Monday, July 27, 2020

A Lil' Bit of Christmas Fun with Playful Alphabet

Are you counting down the weeks until Christmas? I am! Maybe this card duo will get you inspired to start making your Christmas cards! After seeing a wonderful card layout by "Stampin' through the Catalog" using the word "Hello," I knew I had to do a Christmas version. There are many holiday words you can create cards using the Playful Alphabet Dies and Foam Adhesive Sheets  that are coming out in the August-December Mini Catalog on August 4th

LET'S CREATE:  I especially like the fact that you get 2 cards from the effort of one group of words. I cut paper strips 1" x 3-3/4" which will give you a nice margin around the thick Whisper White card base. You are going to want to cut with paper snips, your foam adhesive sheets slightly smaller than the strip size, so the edges don't show. (I learned that the hard way!)  I positioned my strip on my grid paper so it would be easy to space out the dies. I used pieces of washi tape I had on hand, to lightly tape the dies to the cardstock. 

By doing that, it was easy to place on my Big Shot base without moving the dies.  Be sure to place the dies cutting edges face up, with the cardstock/adhesive foam on top and run it through your Big Shot with the magnetic platform. It is very easy to see that you have cut through both layers of card stock and foam.

Be careful when peeling the washi tape off to remove the dies and not the top layer of the cardstock too. When you gently push the cut letters through to the back of the strip, be sure to hold onto the "O" and "R" center pieces as you will need them when you build these two cards.

ASSEMBLY: I used Balmy Blue ink with the snowflake stamp from the Flight of Fancy stamp set on the card shown above. Then I positioned the cardbase on my grid paper again, and fixed the 4 corners with washi tape to hold it in place. 

I took a rectangular scrap of cardstock wider than the card front to use as my "ruler" with more washi tape on each end to tape to the grid paper, so I would have a straight edge to set the letters against.  Let me caution you, the foam adhesive is STICKY!  It is very difficult to peel up a letter if you accidentally put it in the wrong spot. Be very careful as you place the letters! I used my (retired) piercing tool to carefully set the letters where they needed to go. The Take Your Pick tool would also work great.

After all the letters were placed I thought the card needed a little something else, and the Santa hat from the Little Treats stamp set is perfect. Santa is jolly, right?! The Little Treat Box Dies includes the Santa hat die. It is difficult to see in the photo, but I also added some retired Snowflake sequins with liquid glue for an additional effect.

Product List  for Cards #1 and #2 that you can order from my online store:

Paper Snips
Grid Paper
Big Shot
Big Shot

Well that first Santa Hat spurred on the second card's accents below:

Refer to the Product List above plus the additional items below that were used on card #2. The gold adhesive sequins were some I had left over from a Paper Pumpkin kit a while ago. Some of the stamp sets used below are retired, but I'm sure you'll be able to come up with something wonderful for yourself.

Additional Product List for Card #2

Call Me Clover Light Stampin' Blends Marker
Call Me Clover Light Stampin' Blends Marker

Some of the products mentioned won't be available until Tuesday, August 4. But you can be one of the first to purchase those items then via my online store and the links here at that time.

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