Smitten Mittens Abound, Oh Joy!
Tis’ the season for mittens, my friends! While I’m not excited for the cold weather, I am excited to use the Smitten Mittens stamp set!
Handmade with Love
Mittens remind me a lot of my grandma who used to knit mittens for all of us grandkids in gradually increasing sizes as we grew up. We would always attach these to strings and thread them through our coat sleeves so they never got lost. And it works, because we still have all the mittens and now my son gets to wear them too!
I don’t know if my grandma intended for her handmade mittens to become family heirlooms, but I believe she’d be happy to see her handiwork still in use!
Cards may not be as practically useful as mittens, they also carry the special feeling of love from the person who made them. Receiving a homemade card is so much more special because of the time and energy it took a person to create it. Perhaps this is why so many people save handmade cards (and mittens!), because there is a little bit of that person’s love still in them even years later.
Efficiently Stamped Mitten Background
The mitten background for this card takes a little bit of planning if you don’t want to clean your stamps after every single mitten. I want to share the most efficient way to stamp a pattern like this.
There are two mitten stamps and four different colors. I used one mitten stamp for the green colors and one for the blue/purple colors. I started stamping in the center with a small circle then kept adding rows.
Each row alternates between two colors and the next row uses the other two colors. I stamped the light colors in each row first leaving mitten sized spaces in between light colored mittens, then stamped the dark colors, then cleaned off the stamp only when the row was complete. Like this:
- Row 1/ Right Mitten: Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, clean off stamp
- Row 2/ Left Mitten: Pool Party, Berry Burst, clean off stamp
- Row 3/ Right Mitten: Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, clean off stamp
- Row 4 / Left Mitten: A few Pool Party mittens was all I needed!
- First, cut and score a Berry Burst card base.
- Next, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock about 1″ (2.5 cm) more narrow than the card base.
- With Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Pool Party, and Berry Burst inks, stamp the white cardstock layer using the Efficient Stamped Mitten Technique described above.
- On a piece of Berry Burst cardstock, stamp the sentiment from the WatercolorChristmas stamp set using VersaMark ink.
- Sprinkle white embossing powder onto the sentiment, tap off any excess, then heat with a heating tool until the powder is melted.
- Fussy cut out the sentiment.
- Unravel a piece of Pool Party Solid Baker’s Twine and coil it up in a loop. Arrange this loop, a zigzag piece of Emerald Envy Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, and a short piece of Silver Mini Sequins Trim in the center of the mitten design on the stamped panel. Use one or ore staples to hold these embellishments in place, taking care that the staples will be hidden behind the sentiment once it is attached.
- Adhere the sentiment with dimensionals in the center of the embellishment arrangement, covering the staples.
- Arrange the front panel on the card base with half of a Foil Snowflake tucked behind it. Adhere them in place.
- Add Clear Faceted Gems in a triangle shape around the sentiment.
Cardstock: Berry Burst, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: VersaMark, Berry Burst, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Smitten Mittens, Watercolor Christmas (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: Foil Snowflakes, Pool Party Solid Baker’s Twine, Silver Mini Sequins, Emerald Envy Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Clear Faceted Gems, white embossing powder, heat tool
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