Cozy Critters Lost in the Mail

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko with Cozy Critters stamps and Pretty Pines Thinlits from Stampin' Up!

Cozy Critters Lost in the Mail

We all make mistakes. Sometimes little ones, sometimes big ones. Hopefully we can learn from our mistakes. The lesson I learned from this Cozy Critters card didn’t have so much to do with paying attention to the details on the card itself, and more to do with paying attention to the details on the envelope.

This card was supposed to be mailed to Atlanta for a one-for-one card swap (arranged by the amazing Brian King). Instead, after almost a month in the mail, it arrived back in my own mailbox. After much squinting to figure out what had happened, Mr. Stamp Witch figured out for me that I had copied a 2 instead of a 5 at one point in the address.

Oops!

I will now be very, very careful with addressing my Christmas cards for the year. You should be, too. Check everything twice. Or maybe even three times! Don’t make the same mistake I made, or poor Great Aunt Agatha may think you forgot about her this year!

Christmas card with Cozy Critters stamps and Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

 Card Directions

  1. Cut a Whisper White card base.
  2. Cut a Basic Black panel 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a Wild Wasabi panel 5/8″ (0.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Cut another Basic Black panel 1-1/4″ (3.1 cm) smaller than the card base.
  5. Cut a Whisper White panel 1-5/8″ (3.4 cm) smaller than the card base.
  6. Die cut several pine branch shapes from Wild Wasabi cardstock using Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies. Adhere these to the border of the Wild Wasabi panel. Trim off any branches that run off the edges.
  7. For a somewhat flattened look, like the paper is embossed, run this layer through an embossing machine.
  8. On the Whisper White panel, stamp the sentiment in Pumpkin Pie ink.
  9. On a spare piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the fox from Cozy Critters in Pumpkin Pie ink (three times) and in Cherry Cobbler (once).
  10. Punch out a Pumpkin Pie fox body, tail, and head using the Fox Builder Punch (or fussy cut it out).
  11. Fussy cut out the scarf from the Cherry Cobbler fox. Adhere the scarf and the tail to the fox body.
  12. Adhere the fox body and head to the card using dimensionals. Use two layers of dimensionals under the fox’s head for added depth.
  13. Adhere the Whisper White layer to the small Basic Black panel and tie the Cherry Cobbler ribbon around these two layers. Add a bow.
  14. Adhere the remaining layers together.

For near perfect bows, adhere a straight piece of ribbon flat around a card. Use a second short piece of ribbon and tie it around the first piece of ribbon. Use a glue dot as an added insurance that your bow won’t go anywhere (except maybe to Atlanta and back).

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko with Cozy Critters stamps by Stampin' Up!

A Wild Christmas Color Combination

This color combination may be a little atypical for Christmas, but it has a cute fox in it, so orange is a must! Cherry Cobbler and Wild Wasabi would otherwise be a pretty standard Christmas color combination. The orange definitely shakes up expectations and makes you pay attention.

Color combination: Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Cozy Critters, Christmas Pines (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches and Dies: Fox Builder Punch, Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, Cherry Cobbler Ribbon (from the Silky Taffeta Combo Pack) (c) Stampin’ Up!

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