16 Oct 2017

Stampin' Up! Watercolour Christmas project kit - making more than 20 cards

At this time of year we are all starting to think about Christmas.  The shops are now beginning to fill up with all sorts of Christmas goodies including cards.

In this year's Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter Supplement there is a lovely Christmas card Project kit.  It is called the Watercolour Christmas project kit and is on page 32/3.

Watercolor Christmas Project Kit Stampin Up


It is designed to make 20 cards, 5 each of 4 different designs.  When I took a look at the kit, I realsed that I could make a lot more cards than that if I added a few extras from my crafty stash, so I set to and at the end I had made 43 cards, how economical is that!


To make these extra cards I added Whisper White for the card bases, and for the punched circles.  One and a bit packets of the foil snowflakes, and some envelopes.

I used the sentiments from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set.

Here is what I did:

Pick out the 5 card bases with the printed wreath and set to one side.
Press out all of the die cuts, except the little holly leaves and berries (these are easily lost so keep them on their sheet ....mmmm how do I know that?)
Cut all card bases so they measure 41/8" wide.
Cut 1 Red and 1 Green card base on the diagonal
Cut 1 red and 1 green card base down the middle to make a long strip (approx 2" wide)
Cut 1 green and white strip card base on the diagonal
Cut 4 strips 1/2" wide from 2 of the envelope lines.  (Do this on the diagonal as they will need to be extra long
Punch out 24 x 2" circles from Whisper White card
Prepare the card bases using A4 Whisper White card (score and cut in half)
To get a 'production line' going I stamped all of the sentiments next.
I stamped Christmas Wishes on everything except the larger die cuts and stamped the larger Merry Christmas onto those. I used Memento Tuxedo black ink
Note: I kept all the red card after I had pressed out the die cuts and I snipped some strips to add to the printed holly wreath cards.

To make the cards:

I laid out all of the card bases and placed the toppings and sentiments onto each one, you can decide how you would like to do it. You can use my pictures as a guide.

Then its a simple but fairly long job of gluing and adding dimensionals to make up your cards.

I did the whole lot in a day... obviously you don't have to.

There were a couple of things I didn't use.
  1. Mini sequin trim. sorry am not a fan, and will use basic jewels instead. But you can use it as you like.
  2. Gold envelope liners.  Adding these to the envelopes makes them too thick to go through as usual postage, so I now have some lovely gold miri to use for other projects.
So here are my 43 cards, I made one of each as directed in the kit and they are shown at the bottom of each picture.


 

If you are interested in making your own Christmas cards this year, then the Watercolour Christmas project kit is a great place to start.

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Happy Crafting

Wendy


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