Did you ever stop to think where Christmas in July originated? According to a quick Google search, it found its start in 1933 at an all-girls summer camp in Brevard, North Carolina. They hosted a Christmas in July celebration complete with carolers, a Christmas tree, fake snow, a gift exchange and even a visit from Santa. And it’s now morphed in to a month-long celebration with thoughts of escaping the heat!
I’m following suit and celebrating Christmas in July on my blog this month. Today, I feature Stampin’ Up!’s Snowflake Wishes stamp set and So Many Snowflake Dies. Find the stamp set on page 90 of the Annual Catalog and the dies on page 165.
I really like all of the many and varied snowflake dies included with this set. As you can see with my samples, it offers many, many different ways to use both the stamp set and the dies.
The featured card sports non-traditional Christmas colors. I used:
- Misty Moonlight for the base,
- Mint Macaron for the next layer (5 1/4 x 4),
- Polished Pink,
- Blushing Bridge (embossed with the snowflake design from the Wintry 3D Embossing Folder set),
- Misty Moonlight for the snowflake and ink colors.
This card uses even more non-traditional colors: Polished Pink. I just love the In Color Vellum to die cut the snowflakes images.
The “windows” in the Picture This Dies offer a fun way to showcase the snowflakes.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Snowflake Wishes Card Samples for Christmas in July. Be sure to watch the video below to see how the first card is created.
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Snowflake Wishes Card Samples
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Today’s post combines the perennial Christmas in July cards with Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper sale.
I showcase a handful of card samples using Stampin’ Up!’s Evergreen Elegance stamp set. Look for it on page 91 of the Annual Catalog. By itself, the set lends itself to both holiday greeting card making as well as all-occasion card crafting. Buy the set with the Evergreen Border Punch as a bundle and save 10 percent.
In addition, select packages of Stampin’ Up!’s beautiful Designer Series Paper are 15 percent off, including Tidings of Christmas. Use this opportunity to stock up on your favorite papers! The following packages of Designer Series Paper in Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog
qualify for the discount:
- Beauty of the Earth
- Bloom Where You are Planted
- In Good Taste
- In the Wild
- Pansy Petals
- Sweet Symmetry
- Tidings of Christmas
- You’re a Peach
This offer ends at 11:59 pm Mountain Time August 2. Begin shopping here
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Tidings of Christmas Card Samples
Enjoy these other Tidings of Christmas Card samples that use the Evergreen Elegance stamp set and a variety of other Stampin’ Up! products. Be sure to watch the video (a Facebook live replay) that shows exactly how two of these cards are created.
Tidings of Christmas Card Samples Video
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Have you seen Stampin’ Up!’s new Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper? It’s been a very popular item since the catalog went live early May. The images just wow.
I tried a technique that can offer the same look. (Yes, I’m a little late to the party. Lots of other videos and card samples showcase the alcohol ink technique.) But I had to try to for myself. I paired the designs with Stampin’ Up!’s Sunny Sentiments stamp set. So excited to share all the finished cards!
This post features four of the cards I created with the set and technique. It works really well for backgrounds. Be sure to watch the video for a visual look of how I created these beautiful cards.
Here’s a quick recap of Sunny Sentiments meets alcohol ink technique:
- Started with Stampin’ Up!’s vellum card stock. I made it larger than I needed so I could die cut it to size.
- Scribbled, colored, drew on the vellum with Stampin’ Up!’ Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. Use an color combination your heart desires.
- With a paint brush, dribble and touch rubbing alcohol (the 91 percent seems to work the best) onto the ink and watch the magic happen. You could also blow on it or use a straw to move the ink around.
- Be sure to play around with the different Stampin’ Blends colors to see all of the fun combinations you can make.
- Let the image dry and then stamp.
Enjoy these card samples. Try this technique yourself and see what happens.
Sunny Sentiments Meets Alcohol Inks Video
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In my last blog post, I featured a host of card samples using Stampin’ Up!’s Picture This Dies. (Find this set of two dies on page 164 of Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog. It sells for $34.)
These dies offer a multitude of options when creating peek-a-boo cards. However, I also found a way to use the leftover circles and a way to use one piece as a stencil. I call them my Picture This Dies alternates.
In the card above, featuring the Sweet Strawberry bundle, I glued the circles to a piece of Basic White Card Stock. I then ran this piece through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine in the Tasteful Textiles 3D Embossing Folder, trimming off any pieces that hung over the edge. Do you see that I used another leftover circle as a background for my strawberry?
I love the stitching on the dies as well as the two choices of circles and rectangles.
And, in the card below, I found a way to use the cut as a stencil.
To achieve this look, I cut a piece of card stock to 5 1/4 x 4 inches, die cut with the Picture This Dies (circle). After removing the circles, I placed the die cut on top of another piece of card stock measuring 5 1/4 x 4 inches. With the Blending Brushes, I applied Daffodil Delight ink until I got the right look. The sentiment comes from the Sunny Sentiment stamp set, and I constructed a frame using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.
Here’s a video showing how I used the dies in this collection.
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Picture This Dies Alternates Supplies
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Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog has been live for six weeks now. So much new product to play with. I ordered the Picture This Dies and just recently started playing with them. Find them on page 164 of the catalog.
The card above uses the Sweet Strawberry Bundle and the 6 x 6 Brights Designer Series Paper. Be sure to watch the video below showing card samples and how the card above was created.
I thumbed through the catalog, marking pages of stamp sets that would work well with these dies. Today, I share a few other card samples using these dies.
Picture This Dies Card Samples
This card features the Snowflake Wishes stamp set, Evergreen Embossing Folder, and the Pearlescent Specialty Paper. The coordinating colors are Balmy Blue and Night of Navy.
The images in the Lovely You stamp set fit perfectly in the circles created by the Picture This Dies. I also used the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper (a hostess choice available for $18 with Stampin’ Rewards. This is a great value: 48 12 x 12 sheets of double-sided paper with black and white designs on one side and colorful images on the other).
Here, I show a sample using the rectangle version of the dies using Stampin’ Up!’s Nothing Better Than stamp set and Pattern Party Designer Series Paper.
All of the little die cut images from the Hats Off Bundle fit perfectly in the circles. It creates a great masculine card that uses the Neutrals 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.
Looking ahead to Halloween with this design and the Banner Year stamp set.
Picture This Dies Card Samples Video
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