I love making Christmas cards! And I love when a great card comes together. I made holiday cards for my last monthly class. I decided to use the Beautiful Blizzard stampset and coordinating die for this card. I have really started to embrace using vellum paper and I think it really finishes this card off nicely. You will love making this Beautiful Blizzard Stamp Set Christmas card too!
There are few steps I used to create this card and I'll be going over them here. You can view the entire video below if you would like. I also have the dimensions of this card if you would like to recreate this card for yourself. Fill out the form below and I'll get you access to my resource library where I store all of my tutorials.
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- Create the stamped background
- Adhere the panel to the card base
- Create the sentiment as the focal piece
- Heat set the sentiment
- Stamp the inside panel using the Stamparatus
- Add embellishments
- Prep the snowflake
- Watch the Video Tutorial
- Supply List
- Pinworthy Pins to save on Pinterest
- Download the PDF tutorial with all of the dimensions
- Finished Card
- Christmas Card Swap
Create the stamped background
So the first thing I did with card was create a stamped background. I used the lighter color first, Coastal Cabana, and stamped the big blob (I don't know what you would call it) on opposite corners, stamping off the paper. Then I used the smaller blob and stamped that on the other corners. I love these shapes because they are meant to not look perfect. So It doesn't matter if you don't get them evenly inked. It just looks like you meant to do that. Then I stamped the swirl in some of the blank spaces on the paper.
Once the lighter color, Coastal Cabana, was stamped, then I moved to the Night of Navy color and stamped the snowflakes and the small collection of dots stamps. I like to stamp my lighter colors first because I feel it is really easy to overwhelm your paper with the darker color if you start with that first. I try to use the darker color for more accents than a main focus.
Adhere the panel to your card base
After the background panel is stamped, then I adhered the back panel to the card base. I wanted it to not be exactly centered, so I positioned it so that it still fit on the paper but was off to the side. See the image below to get better idea of what I am describing.
Then I adhered the piece of vellum over the card panel. I offset it to the opposite side of the paper. I used a glue dot to adhere the vellum because you can't see it as well through the vellum like you would if you used a wet clue or snail. I also made sure to use at least 2 mini glue dots. If you only use one glue dot, then your vellum will pivot from that one glue dot, but if you use 2 will stay in place. Place the glue dot in the center of the paper where you will hide it under the sentiment.
Create the Sentiment Focal Piece
So the focal point of my Christmas card is the sentiment that I stamped with white embossing powder on Night of Navy cardstock. Use the embossing buddy to prep your cardstock so your embossing powder does not stick to the card in places you don't want it to stick. Then use the Versamark Ink and stamp up the sentiment as close to the middle of the strip of paper as possible.
Then sprinkle over your cardstock the white embossing paper. I use a small spoon to spread it over the stamped image. I do this over a coffee filter to contain as much powder and put any left over back in the storage container. Check out this blog post I wrote a while back on how I store embossing powder.
Heat Set Your Sentiment
Next you will use the heat tool to set the embossing powder. Be sure to move your loose embossing powder away from the heat tool so you do not accidentally set up your unused powder. And be careful that you don't burn your fingers holding the paper next to the heat tool. Change positions of the paper if it gets too hot on one side.
Use the triple banner punch to create the notches out on both sides of the sentiment. I usually turn the punch over so I can see where I am punching.
Stamp the Inside Panel
I am making multiples of this card for my own use, so I am using the Stamparatus to stamp the inside. This allows me to create the same exact look faster and make sure my sentiment is stamped on straight each time.
Since I am wanting a “stamped off the paper” look in the bottom right hand corner, I can not butt the card panel to the corner. You will want to cut out a piece of grid paper to place on top of the stamping surface. Then place your cardstock off set from the right hinge. If you want to place your cardstock in the same place each time (which I recommend) then place a tick mark where you want to line up your cardstock panel every time.
Then you will want to put magnets down to keep the paper in place. Since I was using 2 different colors on this panel, I decided to use 2 different plates for the stamps. I positioned the sentiment and the snowflakes on one and the smaller snow blog on the other. I stamped the lighter color first (Coastal Cabana) and then stamped the Night of Navy for the sentiment and snowflake. The video shown below details this part of the card so I would recommend watching it to pick up some other tips and tricks I use with the Stamparatus.
Use the Blizzard thinlit to create different snowflakes. The BigShot sandwich I recommend for this thinlit is the regular BigShot platform, the thin die adapter, your bottom cutting plate, your cardstock, then your top cutting plate. This will allow better pressure to cut the intricate designs of the snowflakes. Carefully peel back the cardstock from the die and separate out the die cuts for your use.
Prep the Snowflake
I wanted to add a little bling to the snowflake, so I decided to loop some silver thread behind it. Take a single mini glue dot and adhere it to the back of the snowflake.
Then place your cut thread onto the glue dot. Keep looping this and adhering to the glue dot until you have what you like.
Lastly place another glue dot on top of the other glue dot to sandwich the thread in place.
Adhere the completed snowflake to the vellum. The last part is adding a little sparkle to the card. I put small rhinestones in the center of the snowflake and then added some to the sentiment.
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Watch the Video Tutorial
Join the Christmas Card Swap
Would love for you to join me in my Christmas card swap that is taking place November 11, 2018. It's a mail in swap. You can get details here.
Non-Stampin Up! Supplies
Rhinestone stickers (These are not the exact brand I used, but they will work just as well)
Stampin' Up! Supplies
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