Even I was surprised ….. starting with The Nook cleaned up and organized left me time to experiment with different card layouts and measurements. While I love the Clean & Simple cards, Christmas card making just has to have some of the Boughs of Holly paper. How to do it? Use my favorite size of center stamped layer, partially over the Designer Series Paper. Here’s my pile of materials used:
If you aren’t used to making a lot of cards on a frequent basis, figuring out how to stretch your DSP is as simple as this one. I got 10 pieces of DSP from each 12″ x 12″ sheet by cutting the sheets in half to start with, and then into 2-1/4″ widths. There’s a bit of left overs, but in this case there’s so little left over I didn’t feel guilty.
The other part of the cutting equation is cutting the white card stock into 11″ x 4-1/4″ to die-cut these deckle rectangles. Use the 5th die from the center, and you will get eight pieces from each sheet. Again, there’s a bit left over, but you will need inside panels on these cards. It will work out nicely.
Have you heard of two-step stamping? This is stamped using Generational Stamping, which is stamping twice without Inking up in between. This is one way to get the two colors of Two-Step Stamping without using two ink pads!
The stamped image needed a little more pop than simply cutting because I wasn’t going to add a layer of colored card stock underneath. There are lots of ways to add interest, but this time I wanted to use the Deckle Rectangular dies. I also added Evening Evergreen baker’s twine, and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Once the panel is added to the card front, add a few gems or rhinestones from your stash. These turned out so nicely, I can’t wait to make more. I mailed my first batch to customers as a Thank You card. I know, I know, they aren’t a Thank You card, but I included a mini newsletter with measurements and step by step instructions for them to get ideas for their Holiday card making.
And just look at what it looks like with the first batch! Isn’t this encouraging? I hope it is as encouraging to you as it was to me to get a bunch of cards done FOR ME. Think of the color possibilities! Think of the seasons of cards coming, including the number of cards needed by places like Bring Seniors Smiles.
The holidays are not a time of year that you want to be rushed or stressed. While you look at the Designer Series Papers available right now, don’t forget what you’ve been holding back in your stash! Just one sheet could make 10-12 cards and it’s time to get that paper out and use it!
None of this would be possible if I hadn’t fine tuned The Nook. Y’all know I have moved three times since becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in 2008. It didn’t happen in a weekend, but through the first several months this year, I weeded through stamp sets and everything else, making big donations of materials to charities that maximize their craft section. I haven’t found a good way to use the 6″ x 6″ size of DSP, but if you can tell me how to use it up, I have a 10″ tall stack of them!
Take a look at all the possibilities for your Crafting Space Organization & Storage!
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