Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Stepped Up Non-Traditional Christmas



Welcome to our October NEW AT SU! Blog Hop! We love to share creative card ideas from Stampin' Up! with you. Today we are featuring a set of stepped up cards from a simple beginner stamps, ink, & paper card, to a little more complicated casual stamper card, using DSP and a few dies and finally, an avid stamper card, using the works. The design, though remains relatively the same idea. The products used are from the Annual Catalogue or the 2022 Jul/Dec Mini Catalogue! I settled on a Christmas bundle from the Annual Catalogue entitled "Trimming the Tree". Here's a look at all three designs first:

trimming the tree all three - 1

I've made good use of the new (and old) In Colours in my project and these non-traditional Christmas colours really bring a touch of bright nostalgia to the cards.

Let's first look at the simple stamp, paper and ink card:

simple card

  • Starting with the Tahitian Tide card base, I stamped one of the sentiments from the Trimming the Tree stamp set in Tahitian Tide ink all over the front flap of the base.
  • On a piece of Soft Sea Foam cut 4 3/4" x 3 1/2", I stamped the main tree outline in Polished Pink and the basket for the tree, as well as the sentiment in Tahitian Tide. I used some Parakeet Party to stamp the star on the top of the tree.
  • I wrapped a piece of Tahitian Tide Metallic ribbon around the bottom of the Soft Sea Foam Panel and added the panel to the card base. 
  • I added some In Colour Matte Decorative Dots to the tree for decorations.

Now, let's take a look at the same design, stepped up a bit for the casual stamper: 
casual stamper

  • For this one, I added a layer of a Polished Pink design from the Celebrate Everything DSP - a host reward from the July/Dec Mini Catalogue. 
  • I die cut a Soft Sea Foam panel and a backing from Parakeet Party using the Deckled Rectangles Dies.
  • On the Soft Sea Foam panel I stamped the tree out line in Polished Pink and the Shadow tree stamp in Blushing Bride, lining it up with the Polished Pink image.
  • The bucket for the tree and the sentiment are stamped in Tahitian Tide, as before, and the star is stamped in Parakeet Party.
  • This time however, I stamped on some garlands and ornaments in Tahitian Tide and some more stars in Parakeet Party.
  • I added a strand of both Tahitian Tide, and Sweet Sorbet Metallic Ribbon to the bottom of both panels glued together before adding them to the card front.
Finally, let's see how I stepped up the design for the avid stamper:

avid stamper

  • I ran the DSP through the Stamp & Emboss Machine with the Stitched with Whimsy die before attaching it to the card base front. 
  • I die cut the Soft Sea Foam with one of the Deckled Rectangle dies, then embossed it with one of the Wintry 3D Embossing Folders.
  • I also die cut a stitched circle using the Stylish Shapes dies and added that to the front. I also added a piece of the Tahitian Tide metallic ribbon to the bottom of the Soft Sea Foam Panel before adhering it to the card front.
  • I die cut two trees, using the outline die and the texture die, one in Polished Pink and one in Blushing Bride. The Blushing Bride layer is behind the Polished Pink Layer and you can see it when you push up the cut out branches.
  • I also die cut garlands, ornaments, bows and a star and basket from Tahitian Tide and Parakeet Party and decorated the tree with them. I added a little bow in Sweet Sorbet metallic ribbon to the tree basket. 
  • The sentiment is stamped in Tahitian Tide on Parakeet Party and then die cut with one of the dies from the Tree Trimming Dies.

I hope you enjoyed this stepped up card made with the Trimming the Tree set

Please take a moment to comment at the bottom of this post and let me know how you liked my project or ask me a question about the technique used. Don’t forget to scroll back up and keep hoppin’ with us! – Thank you!
Keep Creating!
Heather Cooper

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  1. Love these beautiful non-traditional Christmas cards. The colors are so pretty.

  2. Reminds me of the pink tinsel trees of the 1970s that are coming back in style!


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