Monday, May 28, 2018

Merry & Bright

Stamps: SU Seasonally Scattered, Delicate Details
Paper: SU Real Red, Whisper White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: InkExpressions Red Embossing Powder, Michaels 3/8" Glitter Ribbon, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips, heat tool, paper snips, Swarovski Crystals
Techniques: Heat Embossing

This card was made for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown "Stash" Challenge 20-18 that required the use of lace in a Christmas card.
I started with a standard A2 (8-1/2"x 5-1/2") sized Stampin' Up Real Red card base folded in half. I then cut a panel of SU Whisper White to 4"x 5-1/4" as my main card front.

On this main card panel I afixed two of the SU "Delicate Details" photopolymer lace stamps on an acrylic stamping block, making sure there was just enough space between them to accommodate the 3/8" ribbon I planned to use. I then inked the two mounted stamps with Versamark clear ink, and stamped them at the short ends of the panel (be careful to make sure you switch the stamp around on the second end so that the larger lace pattern is nearest the edge. This also makes it easier to cut with paper snips later on. The inked areas were each dusted with InkExpressions red embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool until the lace was glossy. I would recommend stamping, dusting and heat embossing one end at a time.

I then "fussy cut" both ends using paper snips to make the lace look more real (I discarded the trimmed off white piece).

Next, I inked up the "MERRY" sentiment from SU's "Seasonally Scattered" set with Versamark clear ink, and stamped it in the center of the open space between the two lacy ends. Again, the inked image was dusted with red embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Then, I used 6" strips of Michael's 3/8" wide Celebrate It! glittery red ribbon and glued them down across the front of both ends using Tombow glue. The ends were wrapped around the back and taped in place.

As a final glittery touch, I placed three Swarovski red crystals around the sentiment and glue them with Tombow. Finally, the main Whisper White heat embossed panel was attached to the card base using adhesive foam strips.

This card came together relatively quickly, so I am rating it at a difficulty level of "2" out of "5". With all the red, it certainly makes for a "Merry & Bright" card to send to the relatives this coming holiday!


  1. Wow, you've used your lace stamps to great effect! The fussy cutting really transforms them, they look so real. The "merry" stamp is lovely, and the glitter and bling fit in beautifully, I love how your card has come together. Thanks for joining us at the 52CCT.

  2. Great idea to use lace. Thank you for taking part in our 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge - Myrna DT

  3. It's really bright and cheerful. I love the lacy patterns. Thanks for joining in at 52CCT

  4. What a great cards you made. I like your lace background :-))
    Thanks for joining us at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.


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