals to add the Old Olive piece to the card front, as pictured.
  • If you want, add a little bling to your wreath.  I used a few sequins to add some interest.

This is a super fun and pretty quick card.  I am anxious to try it with multiple colors of green and a pretty Cherry Cobbler bow for a gorgeous Christmas card.  I know you will love the design and the versatility of being able to create multi-colored wreaths for many occasions.

Below are pictures of the main products that I used to make the Autumn wreath card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Remember to check back to see more information and pictures on how to create the multi-colored, multi-layered wreath.

Happy stamping!


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