Since July is quickly coming to a close, I thought I would sneak in a quick Christmas card for Christmas in July. The stamp and die I used for this card are from the new Carols of Christmas bundle which will be available in the upcoming 2017 Holiday catalog from Stampin’ Up!® The full catalog won’t be available until September 1, but this bundle will be available for purchase as a special early release option beginning August 1.
For my card, I started by stamping the beautiful bold sentiment from the Carols of Christmas stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Blushing Bride ink. I also stamped out the small deer image on Whisper White using Soft Suede ink. I cut the sentiment out using the largest circle from the Stitched Shape Framelits Dies. I also used the largest scalloped circle from the Layering Circle Framelits Dies to cut out a Blushing Bride circle to use as a mat for the sentiment. I adhered them together using Snail Adhesive.
While I had my Big Shot out, I used Pear Pizzazz cardstock to cut some trees using the tree dies from the new Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (part of the Carols of Christmas bundle). I also used the small deer die from the same die set to cut out the deer I had stamped.
Once I had my stamping and die cutting finished, I turned my attention toward my background. I started with a piece of Soft Sky cardstock. Since I really wanted more of a night time look, I used a wedge of Stamping Sponge and sponged around all the edges using Night of Navy ink. I gradually brought the sponging in more toward the center of the panel to darken up the sky, but left a bit of the Soft Sky peeking through at the very center to give the sky a bit of brightness.
After the ink was dry, I went over the panel using an Embossing Buddy to remove any static and get rid of any residual moisture left behind from the sponging. I then used VersaMark ink to randomly stamp the snowflake/star image from the stamp set around the top of the panel as well as on the tree die cuts. I then added some Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool.
To assemble my card, I adhered a piece of striped paper from the Coffee Break DSP pack to the bottom half of the Soft Sky panel using Snail Adhesive. Next, I adhered the trees and deer to then panel using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. To hid the seam and tree bottoms, I adhered a strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally, I adhered the sentiment to the panel using more Stampin’ Dimensionals then adhered the completed panel to a top-folding card base made from Brushing Bride cardstock and that completed my card.
As I mentioned earlier, the Carols of Christmas stamp set won’t be available for purchase until August 1. However, there is a way to order it sooner … and get it for FREE! Stampin’ Up is running a special promotion right now for anyone who signs up as a new Demonstrator. In addition to getting the normal $125 in merchandise as part of the $99 Starter Kit, though July 31, they are also including a free Essentials Gift Pack and Carols of Christmas stamp set in every Starter Kit. That’s an extra $72 worth of FREE products! The Essentials Gift Pack includes a pack of Grid Paper (padded stack of 100 sheets), a pair of Paper Snips, a Bone Folder, a Snail Adhesive, and two of our D size acrylic blocks.
If you’ve ever considered signing up, now is the time to do it! Even if you haven’t really considered signing up before, if you plan on placing an order of $75 or more, it’s definitely worth considering. Not only do you get to pick $125 worth of merchandise for only $99, you also get free shipping which would save you another $7.50+ depending on the size of your order. So, as an example, if you were planning to place an $85 order, you would have an additional $8.50 shipping which brings the total to $93.50. For only $5.50 more, you can select an additional $40 worth of merchandise if you get the $99 Starter Kit!
If you’re worried about having to sell, recruit people, etc., there is NEVER any obligation or pressure from me or Stampin’ Up to do any of that. You can be a Hobbyist Demonstrator and just take the discount for yourself and never have to sell a single thing or recruit a single person. However, if you do want to build this as a business, you can easily do that as well.
Since July is the start of a new quarter for Stampin’ Up and new Demonstrators don’t have to meet any minimums the quarter they join, you actually have until December 31 to reach your first $300 quarterly minimum. Not only will that get your through our new upcoming Holiday catalog (which Demonstrators can pre-order from beginning August 1), but that will also get you to the pre-order period for the 2018 Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration pre-orders, too! Just think about that, if you join now, you would be able to pre-order from TWO new catalogs with at least a 20% discount before your first quarter minimum is due. As I said, this is a GREAT time to join!
Until next time …