Stampin’ Up! Hang Your Stocking By Your Twinkle Tree for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop

Mornin’, y’all –  welcome to another edition of the Happy Stampers Blog Hop. If you’re following along, you’ll know this is a sketch challenge week!  I got a little….loose…with it, but….it’s all good!  I know the other ladies who hop will have made beautiful projects for you, so be sure to check out all their blogs today, okay?

First off – here’s the sketch…

I recently acquired the Twinkle Trees stamp set, and I really wanted to see what I could do with it.  It’s got some images in it that let you create a bokeh look – Bokeh is a photography effect that…well, here’s a picture  – since it’s worth a thousand words and all that:

So, I’ve seen cards where folks created bokeh effects – but, this stamp set pretty much does it for you!  I added some images and a sentiment from the Hang Your Stocking stamp set.  Take a look-see:

You can see I flipped the sketch up on end, and sort of got a little jiggy with a few of the elements.

I started with a plain Whisper White panel on which I built my bokeh effect with Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay ink.  I used the large and the medium circle images and stamped them twice without re-inking.  The trick here is to overlap the circles to create that blurry look of bokeh.  Once I had it where I wanted it, I matted it on a piece of Silver Foil.

I used some Mint Macaron 3/8″ Sheer Linen Ribbon, wrapped around the card front to resemble a package wrapping.

For my art panel, I SNAILd a piece of Whisper White on Silver Foil and then on Bermuda Bay.  The Twinkle Trees image is stamped in Emerald Envy.  Then I used Crushed Curry to stamp the little dots image all over the tree.  Using the same image, I inked it in Bermuda Bay and stamped it off once to add some more color to the tree.

The sentiment and snowflakes are from the Hang Your Stocking stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment in Bermuda Bay, and the snowflakes in Mint Macaron and Bermuda Bay.

I stamped the Twinkle Trees star in Versamark on Whisper White, sprinkled it with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated it up.  Then I fussy cut it, rolled it a little with my stylus, and popped it on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I popped the art onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I tied a little bow from the Mint Macaron 3/8″ Sheer Linen Ribbon, using my Bow Easy! – and adhered it to the card with a Glue Dot.  And that did it for the card front!

On the inside, I matted a Whisper White panel on Silver Foil, and added Hang Your Stocking snowflakes in Mint Macaron and Bermuda Bay across the top.

I SNAILd the inner liner into my Bermuda Bay card base, then SNAILd the card front on, and the card was done! 🙂

On my Whisper White Medium Envelope, I added more of the snowflakes in Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron to the front…

…and made some more bokeh (cuz I could!) on the envelope flap.  I used sticky note tape to tape off the body of the envelope so as not to get it all bokeh-fied!

Et Voila!  Whatcha think?  Not your typical Christmas season color scheme, I know, but…I kinda like it!  And I love being able to make this fun effect without actually knowing how! 😉  And – Hang Your Stocking contributes a lot – without a stocking in sight! Hope you like! 🙂

Card cuts and all the products you need to make this one for yourself are at the bottom of this post…

Now that you’ve seen my card, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Stampers Team blogs today!

If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go right to Jari Francis’ page.  And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!


Amy Koenders

Shelagh Fremantle

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Jaime Babarczy

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11 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Hang Your Stocking By Your Twinkle Tree for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop

  1. Love your bokeh effect! It looks like a DSP that SU had a few years ago that I loved! Great job, you risk taker! Love all of the techniques you share with us!

  2. Thanks much, Jari! 🙂

  3. That’s awesome Mary!! I love the colors that you used and your tree turned out perfectly. Fantastic card! 🙂

  4. Mom

    Interesting technique to create a lovely card.
    I know I don’t need to comment on the sentiment… 😉

  5. These colours are fabulous!!! And I Love the bokeh effect. Beautiful card. Mary!!

  6. Thanks much, Shelagh! 🙂

  7. Susan K

    You are so creative! Love the tree and bkgrd paper. Those colors really stand out–the whole card is outstanding!

  8. Thanks so much, Susan! 😊

  9. I have no idea how I missed the Twinkle Tree stamp set. I might have to indulge. This effect is so pretty. Just perfect for the look of this card.

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