Have Yourself a Clean and Simple Christmas

Sometimes, simple is just better. There’s no need to “fuss up” a card when the paper can do all the talking for you. Today, I wish you a clean and simple Christmas.

When I first opened up my pack of Merry Moments Simply Scrappin’ kit, I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous, striped Designer Series Paper included in the kit.  Trim out a piece, slap that bad boy on a piece of card stock, and you’ve got yourself a perfect holiday greeting:
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Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Creating texture. To add a little “something special” to the Cherry Cobbler band across the middle of the card, I scored three lines on the cardstock with my Simply Scored Scoring Tool. Centered on the band, the score lines make for a perfect landing pad for the greeting. Play with the scored lines to detrermine whether you like them best inverted (like shown) or embossed outward (the flip side of the band). I like the inverted look.
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig 101. To create the greeting, I had to combine the polka dot border from Four Frames and the small sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to perfectly line up these two images. After stamping the border and lining up the sentiment several times with my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I realized I was making it hard on myself. That’s when I had a “duh!” moment.  Because you have to line up one of the images against the Stamp-a-ma-jig, it is way more difficult to press the smaller block against the tool (it tends to roll or bounce).  I found it MUCH EASIER to (1) stamp the smaller image and (2) use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the larger one. You’re able to get a better grip on the larger blocks, so they work better when paired with the Stamp-a-ma-jig. Duh!  You’re welcome!


Come back tomorrow!  I’ve created another project with this DSP that I can’t wait to share with you.  Remember when I made the chervron pattern with the striped DSP?  Well, tomorrow, I’m gonna’ show you how it’s done.

Stamp sets: Four Frames, Teeny Tiny Wishes Papers: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Merry Moments Simply Scrappin’ Kit Inks: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler Accessories: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Decorative Label Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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  1. Good morning! I’m looking forward to seeing the tutorial on the chevron pattern! This paper is gorgeous, I don’t understand why I’ve not opened my own packet! Excellent tip on the Stamp a majig I agree, teeny tiny wishes will roll on you…so you’re 100% right! Stamp the larger image around the sentiment!

  2. I dont use my Stamp a majig as much as I should …maybe this is the reason …I`m not sure what you just said but yeah …me too, I just didn`t take the time to work it out..it sure does make a difference in lining sentiments up and other tricky placement problems. BTW….like this card and it could be gender neutral. Boy this layout could be great for making lots of cards .

  3. Gorgeous Card! I recently purchase the Four Frames set …great tip for using theStamp a ma jig with it. You have probably just saved me alot of much wasted frustration! Loved that chevron card – looking forward to your tutorial. tomorrow!

  4. Okay, like this card is totally sick! ( which is a GOOD thing) — love it! I am going to case this card.

    Cheers! Have a great Friday Minnie San Antonio, TX

    Sent from my iPhone

  5. Really gorgeous, Brian! I use my Stamp-a-ma-jig quite often when layering stamps and I know how it’s best to do the smaller stamps first…great job!
    Looking forward to the chevron tute!

  6. Thanks for the duh moment concerning the stamp a jig. I like that idea. I also like the card! Havent opened my cardstock packet yet. :0) I just replied to your email….:0)

  7. great use of dsp! love the cas look.
    hugs, m

  8. Simply terrific Brian–thanks!

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