Friday, November 18, 2011

Shirley's Winter Wednesday Christmas Blog Hop - Week 2

Welcome to week two of Shirley's Winter Wednesday Christmas Blog Hop.  You might notice from last week that she changed the name of the hop.  That's not to confuse you, it's just to clarify that her hop will be updated every "wednesday" not Monday (like the Halloween Hop) from now until Christmas.  Okay now that you're in the know about scheduling, here's a few rules you need to know about before I get to my post.

Shirley has a few rules which I'll share with you now. Shirley’s Winter Wednesday Christmas Blog Hop, want to join the fun, here is all you have to do:

1. Add the Christmas Blog Hop badge to your post and link back to Shirley’s blog (
2. Anything goes it just has to be Christmas.
3. It has to be a new post.
4. Add the Hop to your Post.
5. Have fun!

I quite enjoy making spotlight cards and teaching this technique to new stampers.  It opens up a whole new dimension for them and the "wows" are fun to listen to when they complete their cards. 

So with that in mind, here is one of the four cards that I'll be teaching in my Christmas card class this coming Sunday. 

This card is a mashup of Serene Snowflakes, Holiday Lineup and Tags Til Christmas stamp sets.  These are three of this year's popular Christmas stamp sets featured in the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogue (IB&C).  The card base is Marina Mist cardstock and the second layer is Old Olive and Real Red cardstocks that were embossed with the Finial Embossing Folder. 

To begin with I stamped 2 of the elf images onto a piece of 2" by 4" Whisper White cardstock.  I used the Stampa-m-jig to make sure they were lined up perfectly.  You gotta love that tool!  I then restamped the elves on some scrap WW cardstock and then punched out a 1" and 1 1/4" circle punche and a small oval from those images I wanted to highlight.  The final step was colouring the punched out images with markers and then adhering them with dimensionals over their matching image.

When adhering the punched images to the original stamped image make sure everything lines up perfectly and check your colouring to make sure you didn't miss any detailson the punched portion.

The inside of the card was stamped with images from Serene Snowflakes  (pg 36 IB&C #115438)and a sentiment from the Punch Pals stamp set in Whisper White Ink.  I applied White Embossing Powder over the damp images and heat set them. 
Serene Snowflakes a wood mount stamp set on page 36 of the IB&C, #115438
Holiday Lineup pg 38 of the IB&C

Here's a closeup of the cute sentiment which is from the Tags Til Christmas set (pg. 32 IB&C #120847w or 121169c).  I've cut ot the sentiment using the 1 1/4" square punch and mounted it on Real Read cardstock that was punched out with the scalloped square punch. The no-name pompoms are glued on with Crystal Effects to add a little more dimension to the card.

I'm also going to be making a bonus project at my card class.   I saw these cute little post it note holders on someone else's blog (sorry I don't have your name right now but will add it and your link).  I thought they would make a perfect add-on to the class.  Simple to make and a great gift idea.  Okay that's it for my Wednesday Winter Christmas Blog Hop post for Week Two.  Hope you enjoyed it!


Karen said...

Great card Penny. Love the spot lighting to show off the snowmen

Elizabeth Price said...

This is the best spotlight card I have ever seen. I love the idea of multiple spotlights. And the pom poms are too cute. Awesome stuff!

Denise Pustelniak said...

Penny, I love your card! That stamp-a-jig does an awesome job I bought one and now I can't remember how to use it! LOL!

Terry said...

Cute card! I love the spotlighting with a punch technique. I love the way you combined so many stamp sets. Awesome job!

Shirley Pumpkin said...

What a really cute idea! I don't always like spotlighing with a punch but love your card!! Thanks for joining the Winter Wednesday Christmas Blog Hop!!


Dale Morin said...

Oh my! This is way cute. Love it, love it.What a great idea to spotlight this stamp set. I just may have to case this one. TFS

Patti said...

So, so cute. Love all the elves and the great spot lighting you did.

Andrea Cassola said...

I really like the creative coloring and the way you popped out selected parts of the image!

Snowmanlover said...

cute cute Penny!

laurie said...

Such an awesome card....cute!

paper bag create said...

Totally RAWKS!!!! Best spotlighting card evah!!! {{hugs}}

Unknown said...

Penny I adore your spotlight card! I am sure you will find a case on my blog this week!!!

Shirley Pumpkin said...

Hey Girl I got the post up for week 4 of the blog hop, and I am giving away an plush Owl that I made. Plus guess what I got in the mail today... hmmmm the card I sent you. I guess the address was wrong or somthing I am going to send you a pic of it, then try to send it to you again.


Lisa Kmiec said...

Very cute card! I love the pom poms of the elves' hats.

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