Hi All! I cannot believe that I have not shared these pretty cards with you yet. I am soooo sorry!
Anyway, I thought I’d best show them to you quick, because the punches that were used for them are only available for the rest of THIS MONTH, and then they will most probably be GONE FOREVER! 🙁 Such a shame – they are the most gorgeous punches and so useful, not just for Christmas cards.
I made these cards for a training session run by Natalie, who is now my direct upline since Cate sadly gave up being a demonstrator. Natalie does great training – if you want to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and be able to attend these inspiring sessions, then follow the link to my Demonstrator Web Site and click on Join The Fun!
As the training was in September, and was not a long time after the Stampin Up! Creative Tour, I needed some swaps that were extra quick and easy – having twins is not conducive to having lots of time to make elaborate swaps! – but a quick browse on Pinterest helped with some inspiration, and I came up with these beauties. The best bit is, they require minimal “stash” and the same amount of tools!
All you need are Basic Black cardstock (or any other base card colour), Designer Series Papers (one sheet will go MILES!), the Merry Minis Punch Pack and a trimmer. That’s IT! How cool is that? You can go a step further and add a sentiment if you feel it necessary, but you can always add that to the inside of the card if you want to keep the fronts really clean and simple. And as it shows from this picture, it doesn’t take anything away from the card not to have a sentiment on the front.
So for these cards I cut the base card to size (we only make card front for swaps, so I got twice as many out of each piece of cardstock than if I’d been making cards to send – unless you go for a postcard-type of card), cut some appropriately-sized strips of DSP, and punched the ends with the punches from the Merry Minis set. I pushed the paper into the punch as far as it could go, to easily allow me to be consistent with the placing of the holes. There’s not much worse than a wonky line of shapes, unless it is *clearly* supposed to be that way! I’m pretty good at making it wonky when it is not supposed to be, so every little helps. I centred the punch on the width of each strip as best I could. As the strips are not much wider than the punch, this was easier than it sounds – heck, if I can do it, so can you!
I then stuck the strips onto the base card using Dimensionals, and that was each card finished. You can make a ton of these in mere moments if you focus! I mixed up the strips from each colour for the Polka Dot DSP, and went with a mix that worked for Winter Frost. Some of the Winter Frost cards had all one pattern, like the one shown, others had a mix of patterns and made use of the double-sided nature of the DSP to come up with a co-ordinating mix. Very different cards with a very different feel, but both work beautifully. Great for winter/ Christmas birthdays, too, as nothing about them says Christmas, if you use the star. If you use the tree or bauble punches then they start to become more themed, but in quite a subtle way.
If you want to get hold of this gorgeous punch set before it is gone (I now have a spare set for crafting with friends or just when mine give up!), or the Winter Frost DSP stack, then make sure you get your order in before January 28th, as this is when the Autumn/Winter seasonal catalogue is no longer valid, and we will be into a whole new realm with the Spring/Summer seasonal. I will be back soon with inspiration from some new items coming with the release of that…