Sunday, October 10, 2010

One Stamp, Three Cards… Three Ways!

I fell in love with the Gifts of Christmas stamp set as soon as I laid eyes on it…. The simple elegant lines remind me vaguely of a Picasso painting from years ago. 

Today, I’m sharing three different cards using just one image from the Gifts of Christmas stamp set… same basic technique, same cardstock… but three very different cards:  Elegantly layered, simple layered, and Clean and Simple AKA  CAS.

This first card features Brushed Silver and Whisper White cardstock.  The card base measures 8.5” x 5.5” and is scored at 4.25”.

Working from the card base outward, the Brushed silver cardstock background was cut 5-3/8” x 4-1/8” and embossed with the Vintage Textured Embossing Folder.  One little twist:  to provide more depth and interest, the embossed brushed silver cardstock was also sanded lightly with a sanding block.  Sanding the Brushed Silver Cardstock dulls the the raised embossing and gives it a vintage felt wallpaper texture and appeal.

Next, I cut mats to center on the  card…

Whisper White Cardstock cut to 4.25” x 3.25” and Brushed Silver cut to 3-7/8”  x 2-7/8”.

The foremost layer was embossed with the stamped image from the Gifts of Christmas Stamp Set, and measures 2.75” x3.75”.

Embossing is a really fun “WOW” technique… and requires just a few simple pieces of equipment:

  • Versamark Ink Pad
  • Embossing Powder (In this case Silver Detail Embossing Powder is used)
  • Heat Tool
  • Powder Pal
  • Embossing Tray or container to catch and retrieve unused powder

Heat tools get very, very hot…. so it’s nice to have tweezers nearby to hold the cardstock. 

TIP:  always pre-heat your heat tool, which will help prevent scorching cardstock!

So.. here’s the first card…  I added a double loop ribbon bow which was tied easily on two fingers:

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Now, some people would say.. whoa!! Too many layers… so here’s a simpler version of the same card, using the same Gifts of Christmas Stamp Set and embossing technique:

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Still very pretty, clean, and elegant… the card shown above has only three layers.  First, the same basic cardstock fold over which measures 8.5” x 5.5” scored at 4.25”.  The next layer (brushed silver cardstock) is cut 5.25” x 4”, and the final layer (embossed with the Gifts of Christmas image) measures 5” x 3.75”.. pretty clean and simple, still elegant and an excellent card to send at Christmas!

This next card is a CAS (clean and simple) one layer card…. yet another design using the elegant image from Gifts of Christmas… ONE layer card using only the basic card foldover of 8.5” x 5.5” scored at 4.25” and embossed on that layer.

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I really had to resist embellishing this CAS card… add some dry embossing or a ribbon across the top… I really wanted to share something for every style, for everyone who stops to visit.  We all have different stamping styles, some of us have more than one stamping style… and stamping is such a versatile art, there’s literally something for everyone!

Have you finished your Christmas cards yet?  Check out the Online Clearance Center at my Online Stampin Up Store for great deals… or to order your Christmas Card materials today!

Hugs,

Sharon

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3 comments:

Teressa Thompson said...

Who would think it's too many layers? LOL Not me! I love your cards with "umph!"

nana_cindy42 said...

I like the 1st one the best. I, too, like lots of layers. The 3rd one looks too much like a wedding invitation.

luvthatstampin said...

The longer I stamp, the more I layer and embellish. Your first card is my favorite.