card making :: ready for christmas

I’m sure that there must be a gazillion Christmas themed stamp sets, so how do you choose one?  One aspect that I look for when it comes to buying new products is versatility.  Can I use it in more than one way?  How can I get the most use out of it?  And when it comes to stamp sets, I try to think of how many designs I may be able to come up with.  I had the opportunity to try the “Ready for Christmas” photopolymer stamp and die cut set by Stampin’ Up! and enjoyed creating different scenes with it.

Our daughter also enjoyed creating scenes with the stamp set and die cut images.  There’s a little dog wearing a holiday sweater in the set that she loved coloring in. The set is designed to create a scene and it’s easy to do this both with and without the die cut pieces.

There is a large tree stamp that can be used stamped in the background (such as in this card above), or you can cut it out using the die cut.  There are also little ornaments that can be cut out and adhered to decorate the tree (or the garland).

There’s also a cute stairway die cut included in the set that has an embossed detail along the base.  I can see using this in other non-Christmas related projects.  For this example I used it along with the stockings die cut and used the tree in the background.

This is a great choice if you’re looking for a versatile Christmas themed stamp set.  Even without the die cut pieces, you could create a festive card design that would be easy to duplicate and make in larger quantities for the holidays.

Happy crafting!

Supplies used:

  • “Ready for Christmas” photopolymer bundle (#146056) – Stampin’ Up!
  • “Christmas Pines” stamp set (for the “may the simple joys” sentiment – #142049) – Stampin’ Up!
  • garden green ink pad (#126973) – Stampin’ Up!
  • crumb cake ink pad (#126975) – Stampin’ Up!
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