Friday, December 3, 2010

Charming Christmas

This is one of my oldies, but goodies - a card I created last year, but it is one of my all time favorites for several reasons. Mainly, this card is simply gorgeous in real life. This photo only captures a portion of the subtle shimmery background created using Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint. If you don't have Shimmer Paint yet, you REALLY need to get some! It's a very versatile and fun thing to have in your stash of goodies.

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  • The Charming Stamp Set was debuted along with our Simply Adorned line of charms and chains. While it's fabulous for creating the charm inserts, don't underestimate its uses on cards, scrapbook pages and 3-D items. This is one versatile stamp set.
  • Soft Suede and Rich Razzleberry provide a very non-traditional color combo, especially for Christmas. It looks very rich and luxurious with a hint of vintage.
  • Very Vanilla card stock gets a makeover with lots of Soft Suede sponging. Totally worth the effort!
  • Shimmer paint was applied two ways: with a sponge dauber around the edges, as well as spritzed onto the entire layer in the form of Shimmer Spray.
For instructions on how to make your own Shimmer Spray, GO HERE.

The "mat" behind the oval focal image stirred up lots of excitement last year, as stampers tried to figure out how it was created. Super simple: Punch out two pieces of card stock using the Designer Label punch.

 Line them up one above the other, then slide the two pieces together until the straight edges meet (the rounded areas will overlap).

Use a little bit of tape to secure them together. Now you have a custom "mat" perfectly sized for the Wide Oval.

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Charming Stamp Set
Images © Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Charming (116519), All Holidays (114916)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657),  Rich Razzleberry (115658),  Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker (100079),  Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker (120970)
Paper: Soft Suede (115318), Very Vanilla (101650), Rich Razzleberry (115316)
Tools: Ticket Corner punch (119867), Designer Label punch (119862), 2" x 1-3/8" XL Oval punch (119859), Mat Pack (105826), Paper Piercing Tool (116631)
That Special Touch: Sponge Daubers (102892),  Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Metallic Brads (119741), Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (116806), Soft Suede 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon (retired)

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