Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Pine Window

  Not much time until Christmas now...I keep seeing all the big stores announcing what the giant specials will be for Black Friday shopping.  You won't catch me out there in the madness!  I'd rather be stamping!  Now is a great time to get started on your Christmas cards if you haven't already.  Here is one idea for you to use!

  Lovely as a Tree is such a classic set it pairs well with almost anything.  I used the Northern Flurry embossing folder as well as the oval Designer Frame little embossing folder on this card.

  Here's what I did....I ran a piece of Bravo Burgundy through the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry folder first.  Then I flipped it over so the negative side was face up.  Then I used the oval designer frame and the Big Shot to make the raised oval with dots over on the right hand side.  To cut out the center of the oval frame just use the wide oval punch...it fits perfectly!  Way to go Stampin' Up!

  In order to have perfect placement for the the window in the Garden Green panel all you do is adhere the Brave Burgundy panel to the base and then use the wide oval punch again.  Just line it up right over the oval you already punched and punch again. 

  The top panel has several extra touches...first is the vanilla satin knot with the sentiment "hanging" from it.  The sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set and is punched out and layered again with the small circle punches.  I added a few extra adhesive pearls to the sentiment as well. 

  I also highlighted the small raised dots around the oval frame with Frost White shimmer paint.  I figured out a really easy way to have great control over where the shimmer paint gets placed.  I shook the bottle of shimmer paint to mix it up then used the bit of paint left on the inside of the cap.  Just dip your scoring tool from the Simply Scored into the paint and lightly touch the raised dots.  Just keep dipping and touching all the way around.  Let it dry for a bit....you don't want smudges.  Now you've got a bit of shimmer to echo the satin ribbon and the pearls!  Super easy!

  Now on to the inside of the card.  I stamped the pine tree in Garden Green after using a pencil to lightly mark my Very Vanilla insert at roughly the center of the oval.  Then I just lined my stamp up so that it was centered over the pencil mark and would show through the window.

  The last touch on this card is the Dazzling Detail that covers the tree from top to bottom.  I tried to add some to each branch so it looked like snow and ice.  It looks cool from the front, shimmering through the little window.

  I'm off to clean and grocery shop, yuck!  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Petite Pairs

Ink: Garden Green, Bravo Burgundy

Paper: Garden Green, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Northern Flurry embossing folder, Designer Frames oval embossing folder, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches, wide oval punch, adhesive pearls, Frost white shimmer paint, Simply Scored scoring tool, Dazzling Details, Satin ribbon


  1. Amanda, this is gorgeous! What a stunner! OMG, you didn't really dot all of those little bumps individually? You are my hero! Beautifully done, my friend! (I'm actually working on a windo card, but mine is going to pale in comparison! Love this, and will have to case at some poing :)

  2. Amanda, this looks so pretty. The window with its frosty dots frame the tree beautifully. Also love the colour scheme.

  3. Oh my gosh Amanda! This is beyond gorgeous! Love, Love, Love it! Thanks for the tip on using shimmer paint to accent the oval frame! I am totally trying that!

  4. Amanda, when I ran the oval designer frame through the Big SHot I get a flattening of the snowflake made bu the Nothern FLurry. Any ideas??? Thanks!!!! THis card is amazing

  5. Joette-

    If you look closely there is a slight bit of flattening on my card as well. I just tried to position the oval embossing folder as far as I could from the snowflakes. I also found that if I used no tabs on my multi-purpose platform the flattening was less noticeable. Hope that helps. Thanks for looking! Amanda at Did You Stamp Today?

  6. I have a tutorial on my blog for double embossing that addresses thief flattening issue.

    Lovel card and great idea with the shimmer paint tfs


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