How Christmas should be … beautiful, stress free!

How Christmas should be … beautiful, stress free!


Bright and Beautiful Xmas Card

And this card using Stampin’ Up! Bright & Beautiful stamp set fits the bill!   And yes, I am still making my Christmas cards!  This is a card I can whip up quite a few of in an hour though and it is so easy!

I think what makes this card is stamping onto old book text.  Next time you are going past the second hand store or op shop, grab yourself an old book with yellowing pages.  I am not sure what it is about this older paper, but it is fabulous to stamp on.  The paper is thin though, so because I wanted to diecut my star, I glued a piece of book text to a piece of white card first using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I just put a few lines of glue on the back of the book text and spread it right to the edges with a scraper (old plastic bank or credit card will work) so that the whole piece of paper had a thin layer of glue.  Then I laid it onto the card and scraped across the top with the clean edge of the scraper to ensure the book text was totally glued in all areas.  This is important so that the paper doesn’t lift at the edges when you die cut it.  Work in smaller pieces, say 10.5cm x 10.5cm, so your glue doesn’t dry while you are working it.

Once the book text was dry, and it doesn’t take long, I stamped the largest star from the Bright & Beautiful set with Early Espresso Ink, then die cut with the matching Stars Framelits Die.  I lightly sponged the edges of the star with an ink colour to complement whatever coloured button I am using, the card above uses an Old Olive button from the Brights Designer Buttons pack and I have used Baked Brown Sugar ink to sponge.

Then I used some more multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the star to my Very Vanilla card layer (9cm x 13.3cm with the corners rounded … loving the Stampin’ Up! Project Life Corner Rounder).  I trimmed off the one little star point that hung off the edge of the card.  The very elegant “Season’s Greetings” is also from the Bright & Beautiful set, and is stamped in Early Espresso.  Tie some Linen Thread through the button and stick to the centre of the star (Glue Dots work here).  Then I used dimensionals to pop the layer up onto a Very Vanilla card front (corners also rounded).

Close up of button detail Bright & Beautiful

How special is that?!

I love that I can use up any buttons I have hanging around here to make different colour options.  Below I have used the Pumpkin Pie button from the Brights set, and Cajun Craze ink for sponging the star.

Bright & Beautiful Pumpkin Pie Xmas Card

Which colour way do you prefer?

Anyway, I had better get cracking or my cards won’t get to family and friends until after Christmas!

Cheryll Sig


This is the Bright and Beautiful Stamp Set, in the current Holiday catalogue which finishes 5th January, 2015.

Bright and Beautiful Stamp set

It comes in Clear Mount (135029 $42.95) or Wood Mount (135026 $56.95).  Clicking on any of the links (green coloured items) will take you directly to my online store should you wish to add any of these goodies to your stash! 🙂

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