Using Layers for Texture

Today I have used more of the Festive Farmhouse DSP to put together another christmas card for my stash. I say put together, because there was very little stamping in this card. I have used layers and different materials to create texture, very simple to do, but still effective.


I started with a card base of Mossy Meadow. One of my favourite things about Stampin’ Up! is that they make it very easy to coordinate colours. Every pack of DSP lists the coordinating colours on it, so there is no guessing ‘what shade of green is that?” – it literally tells you. Of course you can pair the papers with whatever you like, but if you want easy…you can get easy!

The layout for this card is straight from the Holiday Catalogue, page 12. I am CASEing the card shown in the red tin in the photo below for this week’s CASEing the Catty Challenge.

img_4311I kept the layout and some of the embellishments the same as the card in the catalogue, but I swapped out a few other things to make use of what I had.

The background piece of DSP is from the Festive Farmhouse DSP pack. I actually ran it through the the big shot with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder to give it some extra texture. It’s hard to see in the photos but in person it adds a bit of something extra. The Festive Farmhouse DSP pack is not one I was initially drawn to, but it has really grown on me. The centra feature piece of DSP is also from this pack.

The striped burlap ribbon is also from the Festive Farmhouse suite, I had glossed over it a bit at the start, but I received some in a catalogue product share and it’s gorgeous. I love burlap ribbon in general, but the strips in this is a gorgeous festive addition.


The sentiment is from the Winter Woods stamp set, and I have used cherry cobbler ink on a strip of very vanilla card stock. I have popped a pear pizzazz stitched circle behind it to make it pop out a bit more. I have also added a small piece of cherry cobbler ribbon (retired). I don’t have any of the wreaths like the card from the catalogue photo, instead I have used a silver foil snowflake. These were part of the holiday catalogue from last year but I still have some left.

The final element of the card is the galvanised button (from the same Festive Farmhouse suite) and I have tied a bow using very vanilla bakers twine to finish it off.

If you don’t have a holiday catalogue and would like one let me know, I have some spares – and they make for the perfect inspiration.


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