Stampin’ Up! UK Retro Multicoloured Christmas Collectibles
Oooo, anyone else remember those amazing Christmas baubles from the 70s? you know, the oval ones with the concave section, and they came in every colour under the sun! Not a single one was the same shape. They were oval, long, fat, skinny. Had bulbous ends, shaped like rugby balls. Most had frosty chunky white glitter, some were opaque, and all were glorious.
And I was pondering my own childhood Christmases after reading that friends of mine get their toddlers and small children to help them decorate their Christmas trees.
I don’t let my children help. For many reasons including danger (I have only crystal and glass ornaments on one of our trees) but mostly because of that magical moment when I came down the stairs as a bleary eyed 8 youngster and was dazzled by a beautiful rainbow tree, that I want my children to experience that too.
And it was as my mind was wandering that I remembered those amazing baubles that Mum carefully brought out each year. In every shade of the rainbow, with colours clashing, crashing and sparkling around the lounge.
So I decided to step away from the more ‘modern’ colours of Christmas and create my own rainbow of cards.
Now these are C7 cards, which are common place in the UK, but for my overseas friends, you need a 1/4 of a sheet of regular cardstock, and fold it in half. For us, an A4 sheet cut into 2 pieces and folded in half creates a standard C6 card, as is the same for US foolscap size card; cut it in half and fold it in half. Try cutting it into quarters and folding those in half…!
Anyway, these cards are a darling size, and are identical except in colours;
And each of those lovely Christmas Collectibles ornaments was first stamped into versamark ink, then into the requisite colour, then onto Whisper White cardstock before being sprinkled and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The ideal way to get the super shine of those baubles of old. (And no, this won’t damage your coloured inks!) And of course, Punch-Happy-Pootles has to use the matching Ornament Punch!!
After that it was a case of sponging the edges of the whisper white cardstock with the matching ink, popping a layer of 1/8″ silver ribbon down the card, creating a bow and popping it all up.
Of course, I needed a nod to the glitter aswell, so a trio of stars punched out of Silver Glimmer Paper using the Merry Minis Punch Pack, a Rhinestone and I was done!
I hope you like these as much as I do, and I’m sure my brothers and parents will see the resemblance of our Christmases from days gone by.
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