Welcome to InKing Royalty’s July Blog Hop! Can you believe we are half-way to Christmas? It might seem a bit early to start looking at wintry scenes and holiday goodies, but there are so many great products in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog that we want to share before the Holiday Catalog is revealed next month. Today’s Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature each artist’s take on Christmas in July. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.
When tasked with making a Christmas card for this blog hop, I found it very difficult. Not because I couldn’t get into the Christmas spirit due to the sweltering summer heat, but because there were so many options, I had a hard time deciding what to do. I went to my online store, did a search for “Christmas,” and got 52 results!
After much deliberation, I decided to use the Festive Flower Builder Punch along with the new This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper to create a card in Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla.
Here’s what I came up with:
(The background of this photo is Very Vanilla, not Whisper White in bad lighting.)
Here’s how I did it:
The card base is Garden Green card stock. There’s a layer of the DSP glued to the base, and a smaller layer of the DSP glued to that.
For the poinsettia, I stamped the three sizes of leaf/petal veins from the Reason for the Season stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink onto Cherry Cobbler card stock – 8 of the largest, 8 of the middle size, and 3 of the small doubles. Then I stamped three of the largest ones in Garden Green ink onto Garden Green card stock. I used the Festive Flower Builder Punch to cut out all the stamped pieces, plus 3 flower centers from Crushed Curry card stock.
I used my Bone Folder to curl all the punched pieces (except the Crushed Curry centers) so the ends curved down. I punched a 1″ circle of Cherry Cobbler card stock and started gluing the inner tips of the pieces onto it, beginning with the largest petals and building up to the smallest on top. I glued the 3 leaves to the bottom of the flower and the 3 centers to the top.
I attached Stampin’ Dimensionals to the underside of the petals to keep them from getting flattened in the envelope. Then I put Fast Fuse on the 1″ circle on the bottom of the flower, and stuck it to a large gold doily from the Metallic Foil Doilies. I used Fast Fuse to attach the whole thing to the card front.
On the card’s interior, I glued a piece of Very Vanilla card stock for a handwritten note. You can also add a stamped greeting, such as one of the three in the Reason for the Season stamp set – I would recommend using Cherry Cobbler ink.
I used another piece of the DSP to create a custom envelope using the Envelope Punch Board.
I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Linda Heller at Where the Rubber Hits the Road…. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!
If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
- Linda Heller at Where the Rubber Hits the Road…
- Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
- Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
- Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
- Imogene Thomas at MomoMakes.com
- Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
- Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
- Becky Volpp at InkBlossom with Becky
- Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
Here’s what I used today: