November 2022 Christmas Card and a Bonus Birthday Card

This month's Christmas card came together quickly.  I had most of the pieces cut and stamped; they had been prepared for and not use on previous projects.  The products I used are in the July-December 2022 mini catalog in the Boughs of Holly suite on pages 24-25.

In this month's post, I'm including a birthday card that I would have sent to my father-in-law for his 84th birthday today, but he passed away in July.  May he rest in peace.

To color the Textural Element, I held it with my reverse tweezers (found in the Embossing Additions Tool Kit) and pressed the wooden element into my Old Olive ink pad and pressed it down with a scrap of paper.  It dried quickly and was adhered with glue dots.

The length of woven ribbon was cut in half to add more texture to my card behind my sentiment.

Sorry, I didn't realize the Greenery embossing folders were retired.

and a Bonus Birthday Card

One technique I used here was double die cutting.  The Rectangle Stitched Dies didn't have the exact size I wanted for my sentiment.  

Double Die Cutting
  1. Stamp sentiment on scrap
  2. Die cut once, lining up the die with the lower right corner of the sentiment.
  3. Die cut again, using the same rectangle die, lining up the die with top left corner of the sentiment.  
  4. A perfectly centered sentiment!

I love when Stampin' Up! sizes our stamps so we can use several sets together.  Here I used Waterfall Canyon, Oceanfront and Waves of Inspiration (for the bird).  While I used quite a few colors of ink, I created even more texture and interest by stamping twice (or more) before re-inking my stamp. You can especially see this with the grass in the bottom right corner.

My sentiment is from Go To Greetings.  This set gave me a choice of 3 different Happy Birthday sentiments to choose from.  I used the middle sized Happy Birthday.

Products used for the Christmas card:

Products used for the Birthday card:

I hope my cards inspire you to create and send more of your own.  Happy stampin'!