This is my last post as a temporary Design Team Member for Merry Monday Christmas Challenge. I’ve really enjoyed sharing projects with this team and getting to know them over the past three months. I’m sad to see my time come to an end. What a wonderful group of talented designers!
This week’s challenge is to create a winter-themed Christmas card. While I’m still working with some favorites from the Holiday Catalog, I’m excited to start using items from the Occasions Catalog (to be open for customer orders January 6). Sheltering Tree, a new photopolymer stamp set, paired well with Festival of Trees and Endless Wishes to give me exactly what I wanted to create this beautiful winter image. Woo hoo! Here’s my card:
- All About the Sheltering Tree. Some stamps are designed to be used all year-long. The Sheltering Tree, available January 6, is one of those sets. Stamp the base of this gorgeous tree and then fill it with leaves of any color (for Spring or Fall). A swing. A bike. Snowflakes. A great base for the tree. Great sentiments. All of these combine to make an awesome set. Check it out.
- Santa & Co Designer Series Paper. We’ve started to wind down the Christmas card making season, and I wanted to get one more use of my Santa & Co Designer Series Paper. I’ve really enjoyed working with this paper and will miss it when it’s gone. I used the very busy piece of Real Red paper for the thin borders on this project – cropping the paper to reduce the busy-ness of it. This DSP makeover complements the rest of the card well – adding dimension without incorporating manic whimsy. If you want a refresher on the patterned paper I used, click here to see a project I made with this paper.
- Card Base. I usually create my projects on cardstock bases, using the darkest color for the base. The darker base tends to ground and frame the image better in most cases. Because I didn’t frame this image above and below (the Whisper White panel just extends off the page), I decided to play around with a light, base to really soften the card’s edges. I’m happy with how it turned out.
Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Festival of Trees, Endless Wishes Papers: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper Inks: Early Espresso, Real Red, Soft Sky Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
Thanks for stopping by today!
This week. There’s a lot of fun stuff going on here this coming week, so please come back. I’ve been playing with my new supplies from the soon-to-be-released catalog, and I can’t wait to share these projects with you.
What is Sale-a-Bration? If you are new to Stampin’ Up!, then you are in for quite a surprise in January when Sale-a-Bration kicks off. Sale-a-Bration is Stampin’ Up!’s annual sales event during which customers can earn free, exclusive products for every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products. There’s gorgeous Designer Series Paper, accessories and incredible stamp sets. It all starts January 6 – I can’t wait!