A few weeks ago, I was looking at the Stampin’ Up! web site, and I noticed a card designed by Mindy Backes. Mindy is an amazing designer, and I was so happy that Stampin’ Up! pulled one of her cards from Pinterest to post on their web site. Her card was so cute, I had to CASE it.
I love the vintage feel of the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP). The little village, the Santas and the deer, the ornaments and poinsettias, and, of course, the music score all call to me. I used the village design for the top layer of my card, and cut out one of the little deer to rest in the Wonderland forest. When I looked at this card after a few weeks, I thought, “Wow – another no-stamping card!” But then I remembered the forest. Those trees are perfect for so many card ideas.
I sponged the doily and the Very Vanilla cardstock layer behind the DSP with a little Crumb Cake ink to add a little more vintage feel. And, of course, I had to wind some Gold Metallic Thread behind the stamped circle. The metallic thread is thin enough that it doesn’t take away from a main image, but it adds just a little something. I’m using it a lot lately.
Another set of embellishments I bought but didn’t think I’d use as much as I have are the Snowflake Elements. They’re very pretty as they are, but I like to glitter them up a little. You can paint them with a 2-way Glue Pen and sprinkle glitter on top for an easy sparkle. Or you can cover them with Versamark or another craft ink, then pour on Heat & Stick Powder, heat just till melted, and then dump the glitter on. Heat & Stick is my favorite way to go, because that glitter will not come off. And the powder is very easy to use; it’s just like embossing powder, except you don’t want to overheat it. If you do, it loses its stickiness. So just heat until it’s melted. If you let your heat tool heat up a bit before you start melting, it works a little better as well. (That’s true for embossing powder too.)
Instead of a stamped sentiment, I used a Delightful Dijon “merry” die-cut. The Christmas Greetings Thinlits are the perfect size for a card, and you have three options – “merry,” “jolly,” and “peace.” And as a final touch, I added a few Home for Christmas Enamel Dots.
For our demonstrator meeting last weekend, we had another Tic-tac-toe challenge. I was running out of time, and my eyes fell on the little deer card. I realized that I only needed “sequins or clothespins” to complete a row. So I added a few Gold Sequins (not shown on this photo, since it was taken before) and I was ready for the meeting. Thanks, Mindy, for the inspiration!
Hope you had a wonderful week and that your weekend is restful and fun! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy!