Clean and Simple for the Sparkles Christmas Challenges # 140

Welcome to the September edition of the monthly Sparkles Christmas challenge # 140.  Our host this month, Billie A., chose a clean and simple theme.  When you are finished here, I hope you will visit the challenge website to see the inspirational projects from the rest of the design team members.  Then, I hope you will play along with us and post your creations in our gallery!

Here’s my very clean and simple Christmas card made from pieces I already had:



Measurements and Such:

Just like my clean and simple card, this blog post will also be clean and simple.

  • The Night of Navy base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 41/4 inches.
  • I trimmed the Balmy Blue layer to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches..
  • I already had the white piece of cardstock, which I’d embossed with the snowflake wintry 3D embossing folder. When I first embossed the cardstock, I had used a blender brush with Balmy Blue ink to randomly blend color over the embossed pattern.
  • I’ve also had the large snowflake cropped out for quite some time. It was originally cropped from Smoky Slate cardstock. I used a blender brush and silver ink to give it a silvery sheen.
  • The sentiment comes from the retired Christmas Means More stamp set. I don’t think I will ever sell that set because I also have a Grinch stamp to go with the sentiments. Using my Stamparatus, I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy ink, and cleaned the stamp. Then, I reinked the stamp using Versamark ink and stamped it. I used clear embossing powder, which I heat set.
  • Next, I cropped the sentiment using the banner die from the Stylish Shapes die set. Using the Balmy Blue marker, I outlined the banner before I added dimensionals on the underside.
  • I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card and stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy Ink.
  • With the exception of the sentiment banner, I adhered the other pieces using multipurpose lliquid glue.
  • Ta-da! Finished! Clean, simple, and recycled. It doesn’t get any better than that!

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Have a Peachy Day!


Colors Used:

Basic Papercrafting Supplies:


Look What’s New in the Kits Collection:


Kit Includes:

  • Cozy & Bright Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Classic Stampin’ Spot: Poppy Parade
  • Predesigned projects 
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting). Including printed die-cut sheets: sticker adhesive sheets & non-adhesive sheets
  • Makes 12 cards of 1 design
  • Gold foil accents
  • Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm)
  • 12 preprinted envelopes
  • Enough adhesive to complete projects
  • Linen thread
  • A 9-7/8″ x 6-1/2″ x 2-3/4″ (25.1 x 16.5 x 7 cm) printed designer box for storage or crafting on the go
  • Product colors: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Evening Evergreen, Garden Green, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie

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