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Beautiful Christmas with Peace and Joy

The Details

Where did it come from

Cardmaking & Papercraft Issue 176

When did I get it

Oops, I forgot to write it down round about 30th Oct -1st Nov 2017 ish…

When did I try it

23rd November 2017

First quick impression

The stamps are somewhere between modern and traditional but they are very pretty and the papers are in gorgeous sugar almond colours. The bonus Christmas Wishes paper from Kaisercraft is truly stunning. I hope I can do justice to these and come up with something that I and especially you like.

It’s pretty much a given when I receive new stamps that I test them first if you haven’t already read this post from last week to find out why. I had absolutely no problems with these though as you can see they behaved perfectly:

peace and joy stamped

Designing a card

When it came to creating a card I decided that I wanted to have a break from the standard card blanks and go for something a little different. I had a look through my Adorable Scoreboard Crafting Handbook from Hunkydory and decided to create a centre stepper card. Using a piece of Lynda Chapman’s World of Paper Smooth White card 250gsm I scored it with the Adorable Scoreboard at the measurements I decided upon. As directed in the book I cut the card in the correct places and folded it along the score lines. Using one of the sheets of decorative card that came with the free gift I cut sections to cover the topper area and the two rear side folds using my Cutterpillar Pro.  At this stage it looked like this:

Centre Stepper Card

The middle side tent folds

For the middle tent folds on the sides, I decided to use the stamp with a cluster of stars which I inked with Memento Lulu Lavender which matched well with the decorative paper. Before stamping I cut more of Lynda’s cardstock to the correct size and then stamped them with the platform so the stars would be placed identically on both sides. To stick the panels on I am actually testing out some new glue Tattered Lace Vellum Glue. I know I am not working with vellum on this project but the Tattered Lace demonstrator on Create and Craft said she used it for all her paper crafts so I thought I would try it out on this project first. So far I am pretty happy with it, you get wiggle time and it sets well. This is the middle panels:

Stamped Stars

The front lower panel

I decided to use the included Embossing Folder on the front of the card. Using more of Lynda’s cardstock I send the embossing folder through my trusty Gemini and then used my Groove Tool with some more of the Lulu Lavender to distress the embossed design and the panel. In the space left, I cut a piece of the cardstock to the correct size then stamped the Shine Bright sentiment in Lulu Lavender and distress around it also. This is how the card looked at that stage:

The front panel

The Topper

To create the topper I measured how much space I wanted it to take and then cut a 9 cm scalloped square from Sheena’s Stamping card and a 9.5 cm scalloped square from Silver Mirror Card using my ScanNCut. On the stamping card, I used my Stamping Platform to stamp the image and sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black Ink. The Image was coloured using some of my new Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Marker. Everyone has been talking about these lately so as money is not yet quite as tight as we expect it to be I treated myself to some from Amazon and they arrived yesterday 🙂 I then went over the halo and around the edge of the star on the wand with my Clear Star Sakura Gelly Roll. I love this so much that I have actually ordered more Sakura Pens from Amazon too, these are due tomorrow 🙂 I am still a massive Spectrum Noir fan I’m just branching out. Can you ever have too many pens… I’ll answer that for you No!

The Topper

The Peace and Joy completed card

I mounted the stamped image onto the silver mirror card background with some Collall All Purpose Glue and then added the completed topper to the front of the card with more of the same. Here is how the card turned out:

Peace and Joy Completed Card

The Verdict

I really love this set. I am increasingly enjoying using this modern style of sweet images. I doubt if I will ever lose my love of  Vintage or Traditional styles but I am happy to add more genres to my stash. It is not a surprise really when I consider other areas of my life my music taste is extremely broad featuring, Opera, Choral, Classical, Pop, rock and some Jazz… eclectic seems to sum up my tastes quite nicely. Obviously, the papers will be used up but the stamps and embossing folder will find a permanent home in my craft stash for the foreseeable future.

If you are new here I post most weeks to show what I have been making with free gifts from magazines, you can see some of the past ones here. I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have come up with for this gift, I’d love to see what you have made, why not tag me in on social media. The next products I’m using are the gifts with Papercraft Inspirations 172. Have a great week, are you still working on Christmas crafts or are you all Christmas’d out?

Until next time,
Gentle Hugs,

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