No Bones About It, Christmas is Great!

Christmas cards featuring No Bones About It stamps and Presents and Pinecones DSP from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko..

No Bones About It, Christmas is Great!

It has been far too long since I have used a dinosaur stamp. Eons, it feels like. What is wrong with me? No Bones About it is one of my favorite stamps sets. Why haven’t I used it recently? Since it is now the Christmas card crafting season, I decided I wanted to somehow incorporate dinosaurs with the holiday. This cute little guy is a toy, just waiting to be unwrapped and bring joy to a child on Christmas.

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #62!

gdp062-sketch

I made two versions of this layout. The card with the Mint Macaron dinosaur follows the sketch most closely. The card with the Cherry Cobbler Dinosaur turns the sketch vertical and shrinks the crooked panels down a bit. On both cards the sentiment is on the little tag attached to the dinosaur’s neck. Do you recognize it?

Christmas cards by Natalie Lapakko with No Bones About It stamps and Presents and Pinecones DSP from Stampin' Up!

It’s a tiny sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set that says “To You and Yours”, but I only used the “To You” part. I didn’t even have to mask this, I just lined up the photopolymer stamp with the edge of my ink pad so only the words I wanted showing got inked up!

Card Directions (Red Dinosaur Card)

  1. Cut and fold a Whisper White card base.
  2. Cut an Emerald Envy panel 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Diecut a Whisper White stitched square using the largest square shape in the Stitched Shape Framelit Dies.
  4. Cut a Presents and Pinecones panel 1/2″ (1.2 cm) larger than the stitched square shape. Use the largest stitched square framelit to cut a hole in the center of this panel to create a frame.
  5. Die cut all three sizes of pine branch shapes from Mint Macaron cardstock using the Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies.
  6. Adhere these layer together. Adhere the pine branches first, then tilt the DSP frame and Whisper White layers slightly, turning one slightly clockwise and the other slightly counterclockwise. Optional: Put the Whisper White stitched layer up on dimensionals for added depth!
  7. Stamp a dinosaur from No Bones About It in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White cardstock. I sponged ink onto a stamp, layering more ink toward the bottom of the stamp for a gradient / ombre effect.
  8. Stamp some spots on his back, also in Cherry Cobbler.
  9. Fussy cut out the dinosaur with a hint of a white edge around it so it looks like it was die cut.
  10. Tie a piece of Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine around the dinosaur’s midsection.
  11. Stamp the sentiment on a 1/2″ (1.2 cm) strip of Whisper White cardstock. Cut into a tiny tag shape.
  12. Draw a small dot for the hole in the tag using a Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker.
  13. Dry fit the dinosaur and the tag where they will be on the final card.
  14. Draw a string connecting the dinosaur and the tag with a Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Marker. The string should extend a little bit under the dinosaur and the tag.
  15. Adhere the dinosaur and the tag to the card using dimensionals.

Dear Stampin’ Up! I have been very good this year. I would like No Bones About It Framelit Dies for Christmas. I have fussy cut so many dinosaurs…  Love, Natalie.

Christmas Card with No Bones About It stamps and Presents and Pinecones DSP from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

New Ombre Technique!

I have never tried this gradient / ombre effect before. I did it kind of by accident, but it worked really well! My Cherry Cobbler ink pad is very juicy, so if I stamp the dinosaur full strength, it is really dark. I decided to try sponging onto the stamp. It was a little too light (like in the top half) but it looked kind of cool. Having nothing to lose, I inked up the bottom half of the stamp with the sponge for a second time and stamped right on top of the previous image. Even with photopolymer see through stamps, I sometimes don’t get the image straight on, but I did this time! Next, I want to experiment to see if I could do this in one step instead of two.

Card Directions (Mint Dinosaur Card)

  1. Cut and fold a Whisper White card base.
  2. Cut a Cherry Cobbler panel 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a Presents and Pinecones panel 1-1/4″ (2.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Cut a Whisper White panel 1-1/4″ (2.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
  5. Adhere these layer together. Tilt the DSP and Whisper White layers slightly, turning one slightly clockwise and the other slightly counterclockwise.
  6. Die cut a large pine branch from Mint Macaron cardstock using the Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies. Die cut a medium sized branch from Emerald Envy.
  7. Adhere the branches to the lower right corner of the tilted panels.
  8. Stamp a dinosaur from No Bones About It in Mint Macaron on Whisper White cardstock.
  9. Stamp some spots on his back, also in Mint Macaron. I thought the dinosaur needed more spots than the stamp provided, so I added a few extra spots using a Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write Marker.
  10. Fussy cut out the dinosaur with a hint of a white edge around it so it looks like it was die cut.
  11. Tie a piece of Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine around the dinosaur’s midsection.
  12. Crumple a small piece of white tissue paper (alternately use newspaper, wrapping paper, or some paper found from your present wrapping stash). Adhere near the upper left corner. Leave the edges free (unglued).
  13. Stamp the sentiment on a 1/2″ (1.2 cm) strip of Whisper White cardstock. Cut into a tiny tag shape.
  14. Draw a small dot for the hole in the tag using a Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker.
  15. Dry fit the dinosaur and the tag where they will be on the final card.
  16. Draw a string connecting the dinosaur and the tag with a Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Marker. The string should extend a little bit under the dinosaur and the tag.
  17. Adhere the dinosaur and the tag to the card using dimensionals.

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Presents and Pinecones DSP and No Bones About It stamps from Stampin' Up!

A Traditional Christmas Color Combination

I really like the Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Papers. There are so many cute patterns in that series! As such, I have a familiar Christmas color scheme for you today. This is a fairly traditional color scheme, but the Mint Macaron gives it a light and playful, slightly more modern feel.

Color combination: Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Cherry Cobbler

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials

Cardstock: Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Mint Macaron (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Mint Macaron (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: No Bones About It, Christmas Pines (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies, Stitched Shaped Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Smoky Slate, Mint Macaron, Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, white tissue paper, sponge, Cherry Cobbler twine (from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack), sparkly red and white twine (from the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine Pack) (c) Stampin’ Up!

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4 thoughts on “No Bones About It, Christmas is Great!”

  1. Love both your fun and adorable Christmas cards Natalie. Very original to use the dinosaur and so cute how it’s tied up in a bow, can almost be used as an ornament to hang on the tree. Love the cute little tag detail too. Awesome work. 🙂

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