I just had to use the Holiday Home stamp set for our second card. Shame on me but I hadn’t used it since purchasing the set about a month ago! This was the proper time.
*By the way, you can purchase the Holiday Home stamp set and the Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies separately or you can purchase them in a BUNDLE and SAVE 15%.
In our library setting, supplies are passed around the table, step by step. We’re in no rush and usually finish well before our designated 3 p.m. end time so I not usually worried that we’d go overtime. When the group was new to stamping, in 2004, we almost always went ‘overtime’ because there was so much learning going on. But after about a year we started finishing early every month. Skills had developed. We’re always getting new participants but now those who are sitting next to them kind of hold their hand and share what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. It’s been fun to witness the progress.
In case you’re wondering, I consider this fun event as my community service so I charge only $3 for 2 cards, including envelopes. $1 goes to the Library and $2 goes to me for supplies and prep.
Back to our card now:
We used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to stamp the snowflakes in the Smoky Gray sky. Then we turned to stamping the house using Jet Black StazOn ink and two (or three) trees using Garden Green ink on a piece of Whisper White scrap paper. We used the StazOn ink because it dries quickly and will not smear on the Whisper White card stock. You can also color using the Stampin’ Markers without the ink bleeding.
Cut out the trees with Paper Snips. If you don’t have Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Snips I highly suggest to treat yourself to a pair. They are awesome. Precise. Super sharp. Efficient. End of sales pitch.
Color over the Garden Green trunks with the Cajun Craze marker. Use Real Red ink to stamp the ‘lights’ on the front of the house. Use the Real Red marker around the windows and door. Stamp the wreath on the front door using Garden Green ink. Color the chimney in (leave some little white spots) with the Cajun Craze marker.
Use the Big Shot and the Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies to cut out the decorated house.
Take a piece of Whisper White card stock trimmed to 3″ x 4″. Along the 4″ side and pulling the paper toward you, tear it into three pieces. You will be making ‘hills and drifting snow’ so don’t worry about any kind of precision in the tearing! On the edge where the tear is exposed, spread some 2-Way Glue and then sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Place the first piece about 2-1/2″ – 3″ from the bottom edge. Attach with Snail adhesive. Then layer the second piece and finally the third piece which has the cut corners and will anchor the ‘snow’ to the card front.
Attach the house, trees and snowman with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Final step: Using StazOn ink, position Santa’s sleigh in the sky.
What’s a card without a beautiful Stampin’ Up! envelope??? Once you use one you’ll be spoiled. They are so silky yet sturdy and they take ink beautifully. Our class always stamps something on the envelope to coordinate with their card. No ‘naked envelopes’ go through our post office!
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card. It was fun just watching it grow with the addition of every little piece. I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow.