Sunday, September 3, 2023

Shining Brightly Specialty Designer Series Paper Stuns with Beauty when You Use the Classic Letters Stamp Set for a Gorgeous Holiday Card

Do you think of Navy as a holiday color? I don't normally, but I think you will agree this card layout combined with several new soon-to-be released products would make you think otherwise.

On September 6th this gorgeous Shining Brightly Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) will be in my online store. It is so elegant with the gold foil accents that are built into this paper that it will make your holiday cards look fit for royalty! Combine that DSP with some more gold foil layered in, and I think the balance of Night of Navy and Very Vanilla works nicely.

You may be asking yourself, ok then, why does she have a Basic White tag on the front? Good question! Have you ever made some practice pieces, in this case, I was experimenting with layering Versamark ink on top of the Night of Navy inked letters from the Classic Letters stamp set, then heat embossing them with Clear Embossing Powder. It worked so nicely I had to use it in a card design!

I actually think by using the Basic White tag it helps it "pop" on the card front. 

I always like to make a matching envelope flap too. Just cut a piece of the DSP 2 3/8' x 6", then adhere to the exterior flap and trim off the excess.

This holiday card starts with a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Night of Navy cardstock, scored at 5 1/2".

The Gold Foil layer is 4" x 5 1/4".

Next a 2" x 5 1/8" of the DSP in the Very Vanilla star pattern is adhered to the right side of the Gold Foil Layer allowing for a 1/16" margin on the three sides.

Next cut a 2 1/4" x 5 1/8" Night of Navy leaf pattern section from the DSP and a 1/2" x 5 1/8" strip of Gold Foil. You will adhere the strip of gold underneath the right edge of the navy so only a 1/16" of Gold Foil shows. Now you are ready to affix the combined piece to the card face. Start adhering on the left side allowing for a 1/16" margin just like the right edge of the Very Vanilla. The Navy will overlap the Very Vanilla some.

For the Inner Card Layer, cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. You can add some decorative pieces of the DSP if you so desire. The greeting comes from a new set releasing on Sept. 6 called Joy to You stamped in Night of Navy ink. Adhere layer to the inside of the card.

Some of the Products Used:

Classic Letters Photopolymer Stamp Set #161267  $25 USD
(Stamps are 1" tall.)

Versamark Ink (is a sticky ink that holds embossing powder very well)
#102283 $9.50

Images © Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Emboss Powders - Basic Set of Clear, White and Black (Lasts a very long time!)
#155554  $18

Images © Stampin' Up!

Heat Tool (used to melt the embossing powder quickly)
#129053  $31

Images © Stampin' Up!

Since Stampin' Up! doesn't have Night of Navy embossing powder, the next best thing to do is use the technique of stamping the letters first in Night of Navy ink, then stamping again on top with Versamark Ink and Heat embossing with Clear Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool. That way you get a fancy look in any color you want! Thanks to the Classic Letters stamps being see-through photopolymer material, it is very easy to line them up perfectly! I started with a 1" strip of Basic White by 4 1/8".
Finish with a Gold Foil 1 1/8" x 4 1 /4" piece that you mount the Basic White to. Raise the double layers with dimensionals.

The card is finished off the two Blooming Gold Pearls in the upper right corner, which are also coming out on Sept. 6.

The product items with links attached are available right now in my online store.

 Check out another card idea using the Classic Letters stamp set HERE.
And another holiday card idea HERE.

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