Welcome to the Sparkles Christmas Buddies challenge #128. Heather chose a Stockings theme for the challenge starting today, September 1, 2021. I’ve seen the design team projects and they are phenomenal! I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team created. We all look forward to seeing what you create in our gallery!
Here’s my card:
I used one of my absolute favorite color combinations: Cherry Cobbler, black, and white. The snowflake DSP (designer series paper) comes from the Peaceful Prints DSP. This Sale-a-Bration item is FREE with a $50 qualifying purchase. I have to admit, I really didn’t think I would choose this FREE DSP, but am so glad I did! There’s three different plaid patterns using these classic colors, and I couldn’t be happier!
This challenge would’ve been a lot easier if I actually had stockings in my product stash. Imagine my surprise when I realized I didn’t have a single stocking! Never fear ~ the internet came to the rescue. I searched for a stocking sewing pattern, resized it to what I needed, and printed it out. After fussy cutting, I had a template for my Christmas Snowflake Stocking, which I traced onto the DSP. After fussy cutting the stocking, I traced another stocking on white cardstock so I could trim down pieces for the top, heel, and toe sections.
- The Cherry Cobbler card base measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
- The white mat measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. I cropped the middle out using one of the stitched rectangle dies for the background under the stocking. Then, I ran the cropped rectangle through my new Cut and Emboss Machine using the brick and mortar 3D embossing folder. I really like how the stitched part of the rectangle is still evident after the embossing.
- The black mat measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
- I used another stitched rectangle die to crop the Cherry Cobbler panel.
- The DSP for the envelope flap measures 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches, which I adhered to the flap right away, then trimmed.
- While I had the DSP out, I punched a circle from the Cherry Cobbler and Black small checked pattern. After running the circle through my XYRON sticker maker, I had my envelope seal.
- Finally, I trimmed some white cardstock to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches for the inside panel.
What I Did:
- It all started with the stocking, of course. After adhering the white pieces, I decided that I needed to outline the whole stocking in black to make it stand out. Then, I decided that I needed something to make the white parts special, so I colored them with my clear Wink of Stella. Big mistake. The black marker outline got caught up in the Wink of Stella and I wound up with grey sparkly paper. In order to “fix” this, I used my VersaMark marker (Did you know VersaMark comes in a marker? LOVE!) and white embossing powder to cover the Wink of Stella mess. I did have to heat set two layers of powder to cover the mess I made.
- Next, I decided that I would clear emboss some snowflakes on the Cherry Cobbler and black mats. I used the repositionable tape to temporarily adhere the two pieces of cardstock. Then, I stamped three different snowflakes from the Merry Snowflakes stamp set in VersaMark around the borders. Finally, I covered the stamps with clear embossing powder and heat set it.
- I adhered a small length of the black gingham ribbon to the top of the stocking using glue dots.
- The “merry everything” sentiment also comes from the Merry Snowflakes stamp set. It’s stamped using Momento tuxedo black ink on white cardstock. Then, I cropped the sentiment down using a third stitched rectangle die.
Time for Assembly:
- The white, black and Cherry Cobbler cardstock are adhered with multipurpose liquid glue.
- I used dimensionals under the stocking and sentiment panel.
- I used another sentiment from the same stamp set for the inside greeting.
- After adhering the white sentiment panel to the cardstock, I thought it needed something subtle. So, I stamped 3 snowflakes around the sentiment using Versamark, then clear embossing powder, which I heat set. The result is subtle and just what I wanted.
- With that, I’d finished this coordinating card/envelope/seal set.
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