Friday, June 26, 2009

Christmas in June

Okay, okay, I'm well aware that Christmas in May didn't happen here at Heart's Delight, so to make up for it, I'm making eight of these cards, instead of my usual four per month. I'll still be on track for getting Christmas cards sent on time this year....with one teeny-tiny problem. It's miniscule, really. When I figured out how many cards I needed to make on a monthly basis, I didn't know I'd be getting to know so many new card-swapping friends this year. I think what I really have to do now is make six or eight Christmas cards per month. Just need to find the time, LOL!

For a while, I wasn't too pleased with the way this card was looking, because it started out really too plain. I just kept adding to it, starting with VersaMark swirls on the Real Red cardstock base. That was a good beginning, but the white layer on top of it lacked something. Edging it with the snowflake border punch added some more detail, but it still needed a little more. I didn't want more red swirls on the main white background, so I stamped the swirls with the VersaMark and heat embossed with JudiKins Clear Detail embossing powder. Subtle, but nice. I don't know how well you can see it in the photos.

The main image, from Stampin' Up! was stamped in Real Red Classic ink on Neenah Solar White cardstock, then cut and embossed with a Nestabilities Labels Four die. I used the next larger die to cut/emboss some Real Red cardstock, and the next larger die to cut more Solar White cardstock. Swirls were stamped on that last layer in red ink, and the edges were also inked.

The sentiment, from the same SU set, was cut with the SU large oval punch. The edges were inked and I used the Making Memories slot punch tool for the holes through which the ribbon was threaded. The edge of the die-cut image was glittered with Martha Stewart Crystal Fine glitter, as was some of the image, and red pearls from Sally completed it!

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Real Red, Neenah Solar White
Stamps: Main image and sentiment- Stampin' Up! 'To You & Yours', Background swirls- Inkadinkado 'Warm Holiday Wishes'
Ink: Stampin' Up! Real red Classic, VersaMark
Embellishments and tools used: ribbon from Michael's, glitter- Martha Stewart, JudiKins Clear Detail EP, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, Fiskars snowflake punch, SU oval punch, Marvy Uchida corner punch, Nestabilities Labels Four dies (run through the Cuttlebug), SU Stampin' Dimensionals popped the image up, Making Memories slot punch tool, Sally's pearls

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