I went to Stampin' Up demonstrator, Liz Thayer's, annual Totally Loving Christmas cardmaking event earlier this fall where we had the opportunity to make ten Christmas cards designed her this lovely lady. One of her designed cards used Stampin' Up's new Detailed Santa thinlit, which was featured in their 2016 Holiday mini catalog. This die is quite intricate, and with these types of dies unless you have a helping-hand with a specialized die-cutting metal plate or even wax paper, loosening your die-cut paper from the die is almost impossible without tearing it. Thus was the case with my die-cut...I tore the paper while trying to remove it. Without this paper die-cut, the card could not be completed. As I had already purchased this die myself, I decided to take all the paper pieces and embellishments home and finished the card later.
Because I like larger cards than the standard A2 size (4-1/4" x 5-1/2"), and I also like using more than one or two color layers, I sometimes feel the urge to do a bit of my own re-designing before completing the card. I used Liz's design as a jumping off point and englared my card to 4-3/4" x 6" and added a Dazzling Diamond Glimmer layer (a silver glitter paper, but more to the white side than the gray). I added black Santa glasses, black eyes with a twinkle in his eye made with a white ink pen and a little red mouth. I fishtail flagged my ribbon instead of burying its ends behind layers and added red rhinestones to the flags. I decided to mat my sentiment with the same silvery glimmer paper and pop it up on the fishtail flag ribbon instead of stamping it onto the white background below the ribbon.
I am earmarking this card for my mother for Christmas because I think she will love the look of this die-cut card, which is so easy to do. Take a peek below at my redesigned card front and my finished interior designed to fit the look of its front.
Ingredients: Stampin' Up products: Cardstocks--Whisper White, Pool Party, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer. Stamps--Glamper Greetings (2016 Holiday). Ink--Pool Party. Dies--Detailed Santa Thinlits; Top Note BigZ die (retired/ inside). 5/8" Mint Macaron Striped Ribbon. White Mica Flakes (2016 Holiday). Other products: Offray Red Rhinestones. White Uni-ball pen. Punch--Recollections 5/8" Snowflake (inside). Size: 4-3/4" x 6". (Thank you Liz Thayer for design inspiration).