This Merry Christmas Boughs card was one of the cards I prepared for my last Monthly Card Club class before Christmas. We usually make 3 cards but, for these very supportive gals, I prepared kits for 4 cards this time! They were surprised, very appreciative and all of them agreed that this was their favourite card! (Thanks to Lillian Kemp for sharing her design for this card.)
Let’s get started:
It’s best to start with a regular-sized Basic Black cardstock (#121045) base that is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, folded and scored with the bone folder. As always, a Whisper White cardstock (#100730) layer measuring 5-1/4″ x 4″ was cut to attach to the inside of the card base. The 3 boughs were stamped in Shaded Spruce Classic Ink (#147088), similar to those you see on the front square, and then Stampin’ Seal was used to attach it on the inside of the card base.
To give the Sahara Sand cardstock (#147117) background layer some detail, It was easy to give the Sahara Sand cardstock (#147117) background layer some detail by using the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (#149653) with the Winter Snow Embossing Folder (#153577). I think the snowflakes in various sizes and shapes add exciting unique detail to the layer. Multipurpose Liquid Glue would be the best adhesive to attach the embossed layer to the card base.
And now for some colour:
Any of the designs from the Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper would work beautifully with this card sketch. For this card, I chose a piece of the Cherry Cobbler DSP cutting it at 4″ x 2″ and used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach it over the Sahara Sand layer. Note: Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper (#155969) is only available, until December 31, 2020, as part of the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle. I’m sure you’d love this bundle – it’s so versatile – see how the dies are used in this card!
Greeting layer is next:
For the greeting on this Merry Christmas Boughs card, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock (#100730) with the largest square from Stitched Shapes Dies (#152323). Note: Cutting a square measuring 2-5/8″ x 2-5/8″ with the Paper Trimmer would also work. The Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink (#147083) used to stamp the greeting matches the DSP. This is one of the greatest assets of using Stampin’ Up! products!! Next, I used Sahara Sand Classic Ink (#147117) to stamp random snowflakes for the background – some of them were “stamped off”. The spruce boughs were added with Shaded Spruce Classic Ink (#147088) using the “stamped off” technique. To add more dimension, Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to attach the greeting layer over the Designer Series Paper on the card front. The final touch was adding 3 Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#146924) and a small bow made with 2 strands of Linen Thread (#104199).