Yep…it may be July…but it’s also time for Christmas! As all crafters know, July is the time to get a jump on the upcoming holidays. Of course maybe we are all just trying to beat the heat by convincing ourselves that paper snow and thinking cool thoughts will cool us off just as well as the real thing.
Then again…my friend Darrah Hopper in Northern California assures me that where she lives in the mountains they have on occasion seen snow in July, just after the Fourth, so she doesn’t always have to rely on papercrafting head games to cool off. She’s also the one who introduced me to the concept of a snow rake (and yes I thought she was kidding until she sent me a picture of her raking snow off her house’s roof). One of these days I’ll have to create a punch art card with snow being raked in her honor.
In the mean time my friend Marsha’s induction into the Design Team for this Challenge group (congratulations Miss Marsha!) has inspired me to jump in and start participating and getting ahead of the holiday rush.
Stamps: Mosaic Madness
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock. Champagne Glimmer Paper
Punches: Hexagon, Mosaic, Itty Bitty Accent pack (star)
Other: Big Shot, Mosaic Embossing Folder, Gold Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals, Glue Dots
Technically the challenge was for a tag but I’m afraid I forgot that in the excitement of getting started on my Christmas projects. Luckily there is always the alternate of any kind of Christmas card just to get ourselves started! And of course this use of the punch to create a tree can be downsized a bit to create the perfect tag for that special gift bag!
Given our very hot July weather (104º so far is the max) and the general madness it’s creating in a stamper no longer used to heat, the use of Mosaic Madness seemed a natural to start this Challenge. Since this set was introduced a year ago I’ve been seeing a variety of Christmas uses including a punched tree so decided to give it a go with a CASE in our newest In Colors. Another great benefit to this stamp set? There is a coordinating punch and embossing folder that continues the very Moorish looking Mosaic design. Gotta love that famous Stampin’ Up coordination!
Details and Tips:
I found the card quick and easy once the design and its components were decided on. The trickiest part was deciding which stamp images to use (there are so many cool ones in the set) and how many to use to create the pattern. Loving the ornament looking patterns, I went with the small and large versions. Then of course how many colors to mix…what pattern to lay them out in…and what pieces to pop up on dimensionals. After a few false starts I ended up with what you see. Along the way I discovered a few cool tips.
Tip 1: Mossy Meadow stamped off once looks an awful lot like Old Olive…so if you want to save yourself some trouble and want all your stamp offs to have the same amount of ink…why not save yourself some trouble and grab the Old Olive if you want a tree all in shades of green.
Tip 2: Always Artichoke makes a nice third to the triad. Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and Always Artichoke give you some nice shade differences to work with all together. Of course you’ll have to take my word for this since I didn’t end up combining all three in this particular card.
Tip 3: The Hexagon punch trimmed in half makes a great pot or tree base. I’ll have to remember this when I try my hand at a topiary design closer to Christmas.
Now that I’ve got the pattern down an assembly of dozens of cards will be easy.
Stamp 6 images in Mossy Meadow, 5 in Blackberry Bliss then start punching. Simplest way was to use 1-1/2” (narrower if you are good at placement) strips of Very Vanilla…stamp a strip…then punch. Run a 4” x 5-1/5” sheet of Mossy Meadow through the Mosaic Embossing Folder and adhere to the Naturals Ivory card base ( 4-1/4” x 11”). Arrange your punch pieces as you can see in the picture placing the Blackberry Bliss pieces up on dimensionals. Work row by row building as you go. Punch a few stars, add some Baker’s Twine and you’re done. Of course you’ll want a Christmas greeting for the inside and Mosaic Madness has a few lovely border type stamps that will also add to the interior design not to mention your envelope.
One other note about this very cool stamp set. You can create your own background papers for use in One Sheet Wonder designs by stamping combinations of images and colors. Go random or get your stamp a ma jig out and do fussy aligned rows. What ever strikes your fancy.
Hopefully this will inspire you to join in the Christmas Challenge. You can see the weekly challenge here or follow along on the link I gave to Marsha’s blog. A new challenge goes up every Sunday. A card a week all year long and you’ll have 52 ready to go for Christmas. A card a day and you’ll have 365!
Merry Christmas everyone!
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