Holiday Card Swap

With the holiday season almost here it’s once again time for the new Stampin’ Up! holiday catalogue. With a new catalogue comes opportunities for demonstrators to create new samples to show what the new products can create. With so many products jammed into one catalogue there are all sorts of ideas that can be created! I took part in a card swap challenge where participants had to create 17 cards that were identical using products featured in the 2016 holiday catalogue. In exchange for our creations we would get 16 cards back, which included our card and 15 others; 1 card was donated to the swap organizer.

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I ordered the hang your stocking photopolymer stamp bundle and the Christmas pines photopolymer stamp bundle, so I wanted to be able to use these products together to create a unique Christmas card. The challenge included a rule about how the card shaped up Рat least two layers and one embellishment must be used. So, I set about planning my card and decided to use the metallic thread combo pack as my embellishment, the presents and pinecones cardstock pack for paper, and the presents and pinecones designer washi tape as another embellishment.

In the planning stages I wrestled with ideas of how the layers would shape up, but decided to use smokey slate cardstock as a card base, then layer stamped images with 3-D images to help add depth. I felt the card needed some sparkle and the Christmas pines stamp set came with a snow flurry image, so I decided to cut out a vanilla 3×4″ card using project life framelits, then stamped the snow flurry twice to fill the page – I used versa mark ink and silver embossing powder that I heat set to give that snowy shine. Then I cut stockings out and decided on a vanilla stocking with gold detail, and a stamped mint macaroon stocking with a snowflake pattern. Red bows and red metallic thread added the finishing touches. Check out the finished design below:

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Have you had a chance to check out the 2016 holiday catalogue yet? What did you think of it? I’d love to hear what you think!

Ciao for now!

Vanessa

 

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