Christmas, Handmade Cards, Holiday Catalogue, Stampin' Up!

Twinkling Christmas Lights

Today I have another card using the Making Christmas Bright Bundle, CASE’d directly from page 6 of the 2018 Holiday catalogue. You may remember seeing my post on Wednesday using this same bundle, you can see it here.

My Real Red card base is embossed in the Big Shot with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. A layer of Call Me Clover card is added down the centre.

The Whisper White card is stamped with the sprigs from the Christmas Pines stamp set. Then I added the strings for the lights, however, I forgot to stamp these last week when Andrea was here so I’ve had to improvise and so I used the line stamp from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set! I stamped it in Gray Granite ink, but 2nd generation stamping so it isn’t so dark.

Christmas card using Stampin' Ups Making Christmas Bright Bundle by Kate Morgan, Australia. Holiday catalogue 2018.JPG

The Christmas lights are stamped in Real Red, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch and Pool Party. The tops are Gray Granite ink on coordinating card stock. Before I added each light with a dimensional, I used a sponge dauber to lightly add some ink for the light’s glow!

Can you see those Pretty Pines die cuts on top of the stamped ones? These just added an extra bit of dimension.

Christmas card using Stampin' Ups Making Christmas Bright Bundle by Kate Morgan, Australia. Holiday catalogue 2018.

The ribbon I have used is retired, however there is one very similar in my product list below that is a suitable replacement!

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2018-2019 Annual Catalogue ends 3 June 2019
2018 Holiday Catalogue ends 2 January 2019
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Sympathy, Techniques & Tutorials, Washi Tape

Sponging & Reflection technique

Dear Crafters,

Today I share a card made using the sponging & reflection technique.

Now I have to say, I am a HUGE fan of artists who are great with using sponges, but I have to say, I am not.  I have a go and that is the point of this card. You need to try new things and maybe one day, you too will accomplish new highs.

Serene Silhouettes Sponging Reflection Technique #stampinup Sympathy card @cardsbykate

The very first thing I did, was to stamp the image in basic black ink. Then I stamped that same image onto some acetate and quickly applied the acetate to the card to create the reflection.

Then I placed a large post it note across the bottom of the main image to create the horizon first. I used sponge daubers to keep adding colour until I was happy with it. Be careful not to add too much, as you can always add more, not take it away!!!

Then I removed the post it note and did the lower section of the card. I added some washi tape and the sentiment overlay with a stapler.

Serene Silhouettes Sponging Reflection Technique #stampinup Sympathy card @cardsbykate

Inks: Marina Mist, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Basic Black, Island Indigo

Stamp sets: Serene Silhouettes

Serene Silhouettes Sponging Reflection Technique #stampinup Sympathy card @cardsbykate

How do you think I did with the sponging? Yeah, needs improvement, but that will come with more practice!


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Sponging & Masking Technique

Good morning Stampers,

This morning I want to share with you the Sponging and Masking Technique.


To create this card, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 10.5 x 7.5cm.

Then punched a circle out of a post it note ensuring I get most of the sticky back behind my punch. (This is best punched by doing about 4 post it notes at once).

Place the circle post it note onto your small cardstock and then begin the sponging with the lightest colour first (I started with the Blushing Bride).

Start the sponging from off the page and then slowly, in circular motions, move onto the cardstock. Start slowly and build up your colour by going over the area repeatedly.

When you’re ready to add the Tempting Turquoise, start at the bottom of the cardstock and work your way up to blend the colours together. Go back to the first colour to continue blending if need be. When you are happy with your colourings, remove the circle punch!

Next, add your stamped image, in this case I used the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set, using black ink.

I cut a piece of silver ribbon and stuck it down across one end with Glue Dots. Tie a bow and add this to the ribbon so it looks like once piece of ribbon tied with a bow. This way it uses less ribbon!

Next I stamped my sentiment towards the bottom right corner of the A5 card.

Finally, I added 6 dimensionals to the back of the stamped card and adhered it to the top section of the card.

Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Set: Lovely as a Tree, Simply Sketched (Hostess)

Inkpads: Blushing Bride, Tempting Turquoise, Black

Cardstock: Whisper White

Tools: Paper Trimmer, Circle 1 3/8″ Punch

Accessories:  Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, Silver Ribbon, Post It Note

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Happy stamping,