Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Delightful Decorations...

The Holiday Mini catalog from Stampin' Up has some wonderful stamps and paper this year, including this great set called "Delightful Decorations". When I saw it, I had instant visions of cards, gift tags and scrapbook page embellishments. What's even more fabulous about this set is that it has a matching Ornament punch (no cutting by hand-yay!) and a matching die for the Sizzix machine. I am also in love with their alternate Christmas colors in this paper line called "Holiday Lounge"- it's kinda funky and retro- a perfect accompaniment for this stamp set.

I started this card with a Ruby Red card base and stamped the small snowflake from the Delightful Decorations set on the background using the same color ink. I layered the Holiday Lounge paper onto a Bermuda Bay rectangle and added a piece of Bermuda Bay dotted grosgrain ribbon across the middle, plain side up before adhering to the card front. A quick greeting from the "Warm Words" set in Bermuda Bay, punched out with the large oval punch, and a scalloped oval punched from Ruby Red and teh base of the card was done.

Now onto the ornaments... The base for the ornaments was formed by two layers, Whisper White and Bermuda Bay, cut out with nested dies on the Sizzix machine. I stamped the ornaments in Sahara Sand, Ruby Red and Bermuda Bay ink and punched them out 1,2,3 with the Ornament punch (love it!!). Now for the really fun part- the hangers! I snipped a piece of silver colored wire (about 2" long) and wound the center of the wire around my piercing tool to make the spring part. I then wound the top part around the end of a paint brush to make the hanger and left a 0.5" tail on the other end to secure it under the ornament. You could also hook the tail end through a hole in your ornament so that it could actually be used as a paper ornament on a kids' tree, etc.

I adhered the ornaments onto the card front using dimensionals to pop them up a bit and added a think strip of patterned paper on the inside to finish it off. This is another quick and easy card for the holidays- it can be adapted with a pocket on the inside to hold a gift card or used to make placecards for your holiday dinner table- lots of great ideas!

Thanks for stopping by- hope your day is as bright and shiny as ours here in Houston!

Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Warm Words
Paper: Ruby Red, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge
Ink: Ruby Red, Bermuda Bay 
Accessories: Bermuda Bay dotted grosgrain ribbon, Ornament punch, Large oval punch, Scallop oval punch, silver wire, Sizzix Machine, nested dies

1 comment:

  1. Nice card!
    All colors combinations are impressive. Card is looking decent and cool. I really appreciate your creativity. I wonder why i could think like this. Thank you for sharing such a nice card.