Sending a bottle of cheer!

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, that is a fun and easy card featuring the Bottled Happiness stamp set that I inadvertently turned into an alternative Christmas themed card! What started out as a simple card that you can CASE and use any color combination, after looking at the color combination I used, I thought this could also work as a Christmas card. Unlike myself, there are those of you that do start your Christmas cards months in advance, so this is some inspiration for you! You just need some specialty papers, ink, ribbon, my new favorite Deckled Rectangle Dies, and the Bottled Happiness stamp set for this great “any occasion” card!

The base layer for the card front is this design from the Vellum Layering Designs cardstock, which I first cut a 4” x 5 ¼” and then used the largest Deckled Rectangle Die to die-cut out:

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

1. Using the gold sheet from the Gold & Rose Gold 6” x 6” Metallic Specialty Paper, use the fourth from the largest Deckled Rectangle Die to die-cut out. For the label, I stamped the sentiment in Stazon Ink, used the label stamp to trace around with a pen, and fussy cut out. Note-you can use the middle of the gold specialty paper for the label that is die-cut and the Stazon ink takes a few minutes to dry.

2. From Basic White cardstock, use the fourth from the smallest Deckled Rectangle Die to die-cut out and use your Stamparatus to stamp the bottle in Merry Merlot ink and the cork in Crumb Cake ink. This will be layered on the above gold specialty paper die-cut.

3. You will need enough of the Black & White Gingham Ribbon to tie around the above layered die-cuts into a knot.

I used liquid glue to adhere the Basic White cardstock die-cut to the gold specialty paper die-cut and the fussy cut label to the stamped bottle, then tied the ribbon around the bottom of the layered die-cuts into a knot. This piece is adhered to the Vellum Layering Designs base layer with dimensionals and use adhesive behind the layered die-cuts on the back of the Vellum Layering Designs base layer to adhere to a Merry Merlot cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Merry Merlot ink, stamp the smaller bottle in Garden Green ink, and stamp the cork in Crumb Cake ink:

For the coordinating Basic White Medium Envelops, I stamped the small bottle in the corner in Garden Green ink. Note-as with most photopolymer stamps, lightly tap the stamp in the ink and lightly stamp on the paper. By lightly, I mean do not press down hard or the ink will get picked up in the negative of the stamp and then get on the cardstock or envelope. You can see this happened on the envelope and rather than tossing a perfectly good envelope and stamping again, I thought I would share my mistake, lol:

I really love how this easy card turned out, Christmas themed or not! If fussy cutting is not your “thing”, you could try heat embossing the label on the bottle with Gold Embossing Powder and then stamp the sentiment on the label. I did try heat embossing the label and heat embossing the sentiment with Black Embossing Powder and also heat embossing the sentiment on the gold specialty paper with Black Embossing Powder, which I did not like how either of those turned out, which is why I stamped the sentiment on the gold specialty paper, traced the label stamp around the sentiment, and fussy cut out. Maybe you can get either of those to work for you!

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