I’m excited to give you 3 tips to use Christmas stamps all year! Rather than packing them away until next October or November, let’s talk a few ways you can keep them on your paper crafting shelf all year long!
Let’s see our happy friend card – made with the Gingerbread House Dies, now 40% off!
Oh boy! Do I love getting more versatility from my paper crafting supplies! I love to help you save money and still have all kinds of options!
What do you think?
If you didn’t already know it was a Christmas set of dies, would you guess it by this card?
I’m guessing the answer is no!
Be sure to scroll down so you can see some ways I amped up my design too!
Let’s explore why you’d be able to pull the wool over other people’s eyes!
3 Tips to Use Christmas Stamps All Year
Now admittedly, this card is made with the Gingerbread House DIES, not so much the stamp set. That’s because I needed to send a friend card to someone pretty awesome! (You can find that greeting in the Party Penguins stamps).
But don’t you think these greetings totally could work for lots of other occasions (with the exception of the “Have a sweet Christmas”)?
Quick Tips for Year Round Crafting
- Go totally outside the Christmas colour wheel. Make sure you stay away from bright red and greens, or even wintry blues. Use your neutral tones like this Soft Suede and Crumb Cake combo I used.
- Pull in other stamps and papers. I love that the DSP for the house looks like bricks or siding. (It’s from the holiday paper Boughs of Holly. But rifle through all your papers. I’ll bet you have lots more that you can use. I cut the trees from another paper in that same package.) The windows are from the Happy Forest Friends DSP, in the Annual catalogue.
- Change up the time of year. There isn’t a snowflake in sight on this card! Instead when you look at it, all you’re thinking about is summer or even fall right?
If you’d like to see another fun idea made with this bundle, take a peek at this super cute 3D Christmas bag! We made it over on our Facebook page a few weeks ago. We get together every 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm Mountain Time and the VIPeeps crafting community would love to have you put in your two cents too!
If you’d like to see this sweet bag being made, all you have to do is join the free VIPeeps group by clicking here!
And if you’d like find out even more tips to add versatility to your card making, like using stamps meant for one season for others, check out this simple design Happy Canada Day 2022.
Take a Peek At Your Stash!
While I suspect many many many of your holiday paper crafting items can be used for other seasons, you might need to take a really close look to be sure. Take a browse! You might be surprised!
And since I know you can do it, here’s your challenge! Try making a card for someone who won’t be able to tell it was created with a seasonal set!
For all the supplies I used for this one, click on this list that you can print, pin or order from. Thank you for ordering with me and supporting my Design with Jo business.
No Gingerbread Here!
Before we finish up, let’s take a closer look at that little fence!
Isn’t it cute? Rather than use a darker colour, I used the same colour of paper so it didn’t stand out more than the house.
Then here are a couple other things I used to amp up this card.
- door knob made with the Festive Pearls
- window in our door added quickly with the Heart Pearls
- sand and ground texture with the Stripes and Splatters embossing folder and a blending brush.
I’d be tickled to have you give my 3 tips to use Christmas stamps all year a try – then send me a photo so I can see what you make!