Welcome back! I am continuing on in my plaid obsession. Today I am pairing up the Best Plaid dies with the Peace & Joy bundle to create a non-traditional Christmas card. This sure makes me feel Merry and Bright. How about you?

And talk about non-traditional, what do you think of this color combination?

Here is my card.

plaid background Christmas card

Do you know that TODAY you can order the NEW Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine? I have been playing with it for a week or so and I am thrilled with the pressure and ease of use. It cuts all the dies perfectly. So easy to use with the instructions printed on the base platform and each of the plates numbered. You will not be disappointed.

MEASUREMENTS

  • Thick Whisper White cardstock:
    • 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
    • scraps for sentiment
  • Whisper White cardstock:
    • 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ for die-cut plaid lines
    • 3-1/2″ x 5″ card panel
  • Smoky Slate cardstock:
    • 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ for plaid lines
    • 4″ x 2″ for sentiment / die-cut
  • Petal Pink cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ for plaid blocks
  • Basic Gray cardstock: 3-3/4″ x 5″ for card panel base layer
  • Vellum: 4-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ for sentiment

PLAID BACKGROUND

  • Die-cut plaid pieces and layer as shown: Whisper White base, then Petal Pink blocks, then Smoky Slate and Whisper White lines.
  • Trim to fit the Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 5″ card panel.
  • Layer plaid panel on the Basic Gray card panel base layer.

SENTIMENT

  • Stamp bold “Bright” in Whisper White craft ink on Smoky Slate cardstock.
  • Heat emboss with white embossing powder.
  • Die-cut embossed “Bright”.
  • Die-cut vellum outline for “Bright”.
  • Layer as shown.
  • Stamp remaining sentiments in Basic Gray on Thick Whisper White cardstock.
  • Trim sentiment strips leaving a small white border.

ASSEMBLY

  • Assemble as shown.
  • Customize the envelope and message insert panel.

Did you notice the double lines in this plaid? There are so many ways to put the dies together. Experiment! Choose 3 colors. Then die-cut at least 2-3 of each of the dies (block & lines) from each color. And play. Place lines above and below block. Or put 2 lines together on a block.


HISTORY OF PLAID

According to Wikipedia – The word plaid, derived from the Scottish Gaelic plaide, meaning “blanket”, was first used to denote any rectangular garment.

And according to the Smithsonian – For a pattern, plaid has been remarkably successful. It’s one of the most widespread, recognizable, and ubiquitous designs in the world, coming in almost every color and shade under the sun. But while it may be a major part of the hipster dress code, plaid has meant a lot of different things to many different people during the thousands of years that people have been wearing that iconic fabric.

Technically, plaid isn’t the pattern’s proper name. That honor goes to the word “tartan,” which was first used to describe the individual colors and patterns used to decorate the clothes of different Scottish clans. While they often came in the same colors, “plaids” were actually heavy traveling cloaks worn to ward off the bitter cold of the Scottish winters (and maybe Chicago winters too!) Plaid only replaced tartan once the patterns became popular with British and American textile manufacturers who would recreate fabrics that looked like tartans, but without centuries of symbolic meaning embedded in their clothing


 

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