Well, it's November already! Are you getting ready with your handcrafted seasonal cards? Mine are always Christmas cards, and I've gotten a start on them.
Stampin' Up! boasts some beautiful stamp sets, coordinating dies, Designer Series Papers and embellishments to make seasonal card making fun and easy.
For some reason, jingle bells always speak to me and evoke wintery sights and sounds. When I spotted the Cherish the Season set on page 33 of the mini catalog, and the acompanying dies, Sounds of the Seasons, found on the same page, I must admit I was completely smitten. And that just so happens to rhyme with the seasonal word "mitten"!
Using some of the Stampin' Up! Gold Foil Sheets, I cut out one of the large jingle bells from the Sounds of the Season dies. An exquisite bell when cut from this paper, I added a piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock behind the cut out holly leaves and berries to complete the look. A couple of the pine branches behind the bell adds to its credibility. And topped off with a bow tied from gold cord -- beautiful!
I used a die from the Painted Labels dies (page 177) as a sort of wreath behind the bell. And the sentiment was added to a label cut with the Stitched Rectangles dies (page 183).
A little gold thread on either side of the sentiment label echoed the gold featured in the bell.
Following are the supplies list and the directions to make a card similar to this.
Granny Apple Green cardstock
Very Vanilla cardstock
Shaded Spruce cardstock
Gold Foil Sheets
Designer Series Paper that coordinates with the colors
Shaded Spruce ink
Stampin' Write Marker in Real Red
Stitched Rectangles dies (page 183, Annual Catalog)
Painted Labels dies (page 177, Annual Catalog)
Sounds of the Season sies (page 33, Mini Catalog)
Cherish the Season stamp set (Page 33, Mini Catalog)
18" gold metallic cord
18" gold thread
Mini Glue Dots
Die Cutting/Embossing Machine
Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.
Add to this card base a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of your chosen Designer Series Paper.
Cut a swoopy circle with the Painted Labels die from Very Vanilla cardstock.
From the Gold Foil cardstock, cut the large jingle bell using the die from the Sounds of the Season set. Add a 1/2" strip of Granny Apple Green cardstock behind the cut out holly leaves. Trim off the excess edges. Using a Stampin' Write Marker in Real Red, fill in the holly berries.
Cut the two pieces of evergreen from Shaded Spruce cardstock using the dies from the Sounds of the Season set. Adhere these pieces as you wish to the back of the bell.
Using an 18' length of gold metallic cord, tie it in a bow, and use a glue dot to attach it to the top of the bell.
Use a few Stampin' Dimensionals to add the bell to the center of the Very Vanilla wonky circle. Adhere this piece flat to the card front, leaving even margins at the top and sides.
In Shaded Spruce ink, stamp the sentiment from the Cherish the Season set to a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Cut this out using the die that measures 7/8" x 2 7/8" from the Stitched Rectangles set.
Take an 18" length of metallic gold thread and loop it back and forth across the back of the sentiment label. To make this easier, I run a dry adhesive over the back of the label, and each time I make a loop with the thread, I am careful to have it catch on the adhesive. This makes it so much easier to control and to adjust if your loops don't look just right.
Attach this to the lower portion o the card with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals.