I didn’t actually hang any Christmas lights over the weekend, but at least I created some! LOL I had so much fun playing with the layering light bulb stamps in the Merry Sentiments stamp set from Sunny Studio Stamps. If you haven’t seen these already, just consider this post an enabler alert because this stamp set is FANTASTIC!
Before I get to my actual card, I thought I would show you the bulbs first. Aren’t they amazing?!! I’m in awe of the 3D detail Mendi achieved with just two stamp layers. Well, technically four layers because there are two layers for the bulb and two layers for the base. I created all of these using the Crisp Dye Inks from Altenew which are absolutely perfect for layering stamps like these.
Using my MISTI stamping tool made mass producing these bulbs a breeze. I placed the piece of cardstock I used to cut out all the bulbs using the coordinating die into the corner of my MISTI. I used one of the empty negative spaces to line up each layering stamp to ensure it was lined up correctly. Once I had the stamp it place, it was simply a matter of placing each die cut into the negative space then stamping it. Doing it this way, I didn’t have to try and line up the stamp on each die cut individually. I just lined it up once and was then able to stamp all the bulbs in assembly line fashion until I had all the layers completed.
As you can see from the photo above, I was able to get 10 bulbs from a piece of 2-3/4 x 4-1/4″ piece of cardstock which is 1/8th of a letter size piece of cardstock. That means you could get 80 bulbs from a single piece of cardstock.
Now, on to the card I created using a couple of the bulbs I made …
I started by creating an A2 top-folding card base using Whisper White cardstock from Stampin’ Up!® While I had my trimmer out, I also cut a piece of Real Red cardstock and a piece of DSP from the Presents and Pinecones DSP pack to 3 x 4″. I used my Big Shot to create the notebook edging across the top of the DSP using the Die-namics Notebook Edge die from My Favorite Things. (Note:I’m pretty sure the die I used has been discontinued, but I’ll link to a similar one from Simon Says Stamp below.) This gives the card a bit of interest since it’s mostly just layers of cardstock. Once I finished the diecutting, I adhered the DSP piece over the piece of Real Red cardstock at a bit of a wonky angle then adhered it to my card base.
On a 1/2″ strip of Real Red cardstock, I stamped a sentiment from the Holiday Style stamp set from Sunny Studio Stamps using VersaMark ink. I added some white embossing powder then heat set it. I created a pennant end on the left side then adhered it on top of the DSP aligning the right edges.
I selected two of the bulbs I created that coordinated well with the papers I was using for this card. I adhered the teal bulb flat against the card. On the red bulb, I adhered the base flat, but popped the bulb up on some foam to give it just a tad bit of dimension on what is otherwise a fairly flat card which makes it great for mailing!
I used Altenew Crisp Dye Inks to stamp both of the bulb images. I used Moon Rock and Jet Black to create the bases for the bulb. The teal bulb was stamped using Volcano Lake and Lagoon inks. The red bulb was stamped using Crimson and Velvet inks. Once I completed the stamping, I added two or three coats of clear Sparkle pen over the bulb area then topped it with a generous coat of Glossy Accents. It’s really amazing how 3D these stamped images look when everything was done. They’re absolutely incredible!
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- The Paper Players – the current theme is a sketch challenge.
- Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – the current theme is Christmas to die for (must use a die or punch).
One last thing …
I wanted to send out a big thank you to the Design Team over at Christmas Card Challenges. They selected my card from A Colorful Christmas as one of the top three cards for last week’s challenge. Thanks for the honor, DT!!
Until next time …