Christmas with Pretty Pines

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko with Pretty Pines thinlits and Warmth and Cheer DSP.

Christmas with Pretty Pines and Warmth and Cheer

This card combines two of my favorite items from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. They are actually part of two different suites, but they still go so well together! I’m referring, of course, to the Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies and Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper.

Pretty Pines cuts out such delicate little pine leaves, that when you put a couple of them together they actually look like the texture of a real pine tree! The pinecones also look gorgeous cut out in any neutral color, white, or from a metallic foil sheet; you can’t go wrong.

When paired up with Warmth and Cheer, I am reminded of our Christmas trees growing up. We have this really pretty red and gold plaid ribbon that we always wrapped around our tree, and we saved it from year to year, carefully winding it up after Christmas and storing it with the ornaments.

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Directions

Background layers

  1. Cut a Basic Black card base.
  2. Cut a Crumb Cake panel 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a piece of Basic Black the same width as the Crumb Cake panel and about 2″ (5 cm) tall.
  4. Cut a piece of Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper the same width as the Bassic Black cardstock, but 1/8″ (.3 cm) shorter.
  5. Tear a piece of sheet music patterned This Christmas Designer Series Paper at a slight angle.
  6. Dry fit these layers together. Don’t glue yet!
  7. Stamp the sentiment on the left side of the Crumb Cake layer with black ink.
  8. Note where the sheet music is. I drew a light pencil line along the edge.
  9. Remove all layers.
  10. Ink a pine bough stamp from Christmas Pines with Garden Green. Stamp it off once on scratch paper, then stamp it on the card at an angle between the sentiment and the location of the sheet music paper.
  11. Replace the layers and adhere.

Decorative Layers

  1. Cut 3 sizes  of pine boughs (1 of each) out of Wild Wasabi cardstock.
  2. Cut a sprig shape out of Real Red.
  3. Cut a pinecone shape out of gold foil. I liked the look of the holes still filled, so I did not punch them out. I cut out an additional solid pinecone shape out of Crumb Cake and glued it to the back so the holes would not fall out later.
  4. Tie a bow with both colors of Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine.
  5. Arrange these layers.
  6. Adhere pinecone with a dimensional. Adhere all other pieces with glue dots.

Color Combination

This is a traditional Christmas color scheme, with some bonus colors added. Gold is perhaps the most noticeable, since the pinecone is a focal point. Metallic colors are a great way to add an elegant touch to a Christmas card to make it a bit more fancy. Less noticeable, but no less important to this card is black. The dark black outlines the panels, with two thick lines pointing straight at the focal point to draw attention. It is repeated in the sentiment and in both papers, bringing a sense of continuity, or unity, to the card.

Color combo: Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Gold

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials

Cardstock:Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Real Red (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Gold Foil, Warmth and Cheer, This Christmas (c) Stampin Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Christmas Pines (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine (c) Stampin’ Up!

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