Foxy Friends and Pretty Pines

Christmas card with Fox Builder Punch and Pretty Pines thinlit dies from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Foxy Friends and Pretty Pines

I have been wanting to combine Foxy Friends with the Pretty Pines stamp set for ages! I’ve had this card in my head, just waiting to come out, and I finally got all the pieces I needed to make it. Woo!

I’m not going to lie, this is kind of a fussy card. There are lots of tiny pieces to cut out and glue, thin little die cut branches to arrange, bows to tie… and I love it!  All these pieces when added together give the card a lot of depth and a very real texture. There is a tactile quality to receiving a card like this, and it seems to me to be more fancy, more special. You get a feeling you don’t get from a store bought card, that someone made this for you.

I would totally make this card again, it was so much fun! I do like a challenge, though, and I don’t mind spending an inordinate amount of time on a single art project. No matter how long it takes, a card still goes way faster than a painting, drawing, or sculpture, which is part of why I love card making: I can make a new piece of art every day if I want!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #059!

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Christmas card with Fox Builder Punch and Christmas Pines stamps from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Card Directions

  1. Card: Cut a Crumb Cake card base.
  2. Cut a Bermuda Bay panel 5/8″ (1.5 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a Presents and Pinecones panel 3/4″ (1.8 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Adhere these panels together.
  5. Fox: Punch out fox shapes: 1 x Tangerine Tango (body, head, tail), 1 x Basic Black (nose), 2 x Very Vanilla (1 face, 1 tail tip, 2 ears).
  6. Stamp the fox’s eyes onto the face with black ink and adhere the face, ears, and nose to the head. White glue works well.
  7. Adhere the tip of the tail onto the tail. Set aside fox parts.
  8. Banner: Attach the sentiment to a clear block with a curve. I put my oval framelit below the clear block and matched the curve of the oval. Stamp onto Very Vanilla cardstock with black ink.
  9. Cut out the banner using a large and small oval shape. Position the two ovals around the sentiment to create an arch shape. Cut using a die cutting machine. Trim the ends into banner shapes.
  10. Foliage:  Die cut several pine boughs from Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay, and Wild Wasabi paper.
  11. With Tip Top Taupe ink, stamp two small pinecones onto Crumb Cake cardstock. Die cut them out with Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies.
  12. Arrange the fox pieces, banner, and foliage on the card base to determine the placement of all the elements.
  13. Adhere the pieces: Curl the banner to give it a little depth before adhering it, use a dimensional in the center and snail or white glue at the ends. Glue the fox’s body and the base of his tail flat to the card base. Use dimensionals for the tip of the tail and the head. Use glue dots or white glue to adhere the foliage. Use a dimensional to adhere the pinecones. Use a glue dot to adhere a bow made from gold Baker’s Twine to the top of the pinecones.

Christmas card with Fox Builder Punch, Presents and Pinecones DSP, and Pretty Pines thinlits from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Split Complementary Christmas Colors

These are a little bit of a deviation from the normal Christmas color palette, which makes the colors feel a little less traditional and a little more modern. First, we have Tangerine Tango instead of red and then we add Mint Macaron and Bermuda Bay to our “greens” even though they aren’t quite. All the colors are bright tints, with white mixed in, so they fit well together.

These are a split complementary color scheme, with Tangerine Tango on one side balanced out by a cluster of three blue-green colors. Since orange is the opposite, the fox really stands out as the focal point. I love contrasting colors like these, because they seem really vibrant!

Color combination: Tangerine Tango, Mint Macaron, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials

Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Mint Macaron, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tip Top Taupe (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Christmas Pines (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Other: dimensionals, gold twine from Baker’s Twine Trio Pack (c) Stampin’ Up!

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