Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lovely as a Tree for Christmas

One of my most favorite stamps is the Lovely as a Tree set.  In this year's catalogue, Stampin' Up! has now made this set as a clear-mount.  Now you can decide which one you would like to stamp with.

For this card, I decided to try out a new technique that is in this month's Stampin' Success magazine.  This is a great magazine for demonstrators and is one of the perks of being a demonstrator.  Every month it is packed full of ideas, new techniques or helping you to build your business.

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Give it a try.  For only $125, the kit to get you started will be yours.  Maybe you would like to be a hobbyist, and that is ok too.  Join the Fun and become a demonstrator.  Try it out and if it's not for you that's ok too.

So on with the card.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree (c-127793, w-115026, p.84,  2012/2013 Annual Catalogue), Chock Full of Cheer (c – 126717, w – 126715 p. 10 2012/13 Holiday Catalogue)
Paper: Natural White, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Candlelight Christmas DSP
Ink: Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Platinum Shimmer Paint, Sponge Dauber, Early Espresso Marker, Spritzer, Versa Mark, Gold Emboss Powder, Early Espresso 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon, Glimmer Brad, Stamp-a-ma-jig

The technique I used on this card is an overlay of Platinum Shimmer Paint.  There are also 2 other Shimmer Paints, Frost White and Champagne Mist.  All the paints will give a different effect.

The Platinum Shimmer Paint gives a sharp, crisp look , Frost White adds softness and shine and Champagne Mist adds warmth and a slightly vintage fell.  All of the shimmer paints can be apply to the stamp with a dauber, or your card stock and it also can be painted on your stamped image with an Aqua Painter.

For this card, I used the Platinum Shimmer.  First I stamped the image, applied the paint to the stamp with a dauber,  and then using the Stamp-a-jig, stamped over the original image.  It's difficult to see the shimmer in the picture, but is is there adding dimension.

Want a refresher on how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig?  Check out my video in this Tuesday Tips and Techniques post.

A word of caution, a little bit goes a long way, and you can get messy fingers.

Give it a try and have fun!!

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  1. The perfect pine!! What a lovely holiday card, Karen!

  2. Lovely card for the holidays, love the shimmer.

  3. Gentle Meaningful and thoughtful describes your card perfectly Karen.

  4. This is one Stampin' Up! set I don't think I will ever part with Karen. I love it too and have made many a Christmas Card using this pine tree stamp. Your card is gorgeous I particularly love the framing of it with the patterned paper, allowing just a pop of color to show. xx

  5. I agree with most that Lovely as a Tree will be in my stash forever!!!! Love the plaid peeking out around the edge and the single tree is lovely. Hugs.
    I was catching up... but no comment on the previous post. Too cute with the little gingerbread guy. Hugs.


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