Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Seasonal Bells CASE

Hello, Crafters. 
This is the card I should have shared with you yesterday.
It was inspired by two swaps I received at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Convention in Telford last weekend.
Full details and photographs of the swaps made by Denise Shepherd and Pat Ayton-Stewart can be seen on yesterday’s blog.

I started my card with a base of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (CS) and a layer of Whisper White CS, which I adhered together using Tombow.
The top layer is also Cherry Cobbler CS and I dry embossed it using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
I very patiently painted over all the snow “bumps” with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen.

On Sunday, when I made this card, I was unsure about using a real Doily because I was unsure about how the sentiment looked!
I decided to make my own "doily" although when I published the photographs of my stamped doilies yesterday, I thought I should have used them!

I used the large medallion stamp in the Frosted Medallions Stamp Set and stamped it onto Whisper White CS using Sahara Sand Ink.

Before I did this, I had tested it on a scrap of white paper to make sure it didn’t come out too dark – it came out really light which is exactly what I was after!
To die cut the image I used the largest scallop die in the Layering Circles Framelits Die which was an ideal size for this project.

Using Cherry Cobbler Ink, I stamped the sentiment from the Seasonal Bells Stamp set on the lower curve of my doily.

Then I used our Archival Basic Black ink to stamp four bells from the same stamp set, two on Old Olive CS and two on Cherry Cobbler CS.
I punched the green ones out using the Bell Punch and cut the two centres out of the red one and paper pieced them onto the green bells. 
When I normally paper piece these bells, I cut the two striped sections but I thought I’d do something different this time!
I like the two ways of doing this equally! 
Using our Basic Black Archival Ink, I stamped the bow from the Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set onto Old Olive CS and punched it out using the Holly Berry Builder Punch.
Then I used my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen and painted the two bells and the bow.
To punch 3/16” holes in the top of my bells, I used my Crop-a-dile.
Then I lined them into position on my doily and punched a hole in that as well.

I threaded a length of our 3/8” Satin Taffeta Cherry Cobbler Ribbon through the bells and doily.
Then I put Dimensionals on the back of the doily and adhered it to the centre of the card front.

I used Glue Dots to adhere the bells in position and Dimensionals for the Bow.
The ribbon was adhered to the back of the card front with Fast Fuse.
Then I applied Tombow to the back of the top layer 
making sure I put some on top of the ribbon as extra security!

I’m pleased with my finished card, but I think it would have worked well with a real doily, too. Any opinions?

That’s about it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Both ways would have been lovely. I just prefer the punched scallop. Thank you with providing us with so much "education". It is a wonderful help, especially for folks just starting out.

    1. Hi, Sandi. Many thanks for your feedback. I'm so pleased you find my blog helpful. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.