Stampin’ Up! a Christmas card nice and early

Stampin’ Up! Australia are releasing their new Christmas catalogue in just a over a week.  I’ve already been having fun with some of these new Christmas goodies so I thought I’d give you a sneak peek and share a card that I made with a stamp set called ‘Calm Christmas’ from that catalogue.

It seems to have turned out okay right?  Oh if only you knew the comedy of errors that happened while I was making this card.  I almost gave up.  Crazy really as it’s an easy card but it was just my clumsiness and d’oh! moments that messed it up.

Stampin' Up! Christmas card by Angela Sargeant

Here’s how I made this card (with some mess ups thrown in to show you how not to do it): I wanted to turn

my Naturals Composition paper into a red background so I brayered some Cherry Cobbler ink onto it. To do this just roll the brayer over the inkpad several times making sure that you’re going in the same direction each time so you ink up around the whole brayer.  Then roll it back and forth over the cardstock. Finish off by polishing up the cardstock with a tissue to take off the excess ink.  That took only a minute and was so easy.  Design tip: to make it look finished, I sponged more ink around the edges of the cardstock.  You can see it on the finished card in the second photo, I think it does make a difference.

Brayering Stampin' Up!'s Natural Composition Paper

The dove was stamped in Encore Gold ink then I cut around the bird.  Again, to finish it off I sponged ink around the edges of the card, this time I lightly sponged it with Crumb Cake ink and then for some reason I decided to go around the edge of the bird with my Crumb Cake marker.  That’s where I stuffed up!  Finished the bird, was admiring it and OMG an accidental flick of the marker on the tail of the bird and I was left with a line that there was no covering up.  Now my theory is that I can always fix something with a ribbon or embellishment.  But what can I put on the tail of a bird? I tried tying a ribbon around it and it just looked ridiculous plus it didn’t cover the whole marker line.  I mucked around with it for a while and found that I could make a little bow to stick on the bottom and there you go, covered it all up fine.  Of course that looked a little odd on it’s own so I added the same ribbon on the base of the card to make the bow look more grounded and like a feature that was always meant to be there.

Phew!  Next for that odd looking branch.  Just didn’t look right being all the same colour as the bird.  Why didn’t I do something with that before?  I could have used a marker to colour it in differently.  Oh no, I’m not trusting myself with a marker again… I’ll get out some glue and glitter.  Genius!  Of course it wasn’t genius at all.  I used Tombow glue which I applied quite thickly then glass glitter which was really chunky and not for something so delicate.  Yep – a big mess.  OMG now what???  It’s not quite dry yet so let’s scrape off all the glitter and glue with a pointy thing.  Yeah, another genius idea… totally ripped the branch. In the end I picked off the whole branch, punched out an identical branch using the Builder Bird punch from the Champagne Glimmer Paper and WOOOHOOO!!!!  It’s perfect!

Moral of the story: however you mess up a card you can always fix it with some ribbon and embellishments.

If you have any questions about the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.  Or you can just click here to go Stampin’ Up! shopping now.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps: Calm Christmas
Cardstock & Paper: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Natural Composition, Very Vanilla, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Inkpads/Markers/Paint: Cherry Cobbler, Encore Gold
Tools: Big Shot, Ovals Framelits, Wide Oval Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Brayer, Sponge Dauber
AccessoriesEarly Espresso Taffeta Ribbon
AdhesivesSNAIL, Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots), Tombow Glue



  1. says

    I’m happy to know that I’m not the only person who messes up! Your solution was perfect and this is a very pretty card. Cherry Cobbler is my favorite Stampin’ Up color.

  2. Donna Zammit says

    Hi Angela, now if you had not regaled us with the comedy of errors we would never have known that this beautiful card was anything but perfect. I love how you shared your tale, just goes to show that stuff ups can be the mother of invention so to speak. Lovely card and colour choice. Have a great weekend. Cheers Donna Z :)

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