Shifter Stencil Backgrounds for Christmas Cards

I made these cards for Jenn Shurkus’ Get Cracking on Christmas Challenge. Her Blog is Creative Chick. The idea is to inspire others to start making Christmas cards through out the year, so you have a lot done before Christmas. You can also win a prize if you post a link to the cards you create. I thought this was a great idea because I always intend to make Christmas cards, but many times don’t have the time.

To make these cards, you can start by assembling the 3d push outs or do the card backgrounds first. I used 2 sheets of the push outs (each one made 3 images) and 3 striped backgrounds and 3 peppermint candy backgrounds. This way I was able to create 6 cards at one time. To make the push out, you just punch them out of the paper and adhere together with foam squares. I use dimensional squares that I made with double sided adhesive tape and cardboard or chipboard.

I used Tim Holtz Shifter Mint and Peppermint stencils to make the background of the cards. First, I used Nuvo Fusion Red Embellishment mousse to make the stripes with the mint stencil. While those were drying, I used Haute Red Glacier Paste with the peppermint stencil. After the backgrounds were dry, I shifted the mint stencil over and used honeydew embellishment mousse to create green stripes. Then I shifted the peppermint stencil and used green envy glacier paste to create green peppermints. After all the backgrounds dried, I put them in a box and spritzed them with Nuvo Scarlet or Beryl Swirl Mica mist.

Finally, I attached the backgrounds to blank card bases with adhesive tape. Then I cut out banners from red card stock with Lawn Fawn’s wavy banner dies and stamped a Christmas sentiment with a silver stamp pad. Then I adhered a banner and a 3D Push Out image to each card.

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