Create a Nativity Card with the Wander Dies

Many of you who follow me know that I like to find new ways to use the items in my craft room. My frugal brain likes to discover multiple uses for the supplies I have purchased, and I love showing you how to do the same. This past week, I created a Reason for the Season Nativity card using a cityscape silhouette thin cut die from the Wander Cardmaking kit.

The minute I saw this kit in the catalog, I saw the town of Bethlehem in the cityscape die, and I knew right away that I wanted to make a Christmas card. Doesn’t it make the perfect backdrop for the Nativity scene?

The Wander Cardmaking kit includes all the supplies you need to create sixteen cards. The cards in the kit use the bright summery papers from the Wander collection along with the dies and stamps that come in the kit to make the cards.

The only item I used in the Wander Kit to make my Reason for the Season card was the city scene thin cut die. All the remaining items will be used to make the cards at my retreat in September.

I used the metal die to form the town of Bethlehem on a piece of Kraft cardstock. Behind the city, I created a night scene with Distress Oxide inks and a heat embossed star.

The card is a smaller A2 size design, so I wanted to keep the images and sentiments simple in proportion to the town silhouette. The Reason for the Season stamp set was perfect for this card.

I paper-pieced the cloaks on Mary & Joseph using pattern paper from the White Pines collection then shaded the images using TriBlend Markers. In my video below, I walk you through the whole process.

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I hope that today’s project inspired you and showed you another way to use the thin cut from the Wander Cardmaking Kit. If you wish to make this card for Christmas, you will need to purchase this kit soon because it will be retiring at the end of August.

If you have any questions about the project or the kit, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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A Sunny Smiles Card Made for H2H

I cannot believe that today is the last day of August and the final day to enter our August Heart2Heart challenges. The month just flew by!! This week, we are starting off with a September challenge where Anything Goes (one of my favorites). I hope that you plan to join us. 


For today’s project, I decided to pull out the August Stamp of the Month one last time to create Summer Smiles card.  I chose an uncomplicated design using a single color mixed with black and white for a bright summery feel. 

All of the images and sentiments on this card came from our Floral Celebrations stamp set.  When I first saw this set of stamps, I honestly wasn’t sure if I would use it, but I am loving all the bold floral designs, leaves, and little swirls. 

Unfortunately, today is the last day that you can order this stamp set from my website.  It was designed exclusively for August and will no longer be available after August 31st. 

To create the background on this card, I stamped one of the flower images and some leaf images onto black cardstock using VersaMark InkThis ink is specifically designed to adhere to embossing powders. You will want to make sure you have prepped your cardstock with an Anti-Static Pouch before stamping the images. 

The pouch prevents the embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it to stick. You only want the White Embossing Powder on the stamped images. If needed, you can use a fine paint brush to carefully remove any excess powder before setting the powder with a heat tool

The larger flowers were stamped onto White Daisy cardstock with Canary ink then cut out and placed onto the background with foam tape.  The smaller flowers were heat embossed with white powder onto Canary cardstock and layered onto the card. 

Those yellow dots were taken from my stash. It has been a goal of mine to start using up some of the items in my craft space. If you don’t have yellow enamel dots, you can use a white enamel dot and shade it with a yellow alcohol marker

I hope today’s project inspired you to create something new and join our Anything Goes Heart2Heart challenge. Make sure to stop by the Heart2Heart blog and check out all the other creations from our design team. 

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Stamping Techniques on a Classic Smiles Card

Before August comes to an end, I decided to pull out the stamp of the month one more time to create something simple and classic.  I have seen these Floral Celebration images used in every bright colors possible, so I decided to go an alternate route and make my flower a muted shade of grey. 

I know that this may seem like an odd choice, but I like to go the opposite direction of the tide.  I wanted my sentiment to stand out in a classic red and decided that a grey was a fitting color choice to pair with the Candy Apple

The sentiment was stamped onto a grey splattered white tag that I cut using the Tags & Tabs thin cuts dies. After stamping the image, I added some baseball stitching to match the candy apple color of the sentiment. 

The tag was layered onto some embossed cardstock with a brick pattern using foam tape and a decorative knot of grey ribbon was adhered to the top.

To create the dual toned flower, I used the rock & roll stamping technique with Pewter and Charcoal inks.  I stamped the leaves in Charcoal then cut out all of the images to layer onto the tag atop some loops of Silver Embellishing Thread

After adhering the flower to the card with thin & thick foam tape, I added a small red accent in the center.  This helped to form the visual triangle of red I needed on this project. 

If you have never tried the rock & roll stamping technique, you can learn about it in my Stamping 101 video. In this video I show you six basic stamping techniques you can try on your next project. 

This video was originally created for my VIP Group in May for National Stamping Day, but I felt like it was time to make it public to share with those of you who are learning how to use acrylic stamps. 

I honestly love how this card turned out with its classic black and red tones and I can’t wait to send it out to one of my customers to thank them for placing an online order. 

This Floral Celebrations stamp set will be retiring on August 31st.  It is our current stamp of the month which means that it is only available during the month it is featured and can be purchased for $5.00 with any $50 purchase from my website. 

I hope that you were inspired by today’s project and that you plan on creating a few more of your own using the Floral Celebrations stamp set. 

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