Today I'm getting back to a red-and-green theme for my Christmas colors. Also, you may remember that I said that there may be some of my December cards that I'll make multiple copies of for my own Christmas cards. Let me tell you that this is NOT one of those cards!
This group of Stampin' Up! colors almost evokes a bit of a vintage feel, though I've not "roughed up" my papers at all today, and that's something of a feature in true vintage/shabby cards.
But I like the way the Sahara Sand cardstock works with the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green. And I especially enjoyed figuring out how I wanted to use these colors in the Stampin' Up! Christmas Bauble Stamp. This is a stamp that can be purchased all by itself, which is a great idea for such a fun stamp. To make the ornament image, I stamped the image on both Sahara Sand Cardstock and on a piece of Graden Green paper from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack. I completely colored in the image on the Sahara Sand cardstock just to see how I might want to work with the various parts. Once I saw what I'd done, I ended up cutting out the bottom point, the middle section, and the topmost strip. Then I let the rest of the ornament I'd stamped on the Graden Green DSP show through.
To finish the base of the ornament, I colored in the hanger top with the Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker. Then I embellished the ornament, first punching three 1/4" Real Red Cardstock circles using the 1/4" Circle Handheld Punch and added them to the ornament to form the holly berries. Then I added a Garden Green Candy Dot to the center of the ornament. Once the ornament was finished, I adhered it to the Real Red Cardstock layer using Stampin' Dimensionals. It would have fit into the square, but really tightly. Instead, I placed it so the tip of the holly goes above the edge of the layer. Remember that I'm using a set of layouts from my 2010 eBook, and I'm trying my very best to stay within the measurements that I used in those layers. It's a bit of a challenge for me!
The last part of this layout was the greeting, and I chose two of the words from the Photopolymer Stamp Set, Endless Wishes. You may notice that, for the green mat, I used the same sheet of paper from the Trim the Tree DSP Stack that I used in the ornament. I really like the way this tied the project together.
These are really great products to use to make Christmas cards. Just click on the photo of any of the products to find out more about them – and to purchase them in my Stampin' Up! store if you'd like!