Rustic Christmas Pines

I wanted to try a rustic Christmas card for today’s project.  In order to accomplish this look, I had to restrain my tendencies to use lots of glitter and bling on my projects and keep the design S-I-M-P-L-E.  I think I was successful in my mission, but will let you be the judge.

I love how easy the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper gives my projects a rustic look.  I used two different shades and designs of this paper on the front of today’s card, and used the same paper that outlines the borders to create the snowflake star.

I stamped images from the Christmas Pines stamp set directly onto the designer series paper, first tapping my stamp on my VersaMark pad and then the appropriate colored pad for the frame, sentiment and pine leaves.  I then quickly sprinkled the stamped areas with clear embossing powder and heated to set.  (I stamped and embossed each image separately to prevent ink from drying and to avoid smearing.)  This allows you to have embossing in every color for which you have an ink pad (you’re welcome!).  Just be sure that you clean your stamps before reapplying the VersaMark so you do not ruin your pad.

The mistletoe bundle and ribbon in top left corner were cut using the Pretty Pines Thinlits dies that coordinate with the Christmas Pines stamp set.  The snowflake star with cut using the Starlight Thinlits dies.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card, all of which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

 

If you have any questions regarding any of the other design elements of this card, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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