Updated: Nov 7
One of the things I really try to do when putting together the list of projects for The 12 Projects of Christmas is make some unique projects - projects that help you learn, use new products, share a technique or a 3D gift giving idea you maybe haven't tried before.
I think the fifth in my 12 Projects of Christmas 2023 is different in several ways, and I love that!
It uses a fun technique called Floating Strips
It uses the Countryside Corners Dies for the strips, as opposed to the most often used circle dies
It uses bright, cheery reds and greens for Christmas, rather than the traditional ones
It uses "celebrate" rather than "Merry Christmas" for its sentiment
The Floating Strips technique is pretty simple, and several years back, I used this technique as part of a techniques' class. In the class, we made a technique card explaining how to do it and a greeting card using the technique. The magic of the technique comes from Stampin' Up!®'s Window Sheets and strips of cardstock.
As the technique card states:
"Cut a piece of Window Sheet in the desired size. Cut cardstock in several different colors into strips at least the length of the Window Sheet. Those strips should be varying in width, such asa 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2". Adhere the strips to the Window Sheet, leaving a small space between each strip. Once the Window Sheet is full of strips of cardstock, die cut your desired shape from the decorated Window Sheet. Use Stampin' Dimensionals behind the strips of cardstock to adhere the shape onto the card, making it look like the strips are floating on the paper."
I used bright colors for my Christmas card: Melon Mambo, Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green, and Pretty Peacock, which layered onto a Window Sheet and cut using one of the Countryside Corners Dies. I then grabbed Basic Black cardstock to cut out the word "Celebrate" using the Wanted to Say Dies from the Annual Catalog. Foam Adhesive Strips worked perfectly behind the strips to pop the shape off the page.
I wanted to make the inside of the card unique but Christmasy. Using the Merry & Bright stamp set, I added words with Granny Apple Green ink. The words were formed into the shape of a short, fat Christmas tree, and I just loved that look!
Iridescent Adhesive-Backed Discs finished off this crazy card just perfectly.
Watch here to watch me put the card together:
Happy Christmas creating!