Paper & Ink Sketches #10

It’s time for the next installment of the Paper & Ink Sketches series. This is a biweekly sketch series running from July 2016 until June 2017. By the end of the series, a total of 24 sketches will be posted to provide lots of card making inspiration. Here’s my card for the latest sketch.

Mel's Card Corner | Paper & Ink Sketches #10

For this card, I used the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper along with the Hang Your Stocking Bundle (stamps and dies) from Stampin’ Up!® I also used some of our regular cardstock in Whisper White, Emerald Envy, and Cherry Cobbler and some of our Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

I started by cutting all of my rectangular paper pieces with my trimmer following the measurements in the sketch. Then I pulled out my Big Shot for all of the die-cut elements. I used the Magnetic Platform for the regular cardstock pieces. I used the Precision Base Plate when I cut out the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper pieces since it makes it much easier to get a good cut on the thicker glimmer papers. I cut the stocking once in Cherry Cobbler and once in Dazzling Diamonds.

There was actually very little stamping on this card. The only thing I stamped was one of the sentiments from the Hang Your Stocking stamp set which was done on the small Whisper White circle using Cherry Cobbler ink.

Mel's Card Corner | Paper & Ink Sketches #10

To assemble the card, I started by adhering the large rectangle piece of DSP to my Whisper White card base using Snail adhesive. Next, I adhered the piece of holly DSP to an Emerald Envy mat also using Snail. To help give it a bit more dimension, I went around the edges of the matted layer with a Stampin’ Sponge using Emerald Envy ink. I then added it to my card using Snail.

For the circle elements, I adhered the cardstock layers to the glimmer paper layers using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I find it holds much better than Snail because the liquid glue can get into all the nooks and crannies of the glimmer paper to get a better adhesion. I adhered the larger circle to my card with Snail following the placement recommendation in the sketch. I added the smaller sentiment circle using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

All I had left to do was add the stocking. I decided to do an inlaid diecutting technique for it. As I mentioned earlier I die-cut two of the stockings – once in Cherry Cobbler and once in Dazzling Diamonds. I added some Tear & Tape strips on the back side of the Cherry Cobbler stocking behind the snowflake opening. I then added the Dazzling Diamonds snowflake into that opening to complete the inlaid technique. I added the cuff, toe, and heel pieces, also cut from Dazzling Diamonds, to the stocking then adhered the assembled stocking to the Emerald Envy circle. To finish the card, I added a small bow made from Cherry Cobbler baker’s twine.

Just as an FYI, the Hang Your Stocking stamp set is currently on sale for 25% off until the end of November. A little birdie also told me the matching Christmas Stocking Thinlits will be on sale for 30% off next week, too! Be sure to stop by my blog tomorrow for more details on the upcoming Online Extravaganza!

If you would like to download this sketch, there are two versions available: one with measurements and one without. Please click one (or both) of the links below to download the desired version.

I’m entering this card in the following challenge:

Until next time …

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  1. Jan M says:

    Such a beautiful Christmas card Melissa! I love the colours you’ve used and how all your layers overlap slightly – so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week 🙂

  2. Kim Badelt says:

    Such a wonderful classic Christmas card Melissa. The DSP adds lots of rich colour and inlaid detail on your stocking adds a real touch of sophistication! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

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