Who doesn’t look forward to welcoming a new baby at Christmas? This card is the third house card in my series of “A Week of Christmas Houses” using Poppy Stamps 2020 Winter House Pop-Up Easel die set.
The house is cut from heavy card stock in a pale blue that has been in my stash from a card kit. The dark blue and pale yellow come from monotone color packs of cardstock by Recollections. Note that there is a pale-yellow outline layer of the house that provides the window inside color as well as framing the outside edge of the house. The card base is cut from heavy weight white cardstock.
This card goes together easily by looking at the photos on the Poppy Stamps packaging. It does involve a lot of die cutting as there is only one die of each window type. (I cut lots of the small pieces and store the extras in a tiny plastic bags that I keep with the die set.) To add depth to the porch and dormer windows I cut those pieces twice and glued together. The snowy pieces are cut from glitter paper and some of the window frames and siding have Nuvo Glitter Drops used thinly to give the illusion of melted snow.
I masked off the front door with sticky notes and used Salty Ocean Distress ink to darken the door and frame. A tiny drop of gold Nuvo Crystal Drops for the doorknob and a wreath cut with a Tonic Studios die set, complete the door.
The welcome mat, which acts as the easel stop, was stamped and heat embossed using a stamp from a retired Stampin’ Up set. I used a blend of Ranger Black Sparkle and Recollections Ebony Detail Embossing powders that give the welcome mat a snowy sparkle. Once heat embossed, the mat was weathered using Antique Linen Distress Ink on a sponge dauber and cut out with the coordinating die. Foam pads where used to adhere the mat to card and make it tall enough to act as an easel stop.
The windows all have a piece of pale blue organza ribbon taped behind the window frames to give the shine of glass and the rosy glow comes from some shading with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink on the pale-yellow cardstock. The rocking horse and woman decorating a Christmas tree that can be seen in the windows are from an older Tonic Studios Toy Emporium die set. Also from the Tonic set is the outside fir tree.
The ”Merry Christmas” is cut from heavy black cardstock glued down. A personal message can be written behind the house
I used two stamps on the envelope flap. I stamped Joy in green and then masked it with a sticky note and stamped the wishing you circle (which has a different sentiment in its center) in blue.
Day 3 – A Baby is Coming
- Poppy Stamps -Winter House Pop-Up Easel Set – 2394
- Tonic Studios – Dimensions – The Toy Emporium Die Set -1855e
- Card Deco Essentials – Merry Christmas – CDECD0003
- Stampin’ Up – At Home with You – stamps & die set 143681 (Retired)
- Sweet Sentiments Set from Love Cardmaking magazine, issue 9 November 2018
- Heavy White Cardstock 110# weight 8 ½ x 11 inches\
- Reflections – 8.5×11 inch cardstock – Cape Cod
- Recollections – 8.5x 11 inch cardstock – Citrus
- Heavy Black Cardstock 80# weight 8 ½ x 11 inches
- Staples Printable Glitter Paper
- Colored scraps from my stash
- VersaMark – Watermark Stamp Pad
- Ranger -Embossing Powder – Black Sparkle
- Recollections Detail Embossing Power- Ebony
- Ranger – Distress Ink – Salty Ocean
- Ranger – Distress Ink – Fossilized Amber
- Ranger – Distress Ink – Antique Linen
- Stampin’ Up Classic Stamin’ Pad – Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy