I decided to create this card two different ways. I will show you how I created a simple Christmas card, however, with just switching up the colors and sentiment, it can become a card that can be used for a housewarming, new baby, or welcome home to name just a few.
My cards today were inspired by this card.
Here’s my process-
First, I started by cutting my panels. I cut two to measure 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 and one at 4 x 5 1/4. I taped all the layers together, the way they would be on the finished card, and marked the middle and sides two inches down with a pencil.
I took out the top panel that was 1/4 inch smaller and kept the two A2 sized panels taped together, lined up the marks in my paper trimmer, and trimmed off the corners to create the house shape. At this point I also took my back A2 sized piece and scored it, then glued the A2 sized panels together above the score mark to make my card base.
Next, after drawing a straight line onto the top panel, I lined up my stamps and stamped the letters H, M, and E in Papertrey Ink’s Simply Chartreuse with my MISTI. Unfortunately the Stamp Set I used is no longer available, however, this one is quite similar.
I then used the medium sized house in the die set, and lined it up to use as my “O” and cut it using my Big Shot. To make sure I didn’t use my little window pieces, I just put them into a little cup. I will need these to finish off my card.
For my next step, my MISTI was a lifesaver! I wanted to stamp the house on the card base and have the card panel lifted to add some interest and dimension to the project. To do this, I used my Misti and placed the base and panel into my MISTI, being careful to have them lined up the way I would be lining them up on the finished card. I lined up my stamp with the die cut, closed the lid to pick up the stamp, and then was able to remove my panel and have a perfectly placed stamp that I could stamp onto the card base. For my house I used Papertrey Ink’s Pure Poppy.
Then, I used Papertey Ink’s Smokey Shadow to stamp the smoke coming from the chimney. I also used the same ink to do some selective inking to stamp my sentiment, half being above and the other half below the HOME. In this picture you can see I just use a piece of washi tape to cover the part I don’t want any ink on and then remove the tape and stamp it onto my project. Again, I really don’t know what I would do without my MISTI!
For the Christmas card I did stamp the Merry Christmas sentiment inside using the same Smokey Shadow ink, however, on my other card I left the inside blank and will fill that in when I need it.
To finish the card I used some foam tape to pop up the top panel, making sure to line it up over the house I had stamped on the base. I also used tiny bits of foam tape to put back in the little windows the give the house a true inset look.
Here a few more pictures of the finished cards.
Thanks so much for looking! Happy Crafting!