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Monday, August 12, 2013

Christmas in July

Hello again! Yes, I realize it's no longer July :) .... I still wanted to share this card that I made for the Christmas in July Card Swap at Fancy Paper Crafters. I can't wait for Christmas!! I think it's wintertime that I'm ultimately longing for lol. The years that I'm actually put together enough to send out Christmas cards, I send out handmade cards. Some of my friends suggested we start our cards early this year and I jumped at the chance.
 
I found the triple layer stamping technique on Split Coast Stampers and knew I had to try it out! Once I had my idea, I needed some design inspiration. What better place to turn than Pinterest (can you tell I'm addicted)?!
 
I have been on a kick lately of using black, red and white. However, I knew I didn't want to use black on this Christmas Card but liked the idea of sticking with the red and white. I found this gorgeous card on the PartiCraft blog (from Pinterest). She didn't provide directions but since I found a simliar technique on SCS, I thought I'd be okay.
 
So, here's what I came up with:
 
 
It was actually not to difficult to make, just a lot of little steps. The cardstock is by Stampin Up!. The little pearls are by K & Company. The snowflake stamp is by Hero Arts. The ornament itself is one of the heirloom ornaments by Spellbinders. The embossing folder was also by Stampin Up! I tried using a simliar embossing folder by Darice but found that it did not work well on thick heavy weight cardstock at all. It actually tore the paper when embossed - if you have any suggestions, feel free to share :).
 
The technique itself was done by lightly adhering the 3 layers of paper together (you could certainly use more if you wanted) and then stamping directly on the layers. I also embossed the snowflakes to make them pop more. I used pop up dots between the layers to give it some dimension. When doing a a multi-layered card like this, I've found that it works best for me to approach in an assembly line fashion (I had to make 8 of these for the swap). I get all the parts ready before assembling which makes it much easier to put it all together.
 
Thanks for stopping by today!! Until next time, happy crafting!!

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