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Holiday Blizzard Project – Shelly’s Christmas Card Challenge

Christmas Card Challenge: Card 8
By: Shelly Newkirk, Artistic Guide

 Finished Card Size: A2, 4.25" x 5.5"

Wishing You a Happy Holiday Season! (Hampton Art Stamps)
Black Pigment (Stampendous)
Green Glitter cardstock (unknown)
White cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
Dark Green cardstock (unknown)
Debbie Mumm Holiday Mat Stack (DCWV)
Other Supplies:
1.75" square punch (Emagination)
Small Snowflake punch (unknown)
Crafters Pick Ultimate Glue
Green and Red glitter embossing powder (Stampenous)


  1. Glue Striped paper to card base and trim off excess.
  2. Glue Tree patterned paper to Dark Green cardstock and trim Dark Green to a narrow border.  Glue the above to Green Glitter cardstock and trim to a slightly larger border.
  3. Attach to card base on left side, approximately as shown in picture.
  4. Stamp phrase on White card stock, punch out square. Glue to card base approximately as shown in picture.
  5. Punch out 3 Green Glitter Snowflakes and glue to square approximately as shown in picture.

Basic Stamping Tip:
Stamping word stamps can be tricky. Here are a few hints:

  • Lift the stamp straight up and if you apply any pressure do not rock the stamp.
  • If you mess it up and it has ruined the whole card - re-stamp on a separate piece of paper, cut or tear it out and sponge the edges and then glue over what you messed up.  Often it looks better than what you originally had planned.  (I have done this more times than I care to count)
  • Don't over ink your stamp; you will know that you have done this if the p's, o's, and e's, are filled in when stamped.
  • Check your pads to see if they need to be re-inked.  When you find it hard to get enough ink on the stamp it is time to re-ink.  I never buy a pad without the re-inker. I still have, and use, my original clear and black pigment pads.
  • Stamp and press lightly, because if you press too hard you will smush the letters and some will appear larger than others. (You work is ruined again, and yes, I do this often when in a hurry)
  • Keep scratch paper handy and do a test stamping first.  I have been stamping for 17 years and I almost always test stamp the first stamping of EVERY stamp.

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