Thursday, October 21, 2010

Stampin`Up! Christmas Card using Jolly Bits and Jumble Alphabet a whole lot of other things!!!  His everyone....I have been a bit quiet on my blog but not so in my craftin`room! I`ve been a busy gal by steadfastly making christmas card after christmas card!  Not too shabby either - unlike my usual rush at the last minute - this year I am determined to be waaaay ready!

So here is one card for you to see...I will post my details on how to make this card once I get back home later today........

It`s my Vintage inspired Santa Claus card!  Hope you like it!

First off....get yourself set up for making cards for the holidays....its less hassle if you have a sort of `system`approach even if  it`s organized in a temporary fashion such as putting everything away in a large box or pretty basket when your finished for the day. Have a nice box to put the finished cards into (along with `co-ordinating stamped` envelopes! 

Here I have my table set up for making this particular card...and you can see that I made several of each part as I go along which helps in making `multiple`cards for each design. 

OK let`s make this card!

Take a piece of Whisper White cardstock layer, 3 x 5 inches. Begin by rolling a background distress look with our jumbo handle and the TEXTURE jumbo roller wheel in a soft neutral such as Soft Sky.  A little bit of red is nice too.   
Then using Stampin`Up!`s alphabet letters `m-e-r-r-y c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s`, stamp them in 3 or 4 complimentary colours (here is Real Red, Old Olive, Early Espresso & retired Purely Pomegranate)
and in a sort of random fashion ....altho I managed to spell `Merry` and `Christmas` was stamped around the edge.  Don`t worry over this point, as a lot of it gets covered, but it should suggest the familiar greeting.

Now...fill in the outer spaces with images from JOLLY BITS - any of the images will do. You can use SU! small `A` size CLEAR BLOCK with the stamps - its a cute block, tiny but worth it!

Stamp a greeting such as ``MERRY`` which is from one of our latest greeting sets, BRIGHT CHRISTMAS and cut closely around the edges of the word. Do as many as you need. 

I have picked up these wonderful tiny ornate ``frames`` and stamped a small `S` for Santa. I used a template to  cut around it without having to measure out the exact size each time! Once cut, place the cardstock inside the frame. Voila - a lovely monogram charm!

More embellishment - using some scrap VELLUM, and a SNOWFLAKE stamp in a tiny size, I grabbed some WHISPER WHITE CRAFT INK and proceeded to stamp a bunch of times to create...

....this!  Now I have a lovely winter theme paper to use for my next item - a metal tag!

Cut away the vellum snowflake print with a template and a hobby knife and using Memory Maker`s Tag Tool

....I have these tiny tags - are they not cute!

OK - we are nearing the end!  Make SANTA by using STAMPIN`UP!`S new stamp set, JOLLY OLD SAINT NICK and stamp on Naturals White cardstock.  I not only stamped his image, but I coloured the image with a soft inking around the edges and features  in our newest brown ink, EARLY ESPRESSO, using a sponge. Cut around him with CRAFT SCISSORS.
Colour Accents: his hat I coloured with a marker in RED RIDING HOOD, and accented it with some RED GLITTER. Using our chalks, I blushed his cheeks and mouth.  Now, doesn`t he just look ol`fashioned! 
Nice :)
Again - make as many as you need. 

ASSEMBLE the parts A and B
Top Layer Assemblage - A
.....i) our Christmas alphabet-stamped cardstock is cut on one edge with my notecard punch ....
ii) string the metal snowflake tag and the monogram charm with some thread and attach to the above alphabet background cardstock - just below the top edge and to the center...
iii) now layer our Santa head over the background alphabet cardstock; by slightly over the snowflake tag, but below the monogram charm  (see pic - click for close-up)....
iv) now layer the greeting word, `Merry` over top of Santa`s beard, slightly off-center to the right.
* use some small bits of glue to keep everything layered nicely
Set aside and prepare cardstock base.

Cardstock Base - B
v) taking a 4:1-4 x 5:1-2 inch (A2 sized ) cardbase in chocolate cardstock, Early Espresso - roll with ink using the same TEXTURE roller wheel for the distressed look and make the fold at the top.

vi) take the alphabet-Santa head-tag`n`charm assemblage and glue securely to the cardstock base.

Finished. Yeah!

Hope you give this a try.

INK: Basic Black, Real Red, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegrante
* Craft Whisper White Ink ( 101731)
MARKERS: Red Riding Hood
CARDSTOCK: Early Espresso, Naturals White, Whisper White


 Holiday Mini Catalogue:
JOLLY BITS, 121187 clear stamps
JOLLY OLD SAINT NICK, 121321 clear stamps
BRIGHT CHRISTMAS, 121318 clear stamp greeting

2010 Idea Book and Cataloque 2011:
JUMBLE ALPHABET, 115199 clear stamps 
TEXTURE, Jumbo Wheel 116685 
* any small snowflake stamp from a set, (Jolly Bits, Serene Snowflakes, Snow Swirled, etc)



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