Hi there! Thanks for coming by for Day 2 of the Merry Makings reveal by The Greetery! Did you like what you saw yesterday? We have another day of reveal posts tomorrow and then the collection will be available for shopping on Friday morning!
Today’s reveal includes:
- Destination North Pole stamp and die
- Snowflake Soiree stamp, die, and stencil
For my first cards, I used the Destination North Pole set, pairing it with the Destination Waterfront Map Die from a previous release.
The North Pole stamp set includes the teeniest wee street names that you can curve any which way to fit along the die cut streets! (Or the stenciled streets if that’s what you have and want to use).
I stamped all the layers of the various pieces in the Destination North Pole stamp set and die cut them with the coordinating dies. Then I die cut the Waterfront Map Die from 110 lb white cardstock and positioned it over a pale gray cardstock panel.
I stamped the street names on the map lines, then adhered all the die cuts in their various places. There are so many more pieces in this set and I couldn’t use them all on one card, so…
I made another! For this one, I stamped and die cut the trees, candy canes and gingerbread house and die cut them with the matching dies. I used the negative portions of the Waterfront Map Die above to layer up and simulate snow drifts and positioned them over another snowdrift stenciled with that same section of the stencil set.
I used one of yesterday’s stamps and dies – the Written in Ribbons – Holiday to create the greeting, stamping the word “greetings” from the same stamp set. The little pine/holly/berry arrangement is another set of layering stamps in the Destination North Pole stamp set and the snowflakes are from the Snowflake Soiree stamp set which you’ll see more of below.
I used Altenew inks again to stamp these cards. The Tranquility color family for the Holiday greeting, using the palest color – Misty Morning to stamp the snowflakes and the Holiday greeting and to stencil the snow drift. The trees are combinations of Cloudy Sky and Frayed Leaf. The gingerbread house and candy canes are Grapevine from the Red Cosmos ink set, and Almond Butter and Milk Chocolate. The small pine bough is Frayed Leaf and Evergreen from the Green Fields ink set.
The next two cards are made using all the parts of the Snowflake Soiree stamps, stencils and dies sets.
This card is made with a 4 layer stencil similar to one you might remember from a release in the spring – the Pinwheel Party stencil set. At first I contemplated making snowflakes in all the bright colors of a primary school classroom, but in the end I am always drawn back to the muted, monochromatic color schemes.
I first die cut the edge of the cardstock (and left it taped together with the negative side) so I could perfectly line up the stencils to match, then stenciled the edge design of snowflakes using the Tranquility ink shade of Cloudy Sky. I turned it vertical and used it as an edge design for the card, with one stamped snowflake opposite to balance everything.
Using another individual stencil sheet from the Snowflake Soiree set, I ink blended, then die cut another single snowflake and added it to the card front with a narrow sentiment strip stamped with Nimbus ink and layered over top of the snowflake. A few silver rhinestones zhuzh up the card nicely!
The companion card to the one above also uses the single snowflakes stencil for the larger snowflakes and the Snowflake Soiree stamp set to fill in the open spots with smaller, stamped snowflakes.
Using the matching dies, I also die cut some plain snowflakes (without stenciled designs on them). I cut one from silver glitter paper and the 2nd from silver mirror cardstock.
The greeting on this card is created with the Be Merry dies that coordinate with the Snowflake Soiree set. I die cut the background portion of the greeting from pale blue/gray cardstock in my stash, and the thin words from white glitter cardstock, then added a narrow sentiment strip from the Snowflake Soiree stamp set.
I love to make and send winter cards, and I’m always looking for creative, yet streamlined ways to bulk produce cards, and both of these cards feel like legit options for that!
Your next stop on the hop is Wanda’s blog and the complete blog hop list is below. Remember to leave a comment on each of the stops for a chance to have your name/comment drawn to win a $50 gift card for the Day 2 blog hop. Winners will be announced Friday morning when the release goes live in the store.
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