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Fancy versus elegant using Christmas Pines

Often I find myself looking at products in completely different ways. I am very much into keeping my projects simple with a touch of elegance but can also be found to stray over to the accessory aisle. Take for example the new suite of products called Christmas Pines, from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. In this group of products is an embossing folder that is lovely enough to be used alone and also a set of dies that scream to be hung from a card front. Since I need to test out these new goodies anyhow (hehe), I chose to make one of each style for practice.

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Simple                                                 meets                               Complicated

 

I made the simple card with only two types of cardstock, one simple ribbon and a matching heat embossed sentiment paired with an embossing folder. That’s all it needed. I made the accents gold, kept the design simple and there it was. Very pleasing card, for me.

The second card is simple in only one way… Almost everything needed the Big Shot (lol). There are a ton of die cuts piled up on top of a piece of cardstock that was first ran through an embossing folder, painted with a wash, heat embossed at the raised images, die cut again with a rectangle and then crumpled around a bit to give it more texture. More texture is the overall theme of this card, I must say! Overall, I am pleased with this card as well.

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What I like the very most about this group of products is that it is so very well thought out that I can accomplish any look I desire within one suite. There are also coordinating ribbon, tiny 3D pinecone accents, a very large stamp set and much more that I chose not to use today. For one example, I can use the 3-step-stamping pinecones to get a 3D looking pinecone and then use the framelit to die cut it out of paper -OR- I can use a different thinlit to die cut a pinecone that his it’s little spines pop out away from the image. It all works well together and I am happy to use it all 🙂

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Here are links to the supplies I used in making these cards:



 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today to see these fun Christmas cards. The Holiday Catalog is now live and you can order from it when you are ready. For any help in selection or questions about products, please drop me a line and I will be happy to help. Click here to be taken directly to the Holiday Catalog . One point of note is to remember that in addition to earning Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up! for your order of $150 or more, your orders of $50 and up will accrue Stamp Club Points (one point for every $50 you spend in product). If you are a repeat customer and are getting close to your 10 point level, I will give you a jingle to let you know when to choose your free stamp set. You can make it a holiday product!

Let’s make it together for the holidays,

-Jenny Hall
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    • Hi Pat! It is a piece of cardstock that was first ran through an embossing folder, painted with a wash, heat embossed at the raised images, die cut again with a rectangle and then crumpled around a bit to give it more texture. For heat embossing at the raised portion of the design that was embossed, I dabbed the Versamark ink pad (sticky ink for embossing) carefully over the raised stars. Once the Versa was on, I applied the embossing powder as usual. To get the Versamark only on the stars was not difficult, just took me being aware of the pressure into the paper. If you try this, please do share your project, as I would love to see your work! -Jenny

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