Add Color to Embossing Folders with Sponges

By | September 20, 2017

It’s easy to add color to embossing folders with sponges. I love quick and easy cardmaking techniques and this one certainly fits that criteria!!  Plus, it gives you an additional way to use embossing folders you probably already own, and I always like to find more ways to use tools I’ve invested in.

This technique is a great way to make the embossed cardstock on your project stand out.  Each sponged embossed piece will turn out differently and the color combination ideas are endless.

September’s here so I chose a fall theme for today’s cards.  The background on each card was made in the exact same manner.  The only difference was which side of the embossing folder I sponged with ink.  I used the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141493) on both my cards.

Here’s my first card.

Add Color to Embossing Folders with Sponges

DESIGN NOTES:

  • You can really see the sponged embossed background on this clean and simple birthday card.  Doesn’t the sponging add a whole new dimension to the embossing?
  • The “line” side of the embossing folder was inked to get this look.  You can tell this because the petals are recessed.  (This is the side WITH Sizzix and the Stampin’ Up! logo.)
  • I used a really light hand when adding the ink to the folder.  If you want a darker look, you would add more ink.  Experiment to find the look you want.
  • Sentiment on this card is from the Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear 141736).

 

Here’s the second card, and you can see how different the background looks.

Add Color to Embossing Folders with Sponges

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The “flat” side of the embossing folder was inked to create this background. You can tell because the petals “pop” up from the background.  (This is the side WITHOUT Sizzix and the Stampin’ Up! logo.)
  • The ink transfers to the paper a bit darker when using this side of the embossing folder.
  • Stamps used: Rose Wonder (140697); Flower Shop (Wood 130939, Clear 130942)

 

Here are some more tips to use when you add color to embossing folders with sponges.

  • Use several colors that will blend well together and apply them randomly without overlapping.  TIP: I use one Sponge piece (cut into wedges like a pie) or one Sponge Dauber for each color.  I label my sponges so I know which colors are which.
  • You’ll need to clean your folder between inking each piece of cardstock.  Otherwise, you will contaminate your ink pads with the wrong colors.
  • TIP: The fastest and easiest way I’ve found to clean folders is to simply rinse them under tap water and blot dry with a towel.

 

Last spring I shared a series of blog posts on different ways to use embossing folders in your cardmaking.  Check it out.  At the end of the post, I have links to the other embossing folder technique posts in the series.

 

I hope have enjoyed learning how to add color to embossing folders with sponges.

Handmade Sunflower Greeting Cards with Painted Harvest

By | September 18, 2017

Fall is here…and when I think of fall, I think of sunflowers. I have two handmade sunflower greeting cards with painted harvest stamp set (144783) from Stampin’ Up!  You can find this fun to use stamp set in the new 2017 Holiday catalog.

It’s easy to make handmade sunflower greeting cards with painted harvest stamp set.  This is a two-step stamp set, which means you create the stamped images with two different stamps.  First stamp with the less detailed stamp using a lighter color ink.  Next, stamp the detailed stamp over the first stamped image using a darker shade of the same color.

I stuck with the traditional yellow and brown colors of a sunflower on my cards.  But, the flower image in this stamp set can be stamped in a variety of colors!!!

 

Here’s my first card.  This was designed by Shari Caspers.  We made this card at one of her downline meetings.

Handmade Sunflower Greeting Cards with Painted Harvest

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The boldness of the plaid strip of Merry Little Christmas designer paper (144621) serves to immediately catch the eye and draw it in.
  • Notice how perfectly the Starburst punch (143717) fits around the flower image.  It makes “cutting” the sunflower easy, eliminating the fussy cutting!!
  • Leaf images were cut with the coordinating Leaf Punch (144667).
  • Flower colors: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green.

 

Here’s a second handmade sunflower greeting cards with painted harvest.  I found the cutting inspiration for the flower on Mitosu Crafts blog.

Handmade Sunflower Greeting Cards with Painted Harvest

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Can you guess which die I used to cut the sunflower on this card??  The versatile Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies set (143725)!!
  • The sentiment is from the Birthday Blooms stamp set (Wood 140655, Clear 140658).  Notice how perfectly it fits in the new Everyday Label Punch (144668).  In my opinion, this is a must-have punch to add to your crafting tools!!
  • Textured background design is made using the Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143741).
  • Flower colors:  Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry; Lemon-Lime Twist and Garden Green, Soft Suede.

 

The Painted Harvest stamp set is versatile.  It’s a stamp set I think you’ll find yourself returning to again and again.  The stamp set is bundled with the coordinating Leaf Punch, at a 10% discount.  If you are interested in purchasing this bundle, you can find it here in my online store.  Both the stamp set and punch can also be purchased separately.

What do you think of the handmade sunflower greeting cards with painted harvest?  It’s a great set to use for creating beautiful, easy-to-make cards.

More Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

By | September 13, 2017

I’m back today to share more paper quilt greeting cards with you.  If you are a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that in my last two posts I’ve been sharing some cards I made using products in the new Quilted Christmas product suite.

 

I have two more paper quilt greeting cards to share today and here is the first.  This card uses paper from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper pack (144613).

More Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • The entire quilt element of this card is “pieced” with cardstock pieces.
  • After assembling the quilt design onto the card front I ran it back through the Big Shot using another die piece from the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (144673).  This piece added the stitching lines to the center image.
  • The spool of thread and needle are also die cuts in the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies set.  The sentiment is found in the Christmas Quilt stamp set (144793).
  • I created the border scallop using the Ticket Tear Border Punch (143718).

 

 

Here’s the final paper quilt greeting card from this bunch of quilt cards:

More Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • This die cut design is completely filled in with paper pieces.  I will again emphasize the importance of keeping the designer paper pieces in order after cutting.  This design was quite a puzzle to piece back together so the paper design made sense!!
  • Compare this card to the one above and notice how the placement of the die cut pieces makes a difference in the pattern of the completed design. On this card, the four corner squares appear as though they are coming out toward you.
  • I used the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (144687) to create the overall quilt effect on the card front.  Create your paper design BEFORE running through the Big Shot with the embossing folder.  Using this technique makes the paper pieces look like they are embedded in the background.
  • Sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set (142924).

 

Here are links to the other two blog posts about this set of quilt cards:

How to make paper quilt cards

Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

 

If you want to create your own paper quilts, you can find the products in my online store or by following any of the individual product links in this blog post.   I’ve enjoyed sharing more paper quilt greeting cards with you today and hope you have enjoyed it as well!

 

Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

By | September 11, 2017

On Monday, I shared some tips and tricks for how to make paper quilt cards.  (Click the link to see that post.)  Today, I’m sharing specific tips I used on two of the individual paper quilt greeting cards.  I’ll share the other two cards on Wednesday.

Here are the cards I shared last week.

How to Make Paper Quilt Cards

 

Quilt products used on each of the cards are in the Quilted Christmas product suite in the NEW 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog (pg 4-5).  This suite of products consists of the Christmas Quilt Bundle (146026), coordinating Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (144687), as well as coordinating designer paper, ribbon and embellishments.

 

This is the first card I designed with the paper quilt squares I created.

Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • I kept this card super simple and only used the Garden Green die cut frame and pieces of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (144613).  The die cut frame was attached directly to the Very Vanilla cardstock card front and the striped paper pieces were then added.  I used part of a Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet (144106) on the back of each 3″ square before die cutting.  This makes attaching the tiny quilt pieces easier!  Notice that the Very Vanilla peeking through in the quilt design is the cardstock used on the card front.
  • In my blog post last Monday, I suggested keeping the designer paper in “order” when removing from the Big Shot.  Well, I make that suggestion as a result of my real life experience.  Guess who had to figure out how these pieces went together to make a cohesive pattern?!!
  • Greeting stamp is from the Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear 141736).

 

Here’s the second of my paper quilt greeting cards I have to share today.

Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • This card is constructed the opposite of the first one I shared.  For this card, I filled in the outside spaces with the Painted Autumn Designer Paper and left the Garden Green background cardstock peeking through the center design.
  • I’m going to repeat the suggestion I made above…Make sure to keep your designer paper “in order” when you remove from the Big Shot after cutting.  It saves lots of time and headache!!
  • I made the border on the sentiment piece using one of the stamps in the Christmas Quilt stamp set (144793).  Instead of just stamping on the card front, I die cut a sentiment piece with the Everyday Label Punch (144668) and attached on top of a ribbon border.
  • Greeting stamp is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set (Wood 141531, Clear 141534).

 

Make sure to stop back on Wednesday when I’ll share how the other two paper quilt greeting cards were made.

 

 

LAST DAY FOR PAPER PUMPKIN SAVINGS DEAL!!

By | September 10, 2017

This SWEET Paper Pumpkin promotion ends TODAY!!

Make sure you don’t miss out on the Paper Pumpkin fun!!

 

 

HERE ARE ALL THE DETAILS:

  • Only new month-to-month subscribers qualify for the 50% discount.
  • To participate in this promotion, you must join by Monday, September 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • The 50% discount only applies to your first kit. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 USD.
  • New subscribers can click here to join and enter the promo code HALFOFF091 to subscribe.

How to Make Paper Quilt Cards

By | September 6, 2017

I’d like to share some projects that show how to make paper quilt cards using the Quilted Christmas product suite from Stampin’ Up! I was EXCITED to see this product suite in the 2017 Holiday catalog, and it was the first thing that went on my ordering list!!

To be honest, I have a love for quilts.  My sister-in-law is a fabric quilter and I enjoy all the beautiful quilts she creates.  But, I don’t have a good relationship with my sewing machine, so I know that I will never make a fabric quilt on my own.  The new Quilt Builder Framelits Dies allow me to enjoy the quilting process using paper, not fabric.  The dies are easy to use and the quilt squares go together quickly, easier than fabric squares.

Here are the first cards I made with this bundle of products.

How to Make Paper Quilt Cards

 

These cards were created with these two quilt die pieces.

How to Make Paper Quilt Cards

 

How to make paper quilt cards: 

  1. Decide on the color scheme to use.  I chose two pieces of designer paper from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (144613).  Because the designer paper pack papers are coordinated, choosing patterns from the same pack ensures a cohesive color scheme.  I also chose two solid colors that coordinate with the pattern paper.
  2. Cut a 3″ square of each paper that will go into the quilt pattern.  Attach a 3″ square of  a Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet (144106) to the BACK of each of the squares, making sure the second protective backing piece doesn’t peel off.
  3. Use the Big Shot and quilt dies to cut each of the 3″ squares.  I needed to run each piece through the Big Shot twice in order to cut through both the paper and adhesive layers.  TIP:  To remove the designer paper squares after cutting, slide a piece of cardstock underneath while the cut paper is still on the cutting plate.  This keeps the design in the pattern paper “in order”, making it easier to create the quilt pattern.  You won’t have to spend time re-matching the printed pattern paper pieces.  Order doesn’t make a difference on the solid colors.
  4. Because four 3″ squares were cut, you have “frames” to make four different cards.  Now, it’s just a matter of “playing” with the pieces to find patterns and designs you like.  I’ve seen others post a tip about using Glad Press and Seal Wrap  to help keep the pieces in place during this process.  Have not tried this myself.
  5. Once you have the designs you like, peel off the backing from the “grid” piece and place onto the background cardstock.  Peel the protective backing from each of the individual pieces and attach as planned onto the cardstock.  You can then finish off your card as desired.

I hope you’ve found these tips on how to make paper quilt cards helpful.  I’ll be back on Wednesday when I’ll share tips for creating each of these paper quilt cards.  I always appreciate you stopping by.

 

How to Use Contrast in Handmade Greeting Cards

By | August 30, 2017

On Monday, I shared a blog post on how to use contrast in handmade greeting cards. (Click the link to see that post.)  We learned that contrast refers to the idea of opposites and occurs when two elements on a card are different.  The cards we looked at in my last post used COLOR to create contrast.

The cards I’m sharing today were cards we made in a recent class.  They use the Beautiful You stamp set (Wood 143004, Clear 143637).  Let’s see how they demonstrate how to use contrast in handmade greeting cards.

 

Here’s my first card.

how to use contrast in handmade greeting cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • There are two different contrasts on this card.  The first, and most obvious one is color (which is what I shared in my last blog post).
  • The large Whisper White piece stands in stark contrast to the Basic Black matte frame.  The color contrast between the Basic Black and Pool Party is second color contrast on this card.  The Basic Black stands out because it is sandwiched between the two lighter colors.
  • The second way I used contrast on this card is by creating the reflection (using the Reflection Technique).  The lighter reflection at the bottom of the card contrasts with the heavier stamped and colored image at the top.

 

Here’s my second card example:

how to use contrast in handmade greeting cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • This card is another example of color contrast, only this time I didn’t use any black (other than the stamped lines).  The crisp look of the  Whisper White cardstock pops off of the bright Calypso Coral color.
  • Here’s another trick I used….I made a “sandwich” of the two colors.  First there is the textured Calypso Coral base layer, then the Whisper White die cut oval and finally the Calypso Coral paper pieced dress.  Notice also the differences (or contrasts) in the SIZE of these layer elements…small, medium and large.
  • The last use of contrast on this card is the use of TEXTURE.  The Whisper White pieces are smooth as compared to the textured background piece.
  • Here’s one more design aspect…the Whisper White sentiment piece balances in the center with the oval, creating contrast by dividing the card into vertical “thirds” from left to right (texture area, smooth area, texture area).

 

As you can see, there are many ways to create contrast on a handmade greeting card.  The best way to learn how to use contrast in handmade greeting cards is through practice.  Practicing is the way anyone becomes better at what they are trying to master.  Practice hones the skills needed to have a successful outcome!!

Using Contrast in Designing Handmade Greeting Cards

By | August 28, 2017

Today I’d like to explore using contrast in designing handmade greeting cards.   I recently conducted a survey among my newsletter subscribers and their number ONE identified card making struggle was DESIGN.  I think this is a difficult area for most paper crafters.  It’s also an area that takes time to learn and develop your skills.

I have been making my own handmade greeting cards for over 20 years.  In those first years I really struggled designing great cards.  I rarely was happy with my efforts.  It wasn’t until I began scrapbooking that I started to learn the principles of design.  Through LOTS of practice making LOTS of scrapbook pages for our family albums, I gradually learned what looked good and what didn’t.   And, as with any new skill, it was the repetitive practice that helped me become confident in my design layouts.

The good news is that designing handmade greeting cards is a skill that ANYONE can learn.  There are Card Design Principles that can be applied that create fantastic results.  The secret is learning and applying them.  Using CONTRAST in designing handmade greeting cards is one of those principles.  We’re going to look at two examples today.

 

Simply defined CONTRAST refers to the idea of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.).  The greater the difference, the greater the contrast.  The key to working with contrast is to make sure the differences are obvious.

 

Using black with a lighter color is one really simple way of using contrast in designing handmade greeting cards.  That’s what I did for both of today’s card shares.

Here’s the first card.

Using CONTRAST in designing handmade greeting cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Of course you know that black and white are contrasting colors.  It’s easy to see how the Basic Black really pops the Whisper White on this card.  However, the contrast of this card is increased even more with the addition of Flirty Flamingo (pink).
  • The pink color adds a sense of  “pop” to the card, making it jump at you.  Here’s why this works.  The black “grounds” the project, allowing the white and pink colors to stand out.
  • Products Used:  Hello Color stamp set (Wood 143943, Clear 143946), Ribbon of Courage stamp set (Wood 143852, Clear 143855), Layering Circles Framelits (141705)

 

 

Here’s another card I made using this same concept.

Using CONTRAST in designing handmade greeting cards

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Just like the card above, the Basic Black card base “grounds” the color on this project.  The Soft Sky matte and the Whole Lot of Lovely designer paper (144110) sponged with Peek A Boo Peach ink pop on the dark background.   Why?? Because the colors are so opposite one another.
  • I used an emboss resist technique on this card.  I stamped the Brushstrokes background stamp onto the designer paper using VersaMark ink (102283), sprinkled with Clear Embossing Powder (109130) and heat set.  I then sponged Peek-A-Boo Peach ink over the embossed designer paper.  The ink transfers to the non-embossed parts of the paper.  (I call this the ghosting technique.  You can find a demonstration video I created here.)
  • Products Used:  Beautiful You stamp set (Wood 143004, Clear 143637), Brushstrokes (Wood 138952, Clear 139533).

 

Here’s today’s take-away tip for those of you who struggle with card design…use black with a lighter, brighter color.  

 

Using contrast in designing handmade greeting cards is a great way to create fantastic card projects!!

 

Great Deal on Paper Pumpkin Kits!!

By | August 25, 2017

Stampin’ Up! currently has a SWEET Paper Pumpkin promotion going on!!

 

 

HERE ARE ALL THE DETAILS:

  • Only new month-to-month subscribers qualify for the 50% discount.
  • To participate in this promotion, you must join by Monday, September 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • The 50% discount only applies to your first kit. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 USD.
  • New subscribers can click here to join and enter the promo code HALFOFF091 to subscribe.

Subscribe to my newsletter for rubber stamping tips

By | August 24, 2017

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Learn an Easy Sunset Technique for Handmade Cards

By | August 23, 2017

I created an awesome sunset themed card using the Card Front Builders Framelits Dies.  This blog post is for YOU if you want to learn an easy sunset technique for handmade cards.

Here’s the card I made.

Learn an Easy Sunset Technique for Handmade Cards

Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!!  This technique is SO EASY, and it’s a great one to use whenever you want to create a sunset for a scene.

I’m going to briefly write out the directions, but have also prepared a short video so you can actually watch me create the colorful background.

 

Learn an easy sunset technique for handmade cards

Here’s how:

  • First, cut a mask for the ground.  This mask will allow there to be a “horizon” for the sunset.  Make sure to put a slight curve in the horizon.
  • Then, choose the colors for your sunset.  For my card I chose (lightest to darkest) Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Dapper Denim, Night of Navy.  If you wanted your colors to be warmer, choose colors in the red, orange and yellow tones.
  • You will need Stampin’ Sponge (141337) pieces.   I cut these circular sponges into pie shaped wedges (I get 6 per sponge) and assign one sponge piece to each color.
  • Place your mask on the bottom of your cardstock.  You can use a small bit of adhesive (NOT MUCH) to hold in place.  Before attaching to card front, decrease the stickiness of the adhesive by tapping with your finger several times.
  • Begin with Blushing Bride ink and sponge next to the mask, and making sure that some of the ink goes over the edge of the mask.
  • Continue on in the same manner up to the top of the cardstock, lightest to darkest colors, overlapping each time you change them.

Watch the video below as I show you how it’s done.

I finished this card out by adding some sparkly die cut trees (Silver Glimmer Paper, 135314 ) I cut with the Card Front Builders Thinlits Dies.  I also added an embossed Christmas greeting using Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109131).  The sentiment is found in the Star of Light stamp set (Photopolymer, 142110).

 

Here are the links if you’d like to see all the other cards I’ve created this month using the Carols of Christmas stamp set and coordinating Card Front Builders Thinlits Dies:

Quick and Easy Handmade Cards with the Carols of Christmas

Handmade Clean & Simple Christmas Cards with Carols of Christmas

Carols of Christmas to Make Clean and Simple Handmade Cards

Clean and Simple Handmade Cards with Carols of Christmas

More Clean and Simple Cards with Carols of Christmas

 

Didn’t I say you would learn an easy sunset technique for handmade cards?   Hope you enjoyed it!  If you enjoyed this post, share it with a friend!!

More Clean and Simple Cards with Carols of Christmas

By | August 21, 2017

For much of the month, I’ve been sharing cards made with the Carols of Christmas stamp set (Wood 144801, Clear 144804) and coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (144674).  Today I have more clean and simple cards with Carols of Christmas to share with you.

Here’s the first one.

More Clean and Simple Cards with Carols of Christmas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • I kept the design of this card simple by using only one stamped image.
  • The Crumb Cake cardstock background shows off the clean line images of the die cuts and accents.
  • Other products used: Decorative Ribbon Border Punch (143721), Be Merry Designer Series Paper (144111).
  • Card colors: Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Whisper White.
  • I used a Christmas greeting, but this card could easily be changed to a birthday greeting to create a masculine birthday card.
  • DESIGN TIP: The narrow strip of Whisper White cardstock at the bottom of the card balances the card.  If it wasn’t there, the white would only be at the top of the card and would appear unbalanced.

 

My second card isn’t a Christmas themed card.  I created this one to show how the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies could be adjusted to make a smaller framed border.

More Clean and Simple Cards with Carols of Christmas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • Here’s how I adjusted the Card Front Builder dies to make a smaller frame.  First I created one half of the frame.  Next, I stamped my sentiment.  Once that was done, I determined where the second side of the frame should be and cut it in the Big Shot.  Finally, I trimmed off the extra cardstock.  I added a photo for those who learn better with a picture.

More Clean and Simple Cards with Carols of Christmas

 

  • The rest of the card consists of layering.  The Night Of Navy matte was cut to size. It will vary depending on the size of your stamped image.  My sizes are:  Whisper White = 3 3/8″ x 4″  Night of Navy = 3 5/8″ x 4 1/4″
  • I layered a 5 1/4″ x 4″ Whisper White cardstock piece on the card front.  The top and bottom strips are cut from a paper design found in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.
  • Birthday greeting image is from Big on Birthdays stamp set (Photopolymer, 142877)

 

Remember, these products are available as a holiday catalog early release during the month of August.  Follow any of the product links in my post to go to my online store.  And, bundle both the stamp set and dies together and save 10% over the cost of purchasing each separately Wood Bundle (146036), Clear Bundle (146037).

I hope you have enjoyed seeing more clean and simple cards with Carols of Christmas stamp set.   Stop back on Wednesday to learn a cool technique to use with these products!!

 

 

Clean and Simple Handmade Cards with Carols of Christmas

By | August 16, 2017

It’s easy to make clean and simple handmade cards with Carols of Christmas stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  This is a great set to use when you want to make beautiful cards to send at Christmas time.  And, it’s not too early to get started!!

 

Here’ my first clean and simple handmade cards with Carols of Christmas stamp set.

Clean and Simple Handmade Cards with Carols of Christmas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • I used non-traditional colors on this card….Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo with Cherry Cobbler!!
  • Both of the framing dies from the  Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (144674) were used on this card front.  Notice how both the border and the corner dies work together!!
  • Layering Ovals Framelits dies (141706) and Stitched Shapes Framelits dies (145372) were used to create the oval focal point.  Notice how this center piece pops against the dark background.
  • The center Cherry Cobbler cardstock strip covers up the small circles in the card frame and makes it look like the die cut lines are continuous.  The stars at the top and bottom of the frame blend in because the poinsettia cuts that also resemble stars.

 

Here’s the second clean and simple handmade cards with Carols of Christmas.

Clean and Simple Handmade Cards with Carols of Christmas

DESIGN NOTES:

  • When I first saw the deer and trees, I envisioned an ornament.  Here’s the design I came up with.
  • Trees are die cut from a piece of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (144137).  Deer is stamped with Chocolate Chip ink, then cut with the coordinating die.
  • The “stars” are stamped with Smoky Slate ink.
  • The Whisper White background circle is 3″.  The die cut Tranquil Tide circle frame was made with the Layering Circles Framelits (141705).
  • The die cut bow at the top of the ornament is in the Bouquet Bunch Framelits (143659).
  • Sentiment is from the Better Together stamp set (Wood 141733, Clear 141736).

 

You can purchase any of the products used on my cards in my online store.  I hope you enjoyed seeing these clean and simple handmade cards with Carols of Christmas.