Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas cards

Saturday is my first demo meeting since becoming a Stampin Up demonstrator. Since it's Christmas time, we're all doing a card swap. We're also each bringing a handmade gift using Stampin Up products for swap.

I LOVED the Candy Cane DSP from the holiday mini so I knew I had to use that for the cards. I love that the colors aren't the traditional red and green. The pinks and blues are so pretty. Since we had to make 16 cards, I ended up doing 8 one way and 8 another so I didn't run out of paper. I kept everything else pretty much the same though.

I actually used things I rarely use in these cards. I typically have a pattern that I do for all cards and always forget extras like punches and embossing. But, I thought the corner rounder on everything made it look so much better. And dasher just looks way better embossed. I do wish I'd sponged the background on the pink set now, but too late to change it. Seems too pale, but when I first did sponging on the red set, it was too busy so I skipped it.

I decided to make another set of glitter ornaments for the gift.I chose to go with traditional colors since it will match more people's decor. I used Green Galore and Real Red reinkers. This is a good way to use those retired colors! The snowflake is cut in the big shot out of the white decor elements vinyl.

Supply list for the cards:
Candy Cane DSP
Real Red cardstock
Blushing Bride cardstock
Light Pink gingham ribbon
Basic Gray taffeta ribbon
corner rounder punch
scallop trim border punch
silver embossing powder
Dasher stamp
Delightful Decorations stamp set (for Merry Christmas circle)
Northern Lights stamp set (snowflakes)
Baja Breeze ink


  1. My embossing never turns out that clean! How do you do it? I've tried all types of glue and Perfect Medium and it never turns out that nice! I'm so jealous!

  2. Have you tried the embossing buddy from Stampin Up? I think that helps A LOT! It keeps the unstamped areas from picking up the powder. I've heard dryer sheets work too, but the EB is only $6 and it's small and can stay in my craft room. I also only use Stampin Up embossing powders now. I've tried others and didn't get as clear of an image. I use a Versamark pad for stamping the image.

    Hope that helps! And if you haven't tried Stampin Up products or don't have a demonstrator, you can buy through me on their website ( If you buy through a demo, you get a lower rate. Just search for my name: Crystal Mincher and location: Maricopa, AZ.

  3. beautiful cads Crystal...lovin your ornaments!


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