I went to Costco today for the first time in a few months. I went right to the Christmas section because I hadn't seen it yet even though it had been out since August. I guess I needed a dose of Christmas cheer, since I am designing so many holiday cards right now, and I needed a little more seasonal excitement as I do them. You can always count on Costco to be as ready for the season as we papercrafters have to be! I designed this one for As You See It Challenge #107 and for my upcoming Christmas Stamper's Dozen class.
I'm quite taken by the deer image in Jolly Christmas! He is such a stately fellow and he looks so good when embossed! And I used some of my Merry Moments Designer Series Paper (DSP), which is a holiday set in the Annual Catalogue, not the Holiday one.
- I really love these back to back designs - the plaid and the Cherry Cobbler pin dots. They are great patterns to match with the large designs of the plaid and the small pin dots on the other. And Cherry Cobbler will always be my favourite Christmas red anyway!
- I die cut the hole in the Cherry Cobbler piece using the Circles Collection Framelit Dies, then matched it up with the edge of the plaid ( it is 1/2" narrower than the plaid but the same length) and marked some little pencil dots on four "sides" of the circle so I would know where to position my deer stamp.
- The deer is stamped in Versamark Ink and embossed using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, set with the Heat Tool. Make sure to use the Embossing Buddy to rid your paper of static so that the powder won't cling where you don't want it.
- The sentiment is from the Versatile Christmas stamp set, one you really need this year because it not only contains many Christmas greetings for the outside of the card, but also coordinating ones for your cards' insides. I inked it up with the Cherry Cobbler marker so I could just use the word Rejoicing instead of Rejoicing with you, because I wanted the greeting to be narrower so it wouldn't hide the deer.
- Green striped ribbon added some much needed interest on the side and a few gold sequins helped out!
I hope my Canadian readers have a wonderful Thanksgiving long weekend this weekend.
I'm off on a short trip this next week to the little town of Invermere in eastern BC where there is a hotsprings! Hopefully, lots of walks in the autumn countryside, and cozy evenings in the lodges with books and music and friends! I'm looking forward to it. I'll see you back on Monday with a Thanksgiving card!
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