Make the season special

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is a fun and different way to use up your strips of designer series paper with the Festive Foils Designer Series Paper! Typically, when I cut down a 12” x 12” sheet of DSP I cut six 4” x 5 ¼” pieces for the card front base layer and six ¾” x 4” strips for the inside of the card, which I did with the Festive Foils DSP, but what about changing things up? I had a couple of 1 ½” x 12” strips from the Painted Christmas DSP that I thought would pair nicely with the Real Red Festive Foils DSP, so I set out to figure out how to cut the 1 ½” x 12” strip down into smaller strips so that I could not only use them up to make six festive Christmas cards. I kept this process simple, because nobody has time for math this time of the year, lol! I cut the 12” strips into three 4” strips and since I used two different designs I alternated and cut one in half for two ¾” x 4” strips, the second into three ½” x 4” strips, and the third into two ¾” x 4” strips, then for the other design, I cut into three, two, and three strips. I found this way I could divide them up so that one card would have three strips and another would have two strips, using both sides of the designs. While it may sound complicated, it’s easy and you get to make six cards and use up random strips of DSP!

The base layer for the card front is the Real Red design from the Festive Foils DSP, cut at 4” x 6”, cutting a ¾” strip off the 6” side for the ¾” x 4” strip for the inside of the card:

Since I am showing two cards, here are the two designs I used from the Painted Christmas DSP, one design is cut into two ¾” x 4” strips and the other design cut into three ½” x 4” strips. One card will have one ¾” and one ½” and the other will have one ¾” and two ½” strips:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. Using two of the leaf dies from the Seasonal Labels Dies to die-cut one of each from Garden Green and Soft Sea Foam cardstocks and then emboss with the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. I then squeezed some of the white Pearlized Enamel Effects on a clear B block, used the large flat brush tip Water Painter to mix with water and brushed on the tips of the die-cut leaves.

2. Cut about a 4” piece of the Silver Metallic Edge Cotton Ribbon and tie into a centered knot.

3. Stamp the sentiment on Basic White cardstock in Real Red ink, use the coordinating Seasonal Labels Die to die-cut out, and use the Real Red Pearlized Enamel Effects to make three small dots on each side of the sentiment as shown.

For the first card, I layered three of the DSP strips across the base layer at different lengths and trimming off the excess, adhere the two die-cut leaves to the back of the sentiment, use a glue dot to adhere the knot ribbon, and used dimensionals to adhere the die-cut sentiment over the DSP strips as shown. This completed piece is adhered to a Crumb Cake cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Basic White cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Garden Green ink, and adhere the ¾” x 4” strip of DSP along the bottom:

For the coordinating Basic White Medium Envelope, use the stamps that coordinate with the die-cut from the card front to stamp in the bottom corner in Garden Green and Soft Sea Foam inks:

For the alternative, I used two strips of the DSP, which I trimmed at an angle off the end, and adhered at different layered lengths, but kept everything else the same:

Fun and festive cards for your friends this holiday season! Since I made six of these cards, I first used the label die for the sentiment to die-cut out and used my Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment, die-cut all the leaves at the same time, and was able to fit six die-cut leaves into the embossing folder, all of which helped to mass produce this card. As for the Pearlized Enamel Effects, since it is a very thin layer, the leaves were completely dry in about 10-15 minutes and I made small dots with the Real Red, which they were dry and hard enough after about 30-45 minutes so that I could put together the card front without messing them up and set aside to completely dry before storing. A great substitution for the Pearlized Enamel Effects would be to use a Wink of Stella pen on the leaves and use a Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blends to color either a pearl or rhinestone jewel!

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Author: Christina Miller

I am an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in Norfolk, Virginia and was first introduced to Stampin' Up! in 2004 when I attended my very first card class with my Mother-in-Law and I was immediately hooked! I first started out by making simple holiday cards and over the years as my stash has grown, so have my card and craft making skills. It has always warmed my heart when family and friends love my cards, but they actually keep them! In 2016 I decided to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and figured I could just do it for a hobby, but now I am going to branch out for all to world to see. So grab your favorite beverage, sit in your favorite chair, and join me as I share my cards and crafts with you! Enjoy!

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