Christmas in July for Cardz 4 Galz #151

Welcome to the Cardz 4 Galz challenge #151. Shell chose the Christmas in July theme for the challenge starting today, July 15, 2021. I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team created as well. We all look forward to seeing what you create in our gallery!

Here’s my card:

I really enjoy non-traditional Christmas colors, so this DSP (designer series paper), available in the annual catalog, seemed to be calling my name. Take a look at the patterns and colors found in this Tidings of Christmas DSP pack:

As you can see, the Cherry Cobbler red and Evening Evergreen green are in the paper. However, is also has Misty Moonlight, Soft Succulent, and Sahara Sand in the patterns. The possibilities for non-traditional accents and colored cards are endless. I chose to highlight the Misty Moonlight color for my card.

What I Did:

  • The Evening Evergreen base of the card measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • I used Cherry Cobbler for a mat, and it measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches. The Cherry Cobbler background for the trees and sentiment I already had on hand. Since I like to crop out the center of cardstock layers that won’t be seen, this piece was already cropped and ready to be embossed. I used the Tasteful Texture 3D embossing folder for the Cherry Cobbler cardstock. (Can I just say how much I miss my Subtle embossing folder?)
  • Next, I trimmed a piece of the Tidings of Christmas DSP to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I also had the Misty Moonlight piece of cardstock for the sentiment in my stash. There are a few reasons why I like cropping the middle out of cardstock that won’t be seen. One of the reasons is because I use the stitched rectangle dies to do so. This means that I have cropped rectangles in a variety of sizes in my scraps storage for each color.
  • The white cardstock for the inside panel of the card measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches, as always.
  • Next, I used the pine tree punch and punched out three trees from scraps of the Misty Moonlight 6 x 6 inch DSP.
  • Finally, I trimmed a piece of the Evening Evergreen 6 x 6 DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.


  • The first thing I did was adhere the top layer of DSP to the Cherry Cobbler mat using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Next, I dry-fit both the red and blue sentiment blocks in place. I added the trees on top to find where I needed to place the ribbon and bow.
  • Once I had everything dry-fit, I knew I could stamp my sentiment from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set. Since this would be embossed, I needed to wipe down the cardstock using my embossing buddy to eliminate fingerprints. Using my Stamparatus, I was able to stamp two layers of VersaMark on the blue cardstock.
  • HINT: I’ve found it a bit easier to see if I have enough Versamark by looking at the paper from the side. This allows me to use the lighting on my desk to make sure I have the whole sentiment stamped.
  • Then, I covered the sentiment in white embossing powder and flicked off excess powder from the back of the cardstock. Finally, I heat set the sentiment using my heat tool.
  • HINT: I have a tall, large OttLite in my “blue (craft) room. Actually, I have four OttLites on my 3 desk areas. While heat setting the powder, I keep the cardstock under the light so I can see when it’s done. Since it’s possible to burn the embossing powder, stopping the heat at the right time is important.
  • Everything on the front of the card was adhered using multipurpose liquid glue except for the two trees and ribbon. I placed dimensionals under the trees and staggered the placement on the card.
  • After tying my bow, I placed a glue dot behind the bow to keep it in place and secure.

Finishing Touches:

  • The DSP is a pretty busy pattern and I didn’t want to add any more elements to the front. However, I did want to highlight the Misty Moonlight in the DSP pattern. Therefore, I used the fine tip glue pen to put little drops of glue on each of the Misty Moonlight dots. If you do this at home, make sure you let the dots completely dry before moving the DSP. Now the front of the card looks like it has a bunch of epoxy dots on it. Since it’s all part of the pattern, it works without adding anything extra to the card.
  • I stamped the inside sentiment from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set in Cherry Cobbler. Then I adhered the third punched out tree to the right-hand, bottom corner. Finally, I adhered the inside panel to the inside of the card.
  • After trimming the DSP on the envelope flap, I’d finished this card/envelope coordinated set.

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Have a Peachy Day!

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155841130BEAUTY OF THE EARTH 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER$11.50 USD | 15.75 $ CAD
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155696131BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER$11.50 USD | 15.75 $ CAD
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155499131HAND-PENNED 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER$11.50 USD | 15.75 $ CAD
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155817132IN THE WILD 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER$11.50 USD | 15.75 $ CAD
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155807132PANSY PETALS 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER$11.50 USD | 15.75 $ CAD
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