Thursday, July 18, 2019

Third Thursdays Blog Hop - Christmas in July

Welcome once again to our Third Thursdays Blog Hop! This month, our theme for the hop is Christmas in July. Everyone on the hop will be featuring projects to get you in the holiday spirit! Christmas is just 5 short months away, so it’s a great time to get to creating. 

Today, I am featuring a “fancy fold” diorama card using the Winter Woods stamp set and coordinating In the Woods dies. This wintery scene came together pretty easily but has a LOT of texture and dimension. If you have never tried creating a diorama card, I encourage you to. They are a lot of fun to make! I’ve listed the measurements below. 

For my team meeting this month, I created our make and take projects around “fancy fold” cards and this was one of the cards everyone made. (I’ll share the other 2 soon.) Everyone at the meeting really enjoyed making this card and loved how it could be easily displayed. The only stamping on the card is the sentiment, which makes it even easier. 

I really like the tree die-cut because of all of the added details. Those little “snow drifts” were also created with a die in this set. I layered them on the front and then added two more under the tree, inside the card. The background is is embossed with the Woodland Embossing Folder which paired up perfectly with the stamps and dies. 
 Today’s Colors: 

 Card Measurements: 

  • Real Red Cardstock - 5-1/2” x 6-1/4” (2 pieces)
  • On the 6-1/4” side of BOTH pieces, score at 1/2”, 1”, 5-1/4” and 5-3/4” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock (front of card) - 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Smoky Slate Cardstock (embossed with Woodland embossing folder) - 3-3/4” x 5” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock (front of card, stamped sentiment and die-cut using In the Woods die) - 2” x 4” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock (inside card, die-cut suing In the Woods die) - 1-1/2” x 3-3/4” 
  • Shimmery White Cardstock to die cut 2 of the tree images from the In the Woods dies
As shown in the photo above, I layered the Whisper White cardstock on top of one of the Real Red pieces and used the Stitched Nested Labels dies to cut through both pieces. Then, I burnished the score lines as you can see in the photo. Once you add the elements to each layer, the card is held together by adding adhesive to the folded “tabs” on either side of the card. 
To create the shimmer detail on the embossed Smokey Slate layer, I mixed up a couple of drops of Champagne Mist Shimmer paint with rubbing alcohol (70% works best) in a Stampin Spritzer. Just make sure to shake it up really well before you spritz. It creates a gorgeous sparkly detail and dries quickly because of the rubbing alcohol. 

For some added dimension, I layered two fo the die-cut trees together using Mini Stampin Dimensionals and then layered them on the card using more Mini Dimensionals. It really added a lot to the tree. Of course, a tree this fancy isn’t complete until you add some bling, right? The Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels were the perfect finishing touch! 
What I really like about this style of card is that it easily folds flat to fit in an envelope but really has a “wow factor” for the recipient. 

I hope you have enjoyed my card today. Please leave a comment to say hello and let me know that you stopped by. Make sure to check out all of the projects featured in our Third Thursdays Blog Hop for July

From here you will be headed to visit the wonderfully talented Susan Legits. Click below to hop on over to her blog. Have a great day! 

Third Thursdays Blog Hop - July 2019

Kimberley Morris
Angie McKenzie
Krystal Roberts
Anne Marie Hile (you are here)
Susan Legits

Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Have a HAPPY day today! 
-Anne Marie

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  1. What a fun design! This is pretty Anne Marie!

  2. This is just breathtaking! I love the Smoky Slate in the background, it's perfect. Thanks so much for sharing :-D

  3. Love the card! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Very pretty! I'm going to have to get those dies!

  5. Absolutely AMAZING!!!! Love the color combination. Thanks for the inspiration, Anne Marie. xx

  6. This is STUNNING! I am pinning this for future reference...a perfect card for my stamp club girls!


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