Wednesday, September 20, 2023


Making a Christmas Card with the Vertical Blooms stamp set was a "challenging" challenge for me today.   I struggled a bit, but then I saw my new designer series paper (DSP) collection that Mr. UPS had just delivered and received the inspiration I needed.  This DSP is part of the Winter Meadow Suite in the Fall Mini, and it is so pretty.  Not necessarily Christmas specific, but it definitely has a winter vibe with many fun and beautiful patterns.

When I get stuck, I often pull out my DSP.  I may be stuck on coming up with a color combination, or a theme idea, like today, and often the beautiful DSP inspires me.  To turn the Vertical Blooms set into a Christmas card, I could have just reverted to the traditional red and green colors and then everyone would think "Christmas".  But I sometimes like to use unexpected colors for Christmas Cards, and today was one of those days.

The next challenge was a layout.  I have an electronic folder where I save my most favorite layouts, so I went searching for one that would showcase pretty designer series paper.  This is one of the layouts that I found.

Can you see how I adapted it to today's card?  I didn't have any current Oval Dies, so I changed the oval shape to the Countryside Corners Die and I rotated the sketch 90 degrees.  

I added a small Stylish Shapes circle for the sentiment from Hope & Peace (available as an ONLINE EXCLUSIVE), but other than that, the elements from the sketch layout are pretty much the same.

Now you have a little insight into my design process when I get stuck!  Do you ever get stuck?  What process do you use to get your creativity flowing again?

The colors for this card came from the DSP and are Blueberry Bushel and Garden Green.  I used Silver Foil mats to add a little more Christmas Sparkle.

A TIP:  When you use foil cardstock to mat an image, use a die to cut out the center area that will be covered with your image.  That way you can use that foil for another project and stretch the more costly foil further!

For the inside of the card, I used the same flower from Vertical Blooms, again stamped with Garden Green and Blueberry Bushel ink.  The inside sentiment is also from the stamp set, Hope & Peace -- one of my favorite Christmas Stamp Sets.

If you would like a free tutorial to have all of the dimensions for this card sketch, you can use this link to download a copy.

For more information on any products used, please click on the image in the list below and it will take you to my Stampin' Up! store where you can get all the details.

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