Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Sparkly Trees Merry Christmas Stepper Card

This is the card I made for our good friends Gill and Brett. A while ago Gill rummaged in my Christmas card box and told me which cards she liked and her fave card was a blue sparkly tree card.  She wasn't backward at coming forward at telling me the cards she didn't like either LOL!   So I knew  a blue sparkly tree card was what I'd make for their card this year.  I bought a couple of packs of PaperMania stepper cards a while ago and I thought it was time to break one out.

I covered the front stepper panel with a piece of white CS I'd embossed with snowflakes and I covered the back panel with Pool Party dotty paper.  For the main image panel, I stamped the bare trees in Pool Party ink and the pine tree in Night of Navy ink, patted VersaMark over the image, applied Heat and Stick powder, heated it, sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds and lightly heated the panel again to set the glitter.  I didn't have any Night of Navy ribbon but I'd kept the ribbon bookmark that fell out of our 2011 diary a few weeks ago - I knew I'd be able to use it at some point!  I taped a strip to the corner, tied a bow, added a rhinestone brad and attached the bow to the strip with a glue dot.  The white panel is popped up.  I used a bookplate die cut for the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment and added two more rhinestone brads.

For the back of the card, I stamped a row of bare trees and the pine tree and added a sentiment panel.  I stamped the bare trees only on the envelope front.  These stepper cards come with gusseted envelopes which is great 'cos the cards are fairly bulky.  I think PaperMania should have made the envies for the square steppers a tad larger - oof, it was a tight squeeze getting this card inside the envelope!  Next time I use a square stepper card I hope I remember to chop a tad off.

Stamps: SU! Lovely as a Tree set, 'Merry Christmas' from SU! Four the Holidays set, Woodware Wishing You clear stamp
CS: PaperMania white square stepper card, SU! Pool Party, Night of Navy & Whisper White
Patterned paper: SU! Pool Party dotty paper from In Color DSP stack
Ink: SU! Pool Party & Night of Navy, VersaMark
Tools: Sizzix Bookplates die, SU! Ticket Corner punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: Navy blue ribbon, SU! Heat & Stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds & rhinestone brads, 3d foam tape



Theresa said...

This is a lovely card, Ruth. I love the colors and the sparkle.
Isn't it nice when we can use up little bits of ribbon and stuff we seem to hold on to forever?

Michelle said...

Stunning card Ruth. Love the colours again and the sparkle is beautiful. Love the trees xx

Margaret said...

So pretty! Plus you already know they will love it! :D
I've seen the technique before w/ the trees, but really like it in the blues!! Great use of your little ribbon and bow piece too!