Hi Stampers!  Sorry I’ve been MIA for a little over a week.  The craft fair season has started up in full swing and I’m doing two craft fairs a weekend for several weeks in a row.  This past weekend I did a Friday night “Girls Night Out” vendor event in Willits, CA and then did a craft fair at the Ukiah Senior Center on Saturday.  It’s been super fun and I’ve met lots of great new people – but it’s kept me from blogging and, for that, I’m sorry.

Today’s card is made with the Stampin’ Up! Festival of Trees stamp set and matching tree punch.  These are in the Stampin’ Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog.  If you buy the stamp set and tree punch at the same time as a bundle, you save 15% !  How cool is that?
silver-treesThis card is made with a basic black card base (8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 4.25).  Then there is a 5.25″ x 4″ layer of the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum with silver dots.

Stampin’ Tip: I used glue dots to adhere the vellum to the card stock and I placed the glue dots behind the silver circles so that it was not visible from the front of the card.

Next I adhered a strip of silver glimmer paper, cut at 5.25″ x .75″.  I then punched a 2.5″ circle out of the silver foil paper and cut it in half.  I placed half of the circle under the strip of glimmer paper. The trees are from the Stampin’ Up! Festival of Trees stamp set. They were stamped onto Whisper White card stock and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

Stampin’ Tip: Before embossing onto the Whisper White cardstock, I rubbed it with the embossing buddy.  This takes the static out of the paper and prevents extra powder to sticking to the paper where you don’t want it. I then stamped with the versamark ink and poured silver embossing powder over the top. I then pour the excess off into a spare card base using the score to make a V out of the paper to pour the excess back into the jar.  Then heat with the heat embossing tool, til melted.

The trees were then punched out with the matching tree punch. and adhered to the card.  The back two were adhered with snail adhesive and the front one with Stampin’ dimensionals.  Then used the same embossing technique to emboss the Merry Christmas from the Stampin’ Up! Petite Pairs stamp set in silver embossing powder.  The saying was then punched out with the oval punch and adhered with a Stampin’ dimensional.

I love the formal look all the silver and glimmer gives this card has, yet was very simple to do.  If you would like to make some for yourself, I have listed all the products you need below.  If you don’t already own them, they can be purchased from my store. (I appreciate any help I get in sales – I’m still shooting for that Mediterranean Cruise *wink* any and all sales help!)

Stampin’ Up! has released their November photopolymer stamp set. (They release a new stamp set – not in the catalog – every month!)  This months set is called Banner Blessings – Item #136720, $15.95.
Banner Blessings136720Have a great week!

Happy Stamping,
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