Monday, September 29, 2008

A poinsettia swag

Christmastime is not far away and if you haven't found a stamp set yet that you like enough to make your cards with...check out this new stamp set by Clear Dollar Stamps called "Poinsettia Petals". This set is so versatile and will supply endless design ideas. It will be released on October 1st.

Dimensions: 5.5"x4.25", Card opens from bottom
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set
Techniques: Basic Stamping, Sponging
Paper: Paper Pizazz Green Plad, Colormates Dark Autumn Red, Paper Trey White Cardstock
Ink: Stampin Up! Real Red & Glorious Green Inks, Adirondack Pitch Black Ink
Tools: Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Bic Mark-It Forest Green Marker, Zig Millenium Red Fine-Tip Marker, Signo Gold Gel Pen, Karen Foster Click-It, American Crafts Dimensionals
Embellishments: American Crafts Cherry Medium Eyelet, Adhesive Gold Beads, Red & White Polka-Dotted "Bobbin" Ribbon

To create this card, I cut the plaid paper and the red cardstock to measure 2.75"x4.25" each. On a separate piece of white cardstock I randomly stamped the Poinsettia Petals in solid and outline Real Red ink. I outlined the 2 medium Poinsettias with a gold gel pen, adding gold stamen highlights to the large poinsettia. I added small clusters of seeds in Glorious Green stamped around the Poinsettias. I cut out the stamped image to a rectangular shape using an Xacto knife and straight edge. I heavily sponged the edges with Real Red ink and then added gold dot highlights over the red sponging on the image. I also added dot/dash doodles in Forest Green ink around the edges. I cut a white mat for the stamped image in the same manner as mentioned above and decorated the edges with snowflake (asterisk) doodles in red with a fine-tip marker. I popped up the stamped image on the white mat and set aside. The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock with Pitch Black ink, cut out with an Xacto knife and straight edge and heavily sponged around the edges with Glorious Green Ink. I added gold doodle dots with a gel pen around the edge. The matted, stamped image was also popped up with Dimensionals and adhered to the card base. Leaves were punched out of Forest Green paper and glued to the stamped image, creating a "swag" look. A hole was punched in the sentiment tag and a medium size eyelet secured it to the card base, also providing a hole to thread the red and white polka-dotted ribbon through and tied off in a bow. Two small adhesive gold beads were added as an embellishment. To finish the card, the card base was glued to the card white cardstock lining.

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