Monday, 28 November 2011

Step up for Christmas

And this was my Make & Take, which I think everyone loved! This is one of the most popular images from Easy Events right now (might have something to do with the time year!) and here I’ve shown the basic Make & Take we did at the workshops (top), along with an example of a stepped-up version for those who have more time and resources at their disposal.

Some of the cards were Cherry Cobbler and some were Real Red, purely because I had a LOT of Make & Takes to pack up, and ran out of Cherry Cobbler towards the end!

Both cards see the image stamped in Lucky Limeade and the leaves coloured using the same ink pad and a blender pen. For the Make & Take, we coloured the berries in using a blender pen and either Real Red or Cherry Cobbler ink pad, according to which card base was used. But for the stepped up version, I wanted to make it look like real mistletoe, so coloured the berries using Frost White shimmer paint, applied with a cocktail stick. It looks fabulous, but took quite a while to dry, which is why we couldn’t do it at the home workshops.

Both cards feature the gorgeous new Scallop Dots Ribbon in Chocolate Chip, and a strip of Lucky Limeade cardstock, corrugated using the paper crimper. The stepped up version has the image mounted on an extra layer of Lucky Limeade cardstock – looks lovely but you might want to keep to the simpler version if you’re making a lot and are concerned about time, cost and postal weight.

You can also just see that I added a scalloped edge to the bottom card – this is using the fab new Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch with just the tiny scallops showing. Subtle but effective.

And finally, I finished off the bottom card with a flower button and a hint of linen thread.

Oops, nearly forgot to say that I totally CASEd this card from a Canadian demonstrator called Carrie Gaskin.

Stamps: Easy Events
Cardstock: Real Red/Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Paper Crimper, Scallop Dots Ribbon - Chocolate Chip, Linen Thread, Regals Buttons, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Blender Pen, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

All products by Stampin’ Up!®


  1. Both are very pretty and a great idea to show how to add 'just a little more' to our cards!

  2. Both are pretty cards Helen, the one I like more is the one on top! TFS.

  3. So pretty!! I have this set on order at the moment! I finally broke down and got it, after seeing so many awesome creations like yours!


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