Thursday, November 1, 2012

11/1 Stampin' Up! Bells & Boughs, Flourish Designer Frames Santa Jacket Card, Heat Embossing Tip ~ 25 Days of Christmas Day 9

Good Afternoon!

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All the way!!  This card has certainly put me in the Christmas card making mood!! :)  Although it's pretty simple to make, it's got a sparkle in real life that'll just poke you in the eye!  Know what I'm sayin'?

So ~ I wanted to make a card for my workshop with Laura and friends tomorrow night that would both be fun and REALLY jingle~like, while keeping it pretty simple for a new stamper.  This has techniques, but it's not too hard and THAT my friends, just makes me chuckle (like a bowl full of jelly)!  Okay, enough of me being silly (no promises) but let's get to talking about this card.

First, the VERY VINTAGE sentiment A Merry Christmas, comes from the prettiest little stamp set called Bells & Boughs.  It's in the main catalog (which sometimes gets neglected at this time of year) and is only $14.95 for the clear set and $19.95 for Wood Mount. I get this question all the time.  For the Bells & Boughs, you'd need one "D" clear block for the clear mount stamp set, which is 8.50 and it would cover you for all the images in the set.  Once you own the clear blocks, you simply pull the stamp off and stick it to the case, and you're ready to use the next stamp.  So, that's why there's a price difference in the book.  You would have to pay for the wood blocks separately.

Anyway ~ I embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder on black card stock!  My new stampers are going to LOVE this!

Embossing Tip** So when you emboss, you typically want to use an embossing buddy to remove any imperfections from the card stock.  Then you stamp with a sticky ink like versamark or craft ink.  For this sample I used versamark.  Then, you pour the powder on..  Here's the BIG IMPORTANT TIP!!  Have a paintbrush handy and brush off any unwanted flecks of embossing power BEFORE you heat for a flawless embossing job! 

Next, I punched the sentiment out using the coordinating Decorative Label Punch (which is the same shape as the Flourish Designer Frames and set this aside for a moment.

The White layer going up the center of the card was cut to 4 x 1" and embossed with the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder.  127819

Next, I punched a circle from the Itty Bitty Punch pack 118309 out of black cardstock and stuck two of them to my strip of white using tombo multipurpose adhesive.

To finish Santa's buttons I added two of the smallest sized Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons 127555, and topped that with a large self adhesive Rhinestone 119246. 

Here's another look at the gorgeous embossed focal point.  Isn't this stunning?  It's so much prettier in person!

So here are some measurements for you:
Base Layer: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2", scored and folded in half at 4 1/4"
Layer 2: 5 1/8" x 3 5/8" basic black (**note my "button circles" were punched out of this layer too)
Layer 3: Real Red 5 x 3 3/4"
Layer 4: Whisper White 4 x 1",
Layer 5: Basic black 4 x 1"
Layer 6: Basic Black embossed and punched scrap cardstock.
Layer 7: Flourish Designer Frame held on with two mini brads

If you like the projects you've been seeing here and are inspired to place an order, please know that those purchases really help me keep going.  I appreciate all of you who support this stay-at-home mom's small business.

Here's today's shopping list!
Stamps: Bells & Boughs 120831 Wood / 121142 Clear
Ink: Versamark Ink Pad
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Flourish designer frames, 1/8" silver mini brads, Self adhesive Rhinestones, Embossing Buddy, NEW 2-Speed Heat Tool
Adhesives: Tombo Multipurpose Adhesive
Non Stampin' Up: A small paint brush