6 x 6 DSP-Love it or Leave it?

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a super cute Christmas card made with the Wrapped in Plaid 6” x 6” Specialty Designer Series Paper! When I started planning what products I wanted to purchase for each holiday, I chose the Wrapped in Plaid DSP because I felt it was so versatile and would coordinate with the stamp sets and dies for my cards. Now, for some people, they steer clear of 6” x 6” DSP and it’s usually because they don’t feel they can get the most out of this size of DSP, versus 12” x 12” DSP. I will admit, I was the same way for the longest time, until I sat down and figured out a few measurements that worked for my card making needs and I felt I was getting the most use out of the paper with very little (if any) scraps left over. I used to keep every little bitty scrap, NOTHING was discarded, on the hopes that I would someday find a use for it. That only left me with a ton of scraps that I never, ever, used. So, it was time to think smarter and to really let go of those little pieces, you know what I mean- ½” x 2” will not find a future use, so is it really worth keeping??

The Wrapped in Plaid DSP comes in 48 sheets (4 each of 12 double-sided designs), so you could make as few as 48 cards or as many as 192 cards, with very little scraps if any, and it really depends on how you cut the cardstock. For today’s card, I cut one piece of DSP that I was able to make two cards out of and to achieve that, I first cut a 1” strip of DSP off one side, turned the paper 90 degrees, and cut in half at the 3” mark. So, you have two pieces measuring 3” x 5” and then I cut the 1” piece in half at the ½” mark, now you have two ½” x 6” strips, which are used for inside the card.

The base layer is Cherry Cobbler cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder (don’t forget to spritz with water first!), and then spritzed with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint. The next layer is this design from the Wrapped in Plaid DSP, measuring 3” x 5”:

Additionally, for the card front you will need:

1. Enough of the Shaded Spruce/Gold Striped Ribbon to adhere across the DSP, at least 6”.

2. Use the Starburst Punch to punch out a piece from the Gold Foil Sheet.

3. Use the 2” Circle Punch to punch out a piece from Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the cabin image in Crumb Cake ink and then stamp it again on masking paper, fussy cut out, and cover the cabin before you stamp the tree. Stamp the smallest skinny tree in Shaded Spruce ink and then keep stamping (without re-inking) to fill in the tree area around the cabin, remove the mask when done stamping.

4. Use the tree die from In the Woods to cut out of Shaded Spruce cardstock. I used puff paint around the popped-out parts of the tree and then around the sides. The easiest way to do this, is to do about half of the popped-out part first, then the other half, one side of the tree, and then the other. Since this is a lot of heat setting with your heat tool, I have an old bamboo cutting board to protect my work surface that I use. After I completed setting the puff paint, I used a few of the Holiday Rhinestone Jewels to look like lights or ornaments in the tree.

Adhere the ribbon to the middle of the DSP and then adhere the DSP to the embossed cardstock card base:

Adhere the layering circle images together and adhere to this and the tree to the DSP with dimensionals. This completed piece is adhered to a Crumb Cake cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”. Stamp the sentiment from Winter Woods in Cherry Cobbler ink and the same tree stamp from the card front in Shaded Spruce ink three times (there is enough ink on the stamp). Finally, adhere the ½” x 6” piece of DSP along the bottom of the Whisper White cardstock, trimming off the excess DSP and yes, discarding:

Isn’t this an awesome Christmas card?? You could use this exact card for almost all of the DSP, maybe change up some ribbon if you wanted to use another color (Cherry Cobbler, Gold, Whisper White) that you have on hand. Think about it, if you cut all of the DSP the way I did for this card, you could make 96 Christmas cards! Now while I don’t need to make 96 cards, my goal this season is to use up this ONE pack of DSP, one card at a time!! 

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