Stampin' Up! Merriest Moments Tone-on-Tone Christmas Card

The Stampin' Up! Merriest Moments bundle comes with the super awesome hybrid embossing folder and coordinating dies, but we can't overlook the other dies and stamps in the bundle! The poinsettias are highlighted in this festive, classic Christmas card featuring an embossed, tone-on-tone layer that gives this card an extra wow-factor.

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Merriest Moments Card Tutorial

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Ingredients

  • Stamp Set: Merriest Moments

  • Dies: Merriest Frames Dies

  • Ink Pad Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, VersaMark WaterMark Stamp Pad (embossing ink)

  • Cardstock: Basic White, Cherry Cobbler

  • Embossing Folder: Tasteful Textile 3D

  • Stampin' Write Marker: Cherry Cobbler (Regals Collection)

  • Ribbon & Trim: Simply Elegant Trim (gold)

  • Embellishments: Wonderful Gems (gold)

  • Embossing Powder: Metallics Embossing Powder (gold)

  • Adhesives: Stampin' Seal and/or Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals or Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Foam Adhesive Sheets, Mini Glue Dots

Tools

  • Basic Supply Kit: paper trimmer, paper snips/scissors, bone folder, acrylic stamping blocks

  • Heat Tool

  • Stampin' Up! Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine

  • Stampin' Pierce Mat (used to achieve perfect impressions from photopolymer stamps)

  • Anti-Static Powder Pouch or Tool (such as EK Success Powder Tool* or Ranger Ink Anti-Static Pouch*)

  • Take Your Pick (the putty end makes picking up and adhering gems/sequins super easy!)

  • Low tack tape for holding dies in place when running them through the die cutting machine, such as washi tape or, my absolute favorite, Spellbinders - Best Ever Craft Tape* (yes, that is what it is named; it can be found from various online shops)

Techniques

  • Masking

  • Heat Embossing

  • Tone-on-Tone Stamping

  • Creating Custom Backgrounds

  • Dry Embossing with Embossing Folders

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Cardstock Measurements (Imperial)

  • Card Base: Cherry Cobbler measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" scored at 4 1/4"

  • Layer #1: Cherry Cobbler measuring 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"

  • Layer #2: Basic White measuring 3" x 2 1/2" (to be die cut)

  • Layer #3 - Inside: Basic White measuring 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"

  • Stamping & Die Cutting: Basic White (to be die cut in step #7 below)

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prepare Your Cardstock: cut/trim/score/burnish all cardstock as described above

  2. Stamp two (2) of the largest poinsettias in Cherry Cobbler ink

  3. Stamp two (2) of the smaller poinsettias in second generation (i.e. lightly stamp off on scrap paper first) Cherry Cobbler ink

  4. Stamp four (4) of the largest leaves in Shaded Spruce ink

  5. Die cut the poinsettias and leaves

  6. Die cut one of the largest solid poinsettias from the Merriest Moments (see image below) from Cherry Cobbler cardstock

  7. Die cut the rectangular frame from the Merriest Moments Dies (see bottom left die in image below) from Basic White cardstock, for the sentiment and center of the card front

  8. On Layer #1 Cherry Cobbler cardstock, randomly stamp the tall leafy image in Cherry Cobbler ink

  9. On Layer #1 Cherry Cobbler cardstock, randomly stamp the small dots image in Cherry Cobbler ink

  10. Run the stamped Layer #1 through the die cutting machine with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder

  11. Adhere the embossed layer to the card front with Foam Adhesive Sheets (to give a tad bit more dimension) or Stampin' Dimensionals

  12. Apply anti-static powder, if you have it, to the rectangular die cut Basic White sentiment cardstock

  13. Cover the word "Season's" from the sentiment with a low tack tape, then ink the word "Greetings" with VersaMark WaterMark Stamp Pad; remove the tape and stamp the word to the bottom right corner of the cardstock; Cover the stamped sentiment with gold embossing powder, tap off excess powder, and heat set the embossing powder with the heat tool

  14. Apply anti-static powder to the cardstock again (optional); cover the word "Greeting" from the sentiment with a low tack tape, then ink the word "Season's" with VersaMark WaterMark Stamp Pad; remove the tape and stamp the word to above the stamped "Greetings" sentiment; Cover the stamped sentiment with gold embossing powder, tap off excess powder, and heat set the embossing powder with the heat tool

  15. Adhere the sentiment cardstock directly to the center of the card front

  16. Arrange the die cut leaves and flowers on top of the sentiment layer and adhere to the card

  17. Adhere the Cherry Cobbler die cut poinsettia to the front of the sentiment layer

  18. Add small dots around the flowers and sentiment with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker

  19. Adorn the front of the card with the gold speckled Wonderful Gems

  20. Add a cute little bow to the card front with the gold trim included in the Simply Elegant Trim combo pack

  21. On Layer #3 - Inside, Basic White cardstock, stamp the stem of leaves used on the cardfront (and circled in the image below) to the bottom left and bottom right of the cardstock in Shaded Spruce ink (if you tilt the stamp and overlap a portion of the stamp off the cardstock, you can stamp the stem of leaves twice on each side)

Left Image - Dies: References for Steps #6 and #7

Righ Image - Stamp Set: References for Steps, #8, #9, and for #12, #13, #14


A glimpse at the inside of the card:

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I hope you like this card and it inspires your next project!


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