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NC Demos October 2020 Blog Hop – Merry Moose

Welcome to the NC Demos October 2020 Blog Hop! I hope you were able to visit Sue Root’s website to see her post. If not, please visit her blog post to see her creations. This month, we are featuring two projects using the same stamp set and its coordinating products to showcase the stamp set’s versatility.

For this month’s blog hop, I created a Christmas card and a gift card or treat holder with the Merry Moose stamp set and coordinating Moose Punch. These were fun to make and reminded me of moose sightings while growing up in New England. The Christmas card includes how to stamp the reverse image of the moose and punch it out. I have really enjoyed this stamp set. Stop by later this week for some additional moose projects.


Christmas Card

Cardstock measurements (all in inches):

Early Espresso

  • 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4

Garden Green

  • 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 (little larger than this if using Stitched Rectangles Dies)

Whisper White

  • 4 3/8 x 3 (little larger than this if using Stitched Rectangles Dies)
  • 5 1/4 x 4 for inside of card
  • Scraps for Moose(es), gifts, and greeting

Real Red

  • Scrap to punch label


How to make the card:

Cut the Garden Green card stock out using the second largest of the Stitched Rectangles dies, then run it back through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textiles 3D embossing folder and adhere it to the Early Espresso card front.

Cut the Whisper White card stock using the next smallest Stitched Rectangles Dies. Stamp trees, stamping some of them a second time without reinking. Stamp the star on top of the middle tree.

Stamp the outline of the moose in Early Espresso ink on a scrap of Whisper White card stock then using the solid moose stamp and Soft Suede ink, stamp the inside of the moose and punch out with Moose punch. Save the cardstock from where you punched out the moose (negative space).

To stamp the moose in reverse direction, use your silicon craft sheet; you will need to clean of any adhesive residue as this will become our stamp. Ink up the moose outline stamp with Early Espresso ink and stamp it onto the silicon craft sheet. Quickly take the craft sheet and stamp the outline image onto a scrap of Whisper White card stock. Flip the moose you just stamped over near a light or window and use the negative space punch from the first moose to line up the outline with the negative space (see picture). This will put the moose in the correct direction so you can use the punch  (it may help to use removable adhesive to attach the two pieces so they don’t move when you put them in the punch). Go ahead and punch out the moose. Color the moose in using the Soft Suede and Bronze Stampin’ Blends.

Sponge Balmy Blue and Rich Razzleberry ink onto the background of the Whisper White layer. Spray with a mixture of Champagne Mist and rubbing alcohol. Adhere to Garden Green layer of card stock.

Stamp the gifts on Whisper White in Soft Suede ink and then color in with Stampin’ Blends. Cut out gifts and attach to card.

Attach both punched moose with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Use adhesive snowflakes on background.

Stamp the greeting with Garden Green ink onto a Whisper White scrap then punch out with Label Me Lovely Pick A Punch. Using the same punch, punch Real Red cardstock to mat the greeting and attach to card.

Decorate a piece of Whisper White card stock and adhere to inside of card. See bottom of post for products used.



Gift Card Holder

Cardstock measurements (all in inches):

Shaded Spruce

  •  2 pieces – 5 x 4
  • 8 3/4 x 1 3/4

Crushed Curry

  • 2 pieces – 4 x 3

Whisper White

  • 2 pieces – 3 x 2
  • Scrap pieces for greeting and gifts (one of each for both sides)

Rich Razzleberry

  • Scrap for greeting mat (one for each side)


How to make the gift card or treat holder:

Use the Celebration Label dies to cut out two each of the Shaded Spruce, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White layers (use third smallest, second smallest, and smallest dies respectively). Adhere layers together to create the two sides.

Stamp two moose on Whisper White card stock with Early Espresso ink then stamp with the solid image using Soft Suede ink; punch out.

Stamp greeting on Whisper White scrap (1/2 inch wide), then cut using the Banners Pick A Punch, then cut Rich Razzleberry mat (3/4 inch wide) with same punch – make two of each.

Use gift stamp to stamp two sets of gifts. Color and cut apart as desired. (These were colored with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write marker and the Shaded Spruce and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends.) Assemble as shown or as desired.

For the middle insert, take the Shaded Spruce card stock (8 3/4 x 1 3/4) score it at 3 1/4 inches from each end lengthwise then turn so the card stock is longer up and down and score 3/4 of an inch from each side – see picture. Snip along score line at the 3 1/4 score lines to the 3/4 inch score line. This will create the insert that will allow you to place a treat or gift card into this holder.

Use bone folder to create crisp creases along score lines. Fold paper and adhere as shown in the photo below to the inside of one of the sides. I used the small curved corners near the bottom of the outside to line up the middle piece. Stick other side onto insert. Trim along both sides along the bottom (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch) to create a straight edge. Color rhinestones with blends and attach to sides. See below for list of products used.



That’s it! I hope you have enjoyed this stop on the blog hop! Stop back by later this week for more Merry Moose! In the mean time, please go to the next stop on the hop and visit Tracie Evans Langley’s blog post for more creative ideas.

Thanks for stopping in,




Christmas Card Product List


Gift Cart/ Treat Holder Product List

5 Responses

  1. Dawn – LOVE your projects! The tip you gave to stamp and punch the moose image in reverse is simply brilliant!! And, your gift card box is perfect. I hope you don’t mind if I CASE it!

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