Bookcase Builder Embossed Christmas
This elegant Christmas card is built around a stamp set and a paper that are not at all Christmas related: Bookcase Builder stamps and Petal Garden Designer Series Paper!
Origin of Ideas
I love to experiment and try combining different papers and stamps that no one else has tried combining. Sometimes those experiments don’t work out, and those experiments don’t even make it to a final card stage.
I’ve been really inspired by all of the deer cards cards people have been making with the Merry Patterns and Merry Mistletoe stamp sets, but those sets didn’t fit in my stamping budget this month. Instead I decided to add a little bit of that rustic look with some stamps that I do have: antlers from Bookcase Builder!
With the antler idea floating around in my head, the Global Design Project color challenge popped up. I have a couple different options for papers that have Old Olive in them; but one that I hadn’t used very much yet was Petal Garden Designer Series Paper.
This one pattern in particular had curling vines that sort of mimicked the shape of the antlers, so I thought I’d try stamping the antlers right on top of them with gold. Success! A background is born!
After I had my background, the rest of the card came together pretty easily. I added a Christmas sentiment, some Christmas die cuts for texture, and some layers to frame everything together.
This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #109!
Gold makes everything elegant. Black makes everything bold. Any color would look great with those two neutrals, but Old Olive is an especially beautiful, mellow, mature green perfect for Christmas! Together these colors make an elegant, bold, and beautiful Christmas combination.
A Big Thanks
Thanks to the GDP Design Team for selecting my project as a winner for last week’s CASE the Designer Challenge! I play along for the amazing ideas and inspiration from the design team, but it is a real honor to be selected as a winner! A million thank yous!
- First, cut a Whisper White card base.
- In VersaMark ink stamp antlers from the Bookcase Builder onto a piece of Petal Garden Designer Series Paper. Align the antlers with the center of the curly vine patterns. Clear photopolymer stamps help you line up the antlers with the same exact point every time! Stamp 3-4 antlers at a time so the ink doesn’t dry out.
- Sprinkle gold embossing powder over the VersaMark antlers. Tap off any excess. Continue to stamp antlers and add embossing powder until you have a card sized area covered.
- Heat the powder with a heat tool until the powder melts.
- Trim your your antler paper so it is about 3 antler rows wide. My paper was about 3/4″ less wide than my card base, so I also trimmed the height of my antler paper to 3/4″ less than the card base’s height.
- Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock 1/8″ larger than the antler paper.
- Adhere the antler paper and the Basic Black layer to the card base.
- With VersaMark ink, stamp the sentiment from Watercolor Christmas on Whisper White cardstock. Sprinkle with gold embossing powder, tap off any excess, then heat with a heat tool until the powder melts.
- Die cut the sentiment with Layering Oval Framelit Dies. Cut a coordinating scalloped oval shape from Basic Black cardstock. Adhere these two ovals together.
- Use Pretty Pines Thinlit dies to cut three pine boughs, one in Basic Black and two in Whisper White. Also, die cut two pinecone shapes out of Gold Glimmer Paper.
- Arrange the pine boughs, pinecones, and sentiment on the card. Adhere the pine boughs and pinecones using liquid glue.
- Use dimensionals to adhere the sentiment.
- Add black sequins in a triangle shape as an embellishment.
When cutting Glimmer Paper with dies, place the Glimmer Paper face down with the cutting edge of the die on the back side of the paper. This makes it easier to cut and helps keep your dies from wearing out. If your dies has words, though, you’ll have to cut the topside so your words don’t turn backwards!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Gold Glimmer Paper, Petal Garden Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Watercolor Christmas, Bookcase Builder (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies: Layering Oval Framelit Dies, Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: gold embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, Metallics Sequin Assortment (c) Stampin’ Up!
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