Hi Stampers.  I am setting this post to “auto post” on Wednesday – I will be on my way to the hospital for minor surgery.  Not a big deal, I will be in and out the same day.  Just a little repair work, based on getting old…  If you think of it, say a short prayer for a quick recovery.  Today’s card is a winter scene using a retiring stamp set, a fun Window frame die (Hearth and Home Framelit Dies) and the bricks textured embossing folder.

brick-windowThis card starts with a Tip Top Taupe card base (8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 4.25″).  Next up is a layer of Sahara Sand card stock 5.25″ x 4″.  I dry embossed this layer with bricks textured embossing folder and adhered that to the card base.

Stampin’ Tip: To get the grout lines.  I inked up the inside of embossing folder before adding the card stock and running it through the Big Shot.  I made sure to ink up the side of the folder where the grout was raised, trying carefully to not ink up the bricks themselves (tapping VERY lightly with the ink pad onto the embossing folder).   To remove some of the excess ink in the bricks you could use a q-tip to clean it out.

The window is done in three parts.  There is a 2.25″ x 2.75″ piece of Whisper White card stock that I used the Happy Scenes stamp set. (This set is on the 2015 Holiday Catalog retirement list – if you want it, order now! It is only available while supplies last!) I stamped the winder scene in Garden Green ink and the snow in Basic Black.  To give the appearance of snow, I used the two way glue pen and dazzling diamonds glitter.

Next I used a 4″ x 3.5″ piece of Whisper White card stock to cut out the window frame using the Hearth and Home framelit dies and my Big Shot. To the inside of the window, I adhered a 2.25″ x 2.75″ piece of Window Sheet (acetate) to give the appearance of glass.  I then adhered the scene to the card base and then the window over it, irepopping the window up with the edges from my Stampin’ Dimensionals. (Never throw the edges away of your Stampin’ Dimensionals the edges work too and it’s a great way to use ALL of the product!).

brick-window-insideFor the card interior, I used a 5.25″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped on it using the saying and snow corners from the Stampin’ Up Happy Scenes stamp set, I stamped with Marina Mist ink.

I hope this card inspires you to pull out your stamping supplies and make something today!

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