Pretty Pines Joy Card

Posted by on January 6, 2017 in Cardmaking, Real Life Color Coach, Techniques

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I posted my Pretty Pines Joy Card on my blog when I wished you a Merry Christmas a few weeks ago.  Since some people are celebrating 12th Night or the Feast of the Epiphany today, I thought I’d post how to make it.

I’m pleased to report that only the stamp set and the designer series paper have been retired from the 2016 Holiday Catalog!  Everything else on this list is still available!!  You’ll be able to easily find substitutes for the greeting and the Framelits™ have a wide variety of sizes included in the package to fit it.

The Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper is a fun bunch of designs – but they always retire the DSP, so you’ll need to find a substitute.  There are some nice patterns in the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (141628) which will substitute well.  Use one sheet for the envelope and the background of your card.

Pine needles and cones generally say “Winter” to me, but pine trees are an evergreen, so they’re good all year!  The cones are at their largest and fullest during the Fall and Winter, after their work is done.  The cones can come in a variety of colors, but I used Early Espresso here.  I also accented it with Copper Foil and a colored Rhinestone Jewel just for fun.  Note: to color the Rhinestone, use a tiny drop of ink refill and a drop of alcohol mixed together.

The Pretty Pines Thinlits™ Dies come in three sizes of pine needle and two sizes of cones.  There are three styles of detailed cone overlay dies, two for one size and one for the other.  This gives you a lot of options when making an evergreen embellishment!

I’ve got a handy tip for you when you want to adhere the overlay to the die-cut.  Before you cut the overlay, apply three or four strips of Tear & Tape Adhesive to the back of the material you’re using.  I used the hole in the Early Espresso Card Stock piece as my pattern and traced lightly on the back of the Copper Foil.  I put the adhesive just over the edges of the outline, leaving room for die-cutting, but not going overboard.  This technique gives you an easy and mess-free way to attach the detailed overlays without having any ooze or webs as with other adhesive.  You still cut the card stock face up, so make sure your Tear & Tape is on the back.  I lift off the liner with the points of the Paper Snips, but you could also use the Paper Piercing Tool.

The pine needles can be cut from multiple shades of Green, Yellow-Green and Blue-Green.  You can also use one color and sponge the ends with another.  I just used a Glue Dot to adhere the leaves together at the base, then attached the whole stack to the card front with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  I’ll be showing you some different color combinations in the coming months, so check back.

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