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  • Writer's pictureKristine Vicente

Clean + Simple Sunday: Perfectly Plaid

Back again this week with another Clean + Simple card design, this time featuring a quick and easy Christmas card using a stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2019.

You can check out the video HERE.

One of the best aspects of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is the preferential treatment where the new catalogs are concerned. As demonstrators, we get a first look at the catalog as well as the ability to order, an entire month before the general public. This is my first Holiday Catalog with the company so it was a real thrill! That pre-order package couldn't come fast enough and I practically hugged the UPS man when he pulled up to my house!

Anyway, back to the card---One of the bundles I purchased was the Perfectly Plaid bundle. The stamp set coordinates with a Christmas Tree punch that punches out all of the different trees in this stamp set. By purchasing the stamps set and bunch together in the bundle, I saved 10%. These products are also part of a "suite" which includes coordinating papers and embellishments that you can purchase to enhance your card designs and keep the product coordination going. One of the papers in the paper packet has a print of the tree we are stamping with today and the punch will punch out those trees, too! Talk about quick and easy Christmas cards! Yippee!!

If you're into traditional Christmas colors of deep reds and greens and you love plaid, you are going to completely ADORE this ensemble from Stampin' Up!

The card for today came together very quickly and very easily. I used Shaded Spruce and Cherry Cobbler ink colors. The base card is Cherry Cobbler and a stitched circle panel in Whisper White, a sentiment strip in Crumb Cake and a small striped strip of one of the patterns in the Perfectly Plaid paper packet.

I inked up one of 4 different tree stamps from the stamp set and stamped it twice each time, once full strength and once 2nd generation, to create the little "grove" of Christmas trees on the white circle panel. I stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler on the Crumb Cake strip and layered the panels onto the base card. The sentiment strip is popped up with dimensional adhesive.

To embellish this card, I took a No. 3 paper clip (which is a tiny bit smaller than a No. 1, common paper clip and sold in a box of 100 on Amazon for about $4) and tied on a piece of Shaded Spruce and gold trim ribbon. I then trimmed the ends of the ribbon quite short, at an angle, and clipped it onto the sentiment strip. I added a faceted gem in gold to finish it off.

I love the simplicity of this card and the fact that I could make multiples of this one pretty easily as part of my Christmas card stash.

I will be bringing you many more clean and simple holiday card ideas over the next three months! Thanks for checking in with me today!!

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