Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! Please join me in welcoming back special guest Yana Smakula! Please read on and be sure to watch the video for all the details on this gorgeous card design! Enjoy!
I often like to test stamp my card designs on a piece of scrap paper and I did that for these cards. I stamped 2 different designs using identical products. One has less stamping, and the other one requires a bit more stamping. Probably twice as much. If you are pressed for time, you can pick the design with a single poinsettia and you’ll be able to stamp that much faster and make twice as many cards versus stamping the design with 2 poinsettias.
With design selected I moved onto selecting the paper I wanted to do my stamping on. I knew I’d stamp the majority of my cards on white cardstock. I like to use Simon’s 120lb or 130lb cardstock, but I also love to stamp on colored cardstock so I picked several very light colored cardstock sheets from my stash. You need to go with light colors, because your stamping won’t be visible or as prominent on dark colors of cardstock.
The next step is to set up your MISTI or whatever other stamping tool you have. The key to quick stamping here is of course using a stamping tool as that will allow you to stamp a bunch of identical panels in very little time.
Having placed my blank panel inside the MISTI I then place the test stamped design on top and I use that as a guide. I already have this beautiful design all figured out, I don’t need to re-invent it, I can use it as an exact guide for image placement. So I place the stamps over it and align the stamps over the previously made impressions. From here, I stamp away. If you plan to make say 20 cards, I would stamp a few additional panels just in case, as you might mess up some during the process (I messed 2 of my panels up).
My cards consist of only stamping. I don’t have any die cutting, there’s no foiling, no embossing, no anything else, just simple beautiful solid stamping.
The poinsettia stamp set has coordinating dies and I have shared another card on my blog where I used the dies to step my design up. For mass producing cards, and especially for cards that I plan to mail I prefer to keep them simpler, I prefer to eliminate the extra steps, if possible, such as die cutting in this case and I prefer to keep the number of layers to a minimum, most of these cards are one layer with just a handful being 2 layer cards.
The design of the poinsettia allows you to nestle the leaves in between the petals or the leaves of the poinsettia, so you don’t need to do any masking or to die-cut the elements to create a beautiful design.
Stamping on colored cardstock will give you slightly different results, the colors of ink will look different, but this gives you more options while still using the same card design. I particularly liked stamping this on gray and also on blue because this allowed me later, to use a white pen to add white accents to my cards.
To assemble the cards I used different approaches. The panels with the single poinsettias were trimmed 1/4” from each side and I foam mounted them onto A2 whit3 card bases.
I used a white pen and added some snow accents to the cards stamped on colored backgrounds and added white dot highlights to the berries on each card.
The designs with the 2 poinsettias were adhered onto A2 card bases as is, I didn’t trim them. If you have extra panels by the time you are finished making your cards you can add an element of 3D decoupage to them. You need 2 identical panels – adhere one directly onto the card base, next trim the other one down about 1/4” on each side and foam mount on top This gives a beautiful dimension and a continuous design on your card front.
Lastly, you can add some gems – I decided to use gems for the poinsettia centers and I adhered gems in various sizes to create the irregular centers for my flowers. Have fun stamping and Merry Christmas!
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