Jolly Friends Moose for This Christmas

Christmas card with Jolly friends stamps and This Christmas DSP from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Jolly Friends Moose for This Christmas

Sometimes you have a stamp, like this adorable moose from the Jolly Friends set and you can’t wait to use it. You just know that anything you make with it will be adorable, because how could it not be?

Well… sometimes it isn’t that easy.

I struggled with this card. It happens to all of us at some point! I made this little moose and knew I wanted him on the card somewhere, but I tried about twenty different variations over the course of two days to try to make something, I kept adding things and substituting one thing for another, and nothing was clicking. When this happens, don’t give up!

I took a break, then came back to my workspace and cleaned it.  I got rid of all the scraps and bits of things I had tried to make work, and put away all my tools. Once I had a clean slate without all the visual distractions, I started again.

I ended up just simplifying everything: less layers, less color all over, less embellishments. And what do you know, it works!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #72!


Thank you to the Stamp Ink Paper crew for selecting my Paisley Thank You Card as the winner for last week’s color challenge! I play along with challenges because I am inspired by the challenge, the design team examples, and (to be honest) the deadlines! Actually winning a challenge is a bonus and a huge honor. Thanks, SIP!

For this week’s challenge, I used the Lots of Labels Framelits shape instead of a square. Other than that minor change, I didn’t deviate much from the sketch. In the finished version of the card that is; you should have seen some of the crazy things I tried to make work!

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Jolly Friends stamps and This Christmas DSP from Stampin' Up!


Card Directions

  1. Card Base: Cut a Very Vanilla card base.
  2. Cut a piece of This Christmas Designer Series Paper the same height as the card base and 2-1/4″ (5.6 cm) wide. Adhere it to the card base.
  3. Frame Shape: Cut two of the second largest shape from the Lots of Labels Framelit Dies.
  4. Take one of the shapes from the previous step and cut the third largest shape from Lot of Labels out from the center to make a frame.
  5. Place the frame over the second lots of labels shape as a guide. Stamp the sentiment from the Snow Place stamp set inside the frame with Cherry Cobbler Ink.
  6. Take the newly stamped shape and emboss the top 3/4 with your favorite snowflake or polka dot embossing folder. I used one by Darice that I picked up at the craft store, but Softly Falling from Stampin’ Up! would be lovely, too.
  7. Adhere the frame shape to the sentiment shape with white glue.
  8. Moose: Stamp the moose image from the Jolly Friends stamp set onto Crumb Cake two times with black ink.
  9. For one of the moose shapes add Soft Suede ink to the face using a sponge to add a bit of a gradient. (Alternately, stamp onto Soft Suede paper for a more uniform color.)
  10. Fussy Cut out the Soft Suede head and fussy cut out the crumb cake head + antlers. Adhere the head on top of the head + antlers.
  11. I accented the eyes and nose of the moose with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to darken them a bit.
  12. Hat: Adhere a small scrap of This Christmas striped paper onto a scrap of cardstock. Punch out the hat shape from this double layered paper.
  13. Punch out the furry edge of the hat and the pom pom shape from Very Vanilla cardstock.
  14. Optional: Add black lines to the edges of the hat shapes with a Stampin’ Write Marker so the style of the hat matches the style of the moose.
  15. Adhere the pieces of the hat together and to the moose.
  16. Assembly: Use dimensionals to pop the moose up off of the frame shape.
  17. Use more dimensionals to pop the frame shape up off the card. Make sure there are supporting dimensionals underneath the frame shape to hold up the dimensionals that are underneath the moose! This helps make sure things don’t collapse when the card gets sent in the mail.

So there’s only 17 steps. I guess it looks simpler than it is. Still, it should take you much less time to make it than it took me (2+ days)! Good luck!

Christmas card by Natalie Lappako with the moose from the Jolly Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Traditional Christmas Color Combination

This is a traditional Christmas color scheme, taken straight from the This Christmas Designer Series Paper. I love modern color schemes for Christmas, but sometimes traditional is the way to go!

Color Combination: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Optional: Soft Suede (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: This Christmas Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Jolly Friends, Snow Place (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches and Dies: Jolly Hat Builder Punch, Lots of Labels Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: sponge, snowflake embossing folder (c) Darice

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