Mornin’, y’all! It’s Friday. Before a 3-day weekend – the last big one of the summer! If you’re headed somewhere this weekend, please be safe! And have fun! And watch out for Hermine. Is Hermione copyrighted? Does an “o” cost more? I don’t know – I’m calling it Hermione anyway. That’s the hurricane hitting Florida today. She should be gone by the weekend proper, so you’ll be good…
So. A little story. About a 1000 million years ago, before the internet…okay, there was internet, but I didn’t have a blog. Heck, I wasn’t even a demonstrator! About a 1000 million years ago, I saw this card on the internet. Don’t think Pinterest was around….
I thought it was the most beautiful card I’d ever seen (it’s still right up there at the top for me!) and I wanted to make it. Fortunately, I’d already found Amy Koenders, so I ordered what I thought I needed to make my version of the card. I made 10 of them, and gave them to my mother for Christmas. I don’t have even one picture of it – did I mention this was pre-blog?!?
And about two months later, I joined Stampin’ Up!
I was pretty much devastated when SU! retired this Ornamental Pine stamp set. I still have it lurking around – you know, JIC!
So when I saw the Christmas Pines bundle in the new 2016 Holiday Catalog, I was so happy! I might have whoo-hoo’d. Right out loud. In my living room! I’ve already made a few cards using it, but I did one more for today. My previous efforts have been….rustic. Woodsy. This one harkens back to that first card effort with Stampin’ Up! products. Take a look-see:
The layout for this card was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #252:
One thing I didn’t have a 1000 million years ago was the Pine Bough TIEF, which I used today. I ran a panel of Wisteria Wonder card stock thru the Big Shot in this pretty new folder. Then I stamped the snowy snowflake image from Christmas Pines in Whisper White Craft Ink all over the panel. In retrospect, probably would have been better to do that before I embossed it, but it worked out! 🙂 I also lightly rolled some of the Whisper White Craft ink across the panel with a new Sponge Brayer. It kind of pulled the embossed pine forward – giving it just a touch of emphasis!
For my sentiment, I stamped the Christmas Pines sentiment in Wisteria Wonder on a strip of Whisper White and snipped the end into a banner. I left the left side of the banner long enough to sit under my pine cone embellishment and adhered it to the ribbon with Liquid Glue.
To make my pine cones, I cut two Whisper White detailed cones from the Pretty Pines Thinlits (which you can get in a bundle with Christmas Pines and save 10%!). I used the outline die to cut two Wisteria Wonder “backs” – these are the large cones, by the way. Then I adhered them together with a sparse amount of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.
I also cut a couple of short pine boughs in Whisper White.
To build the decoration, I used a Glue Dot to adhere a few loops of Silver Metallic Thread down first. Then I added the Whisper White pine boughs, and popped the pine cones over that with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A Silver Foil bow – cut with a Pretty Pines Thinlits die – adhered with a little Liquid Glue – finished it off.
On the inside, I went a little….wild. The way my layer stack worked out put Wisteria Wonder as the inner liner. I dithered over that for a bit and then decided…who said the inner liner had to be Whisper White or Very Vanilla, anyway?
If you know me, you know I’m a total rule-breaker.
A complete rebel.
Said no-one ever!
I think it might be an actual rule. Someplace in a card-making manual somewhere it probably says “Card Makers SHALL use Whisper White or Very Vanilla on the inside of their cards”.
So I took a total risk.
I stamped more of the Whisper White Craft Ink snow from Christmas Pines across the top, SNAILd it to a Whisper White panel and then into my Wisteria Wonder card base. Then I popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.
Et Voila! A friend recently asked me what my favorite new holiday product is. Well. This Christmas Pines Bundle and the Pine BoughTIEF is for danged sure right up there. I actually think it’s at the top of my list! It’s so versatile and, of course, it’s pine cones!! Hope you like!
Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the goodies you need to make this for yourself!
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STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:
CARD CUTS FOR THIS PROJECT:
Wisteria Wonder Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front and inner liner); solid pine cones
Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 1/2″ x ~3 1/2″ (sentiment banner); detailed pine cones and pine boughs
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