Friday, November 5, 2010

A Paisley Prints Christmas

Are you a paisley fan? I'm sort of neutral - it depends on the print. Earlier this year, when I attended the Stampin' Up! Convention, one of the stamp sets we received in our convention bag was Paisley Prints (featured in the 2010-2011 Holiday Mini Catalog). I liked the set, but knew I would need to check out the display boards for some inspiration beyond one or two ideas. Of course, I wasn't disappointed! The display boards at convention are FULL of creative ideas and I found quite a few for this set.  Today's card is based on one of those displayed, with a few unique changes.  It is also one of the cards attendees made at my Holiday Stamp Camp last month.


  • The design is simple, yet attractive and it's a very easy card to recreate which makes it a good candidate for mass production.
  • Embossing the vellum for an overlay gives texture, added interest and resembles falling snow!
  • The hearts tie right in with the sentiment and they are created with just one punch.
  • Sponging around the edges of the larger hearts gives them added dimension and contrast. I gave them a boost by popping them up with Dimensionals.
Don't forget the envelope! It's a super little touch that really gets noticed. While there ARE more elaborate ways to dress up your envelopes, it's not as practical for a big stack of cards. A simple stamp in the corner will do and it still comes across to the recipient that you took the extra step.

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A Paisley Prints Christmas

Stamps: Paisley Prints (Wood mount-120817, Clear mount-121121), Heard From The Heart (Wood mount-111644, Clear mount-120006)
Ink: Early Espresso (119670), Old Olive (102277)
Paper: White Vellum (101839), Deck The Halls Designer Series Paper (120810)
Card Stock: Crumb Cake (120953), Early Espresso (119686), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (117335), Heart to Heart XL punch (119881)
That Special Touch: Early Epresso 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon (119955), Stamping Sponges (101610), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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