Saturday, 8 September 2012

Merry Monday #31

Today I had the time to sit down and complete the challenge over at Always Playing with Paper, the Merry Monday #31. There's still time to challenge yourself to come up with something creative, with a Christmas theme, of course.

Anyway, as I was beginning out (my end result is something completely different from what was in my mind), I wanted to see if I could come up with a card that celebrated the holidays, but didn't necessarily need any Christmas stamps or punches to create it. This is what came to me.

I used Lovely As A Tree (let's hope this stamp set never retires - so versatile), and inked up the middle tree with my Stamp n' Write Marker, so that when I stamped, only the inked tree would show up. The background is En Francais - Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla cardstock. I love that stamp.

Some tips, though, for using this big stamp - ink it with the rubber facing up, and then line up your card stock with the words in each line, and press your card stock onto the stamp (rather than stamping onto your card stock). I had to do it a couple of times, because I could not get the words to line up straight, and then the light bulb went off....

I scrunched up the Scalloped Tulle Ribbon behind the tree image, and it is secured with a lot of Sticky Strip. Pearls again for luxe. A little sponging around the edges and some smears across the page, and I was done.

The only Christmas stamp I used was the greeting, but you could always leave it without a stamped greeting and pen some cheer inside.

Stamp Sets: Lovely As a Tree, En Francias, More Merry Messages
Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Punch: Modern Label Punch
Big Shot: Floral Frames Framelits Dies
Other: Scalloped Tulle  Ribbon Early Espresso, Basic Pearls, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon (retired), Stampin' Write Marker Early Espresso, Sticky Strip, Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Sponges, Mini Glue Dots



  1. I love it! So simple and pretty! :)

  2. Oh my goodness - I really love this card. I'm a huge lover of neutrals and the stamps you've chosen! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week!

  3. Beautiful Christmas card! Love the main image and the tulle ribbon!
    Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Mondays! :)

  4. Lovely. I like the script on the designer paper, as well as the tulle. So glad you added your card to the Merry Monday challenge.


    Terry (FD)

  5. Gorgeous! I wondered where you got that little clever to ink up only one! SO glad you could join us at Merry Monday!

  6. These stamps and colors all put together a exquisite Christmas card, Bianca! Thanks for sharing it with us at Merry Monday!