Friday, September 13, 2019

Concord & 9th Feature Friday: Silent Night

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by.  Today I'm thrilled to be one of the Feature Friday guest designs for the September Concord & 9th Holiday Collection.  This is post #2 for today. My post featuring Concord & 9th's Christmas Florals is HERE.

In this post, I'm sharing some projects that feature the Silent Night stamp and die bundle.  This is such a sweet set.  The simple fonts and sketched images are perfect, and the manger image and matching die give tons of possibilities for your Christmas cards.  The die set includes both solid outline and stitching options.

I love the frame dies.  They have a whimsical slightly off-kilter handmade charm.  There is one that cuts the large frame, and the nested one that cuts a smaller outline plus stitching holes.  It was the stitching die that I chose to use for this card.  

I cut the stitched frame from a piece of white cardstock.  I saved the negative piece and used that inside my Original MISTI to align both the large greeting stamp and the manger stamp within the opening.  When I was happy with the alignment, I added the frame diecut within the opening and stamped with embossing ink, then heat embossed with gold powder.  I actually stamped and embossed it a second time, since it was so easy to replace into that negative piece and I knew I'd be able to stamp in the exact same place.  This second layer of heat embossing gave me a really smooth raises texture.  I decided I wanted to keep my card very simple and classic, so I made a background using gold embossing too.  I used a small stamp block to stamp the leaf sprig stamp randomly over the top half of my white folded card base with embossing ink.  I then embossed it.  By only heat embossing half at a time, I could easily hold my paper without disturbing any images, and that unstamped half was cool enough to hold as I melted the powder. It was easy to see where to place the rest of my images too.

I assembled my card by simply adding the frame to my card base with dimensional foam tape.

I used the same stitched die for my next project.  This time doing a bit of stitching.  This time, I used the die to cut two pieces of 100% ivory wool felt to make a little ornament.   I knew I wanted to use the little pine branch stitching dies, and also wanted a simple greeting so I flipped through some of my previously released C&9th holiday sets for a simple greeting that could be stitched easily.  I chose the Noel from Very Merry Sentiments.  This was perfectly sized and in a very thin simple font, that i knew would be easy to stitch, even without guide holes.  I aligned the Noel and the die into my MISTI for placement, then removed the die before picking up the stamp with the lid of my MISTI.  I stamped it twice using Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink.  Antique Linen waa pale enough ink that it would not be visible under my stitching and the pigment formula did not absorb and spread through the felt as I feared a dye formula might.  It worked!  The stamped image was faint, yet crisp and adequately visible for stitching.  

I then added the stitchinng holes for the Pine Sprigs, by running my felt and die through my die cutting machine.  The tiny centers of the holes popped right out.

I used the large needle and embroidery floss from the Sew Essentials Kit to do my stitching,  I backstitched the letters and pine sprig using 4 of the 6 strands of embroidery floss.  When finished, I lined up the two felt pieces (make sure you have them aligned correctly the frame die is NOT symmetrical!) and starting at the upper left corner used a running stitch, (leaving gaps between the stitches) worked my way around to the upper right corner.  At this point, I added some light polyfill to the pocket I'd just created. I'd have loved to add some holiday scent pot pourri, but I did not have any.  But these would make great little sachets, wouldn't they?  

After adding some polyfill, I added a few more stitches to get almost to the top center.  Now i added a loop of red grosgrain ribbon and stitched it into my seam.  I continued stitching to where I'd started.   could have stopped right there, but instead, I decided to stitch around once more, this time filling in those previous gaps with a stitch.  This added more strength to my seam, especially for my ribbon loop. When I'd finished the second trip around the ornament, I simple tied off my floss.  My ornament was complete!

My last uses the regular non-stitching dies from the Silent Night die set with the small poinsettia image and large script-y Merry Christmas greeting from Christmas Florals.  I love that large greeting and heat embossed it in gold to the lower corner of a white card panel and adhered it to a kraft card base.  To create the holiday spray, I first stamped the small singular poinsettia image from Christmas Florals onto a small piece of colored pencil paper and used pale blue, greens, lavender and grays to shade the petals of the flower, and blue greens to color the leaves.  Rather than used the die, which would leave a tiny white border, I chose to hand trim out my image.  

I cut many of the Silent Night pine and leaf sprig die cuts from three colors of cardstock.  I added a piece of dimensional foam tape to the back of my poinsettia, then added the small sprig die cuts one by one to create the floral spray.  I secured them all with liquid glue, then added them to my card with additional liquid adhesive. 

Thats all from me! Thanks for visiting today!    
I'll be back next Friday with more Concord and 9th features!

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Have a stellar day!
Happy crafting!

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