Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Caroling Stair Step Card with Christmas Village Cartridge

I love the new Christmas Village Cartridge I received from in our Design Team package this month.  I also love Stair Step cards and thought it would be fun to use with the silhouettes on this cartridge.

by Tammy White

Navy Blue Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Forest Green Cardstock
Scrap of Brown Cardstock
Scrap of Yellow Cardstock
Zing Embossing Powder - Silver Metallic Finish
Diamond Dust

Cut white cardstock at 6.5"wide.  You need 1 piece at approximately 1.25" tall, another at 1.5" tall and another at 2" tall.  Tear the top edges to give uneven appearance similar to what you might get from real snow.  Apply thick layer of Snow-Tex over the entire front of each piece.  Sprinkle Diamond Dust on the Snow-Tex to give it some sparkle and shine.

Cut navy blue cardstock at 10.5" x 6.5" and another piece at 5.5" x 6.5".  Score the 10.5" x 6.5" navy cardstock at the following measurements: 1.25", 2.5", 4.5", 6", and 8.25". Fold in a double "Z" shape (see picture below).

On the 5.5" x 6.5" navy cardstock, stamp with background stamp (I used a star background stamp) using the clear embossing ink pad. Pour Zing Silver Metallic Finish embossing powder of the card stock and then shake off the excess powder.  Pour excess back into jar.  Use embossing gun to heat embossing powder til it turns shiny silver.

Using the Christmas Village Cricut Cartridge, cut 3-4 buildings (row 1 on keypad) at 3" on black cardstock.  Adhere 3 of the buildings together to form a row of houses.  Then adhere scrap yellow cardstock behind the windows to make it appear as if there are lights on in the houses.  Apply Snowtex along the roof lines of the houses.  Cut 3 caroler silhouettes (row 2) at 3.5" on black cardstock.  Highlight edges of the carolers withColorBox MetaleXtra Pigment Cat's Eye Inkpad - Pearl Gray.  Cut 1 tree (row 3) at 3.5" and another at 3.75" on forest green cardstock.  Hand cut a small piece of brown cardstock to serve as the tree trunk for each tree and adhere.  Apply Snowtex along the edges of the trees.

Adhere the stamped navy cardstock to the last "front" of the Z fold.  Only apply adhesive to the lower 2".  Determine how much of the buildings you want to show and adhere them  to the back of the card then adhere the 2" Snow-tex covered strip. Make sure that you cannot see the edge of the buildings behind the snow  Determine how much of the Carolers you want visible behind the snow and adhere them to the middle Z.  Then adhere the 1.5" Snow-Tex covered strip.  Adhere the trees to the front of the strip using a liquid adhesive. Adhere the 1.25" Snow-Tex covered strip to the front Z-fold.

Wrap the navy blue ribbon around the front of the first Z fold (over the Snow-Tex strip) and adhere with glue dots to the back.  Cut out a shape (I used the Decorative Label Punch from Stampin Up) in Navy Blue.  Stamp Christmas greeting (I used "Oh Christmas Tree" from TPC Studios Christmas Greeting Clear Stamp set) on embossing ink pad and then cover with Zing Silver Metallic Finish Embossing Powder.  Use embossing heat gun to heat powder until it turns shiny silver.  Rub edge of punched/cut shape with ColorBox MetaleXtra Pigment Cat's Eye Inkpad - Pearl Gray and adhere to ribbon with glue dots.

Because this gets to be a rather heavy card with all the Snow-Tex, I cut some short strips of cardstock (about 2" by .5") and folded and adhered on the backside of the Z folds to keep the card from sliding down (see picture below).  


Pink Lady's Paradise said...

Beautiful card. Great idea to use silhouettes on a stair-step card.

Lillian Child said...

W O W !!!!!!!! This card creation is just stunning!!! I mean, just STUNNING!!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

I don't have this cartridge, but I wanted to do this card for a gift. Here is my version:

Please tell me what you think.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

I guess no one is looking at this card any longer. Oh well...

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