Saturday, 28 October 2017

Good Tidings

Hello, Crafters.

I had a busy day yesterday preparing projects for today's class. 

A lot of my regulars aren't able to attend as they're away this weekend, which is half-term for the children. 

One of my newer ladies isn't very well at the moment, and asked if she could pay for the lesson and receive the kit, which is what we're doing! 

I have toyed with doing classes in the mail for quite a long time, but just don't have enough time to give it my all! 

However, selling kits from my classes should be doable, so if this idea appeals to you, please let me know. 

If it looks as if it would be popular, I will try and make it happen! 

Please note that Stampin' Up! rules only allow me to sell class kits to crafters with addresses in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria - I'm truly sorry!

Once I had everything ready for today, I had time to sit and make a card to share with you today.

There are two things I particularly like about the Good Tidings Stamp Set.

Firstly, it's a two-step stamping stamp set, and this is one of those areas where Stampin' Up! really shine!

Secondly, when I'm making Christmas cards I love working with the red and green of holly and berries!

My starting idea for today's card was to stamp the large holly and berry branch, on either side of a landscape top layer, on Whisper White Cardstock (CS).

Then I wanted to have a strip of black and white Designer Series Paper (DSP) from top to bottom, with the Good Tidings sentiment sitting on it.

I started by practising stamping the holly - a total of six stamps and three colours - on scrap paper.

When I was happy, I stamped the relief (main) holly stamp in Wild Wasabi Ink, and then the full (background) stamp in Wild Wasabi Ink stamped off once.

For the berries, I stamped the relief stamp in Real Red Ink, and then the full background stamp in Real Red Ink stamped off once.

Then I used Soft Suede Ink for the two stamps which are branches for the holly.

The relief stamp also stamps little dots of ink onto the tops of the berries - such attention to detail!

Then I used Soft Suede Ink stamped off once for the full branch stamp.

I stamped the sentiment in Real Red Ink, and die cut it using the largest Stitched Shape Oval Die. 

Then I adhered it to a layer of Wild Wasabi CS that I'd die cut using the largest Scalloped Layering Oval Die!

Using Dimensionals, I adhered it in the centre of the top layer, and finished the look by adding two small ribbon bows on the base of the holly branches. I was happy!

I adhered the top layer to a layer of Wild Wasabi CS, and then onto a Whisper White CS card base. 

Inside the card, I adhered a layer of Whisper White onto a layer of Wild Wasabi, and then onto the inside of the card. 

I decorated the bottom right hand corner using the holly and berry stamps - twigs as opposed to the larger branches - that were in this stamp set.

I hope you have a super weekend, and until tomorrow, happy crafting!



  1. Really and truly a lovely CHRISTMAS card, Jan. Love the traditional red and green ... you just cannot go wrong, can you?! I confess, this stamp set scares me just a little ... but I love it! Just nervous about the layered stamping ... I'm not good at it. LOVE what you've done here though.

    1. Hi, Geraldine. I hope you had a great weekend. I agree, red and green are spot on! I do like non-tradional colours but this combo really feels like Christmas. I've been asked for a video for this card, so watch out for it. ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

  2. Cute Christmas card simple but elegant looking. Thanks for showing----Donna S

    1. Hi, Donna. I hope you've enjoyed your weekend. I'm pleased you think this card is elegant - many thanks. ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.