Monday, December 21, 2009

A Cardinal Christmas Set Sampler - Note Pad/Planner

In our next set sampler adventure, I want to introduce you to a group of images that's perfect not just for Christmas, but for bird and nature lovers in all seasons. It's called "A Cardinal Christmas", and for the next four days I'll be showing you a variety of projects made primarily with this set. I'll begin with one of my favorite things, a holiday organizer.

You can probably tell that I haunt the $ bins in various locations. The trick is to add that special handmade touch that takes your project out of the common way. When you add a cover and a pocket to this pad, you have a place for coupons if it's a grocery list; a place for stamps if it's a list of folks to whom you want to send Christmas cards; or a place for receipts in case of return if it's your gift list. I'm sure the possibilities are much more varied than my short list, but you get the idea.

The cover takes a single sheet of 8.5x11 card stock. Turn it on the horizontal, and trim it to the same height as your note pad. Beginning on the right, measure the width of the pad, and score a top-to-bottom line into your card stock measuring from the right edge. Now measure the thickness of the pad (the fingernail marker system is just fine!), and score a second line that distance from the first line. Finally, score a third line that represents the width of the pad (this is the top cover) once again. The left-over folds under, creating your pocket and a nice sturdy edge for your notebook. Use Sticky Strip to secure the pocket flap at top and bottom.

I heat embossed the cardinals onto naturals white CS and colored with an Aquapainter filled with denatured alcohol for clear, vivid color.

Don't forget to sign your name on the back - you've just created a work of art!


All Supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Paper: Real Red, Sage Shadow, Basic Black, Naturals White CS
Ink: Real Red, Sage Shadow classic; Black Craft or Versamark for embossing
Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas, Baroque Motifs (for you, Michelle!)
Accessories: (Note pad from local retailer) Sticky Strip, Tombow Multi-Purpose glue, Black embossing powder, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Dimensionals

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