Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas sweaters

That's it, the winter sweaters are all now front and centre in my closet, along with other warmer clothes.  In the hall closet lightweight jackets and sandals have made way for down filled coats and snowboots.  I've even checked through the baskets on the shelf to make sure mittens and gloves are in pairs and hats and scarves can be quickly located when needed.

Of course when I think of warm sweaters I can't help but think of the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalogue.  The embossing on this folder is so deep that when running it through the Big Shot you only use one clear plate instead of the usual two!  So when I was deciding on something to pair with the large sentiment from the Christmas Pines Stamp Set, the Cable Knit Embossing Folder immediately came to mind.

I started by using a Stampin' Spritzer filled with clean water to lightly spray both sides of a piece of Tip Top Taupe Card before placing it inside the Cable Knit Embossing Folder and running it through my Big Shot, twice (apparently it gives a better impression that way). 

I created a card base using my Stampin' Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Chocolate Chip Card, folding it along the scored line and sharpening the crease with a Bone Folder.  The embossed Tip Top Taupe layer was then attached to the front with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).

Next came this great sentiment from the Christmas Pines Stamp Set stamped with VersaMark Ink onto a piece of Very Vanilla Card that I'd wiped with an Embossing Buddy.  I sprinkled the VersaMark with Copper Stampin' Emboss Power, removed a few stray specks of powder and then melted the rest with my Heat Tool Set on 2 (high).

Using my Big Shot and the Magnetic Platform I cut out the sentiment with the #7 (counting up from the smallest) plain-edged Layering Circles Framelits Die.  I cut a piece of Chocolate Chip Card with the slightly larger #8 plain-edged Circles Framelit, and used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the sentiment to it and then add it to the front of the card base.

Next I needed to cut my decorative pieces and I used the Big Shot and dies from the Pretty Pines Thinlits to cut out three of the pine cones with the V-shaped slits from Chocolate Chip Card.  I gave them a shimmery coating using the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush and set them aside to dry.

From Garden Green Card I cut two of the medium pine branches and six of the small pine branches using the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  While doing this I finally decided how I wanted to finish off the inside of the card base, so I took a layer of Very Vanilla Card and placed the small pine branch die towards the top left corner and pointing in from top edge and die-cut it.  Then I placed the same die towards the top left corner but this time running down, just in from the left-hand edge of the layer.

The Very Vanilla pine branches themselves were not needed so I set them aside for another project, and instead turned my attention to the Very Vanilla layer turning it over so that I was looking at the back.  Then I took two of the Garden Green small pine branches that I'd already cut, placed them (face down) into the holes in the Very Vanilla layer and secured them into place with sellotape.  I could now attach the inlaid Very Vanilla layer to the inside of the card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) and fix one of the shimmery pine cones on top in the left corner.

I still had some work to do and took a small scrap of Chocolate Chip Card so that I could use Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to assemble the decorative pieces for the front.  I started with the two medium pine branches then added the two smaller ones, then one of the two remaining shimmery pine cones.  Then with Stampin' Dimensionals I added the final pine cone slightly overlapping the first.  Turning the whole piece over I placed a couple of Mini Glue Dots on the back so that I could attach some loops of Copper Metallic Thread.  Then with everything secured in place I could simply turn the assembled embellishment back over and add it to the card front at the bottom edge of the sentiment with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).

All that was left was the Very Vanilla Medium Envelope and I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the last two Garden Green pine branches across the flap. 

This may not be your traditional Christmas colours but I do love the cosy feel of this card.  I hope you like it too.


If you'd like to recreate today's project you'll find links to all the tools and materials I used in the table below.  Click on a link for more information and from there you can add the items individually to your online shopping basket if you wish.  As always all Stampin' Up! products purchased through my online store can be shipped anywhere in Canada.

BUNDLE BONUS (LIMITED TIME) - The Christmas Pines Stamp Set and coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies that I used on today's project are currently available to purchase as a bundle using a special item code which will save you 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately.  Stampin; Up! have confirmed that these two items will be available after the 2016 Holiday Catalogue period ends, but the bundle discount will not.  So if you like both items and want to get them at a discount please make sure that you place your order by January 3rd so you don't miss out.  You'll find both options below so that you can look at this in more detail if you wish.




When I first looked at this card (I typed in the word "sweater" at first!), it just gave off such a warm and appealing vibe that it made it feel so cozy and inviting to open up and see what was inside. I love everything about it, but for sure, your colour choices are the first thing that struck me ... and of course that beautiful Cable Knit embossed layer behind the sentiment! Wow! This card just has it all! TFS

Posted by geraldine homenchuk on December 08, 2016 at 11:29 AM #

Thank you Geraldine, sometimes I think it's nice to get away from the bright colours and into more earthy tones.

Posted by Tracy Elsom on December 08, 2016 at 12:22 PM #

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