Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew's Merriest Moments edition! The "Crew" is made up of a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world who pick a stamp set or bundle to highlight on the first and third Mondays of each month, with a bonus hop if there is a fifth Monday. If you landed here from Jay's blog, Mitosu Crafts, welcome! It's a crazy busy time of year, so there are only five of us today.
Merriest Moments is a 16 piece photopolymer set that goes with the Merriest Frames Hybrid embossing folder and 16 piece die set. I almost wasn't going to get the stamp set, because I didn't think I'd use it much, but I knew I'd use the embossing folder and dies. Then I kept seeing more and more possibilities, so I caved. (Doesn't take much to push me over toward buying something I didn't think I needed, LOL.) Besides, I love the sentiments in this set!
My first card features an unusual Christmas color combination, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Succulent. I brushed Flirty Flamingo on the Very Vanilla card base before adding the embossed and die cut piece. I love the way it makes a soft glow from behind.
The holly leaves were first stamped and die cut, then I went back over the solid sides with a light Soft Succulent Stampin' Blend marker to deepen the color a bit. Other than the gold foil bits, there are NO embellishments on this card!
For my next three cards I decided to try something fun, starting with Simply Stamping (stamp, ink, and cardstock), and stepping it up each time. The first is a one layer card, which is really a challenge for me because I like the added depth and interest of layers!
I cut a sticky note with the 1-7/8" Layering Circle die and used it as a mask to stamp the Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen greenery around. Next was the Real Red greeting, followed by a bow and red rhinestones.
The second card added a Tasteful Textile embossed background, with an Evening Evergreen layer behind the die cut image and greeting.
These were popped up on dimensionals for more depth.
The third card is stepped up even more! I added another embossed layer; this time some Soft Succulent embossed with the Wintry 3D pine bough folder. The wreath and E.E. mat are popped up on dimensionals, and the greeting was die cut and popped up further.
I used a little Wink of Stella on the embossed pine boughs for a subtle shimmer, and added a double bow to complete the card.
That's all I have for today. It was fun being between the two talented guys on our design team! Click NEXT to see what Mike at Stampin-Style has made!
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