Sunday, October 9, 2011

{12 Weeks of Christmas}: Week 1 -- Keep It Simple, Santa!

Wait, wait!  Don't go away!  I know it's a long time until Christmas, but I thought I'd provide one post each week between now and Christmas to give a little bit of inspiration and advice to help fend off the craziness.  Before you check my math, I'm actually one week late in getting this post published (long story...).

I thought I'd start with a relatively simple card.  This one uses one piece of card stock for the body and one for a mat to back it on.  There are two stamps involved, both from the Season of Joy set.

The most complicated part of this card is the two colors used in the inside image.

To do this, you can use Stampin' Write Markers and/or a Classic Stampin' Pad.  I carefully inked up the majority of this stamp in Classic Cherry Cobbler, avoiding the snowflake in the center.  I colored the snowflake using my Baja Breeze Stampin' Write Marker.  To make the image stamp well, I huffed (breathed hard) on the stamp before stamping...

The next step is the 3/4-inch Circle Punch.  I punched a circle from scrap and then holding the card closed, I loosely adhered* the scrap over the snowflake as I held it up to the light (the stamped image from the inside is easy to see through the front).
*To do this, I took a piece of double-stick tape, stuck it against my jeans a few times to lose some stickiness and then adhered it to my scrap.
Finally, I tied a snippet of Cherry Cobbler Baker's twine around the hole and the edge of the Whisper White card body and then adhered it all to a quarter-sheet of Baja Breeze card stock.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamps:  Season of Joy (#110384)

Papers:  Whisper White and Baja Breeze card stocks

Inks:  Cherry Cobbler Classic and Baja Breeze Stampin' Write Marker

Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, 3/4-inch Circle Punch, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig (I'm a klutz, so I need this to make my images straight), scrap paper

Thank you for your visit!  I hope this series of posts will provide you with some inspiration as we begin to prepare for the Christmas holidays.

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