May you have a wonderful time with family and friends and count your blessings many times over!
A quick reminder that the Stamp A Stacks are coming up:
- November 27, Tuesday, 9:30 – 12:00; and November 30, Friday 6:30 -9:00 Six cards each session $25
- December 4, Tuesday, 9:30 – 12:00; and December 7, Friday 6:30 – 9:00 Six cards each session $25
I need RSVPs as soon as you know your schedule since I will be traveling for Thanksgiving. There will be a Door Prize each session, Thank You gifts and Goodies of course!
At my very first Christmas workshop we made the luminary shown on page 9 of the Holiday catalog and the Dashing Deer white and gold Christmas card shown on page 8 – with a few changes of course. It is pretty in the day-time-
The Dollar Store had large battery operated candles that worked well. The catalog uses the Galvanized Metallic Paper (#147805) shown on page 43 of the Holiday catalog. I used a retired Naturals Cardstock but we have thick Very Vanilla Cardstock(#144237) that would work beautifully!
- 2 – Very Vanilla Thick cardstock 8 1/2″ X 8 1/2″; score both at 4″ and 8″, use a pencil and ruler to mark 3/4″ on all sides and cut out the window openings. With Soft Suede ink stamp the single flower from the set in the opposite corners of each side and then stamp 1/2 of the garland stamp on the short (horizontal) side and the whole garland on the long (vertical) side.
- 4 – Vellum 3 3/4″ X 8″ ; glue to each window opening
- Base – Very Vanilla Thick cardstock 5″ X 5″; score the base at 1/2″ each side, cut out corners
- 2 – Deer – Very Vanilla 4″ X 6″; Cut out with your flying Detailed Deer Thinlit. The catalog uses the corrugated Embossing Folder to stripe the deer (#148026). I used the retired Diagonal Stripe background stamp to stamp the deer using Soft Suede ink. Remember to turn one over before stamping so you have the deer going opposite ways. To mount, I used glue dots and a tiny bit of the Fine Tip Glue on the horns.
- 4 Branches – Early Espresso – the catalog uses the Night Owl Thinlits Dies, pg 41 (#147920), I used the Petals & More Thinlits (#145655) and cut off the end of the leaves so they looked like branches. Use two branches going opposite ways for the top and two for the bottom. This is the first layer of your corner garland.
- 4 Spruce Branches for the next layer – Garden green – Cut with the Christmas Staircase Thinlits (#144679)
- 2 Sprig Punches, (page 29, #148012) cut in half – Granny Apple Green – layer on the spruce branches
- 2 – 12″ lengths of Gold Metallic Thread; wrap around three fingers and attach to the sprigs with glue dots
- 6 – flowers cut with the Detailed Deer Thinlits – Cherry Cobbler – layered on the gold thread
- 18 – flower centers cut with a 1/16 hole punch using a 1/2″ X 2″ strip of Pineapple Punch cardstock. With our new Take Your Pick tool, (page 30 #144107) you can easily pick up the tiny pieces and place them on your project.
Now let’s make the Happiest Christmas Wishes card changing up a few things from the catalog:
On page 11 of the Holiday catalog there are Foil-Edged Cards and Envelopes in gold, #147901, and silver #147900. I used the gold for this card.
For embossing with our gold embossing powder remember these steps:
Step 1: tap with embossing buddy on whole area;
Step 2: Stamp in Versa Mark;
Step 3: Coat with gold embossing powder; Turn over and flick off excess; use paintbrush to remove any other excess
Step 4: Heat until glossy
- Gold Foil-Edged Card base, Use gold embossing powder and emboss the garland from the stamp set in gold embossing powder on the base with the middle of the stamp 1/2″ down on the white part of the base and 1/2″ up on the bottom white part of the base. You will measure 1/2″ from the white edge not the gold edge. Use a light pencil mark so you know where to place the middle of the garland.
- Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder (#147923) Layer, Whisper White, 3 3/4″ X 3 3/4″
- 2 Gold Glimmer Paper strips- 1/2″ X 4″ , adhere to the top and bottom of the embossed layer, snip the ends. I find it is better to make little strips like this a bit longer and then snip them off so they are sure to be the perfect size.
- Gold Foil Cardstock – 3″ X 3 1/2″, cut out 1 flying deer and three gold flowers with the Detailed Deer Thinlits and use the scrap to punch 3 centers for the flowers with a 1/16″ hole punch.
- Banner, Whisper White Cardstock, 3/4″ X 2 1/2″, punch end with banner punch or a square punch, emboss the greeting
- 3- Top of the flowers: Whisper White, 1″ X 2″, layer on top of gold, slightly offsetting one edge and then add punched circle middle
- Inside – Whisper White 3 3/4″ X 5″; Emboss the greeting and the small standing deer with gold embossing powder.
One last project for today: Gift Bags using our beautiful Designer Series Paper!
Jill Olsen has a video on YouTube from years ago and she updated it this year, click to watch:
After our event, Lucille typed up directions for us so you would be able to print out a file for reference. Thank you, Lucille!
Gift Bag Instructions pdf file (click to download)
SAL, Sigh A Lot (as you sit back from the feast and marvel at your blessings)