Stampin’ Up! Ready For Christmas for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! We’ve got a full roster playing with today’s sketch challenge, so be sure to check ’em all out when you get done here!  

Here’s the sketch on the table today:

I decided to go with a Christmas theme – no, I’m not Ready for Christmas (yet!) – but this stamp set is!  You can tell cuz that’s it name!  So, I paired the Ready for Christmas and bundled Christmas Staircase Thinlits with some Merry Little Christmas DSP.  Take a look-see:

To begin, I Fast Fused a piece of Merry Little Christmas DSP onto a Basic Black mat – black side up – the Old Olive side just wouldn’t do for this one!

Next, I cut a strip of Gold Glimmer paper and bannerized the ends with my Banner Triple Punch.  It’s adhered to the card front with Liquid Glue.

Over that, I added a Gold Foil Snowflake with some Liquid Glue.

To build my Christmas tree – it was so easy and fun! – I first stamped the image from the Ready for Christmas stamp set in Early Espresso on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I used the Early Espresso to give just a hit of brown with the white – which, when added to the Garden Green in the next step….said “Christmas Tree” to me!

In the Christmas Staircase Thinlits, there are two dies that are pine tree boughs.  I cut 9 of them from Garden Green and, using Liquid Glue, “built” my tree.  Start at the bottom and work your way up.  It’s sort of like assembling a fake Christmas Tree (one of the older ones where you had to stick each branch in one at a time).  Easy.  Quick  And fun to build!  I used the little ribbon die and the star – both from Christmas Staircase Thinlits – to cut bows and a star from Gold Glimmer Paper.  These are adhered with Liquid Glue.  Then I used more Liquid Glue to adhere the tree to the card front.

My sentiment, from Ready for Christmas, is heat embossed in Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder on a strip of Basic Black (be sure to use the Embossing Buddy!!).  I’d made a gold-matted label sentiment – but…it just didn’t work for my card, so…hang on.  You’ll see that in a day or two! 😉

I cut banner ends with my Paper Snips and popped it over the tree with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  A small Black Rhinestone Jewel next to the sentiment finished off the card front.  

On the inside, I heat embossed a second sentiment from Ready For Christmas in Gold on a Whisper White panel.  Then I stamped the garland in Garden Green and added Gold Embossed bows (again – don’t forget to use the Embossing Buddy. Oh – and be sure the green ink is dry!).

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Basic Black mat and into my Whisper White card base, Fast Fuse’d the card front on and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another Garden Green Ready for Christmas garland and gold embossed bows on the front…

…and a little more of the Merry Little Christmas DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I love this Christmas Tree-building set!  The boughs that the dies cut are very realistic – especially when layered up on the die cut tree!  And I think the black/white/gold – with just a pop of Christmas-y green is very striking, don’t you?  Hope you like!!

Now that you’ve seen my project, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hoppers 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 Freemantle

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Have fun on the Hop!



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Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, score and fold at 5 1/2″); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner); Christmas Staircase Thinlits die cut tree

Basic Black Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 5/8″ x 4 1/8″ (sentiment banner)

Merry Little Christmas DSP:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); envelope flap

Gold Glimmer Paper: 1 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (banner on front); Christmas Staircase Thinlits bows and star  

Garden Green Card Stock: Christmas Staircase Thinlits die cut boughs (x9)

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16 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Ready For Christmas for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

  1. Wow! That is stunning Mary! Love the gold, black and green color combination. You tree looks amazing!

  2. Hallmark ain’t got nothin’ on you girl! Love, love, love it!

  3. I love how you created the Christmas tree for this card, Mary. Perfect, and the explanation with putting together a fake tree is excellent! 🙂 Just beautiful with the gold, too!

  4. Kate

    Beautiful…the tree is inspired!

  5. Well, I never thought I would like black for a Christmas card, but this is stunning. Love your tree. Can’t wait to make one myself.

    • Thanks, Julie! I was pretty tickled with how it turned out. In fact, I loved the end result so much I’ve already done another one in a very similar color scheme!! 🙂

  6. Very striking card…love your colours choices. The tree in front is fabulous and the cedar boughs inside are beautiful!

  7. Your tree is gorgeous and that DSP is the perfect background to it.

  8. Kristi

    So beautiful Mary. I love the paper, your tree and the bling! I just love the inside too! Great job

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