Sunday, October 24, 2021

Christmas Season for PP564

Happy Sunday, friends!
Time for a new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, the always lovely LeAnne is hosting our Sketch Challenge.
Sketch Challenges are always my favorite! I love looking at the layout and then thinking about what stamp sets I want to use to create my card. Right before I sat down to create my card for this challenge, UPS dropped off an order from Stampin’ Up! Perfect timing, right? New stamping goodies are always wonderful for creative inspiration. As soon as I saw the Christmas Season stamp set and coordinating Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper in my box, the idea for my card was born!  

*I’ve listed all of the measurements and details for my card below and there is a full supply list at the very end of this post.
Color Combo: 
I really like the three panels on the front of the card and thought they would be great to showcase some of the beautiful Painted Christmas DSP. For whatever reason, the pinecone pattern really stuck out to me. The earthy color combo is so perfect for a holiday card with a rustic feel to it. I also added a little sparkle to the card with a small circle of Soft Succulent Shimmer Vellum behind the pinecone and also accented the darker ink on the pinecone with Wink of Stella. The Shimmer Vellum is absolutely beautiful in-person, I’ve been using it a lot lately. 

Here’s a funny story. I was so excited that the layout would fit the “Merry Christmas” sentiment from my new Christmas to Remember stamp set perfectly. I wasn’t paying attention to the ink pads in front of me and stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink instead of Soft Suede, which was my intention. I didn’t even realize it until I went to photograph my card and thought “That sentiment looks a lot darker than the pinecone”. I think it still works because there is some Early Espresso in the DSP. It’s not that bad…I mean, I could have stamped it in orange. Now THAT would have really stuck out! Haha! 
Card Measurements & Details: 
  • Soft Suede Card Base: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, scored at 4-1/4"
  • Soft Sea Foam Cardstock: 5-1/4” x 4” 
  • Soft Succulent Cardstock: 5-1/8” x 3-7/8”, emboss using the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder, sponge some Crumb cake ink around the edges
  • Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper: 1-1/2” x 3-1/4”, 3 pieces
  • Soft Suede Cardstock: scrap to die cut a 2” scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Dies
  • Soft Succulent Shimmer Vellum: scrap to die cut a 1-7/8” circle from the Layering Circles Dies
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock: 4” x 1/2”, stamp sentiment in Early Espresso (or Soft Suede ink) and banner punch the left side using the Tailored Tag Punch
  • Basic White Cardstock: scrap to stamp the pinecone images using Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks, die cut using the Seasonal Labels Dies and accent with Wink of Stella
  • Linen Thread and Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Basic White Cardstock (inside card): 5-1/4” x 4", stamp sentiment in Soft Suede ink
  • Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper (inside card): 5-1/4” x 3/4”   
Finally, a peek inside the card! I simply added a strip of DSP and a coordinating sentiment from the Christmas to Remember stamp set. There you have it, another Christmas card all ready to mail out!  

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project this awesome Sketch ChallengeWe’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday October 29th, 2021

Be sure to stop by and say hello to The Paper Players Design Team:  

Anne Marie Hile (that’s me!) 

Thanks for stopping by today! All of the products that 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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Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Have a HAPPY day today! 

-Anne Marie

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  1. Totally gorgeous and a great way to use all those new products! I kind of ignored that shimmery vellum in the catalog, but it sure looks gorgeous here. Perfect take on my sketch!

  2. Anne Marie, this is a gorgeous use of this fabulous DSP and your pine cone looks perfect. Fabulous use of the sketch

  3. Anne Marie, This is such a pretty Christmas card! Those papers are so lovely! I love everything you make! Have a good week!

  4. Oh, I like this, Anne Marie! What a pretty Christmas card!

  5. You are too funny, Anne Marie! I think the darker brown sentiment is best because it show up boldly. I LOVE your card, the colors and patterns are beautiful!

  6. Beautiful Anne Marie - new products are always fun to play with and your pine cone card is festive yet fresh too. Lovely!

  7. That's a lovely Christmas card both inside and outside. I love the pinecone accent with those great seasonal colors!

  8. I lust love the soft woodsy feel of these colors! The texture on the Soft Succulent layer is a great subtle detail. The shimmer vellum is perfect behind the did that not make it onto one of my orders yet?? Have a great weekend!


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Anne Marie