Monday, September 28, 2009

Christmas Stamp Set Countdown, #10...Dasher!

For the next 5 or 6 weeks I'm going to be featuring 10 Christmas stamp sets. In case some of you are still sorting out what you'd like to do for Christmas, I hope this inspires you. For those of you who already have you Christmas sets, wait a while, I bet I'll use it and give you some new ideas.

The first set to be features isn't relly a set at all. Dasher is a stand alone stamp found on the very last page of the catalog for only $8.95. I think the reason he's not sold as a set is because he's just so cool. He'd make Donner and Blitzen look like fools. I can't even imagine how Cupid would look when compared to him.

Here they are, all the cards I could possibly make using the Dasher stamp. Okay, I could have probably made more but I was going a little kooky. As I was working with Dasher, I noticed how well he lends himself to cards rather than tags or other crafty do-dads. I also think he looks great with traditional Christmas colors. I tried him in blue and it just didn't work for me.
You may not see it here but the green card base is textured with the Big Shot Texturz polka dot plate. Trust me, it's cute.
I used:
*Dasher and Many Merry Messages
*Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Old Olive
*Corner rounder and Scallop edge punches
*Big Shot Textures Plate Backgrounds 1
This card has more of a distressed look to it. And between the tearing, wrinkling and ink sponging the edges, I had a LOT of fun making it. Until now I've been a bit iffy about the Soft Suede in-color but paring it with Ruby Red has convinced me its a keeper. Too bad we don't get to keep it huh?
I used:
*Dasher and Snow Swirled
*Ruby Red and Soft Suede
*Stamping sponges, Soft Suede polka dot ribbon
I found inspiration for this card at the following link:

Did I mention I now have a Big Shot? Well I do, and it is BY FAR the best die-cutting system that I've ever used, its just so smooth, light and easy to use. Even if the only die I ever bought was the Top Note die I used for this card, it would still be worth it. That die works with EVERYTHING! Also, you may be noticing I keep using the Snow Swirled set with Dasher? Well, I really think they go well together...I have the feeling that Snow Swirled goes with a lot actually.
I used:
*Dasher and Snow Swirled
*Kraft, Chocolate Chip and Real Red
*Real Red 5/8" Grograin, Slot punch, Top Note bigz die
I found inspiration for this card at the following link:

Shimmer Paint! Can you see it? Do you LOVE it?
A quick note about using the shimmer paint, its very runnny, stains jeans...and carpet. Use it wisely.
I used two application techniques here, (I mean besides pouring it directly onto my pants) for the snowflakes I used a sponge dauber with paint on it to ink up the stamp then just stamped like normal. This gives a lovely shimmery effect. For Dasher and the little greeting, I first inked my stamp with regular classic ink (Soft Suede) then went over that with a painty dauber. I know it sounds like all the ink would get soaked into the dauber but it works beautifully. You get a nice bold, shimmery image. Perfecto!
Then to add some shimmer to the small peice of Real Red cardstock I used to mat Dasher I simple applied what was left on my dauber to the edges of the paper.
I'd like to also point out how clever I am to use the slit punch closure here. See it?
I used:
*Dasher, Snow Swirled, Teeny Tiny Wishes
*Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White
*Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper
*Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
*Scallop Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Slit Punch, White Satin Ribbon, sponge daubers

On this card I used pretty much the exact same shimmer paint applications (see the white on white snowflakes, the shimmery matting of white and the shimmery Dasher?) but on a new card format. This is a fun little trifold. Its finished size is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4" so it still fits in a regular A2 envelope but has a little different charm to it.
To make the card, cut an 8 1/2 x 11" sheet in half longway at 4 1/4", score at 2 1/2" and at 6 3/4" then cut at 9 1/4". Or just do what I do and make it up as you go.
I used:
*Dasher, Snow Swirled
*Real Red and Whisper White
*Frost White Shimmer paint
*Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper
*Rael Red 5/8" Grograin ribbon, Sponge Daubers
Here's another view.

In case you were dying to see what the paint looks like, or the stamps they are. Sorry I didn't include a pic of my (now) fancy pants.


  1. I like the shimmer paint tri-fold and I want to see the fancy pants.

  2. Cute blog name and adorable cards!!

  3. How, how, how do you do this??? I mean...??? Seriously! These are AMAZING! You use shimmer paint and STAMPS and they don't get everywhere?? You, my dear, are a genius and UGH! Christmas? Already??