Saturday, December 10, 2011

Merry Christmas Card

Now that the Stamp-A-Stack is over, I thought I'd start sharing the directions to the cards here, one at a time. Here is the first one!

Merry Christmas Card

Supplies (all can be purchased at ):
#124096 - Big Shot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Snow Burst
#102283 – Versamark Ink Pad
#109130 – Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder
#117155 – Paper Designer Series Stack Patterns Brights Collection (used Melon Mambo Polka Dot Paper)
#109120 – Basic Grey Classic Stampin Ink Pad
#101610 – Stamping Sponges (#102892 – Sponge Daubers would also work really well!)
#116586 – Many Merry Messages Wood Stamp Set
#124094 – 1” Square Punch
#100730 – Cardstock 8 ½” x 11” in Whisper White
#107301 – Medium Envelopes in Whisper White
#122334 – Simply Scored
#104152 – Paper Cutter
#100005 – Heat Tool
#113439 – Big Shot
#104332 – Snail Adhesive
#104430 – Stampin’ Dimensionals
#102642 – Stampin’ Scrub
#102394 – Stampin’ Mist
#102197 – Powder Pals

1. Using the paper cutter, cut the 8 1/2” x 11” paper in half to create two cards 8 ½” x 5 ½”. Score in the middle using the Simply Scored to create the fold.
2. Cut the Melon Mambo Designer Dot Paper to a 4” x 5 ¼” size.
3. Ink the Snow Burst Embossing Folder with the Versamark Ink Pad (Ink the side with the snowflakes indented). Place the cut Melon Mambo paper inside the folder.
4. Place the embossing folder on the Big Shot Pad and run through the Big Shot (I like to run it a few times to make sure the ink gets on really well).
5. Take the paper out of the embossing folder. Put the clear embossing powder on the ink side (it won’t stick otherwise) and make sure its covered (it will appear white).
6. Heat the paper with the heat tool being careful to keep moving the paper around so it doesn’t burn (hint – sticky notes work really well as a “handle”)
7. Once the embossing powder turns clear, use your sponge to rub Basic Grey ink on. The best part is that the ink won’t stick to the embossing powder giving you a two tone colour.
8. Take a 5” x 1” piece of white cardstock for the greeting. Stamp the greeting down (leaving the stamp off-centred). Cut one end in the square punch on the diagonal to create the angled tails. Fold the opposite end to wrap it around the Melon Mambo paper and attach with snail adhesive approx. ½” from bottom of Melon Mambo.
9. Attach Melon Mambo paper to card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

A few notes:
Don’t forget to clean the embossing folder off. I find Stampin’ Mist sprayed on a paper towel works quite well.
To clean the stamp off, spray the wet side (look for the rain drops) of the Stampin’ Scrub with Stampin’ Mist, then dry on the other side (look for the small umbrella)
To get your embossing powder back in the jar, use the powder pals underneath when you pour the embossing powder.

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