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Since today’s sponsor is Unity Stamps, and I am a member of their Stamp of the Week club, I figured it was high time to put some of their adorable, festive stamps to use. One aspect of Unity that I really like are their sentiments–they are witty, funny, and have some great fonts!
Today I have two cards for you; one was designed with the solstice in mind, as I created it yesterday on the shortest day of the year. The other I envisioned for a possible New Years card (for the coffee or tea lover, of course!), as the sentiment is fitting, and I had the recent Coffee Lovers hop on my mind!
First up, Rudolph!
Disclaimer: It being the darkest day of the year, and my having only been able to pull this brewing idea together in about 3 hours, the photos are a bit grey, and there are a few things I would change about this card, but overall I think it’s a pretty fun first attempt!
For this card, I used the Magical Holiday set from Unity.
If I recreate this, I will likely make the twinkling part of the nose silver, red, or possibly cut off the twinkling part altogether.
The idea for my background came from a digital paper that was part of a Lilypad pack I purchased, Autumn Nights. I loved the ombre light grey to midnight blue flecked with white, and immediately thought of using it with my Lil’ Inker Designs Faceted die, and using a previous 3-D design of mine, one example found here. I cut the paper twice from the paper so I had light and dark triangles; however, those pesky triangles got away from me– hence, the background isn’t as ombre as I’d planned, and there is a darker triangle lower in the mix than there should be!!
After locating and adhering the frame and triangles to some #110 Ellen Hutson Woodgrain paper, I placed Rudolph and created a string of stars on my favorite wax twine, and added a Prima wood banner.
I didn’t like how the bottom of the card looked, so some quick thinking brought me to a candy cane mound cut with Paper Smooches border die and embellished with curved stitched line, which is also popped up to provide an interesting 3-D curve.
And finally, the inside. I love the sentiment that accompanies this card. I stamped in Ranger Archival ink, my favorite black, and finished the bottom with some paper from Basic Grey’s Juniper Berry line, embellished with a stitched line. I decided on the green so it would echo the green of the wood banner on the front.
Next up, Sparkly Cups!
This card is a bit of an homage to Jocelyn Olson, as I really like her little corner punch and string embellishment. And I was just talking with my crafting group at our December gathering about using the threaded sequins. I just haven’t been able to make it work on my cards, though Keren Baker makes it look so easy!
I considered wax twine, but grabbed the sequin instead, and I like how it worked!
The white panel was embossed with the PTI linen plate, stamped with the sentiment and cut, so I could create the mid-section. The patterned papers are from Basic Grey’s B-side.
For the cups, I used a technique I tried previously here. The cups are from Unity’s Always Today set. I stamped them and then Copic colored each cup. Then covered with Versamark Champagne ink, sticky embossing powder, and Stampendous glitter.
I fussy cut and popped them up, along with the top panel for some visual interest.
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope your holiday season is calm and bright!