Thursday, August 11, 2022

Christmas Scottie - sooooooooo cute!

I hate to say it but it won't be long until Christmas.  Every year I try to make as many Christmas cards as I can during the summer months in an attempt to be ready for November mailing.  No matter how many I make I always seem to need more.  

When I placed my first order from the July- December Holiday Mini catalogue, the first thing on my "must have list" was the "Christmas Scottie" bundle.  Wow, this set doesn't disappoint and it's good value for the money.   

Christmas Scottie 

Here are some of the cards I've made using this set:

  



For this card's focal element I combined two of the tags from the Taylor Made Tag Die set.    In the back ground I've made a mat with scraps of designer paper mounted onto a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card Stock.  Love the design!


Since I'm trying to use up paper supplies, these cards feature a lot of retired Stampin' Up! DSP as well as some from other sources.  To get started with these Christmas Scottie cards I began by gathering up all my dsp, coordinating card stock for mats and card bases, pre-cut tags, stitched circles and other accessories and put them on my desk top in handy reach.  

Next I stamped at least 40 of the Scottie dogs - each of the three images and either punched or fussy cut them.  The shape of the Scottie Dogs lends itself well to fussy cutting as there aren't too many tight spaces.   See my tip below about getting the best image.  All my Scotties were stamped at least 4-5 times on my Stamperatus before I began fussy cutting them.  

Once the Scotties were stamped and cut out, I stamped bows and boxes and punched or cut them out.  I used Stampin' Blends to colour the small items like holly leaves, boxes and bows.  

I also decorated the insides of the cards to coordinate with the card fronts.  Here are some inside samples.  


Some Tips for Getting the Most out of this Bundle:

1.  Only the Scottie in the bottom right corner of the stamp set can be cut out with the punch, but you can make mirror images with the cutout.  

2.  To get the best image when stamping the Scottie try using a stamp platform such as the Stamperatus.  I inked, stamped the image, and repeated 4 times to get the really black look I was trying to achieve.  Believe me it's worth it.  If you don't have a Stamperatus, make sure your ink pad is very juicy and hold your ink block down against your card stock for a second or two to allow the ink to transfer.

3.  The stamp that's just two lines is actually a box or present and the bow that is standing up fits in the middle (see picture) 

  

I found the best way to layer the images was to stamp the bow first and then stamp the box over top of it lining up the stem of the bow in the opening.  

I used the retired Stitched Circle Dies to cut my red circles and a layering circle for the black ones.  I think they provide a great focal point for the card and by pre-cutting a bunch of them ahead of time, assembly of your card is quick and easy.    

I fussy cut dozens of these little present boxes while I was watching tv, so I could add as many as I wanted to my cards.  A little red rhinestone placed below the bow adds some colourful sparkle.  The mini dimensionals fit perfectly on the back of these tiny boxes, so they really pop when they're adhered to the card. 

4.  For a plaid Scottie you can use the "kissing technique".  Simply ink up the plaid image in your favourite colour and then press the image of the Scottie you want to stamp into the plaid image.  The ink will transfer the plaid design to your Scottie stamp image.  

This card features the "kissing technique" see #4 above for explanation.  The background papers are Non-Stampin Up!.  

Let me know if you have a favourite from these cards.  I love them all! 

To add to my Christmas Card making inspiration I've entered my first card in the Krafty Chicks Christmas Card Challenge #624  Make sure you check out all the great cards for this challenge.  

https://kraftychickschallenge.blogspot.com/

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot!

Penny Hanuszak, CDN Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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