The final 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge for June is triple stamping, with brads.
I haven't tried triple stamping before, so good to do something new.
The obvious stamps to use were snowflakes or holly - but neither helped my personal stash challenge - to use something I've had for ages but not used.
Then I realised I could use my Christmas jumper stamp set, from Clarity. This is one I coveted for ages, as a stamper and a knitter it was a must have. I finally bought it, but still hadn't used it.
After measuring up the stamps and working out what size card to use, I cut my three layers from stencil card, and attached them using repositionable tape.
I put a strip of masking tape across, as a guide for the stamping.
The first row of stamping is this star pattern. I used fired brick distress ink.
I then added rows, building up a wide stripe across the card.
Next I made the topper. I used the jumper stamp for this, with its mask.
First I decorated the main body section, using this for the sentiment.
I then swapped the masks around and patterned the sleeves.
Finally, I used a matching distress marker to add the ribbing to the cuffs, next and waist.
I trimmed this back, then cut the matts for each of the layers. I used my perfect layers rulers, using the 1/8 inch side.
I started to layer it all together onto an A5 card base, then realised I still had to add the brads, so had to take it off the card.
There was a little red smudge above the jumper, so guess where I put my first brad!
Once it was all together, it felt like something was missing, so I got out my bakers twine, in red, white and green. I tied a double bow, and fastened it across the bottom of the card, using super sticky tape to hold it.
I think if I was doing it again, I'd angle the patterned stripe the other way, and might use more colours - green as well maybe. But I definitely like my jumper stamp, and it was easier to use than it looked.