I created this card AGES ago for a demonstrator swap that I participated in for the Holiday catalog. I designed this card and mass produced it back in August – well before we were actually in the throes of the Holiday season. I just couldn't bring myself to share it here before we were actually in that special time. And now, it feels a little anti-climatic since the Holiday catalog retirement list has been published and this sweet set is definitely going away. Stampin' Up! has had Christmas sets featuring a cardinal before, but I always was pretty "meh" about them. I love the watercolor look of this set, and the multi-step stamping effects you can get with the bird and the branch is just gorgeous.
I used this sketch when I designed the card. I flipped the layout to a horizontal orientation and made the grid panel larger to accommodate the stamped branch image. I also had to make the other sections of the grid a bit larger to keep the proportions similar, and it was a joy to incorporate some of the gorgeous Home For Christmas DSP. IMHO, Stampin' Up! totally hit it out of the park with this paper set. If you like the images (and seriously – who isn't going to love the sweet reindeer and the cute Santas?) then I encourage you to buy a pack before it is no longer available.
I also created a special bow on this card using the go-juss vanilla satin ribbon. This bow looks so crisp and "proper" but it is oh-so-easy to make. Here are the simple steps:
- Cut a length of ribbon 2 x the desired finished width.
- Put a little Snail adhesive in the middle of the ribbon and adhere the two ends to the middle so that the ends meet.
- Cut a length of ribbon 2 x the width of the ribbon.
- Put a little Snail adhesive in the middle of the looped ribbon and adhere the two ends of the short piece so that the ends meet.
- Adhere your finished bow to your project with a glue dot – voilà – a beautiful, sophisticated bow!