Lovely as a Tree – Silent Night Scene

Hey Stampers,

I know you can’t wait for the Holiday Catalog to be released – I can’t either! I have so many new projects to show you in the coming weeks, its going to be mindblowingly (I think I made that word up) amazing. But in the meantime, since I just can’t wait to start turning out holiday cards, lets play with some of the great elements in the Annual Catalog for Christmas.

Today, I’ll be creating a scene reminiscent of the still of night after a snow storm. I’m using a stamp from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, one of the Lots of Labels framelits, and ink in Basic Gray and Night of Navy.

I stamped my trees in Basic Gray ink on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. I’ll end up trimming down some excess after inking, but this gives me a good starting point (especially if I manage to stamp slightly off-center). I use gray ink as opposed to black because it makes it easier to mimic the muted tones of a moonlit evening. Black stands out and doesn’t blend as well, though its perfect if you’re doing a sunset.

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I stamped my tree image a second time on a scrap piece of paper and cut around the shape of the hills to use as a mask for inking. Next, I added my “night sky” with a sponge dauber, using my mask to keep the ink of my snow-covered hills. The best way to make your moonlit sky look realistic is to designate “moon location” and make sure that the lightest areas of your background are those where light would reflect the most. Once I finished my sky, I removed the mask and blended a small amount of color into the hills. I completed my hills with my Wink of Stella glitter pen (yes, the dye ink will bleed a small amount, but I let it help me blend my color into the cardstock).

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For the top layer, I cut a piece of Whisper White thick cardstock to 4×5.25 and used a Lots of Labels framelits die to cut out the center for my window. I added dimensionals to the back and adhered my scene to my A2 card base and then the window on top. Lastly, I stamped a sentiment on Night of Navy cardstock and added a layered snowflake on one side.

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That’s my card for today! Please comment below or send me a message if you have any questions. I list all of my materials for this card in the table below. If this card inspires you to make something similar, I’d love to see it!

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If you’d like to take a class on window cards or stamp masking, check my calendar or message me for party with your friends.

Happy Stamping!

 

Fun Fold Card Class – Christmas in July

Hey Stampers,

I’m excited to preview the cards we’re making at this month’s card class. We’re doing a “fun fold” class and focusing on our holiday items. It will be a great time with friends, learning new techniques for wow cards and getting ahead on the Christmas to-do list!

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Each lady will learn two different card folds AND make two matching boxes for treats and presents using Stampin’ Up! punch boards, dies, designer series paper, and embellishments. If you’re going to join us this weekend, I can’t wait to see you! If you’d like to book a party or workshop with me, contact me here. 🙂

 

Christmas in July Bundles for Bonus Days

Do you like to plan ahead? Are you one of those people who likes to avoid the holiday scramble? Why not start with a Christmas in July bundle from Stampin’ Up? Pick up a few coordinating holiday items so Christmas cards and party invitations will be a snap!

Christmas Basics Bundle – The basics you need to make cards or invitations with a matching favor or treat box, featuring our Christmas Designer Series Paper.

The designer series paper, coordinating cardstock, and Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits dies are great additions to any craft stash and will add some holiday versatility for just $54. Don’t forget about Bonus Days! Purchasing the Christmas Basics bundle in July means you’ll get a $5 bonus coupon from Stampin’ Up! for August!
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Deck the Halls Bundle – The more the merrier! This bundle includes more goodies to bolster your spirits: everything from the basics bundle above plus matching ink pads, three stamp sets, dies and gold ribbon. All of these items together for $159! You can send handmade holiday happy mail to the whole family. This month, the Deck the Halls Bundle qualifies you for $15 in Bonus Days coupons from Stampin’ Up! Email me at casey@caseyolin.com to grab your bundle before the Bonus Days promotion ends.