Today is the first day that my Stampin’ Up! customers can order a whole new line of Stampin’ Up! products. It’s called Curvy Celebrations. And it’s not just Christmas! This set of products includes a bundle that will be featured in the upcoming January – June 2021 Mini Catalog. And yes, you get a pre-order just as we do. What, you haven’t even finished with Christmas let alone started thinking about spring? Well, me neither. Which is why I’m focusing today on the OTHER part of Curvy Celebrations – the Christmas part!
The stamp set is Curvy Christmas, and it goes perfectly with part of the new bundle also being offered – the Curvy Dies.
Matching the Curves
One of the best features of a Photopolymer stamp is the ability to maneuver it into slightly different shapes. Today I’m going to share with you how I worked with the Curvy Christmas Stamp Set to make two of the linear stamps follow the curves that I wanted them to follow.
This is the card that I made using both the Curvy Christmas Stamp Set and the Curvy Dies.
And this is a picture of the Stamp Set. You can see that the curves on the card are a bit different from the curves in the stamp set picture. To make the stamps the shape that I want them, I die-cut the cardstock before I stamp.
The Stamparatus Is the Key
Here are the steps that I took to make the stamp set match the curves that I chose for my card.
Step 1: I measured the height of both the sentiment strip and the tree strip. I added those together and added the amount of space I wanted to be between the two stamped images. It ended up that I wanted the cutting edges of both dies to be about 1-5/8” to 1-3/4” apart.
Step 2: I placed the Whisper White Cardstock I was using on the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine’s Magnetic Cutting Plate. But I also put a piece of plain copy paper underneath the cardstock.
Step 4: I placed only the cardstock in a corner of the Stamparatus. Then I closed the plate of the Stamparatus and laid the plain paper shape directly over the cardstock shape and used transparent tape to tape the plain paper in place. The photo is at the left.
Step 5: I opened the plate and attached each of the stamps to the plate arranging them along the line of the curves. The photopolymer stamp will stick to the plate where you put it regardless of where its natural curve is. Make sure that stamp know YOU are in charge!
More About This Card
The Shaded Spruce and White Polka Dot paper and the Cherry Cobbler and White Stars paper are both from the Classic Christmas 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper set that is being offered with the Curvy-themed products. I stamped the images using Shaded Spruce Ink, and I embellished the card with stars and Gold Tinsel Trim from the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley (already in my collection and maybe yours).
What’s Being Offered as Part of Curvy Celebrations
There are four items that you may purchase, beginning Tuesday, November 3rd, as part of this Stampin’ Up! Promotion:
- The Quite Curvy Bundle, a product featured in the next Mini Catalog. This includes the Quite Curvy Stamp Set and the Curvy Dies. Product # 156228, $41.25 USD/$55.75 CAD
- The Christmas Curvy Photopolymer Stamp Set. Product # 155364, $21.00 USD/$29.00 CAD
- The Classic Christmas 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper. Product # 155969, $11.50 USD/$15.75
- The Quite Curvy Variety Bundle, all the above. Product # 158396, $70.50 USD/$96.00 CAD.
The stamp set that will be in the next Mini Catalog is just as beautiful as the Christmas Stamp Set. But I’m so busy getting ready for the holidays right now, that I think I’ll wait for a bit before I start thinking about Spring!
The Bottom Line
My personal opinion is that this is a promotion that can’t steer you wrong. For one thing, once you’ve mailed out your last Christmas card you may be SOOO ready for something new for the spring. Why not get a head start on that so you’re ready to start making friendship and birthday cards as soon as possible!