The world in solemn stillness lay...

I'm getting a head start on Christmas cards for 2023. I'll be very glad of this when the pace gets frantic in the fall.

TUTORIALSTENCILSTRETCH YOUR PENNIES

6/12/20232 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil I used from A Colorful Life Designs . Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

Letโ€™s Get Started:

Cream Card Base:5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Black layer: 5.5 x 4.25

Border: gold strips, 1/8" x 4 and 1/8" x 5.25

Cream Card Face: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8


Card Face:

  • I secured the stencil to the card face with Mint tape, got out the appropriate blending brush and applied a medium-dark blue ink .

  • I built the ink up on the edges, allowing it to fade slightly towards the center.

Other:

  • The ornament scene is created with one pass of a die through the Big Shot. In this instance, I ran it through once with black and once with gold.

  • I glued the black outline in place, and inserted the gold portion with the trees. (I now have the reverse waiting to be used the next time ... a gold outline and black trees - bonus!)

  • I use liquid adhesive, and I got a tiny bit on the black cardstock while gluing down the gold piece : to disguise this I sprayed the entire card face liberally with shimmer spray. This has the effect of masking the reflection from the bit of visible glue , and is also simply lovely on this card.


Assembly:

  • I glued the black cardstock to the cardbase.


  • I decided to go with asymetry for this card, so I lined the card face up tight to the top and left hand edges, and glued this to the black cardstock.

  • I glued the gold strips in place on the two edges shown in the image. I glued these starting at the spot where they meet on the cardface: then if either or both are a bit long, it's fast and easy to trim them flush at the edges.

  • I took two short lengths of ribbon, held them together and tied a knot in the middle. I used a glue dot to position this on the card face.

  • I scattered six small gold pearls on the card face, centering each one in a star.

Stretch Your Pennies:

Using the two narrow strips of gold cardstock here meant that I could save the much larger piece of gold - which would have been needed - for another day. Another way to do this is to cut the size needed, and then take a die and cut out the center, leaving a narrow border that will extend beyond the card face. The hole cut in the center will be completely covered by the card face, and the piece cut from the center can then be used for a different project

Final thoughts:

I really like the soft and still feel that this card has, it makes me think of times that I have been outside under the stars on a winters evening.



Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they were purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.


Stencil: Star Stretch, A Colorful Life Designs

Dies: Winter Scene Ornament, Your Next Stamp

Ink: Stampin' Up!

Mint Tape: Scrapbook.com

Blending Brushes: Stampin' Up!

Adhesive: Tombo Aqua, Michaels

Black Cardstock: Stampin' Up!

Gold Cardstock: Stampin' Up!

Card Base: Michaels

Card Face: Michaels






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