In the crafting world Christmas comes early. Many of us start planning our Christmas offerings way in advance and around this time of year July/August is when new Christmas materials start to appear on the market.
So when my team leader Ann asked my colleague Sharon to choose a theme for this month's card swap and she chose Texture I thought, why not get the Christmas spirit going and make a festive card to inspire my fellow demonstrators.
This card uses the softly falling embossing folder from Stampin' Up! which I think I've kind of managed to use upside down... depends on whether you see the snow thinning as it gets closer to the ground or thickening as it lands. Anyway, you can use it whichever way you want to just like I accidentally chose to!
I embossed Whisper White card stock pieces measuring 3 x 4 inches (7.6 x 10.2 cm) using my Big Shot and I layered that onto a mat which was just a quarter inch (0.6cm) bigger all round which I cut from the retired Presents and Pine cones DSP stack. There is currently some of this left on the Clearance Rack over in my online Stampin' Up! store for just £4 for 12 sheets of 12 x 12 giving you 2 sheets of 6 double sided designs. Grab some quick to make some nice low cost Christmas cards or wait a little while for the new Christmas catalogue to launch next month and see what goodies are in there. There are always Christmas products available in the main catalogue in any case though and in the online store of course so no rush.
I set this onto a base of Whisper White measuring 8 x 5 inches (20.3 x 12.7 cm) scored at 4 inches (10.2 cm) on the long side.
To top it off, keeping it really simple I used a non Stampin' Up die (I think it is part of a Sissix set) to cut out a Christmas tree from Tranquil Tide cardstock. I added this to the bottom left corner using a couple of dimensionals and the popped a faceted gem in silver onto the star area. (Post Edit: I can't believe that I forgot that the Christmas tree die was from a textured impressions set by Sissix and so I could have added to the texture theme by passing the coordinating embossing folder through the big shot and embossing the tree! Silly me, but oh well I'll remember for next time. In the end I found some felt in my stash that was the exact same colour of Tranquil Tide so I die cut that and added it as a layer on top of the card tree die cut)
I was going to add a little white or silver pom pom to this area but decided against it (time is not something I have tons of right now to sit making tiny pom poms). Then I thought of embossing it with silver or white to create a snow fall or a garland effect but again time wasn't my best friend and I do rather like plain and simple anyway. They are a couple of ideas for you to try though if you fancy making it more elaborate.
To finish it all off I used a 1.75 inch circle punch and punched out one circle from the Presents and Pinecones DSP and another from the Whisper White remnants. I took a Tranquil Tide ink pad and using a sentiment from Better Together stamp set I stamped the very bold and minimalist Merry Christmas and that was that!
So the texture remit was fulfilled by the embossing and by the faceted gem and I guess by the layering of the sentiment and the tree using dimensionals.
Hope you like it. Products used listed below and do think about grabbing some of that clearance Christmas stash for £4 you can't go wrong with the fab quality of Stampin' Up! and there are still ribbons and other Christmas bits and bobs available on there too.
Thanks for dropping in.