Monday, 18 July 2011

It's still Christmas...

More Christmas in July projects for you – scroll down because there are two projects again today. First up is this (I think) lovely card using Welcome Christmas.

To make this card, we stamped the wreath on a Very Vanilla panel – because the stamps we were using were clear-mount, we could see exactly where to stamp without using a Stamp-a-ma-jig®.

The greeting was stamped on a separate piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out with scissors. I think a few of the ladies were hoping for a punch to do this for them but no, they had to do it by hand. It kept them quite for a bit longer anyway!

The rest of the card is simple layering with the addition of two kinds of ribbon for texture.

The final touch, again, were rhinestones but look! This time they’re red! (And one of them has shifted a bit – oops.) We achieved this effect by colouring them in with a permanent marker while still on the backing sheet. We used a Sharpie; Wilko sell small red ones individually, as I discovered to my irritation once I’d splashed out on a full pack of mixed colours!

Stamps: Welcome Christmas
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Real Red
Paper: Jolly Holiday
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon – Old Olive, 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon – Real Red, Basic Rhinestones

The second Christmassy project I have to show you today is this rather fabby decoration. I totally stole this idea from a Canadian demonstrator called Julie, who made these with her children last Christmas. As soon as I saw them on her blog, I emailed my cousin in Canada and asked her to hunt them down in the dollar store, which she very kindly did – and cleared the shelves!

Enough waffling, here’s how to recreate this effect. The same technique would work with chipboard letters.

  1. Press the word into a Versamark pad so that it is completely covered on one side.
  2. Sprinkle with Heat & Stick powder, tap off the excess and heat until it is all melted.
  3. Sprinkle with glitter, making sure it’s completely covered, then tap off the excess.
  4. Heat gently again to keep the glitter in place.
Supplies used: Cosmo Fine Glitter, Heat & Stick Powder, Heat Gun, Versamark pad, elastic cord - Silver

All products by Stampin' Up!®


  1. I'm loving all your christmas cards especially the one above. I need to buy this stamp set now.

  2. Lovely card but that NOEL is fantastic - so pretty!!


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