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The 12 Projects of Christmas 2021: Project #3

A long time ago (over 20 years) in a land far far away (Alaska, which was my home at the time), I was a Stampin' Up!® customer who loved to learn new techniques and paper crafting projects. My demonstrator, the amazing Lisa Barnett, was fantastic at sharing both, and when I was just starting to stamp, I gleaned from her every bit of information I could. It was way back when - or way back then - that I learned this little technique called Poppin' Pastels. Simply put, we were to ink a stamp in Versarmark ink and stamp it on our (then) Ultra-smooth White cardstock and apply color to the image using our Stampin' Pastel chalks. The image would "pop" off the page because of those chalks, and it was just the most amazing look.

Remember our Stampin' Pastels? Perhaps you still have a box of yours sitting around collecting dust. These are the two sets of Pastels I had in my day - the one on the left was earlier, the one on the right slightly later. Recognize them?

Fast forward all these years later, and once again we have a set of soft pastels to use on our projects, but they look like this, with colors in Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, and Poppy Parade:

After a brainstorming session for my 12 Projects of Christmas, I came up with a plan to use those pastels to bring back the Poppin' Pastels technique after so many years of not using it. This is the project that was born from that brainstorming session:

I took a piece of Basic White cardstock, inked the Candy Cane background stamp in Versamark, and stamped it on my white paper. Then, using the Poppy Parade chalk, I rubbed it on its side back and forth across the paper, revealing those poppin' awesome candycanes. I did the same thing with the candies and cut them out using the Gingerbread dies. I used the Frosted Gingerbread stamp set to stamp and emboss the sentiment on Poppy Parade cardstock.One last finishing touch is the ribbon, which I colored using a Dark Poppy Parade Stampin' Blend. Perfectly matched!

Here are the sizes of cardstock I used in creating this card:

Basic White cardstock:

-3 1/2" x 4 3/4"

-Scraps for the candies

Thick Basic White cardstock:

-5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Poppy Parade cardstock:

-3 5/8" x 4 7/8"

-Medium sized circle from the Layering Circles Dies

Not sure exactly how I made the candy cane background? Watch my tutorial!

For a complete list of supplies used to create this card, see below.

Stampin' Blessings!


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