Merry Christmas! I know your kids are all being extra-good right now, since Santa Claus is coming to town! Have you got your stockings hu…..wait….WHAT!?
In JULY?!?! Well, sure – why not? Christmas in July – that’s a thing, right? I mean, I don’t know about you, but I’m already expecting to see Christmas decorations up in the stores. They start earlier and earlier every year, don’t they? Sometimes I think someone is going to get confused and put the Christmas trees up in Wally-world before they get the Amercian Flags and Red/White/Blue decor on the shelves… 😉
But, I wanted to do some playing with the Merry Moments DSP and the Festival of Trees stamp set. So, I decided to play like it was Christmas for a minute! Indulge me, and take a look-see!
The design of the card was inspired by Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge #407:
And the color were inspired by….Christmas! I started by cutting two pieces of the new Merry Moments DSP and SNAILing them to a Crumb Cake mat. Then I added a strip of Mossy Meadow Card Stock to create the sketch’s horizontal element. To that, I wrapped a strand of the new Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker’s Twine three times around the developing card front, securing it in the back with some regular ole tape.
I ran a piece of Crumb Cake thru the Big Shot inside my Polka Dot TIEF. Then, I turned the paper over in the TIEF, offset the polka dots a little bit and ran it thru a second time. That gave me an emboss/deboss design (learned that one from Amy Koenders!!), which I then SNAILd to a Cherry Cobbler mat and adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
For the large round element, I figured the Wonderful Wreath die and the Wondrous Wreath stamp set were pretty obvious choices. So I used ’em! I stamped the wreath in Mossy Meadow and the berries (remember this is a two-step stamp set) in Cherry Cobbler. Then I cut it out with the matching Wonderful Wreath dies.
To attach it to the card, I first positioned it and determined where to stick just a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals – I actually cut them down a little, because I only needed them behind the wreath on the very left-most side. The part over the Crumb Cake rectangle is adhered with SNAIL (this all was to compensate for the various thicknesses of my card front). Once I got it all stuck down, I trimmed the excess wreath with my snips!
Next I moved to the second round element of the sketch. Perhaps it’s apparent that a Christmas Tree is not round – but did I mention that I’d decided I was using that bundle (yes, I got it for 15% off!!) and so, by golly, I was USING that bundle! 😉 I decided that I’d just add a few circles behind the tree and then I’d be matching the spirit of the sketch!
I started by stamping the floral-y tree stamp from Festival of Trees on a piece of Whisper White Card Stock. Then I stamped the berries in Cherry Cobbler. I also colored in all the little flower centers in Cherry Cobbler. Then I punched it out with the matching Tree Punch and SNAILd it to a piece of Mossy Meadow CS. Then I fussy cut that out, making a Mossy Meadow mat for my tree!
The circles are from the smallest and third-from-smallest circles in the Circles Collection Framelits, cut in Cherry Cobbler. On the larger one, I stamped the garland image from Festival of Trees in Versamark ink and sprinkled it with Heat & Stick powder. I hit it with my Heat Tool just until the powder stopped being powdery and started being glisten-y, then I sprinkled that with Gold Stampin’ Glitter. A final blast with the heat tool set the glitter.
I adhered the circles – the large one has Dimensionals under the right side – same thickness compensation as I did with the Wonderful Wreath – and the remainder is SNAILd on. As is the smaller circle. Then I SNAILd the tree over the top. The star is from the Festival of Trees – using the Heat and Stick powder and glitter as before, and then punched out with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack star. A glue dot stuck him in place.
With that done, I finished up with the sentiment. I cut Noel (from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits set) twice – once in Cherry Cobbler and once in Mossy Meadow. Then I stuck the two die cuts together – a little offset to create a shadow and some dimension – with little tiny dots of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. The same kinds of little dots of glue adhered the layered piece to the card front.
At that point, I put the card front onto a Cherry Cobbler card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals and then added the final touches. I stuck a Rhinestone Basic Jewel onto the smallest card stock circle (it just looked too plain to me!), and added the bow to the wreath. For the bow, I tied a double-strand bow with the Gold Metallic Thread and stuck it down with a glue dot. A second bow, using the Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker’s Twine, is stuck down with some Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. Et Voila – the card front was done!
On the inside – I started with a liner of Crumb Cake, and stamped the sentiment from the Wonderful Wreath set in Cherry Cobbler. Then I laid several sticky notes over the sentiment and stamped the wreath image in Pear Pizzazz and the berries in Cherry Cobbler. When I pulled off the stickies, here’s what I got:
I added the bow in Cherry Cobbler and I was done! Christmas in July! Hope you like – and that you DON’T see any Christmas Trees in the stores for at LEAST a few more months. I can’t promise that you won’t see another Christmas-y project here in the next few days, though…. 🙂
See below for all the card cuts and products used in this card!
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STAMPIN’ UP PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base – scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 2 7/8″ x 4 5/8″ (mat for embossed Crumb Cake piece); smallest and third-from-smallest Circles Collection side cuts (two circles under tree); “NOEL”
Crumb Cake Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (front mat); 2 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ (embossed rectangle); 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (inner liner)
Merry Moments DSP: 2 1/2″ x 4″ (two for front mat)
Mossy Meadow Card Stock: 1/2″ x 4″ (front strip); “NOEL”
Whisper White Card Stock: wreath die cut and tree punch
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BACKORDER LIST AS OF 21 Jul 15
138395: Expressions Natural Elements
138422: Tip Top Taupe 1″ Dotted Lace Trim
138425: Watermelon Wonder 1″ Dotted Lace Trim
135862: Gift Bag Punch Board
138401: Gold Metallic Thread
138402: Silver Metallic Thread
138288: Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (second shipment)
138447: Sweet Li’l Things Designer Series Paper
131170: Subtles Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills
138295: Tree Builder Punch (third shipment)
138377: Cottage Greetings Card Kit (third shipment)
138378: Tin of Cards Project Kit (third shipment)