This is the Christmas card I've made for Alan to give to Jan this year. I've been eyeing up this 'Holly Perch' stamp set for a while and finally succumbed! I decided to go for paper piecing with some Stickles for festive sparkle.
The Chocolate Chip card base measures 5 3/4" square and I used Riding Hood Red CS and Echo Park Green Flourish paper for layering mats. I inked the stamp with VersaMark and embossed the image with Early Espresso embossing powder. I stamped and embossed a few times in order to get my coloured piecing bits and some extra holly sprigs. I used Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip textured CS for the bird body and wing. I used red paper for the bird's breast and the bauble and the same green paper I used for the mat layer for the holly leaves and the band on the bauble. I die cut the image with a Petite Oval die, matted onto a larger Choc Chip textured CS oval and adhered that to the panel after adding the Choc Chip ribbon strip. After cutting out the holly, bird and bauble I added red Stickles to the holly berries and gold Stickles to the bauble band. Once the glitter glue had dried I popped them all up and added a ribbon bow. I stamped the sentiment, die cut the banner shape and popped up the holly sprig. Some chocolate brown pearls finished off the front.
For inside, I cut a vanilla panel, layered that onto a Riding Hood Red mat and stamped the sentiment. I then popped up a couple of holly sprigs.
The 'Holly Perch' set comes with a vertical 'Happy Christmas' sentiment and I stamped that on the envelope, added some patterned paper, Riding Hood Red CS strips and popped up more fussy cut and glittered holly sprigs. I was happy how this card turned out, I really hope Alan and Jan like it!
Stamps: Woodware 'Holly Perch' & 'Happiest of Christmases' clear sets, 'Christmas Cheer' from SU! 'Sweet Essentials' set
CS: SU! Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red & Very Vanilla, SU! Close to Cocoa & Chocolate Chip textured CS
Patterned paper: Echo Park Style Essentials 'Green Flourish' & Bo Bunny ?? Double Dot
Ink: VersaMark & SU! Chocolate Chip
Tools: Petite Oval Nestabilities dies, MFT Fishtail Flags Stax die
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Early Espresso Stampin' Emboss powder, SU! Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Gold & Xmas Red Stickles, chocolate brown pearls, 3D foam pads