It’s Saturday and time for another Christmas card. In fact, I think I may have found my main Christmas card for 2020. I won’t make my final decision until the end of October (when I really get serious about Christmas cards). But today’s card is in the running.
Creating the Card Base
By the time I started this card, I knew basically where I was going with it. I wanted a layer of strips of printed paper. But the size layer I was considering would leave quite a bit of just plain white cardstock showing around it. So off I went to find an embossing folder that would complement the rest of the design. I do own the lovely Winter Snow
Embossing Folder. But that has snowflakes, and my card was going to have poinsettias. I ended up using the Hammered Metal Embossing Folder. My card base was a standard 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ high made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock. So I cut a piece of regular weight Whisper White Card Cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″ and embossed that. I looked at both sides of the embossed cardstock and decided on the side where the edges of the design are more prominent. I think it works well!
A Pick a Punch Makes It Easy!
The featured”layer” for this card is a group of 3/4″ strips of Christmas printed paper, punched with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. The papers are all from the Tis The Season Designer Series Paper set. Cut each of the strips 1/4″ longer than you want your finished “label” to be. I cut mine 4″ long. I wanted the label section to be in the center on my card, so I adhered the middle label first, using a ruler to measure the location. After that I just adhere each label right next to the previous one. Most of the time I like to arrange strips in some sort of symmetrical order. So this was light in the middle, then green on either side, and then red top and bottom. But it’s going to look good no matter how you arrange your colors and/or prints.
Arranging the Poinsettia Center
The poinsettia designs on the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper match poinsettias in the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set. I decided to stamp and cut out one of the matching poinsettias, using Whisper White cardstock and Real Red Ink. Then I arranged it over the same shape on the Specialty Paper and adhered it using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I cut out a large section of the Specialty Paper around where I’d adhered the poinsettia and then trimmed it to make a 2-3/4″ square.
Helping the Flocked Paper Stand Out
When I laid the poinsettia element onto the section of paper strips, I felt that the flocked paper seemed to blend in with the background too much. So I cut another 2-3/4″ square of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and adhered the poinsettia layer to it. To adhere it, I again used Multipurpose Glue and just applied it under the poinsettia shape so that the glue wouldn’t show through the flocked paper. The paper is very stiff so it doesn’t curl up around the edges where there is no glue.
Finishing the Card
There wasn’t much left for this card than creating a sentiment layer. For this, I used the same Pick a Punch as I used for the strips in the main layer. I stamped a sentiment from the Poinsettia stamp set on a 1/2″ wide strip and matted it with Shaded Spruce Cardstock cut at 3/4″. I would usually adhere my sentiment over to the bottom right. But something told me it was opposite day, so there it is on the left. I like it!
Then, as I was admiring my card, I realized that it needed some bling. Three beautiful Champagne Rhinestones to the rescue as they became the berries in the center of the flower.
The Bottom Line
Last month I posted several greeting card ideas using punched papers/cardstock to create a featured layer for cards. I really can’t stop doing that because it makes creating a card so easy. For just a little work, I end up with a stunning card. That’s what Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper does for me. So today’s bottom line is, if you’re struggling with coming up with a design idea, bring out the papers and punches!