Candy Cane Christmas

While I generally prefer the look of modern holiday cards, sometimes a very vintage looking stamp set tugs at my heart. Such was the case with the Banners for Christmas stamp set in the current holiday catalog from Stampin’ Up!® I really think vintage stamp sets also lend themselves really well to creating masculine cards which is the look I was going for with today’s card, although I couldn’t resist adding a little shimmer to it. 😉

Mel's Card Corner | Candy Cane Christmas

I started by stamping the candy canes on a piece of scrap white cardstock using Real Red ink. I then added a generous coat of clear Sparkle pen to all the red areas. I tried as much as possible to avoid hitting any of the white areas because the red ink will run a bit when the Sparkle pen hits it. Once I had added Sparkle pen to both candy canes, I set them aside to dry.

In the mean time, I stamped the banner image using Early Espresso ink then added the word sentiments inside the banner, also in Early Espresso. I cut the banner out using the Bunch of Banners Framelits. To help give the banner a bit more dimension, I sponged around the edges using some Crumb Cake ink.

Mel's Card Corner | Candy Cane Christmas

To give my background a little bit of character and texture, I randomly stamped the mistletoe image from the stamp set all over my background panel using Crumb Cake ink. To keep it from overwhelming the rest of my card, I stamped off twice before stamping on my panel. This is also known as third generation stamping. To keep with the vintage look and feel, I also sponged around the edges of the background panel using the Crumb Cake ink.

To assemble the card, I adhered the candy canes to my background panel using tape runner. I then adhered the sentiment banner over the candy canes using Dimensionals. I matted the background panel with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock for a bit of contrast, then adhered the matted layer to an A2 top-folding card base made from Crumb Cake cardstock and that finished my card.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

One last thing …

Paper Craft Crew Top Pick

I want to send out a thank you to the Design Team over at Paper Craft Crew. They selected my Snowman Shaker card as one of their Top Picks for their last challenge. Thanks for the honor, DT!

Until next time …

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  1. Colleen F says:

    Awesome candy cane card! I think your background is fantastic and your sparkly candy canes are a treat for the eyes! Thank you for joining us this week at Merry Monday featuring the candy canes!

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