The host for our July, 2023 Sparkles Christmas Challenge, Billie A. chose to have us add some gold to our projects.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge website to see the projects created by the other design team members.  I’m always inspired by each of the projects.  We hope you are inspired as well and play along with our challenge.  I’m looking forward to seeing your cards in our gallery! 

Here’s my card:


The Polished Pink and gold DSP (designer series paper) really did all the work here.  This DSP belonged to the 2021-2023 retired In Colors which retired at the end of May. I have just enough left for a couple more cards.  Sadly the ribbon also retired this past May.  However, his card could fall into the almost easy-peesy category and be recreated using any DSP.

Details for the Card:


  • Trim a piece of cardstock to 4-1/4 by 11 inches. Score it at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card base.
  • Trim a piece of gold foil specialty paper to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The pink, gold, and white DSP measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
  • Using the Natural Prints wreath die, crop it from gold foil.
  • HINT: I am very (!!) stingy, um make that frugal, with my foil specialty papers. Therefore, I make sure to crop as much as possible from the foil piece since it will be covered with the DSP. This gold foil wreath is cropped from the center of the gold foil layer.
  • Use your embossing buddy to clean off a scrap piece of cardstock that matches the base color.
  • Stamp the sentiment from the Hope & Peace stamp set using Versamark ink
  • Cover the sentiment in gold embossing powder and heat set it.
  • Using a circle from the Stylish Shapes die set, crop the sentiment.
  • For this card, I tried something new with the edge of the sentiment circle, and it worked. I rolled the circle through the VersaMark ink pad two or three times, then added gold embossing powder. Heat setting the powder was made easier by using my opposable (reverse) tweezers. If you don’t have a pair, I highly recommend the Stampin’ Up! embossing additions tool kit. These reverse tweezers act like another hand when crafting. There are all kinds of the tweezers on the market, but the SU! ones have wider and stronger tips. The set also includes an embossing buddy (invaluable when embossing, a small brush to wipe away excess flecks of powder, and a Powder Pal, which will keep your space tidy. You can see the kit below:
  • Use multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the gold foil and DSP together.
  • Wrap a length of ribbon vertically around the left side of the foil/DSP layer and tie it in a bow.
  • Use liquid glue to attach the gold foil wreath.
  • HINT: Be very careful when using adhesives with foil specialty papers. If you get adhesive on the foil side, that piece of paper will become dull. You’ll be able to wipe off the excess glue, but you will not have shiny foil where the glue touched it.
  • Add dimensionals under the sentiment circle and adhere to the card.
  • Since the ribbon I used is very thin, I was able to use liquid glue to adhere the foil/DSP layer to the base of the card.
  • Trim a piece of white cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside.
  • Trim a piece of coordinating DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. . Don’t use foil specialty paper for the flap because it won’t stand up to the wear and tear of the postal machines.
  • Finally, punch a 1-inch circle from coordinating DSP for the envelope seal.
  • With that, I finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal.

Thank you for stopping by today! 

Have a Peachy Day! 



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