As soon as I saw the Plaid Background stamp in the October release from Concord & 9th, I knew I just had to have it. I adore a good buffalo plaid and this one is perfection! For added versatility, it also includes a double line stamp you can add to create a more traditional plaid, too. Love that!
My order arrived on Friday, but I wasted no time in inking up this wonderful background. It was at the top of my list for stamps I wanted to use this weekend. I love the color combination of paper and ink I used for the first cards I made with this stamp. I can’t wait to play more and come up with loads of different combinations.
For this card, I started by creating the plaid paper on some Old Olive card stock from Stampin’ Up. I stamped the Plaid Background stamp on it using Black Jack ink from Catherine Pooler Designs. I stamped two pieces which gave me enough of the plaid paper to make four cards of this design.
For the focal image, I stamped the three trees from the O Christmas Tree stamp set, also from Concord & 9th, on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock from Stampin’ Up. I inked the branches of the tree using Old Olive ink and the trunk and base using Soft Suede ink, both from Stampin’ Up. I filled in the trunks of the trees using the Soft Suede Stampin’ Write marker and filled in the bases using the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker.
I created a top-folding card base using Thick Very Vanilla card stock. I trimmed a piece of the plaid paper to 2 x 4.25″ and adhered it to the bottom of the card front. I trimmed a piece of retired Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up to 3.5 x 4.25″ and adhered it to the upper part of the card front. To camouflage the seam between the two papers, I added some metallic gold washi tape from the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape collection from Stampin’ Up.
I matted the focal image of a piece of Old Olive card stock then adhered it to the card using some foam squares. I stamped one of the sentiments from the Scribbly Trees stamp set from Tim Holtz on a piece of 3/8″ wide scrap Very Vanilla card stock using Soft Suede ink. I used my scissors to create a fish tail end on either side of the sentiment then adhered it to the card using some mini foam squares. For a bit of sparkle, I added some clear Sparkle pen over the branches and base of each tree and that completed the card.
As I mentioned earlier, I made enough of the plaid paper to create four cards. To mix things up a bit, I created two of the style I showed at the beginning of this post, then I created two others by flipping the plaid and floral papers. I also ended up adding a small 1/4″ strip of the floral paper on the inside of the card at the bottom. It was a quick way to tie the inside and outside of the card together.
Until next time …