How to step up a simple card…

I decided to play along with the Global Design Project challenge this week, and thought while I was at it I would show you how to step up a simple card, to really bring lots of elements together. Please do check out the GDP website to see all the other entries for this week #GDP360 – visit their website HERE

This week’s challenge is to CASE the Designer, the fabulous Wilma De Korte, who went with a very Autumn theme for her card.

A card made by Wilma de Korte, the starting point for my tutorial on how to step up a simple card. Her card is autumn colours with leaves in red and orange.

I decided to change it up quite a bit, using a completely different set, the Boughs of Holly suite, a completely different theme, Christmas, but kept the layout as much as I could, with the strip of paper at the bottom, the background stamping, the focal point in the left bottom and the sentiment. Sometimes CASEing someone else is just a great starting point, and you don’t know where it will take you!

I am actually taking part in a Stamp Camp in October using this very suite, so if you wanting to make your own Christmas cards but haven’t started yet, or don’t know what to make, why not join us.

All you need to do is purchase the suite from me and I will send you the extra materials and instructions to make 13 amazing projects with your new stamps, dies, papers and embellishments. You will also get access to a dedicated FB page with bonus live videos, challenges, inspiration and more, all using this lovely suite.

A Christmas card with poinsettia and holly leaf, the starting point for my tutorial on how to step up a simple card.

I then decided to bring in the other elements from the suite, the natural ribbon, the dies and the textural elements. I show how I made the card above and the stepped up version in a YouTube video, if you would like to see how they both came together, just read on and click on the YouTube thumbnail to watch.

The colours I used were from the Designer Series Paper, Evening Evergreen and Cherry Cobbler. Someone said to me today, you know it’s Christmas when the Cherry Cobbler comes out! So true!

Two Christmas cards with poinsettias and holly leaves, showing how to step up a simple card

As well as the Leaves of Holly suite I have pulled in a couple of other stamp sets, purely for the background stamping. The criss-cross is from the Apple Harvest stamp set and the heart is from the Ringed with Nature stamp set – two lovely sets in their own right as well.

I must admit I went all out on the stepped up card and even heat embossed the wooden berries in gold embossing powder, it just needed a bit of bling! And that bow? I deconstructed the natural ribbon to give me all the strands that I then tied into a bow – so beautiful.

A detailed picture of a Christmas card with Poinsettias and holly leaves, showing all the elements you need to step up a simple card

How to step up a simple card

Watch this video below to learn how to step up a simple card, keeping the design the same but adding in lots of different elements.

A YouTube thumbnail with a picture of a Christmas Card. The video details how to step up a simple card

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my process of how to step up a simple card, and seeing all the other card designs from the Global Design Project too – there are some fab ones there. Why not have a go yourself, too, and see what you can make!

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Until next time, Happy Stamping xx

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