I knew right away when I had my first look at the Holiday catalog that I had to have the Dashing Deer bundle. I absolutely adore this leaping deer diecut!

This was the second card that I created for the Holiday Stamp-A-Stack that happened earlier this month. When I design two cards, I try to make one that is pretty simple so people can follow the instructions that I provide and be successful. That allows me to be more attentive to the guests that are creating the second, slightly more involved card. This was the more involved card that I designed this time around. The finished card looks simple and has clean lines, but creating the multi-scallop layer requires explaining and guidance. I cut those strips longer than the Very Vanilla layer to allow for the offset lining up of the scallops. Also, I had the guests use the Stamparatus to stamp the greeting, so I had to explain that, too. Almost none of them have used it before, and they all loved it! Woo hoo!

I followed this sketch as a starting point for my design. The path from sketch to finished card isn’t as obvious in this one. I rotated the design 90° and stamped the sentiment directly on the Very Vanilla layer rather than having another piece behind it. I must confess that I wasn’t sure if the card was “fancy” enough for the class, but I decided that the gold foil on the deer stepped it up, and I liked the clean lines. And all of the guests at the Stamp-A-Stack seemed to enjoy both of the cards that I created for them.

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