• Donna Biderman

Life is Beautiful - Four Season Card! - Stampin' Up!

Updated: Dec 24, 2020

As soon as I saw the gorgeous Life is Beautiful set, I knew I wanted to make a four season card with a tree scene spanning the card and showing how the seasons affect the tree stand. My first thought of the best way to do this did not work, nor did my second, nor my third - but the fourth was the charm! Not only did it make a beautiful card, it was much easier than any of the other ways I tried. Sometimes simplest is best - live and learn!

You can use this card for anything. I think I'm going to send it to my 80 year old mother-in-law and her brand-new fiancé! See, life really can be beautiful in any season of life.

Life is Beautiful retires 12/31/2020, so make sure to get this set now - it's only $17 and oh so beautiful.

Check out my video making a different Life is Beautiful card here.

Ingredients: Life is Beautiful stamp set; Rectangle Stitched dies; white and brushed gold cardstocks; blushing bride, pear pizazz, shaded spruce, crushed curry, pumpkin pie, and early espresso inks; polka dot tulle ribbon; dark daffodil delight Stampin' Blends; liquid glue, mini glue dots, and Stampin' dimensionals; trimmer; and Stampin' Cut and Emboss machine.

Recipe: Cut a piece of white cardstock in half horizontally, then score in half and fold to make a 5.5x4.25" card that is oriented horizontally. Cut a piece of brushed gold just 1/8 inch smaller on each side (5 3/8 x 4 1/8). I wanted to minimize the white edge plus have more space for the panels. Cut another piece of white to 5x3 7/8". On this piece, stamp the tree from Life is Beautiful in early espresso, stamping twice and inking well before you stamp each tree, and making sure to angle the trees differently so it does not look like exactly the same tree. Cut the piece into four equal sized pieces: cut it horizontally at 1.25, 2.5, and 3.75. Make sure to keep the pieces in order so that the scene is intact.

Sparsely stamp the star/fireworks stamp in blushing bride on the left panel. Sparsely stamp the bubbles in pear pizazz on the second panel. Stamp the leaves in shaded spruce generously on the third panel, making sure to change the angle of the stamp. Clean the leaves stamp. Stamp the leaves in crushed curry and pumpkin pie on the last panel, placing the crushed curry more in the middle and the pumpkin pie more on the top, then stamp some falling leaves in pumpkin pie. Stamp the birdhouse on the last/autumn panel in early espresso hanging off a branch.

Cut a piece of brushed gold with the second largest of the narrower die cuts from the rectangle stitched die. Cut a piece of white 3x2" to fit inside the die cut brushed gold sheet. Stamp Life is Beautiful on the white piece, and attach to the brushed gold die cut piece with mini glue dots or your adhesive of choice.

Cut a piece of polka dot tulle ribbon and rub all over both sides with the dark daffodil delight Stampin' Blend, let dry a few minutes, then tie a bow.

Layer the card. Attach the large brushed gold piece to the cardbase using liquid glue or other adhesive. Using the liquid glue, attach the four panels to the brushed gold, making sure to leave the same space between each panel and the top and bottom. I find it easiest to lay them above the card where you expect them to go, then place the two outside panels, then lightly place the two inside panels, and move them into place before completely attaching them so that you can make sure they are well centered. Using dimensionals, pop up the sentiment in the lower left corner. Using a glue dot, attach the ribbon to the corner of the sentiment.

Hope you enjoyed that! Happy holidays and Happy New Year. If you make this card, please tag me so I can see it. Life is Beautiful!

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