This is Christmas version of Mixed Sentiments, Square Essentials and Essential Circles all in one.

The messages fit in 1” circle punch, for more detail info check the Coordinating Punches section bellow.

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This is really my Essential Christmas message set. With it you get the Christmas version of the Mixed Sentiments, Essential Circles, Square essentials and the Circle Tags, all for the price of one. Sixteen messages plus the tag which equals loads of possibilities. 


Now, punch sizes. The stand alone messages and the solid circles are just under 1" in size, which means that they punch out nicely using a 1" punch. This also means that it can be combined with the Joyful Bubbles as they are exactly the same size.


The snowflake tag is the same size as the Circle Tags, which means that punches nicely with either the 1 3/8" or 1 1/2" or even the 1 1/2" scallop circle.

For the full circle punch chart click here.


The square messages can be cut/punched into 1 1/8", but also 1" like in the inside of the card bellow.

For the Square punch chart click here.


To be perfectly honest there is no need for a tutorial for this set. But since I am doing one for each of the new sets, well, it would be rude not to offer a few tips for this clear stamp set.




I first stamped the Snowflake Circle Tag using Versafine Deep Lagoon.




Then I punched it out. This is what it looks on a 1 3/8" circle punch.




This is what it looks on a 1 1/2" circle punch.




This is what it looks on a 1 1/2" circle scallop punch, which is the one I chose.




Then I cut around the inside of the snowflake. It is fairly easy even for a I-can't-use-a-craft-knife person like myself.




Next step is to stamp the solid circle. Now, I have been told that it is hard to stamp well a solid clear stamp, and there is some truth to it. Solid images are much more temperamental. But here is how I do it. First, I choose Versafine or Memento ink pads, preferably the former. Second I only dab the ink into the stamp, I do not put any pressure at all, just a kiss.




Then, I turn a little bit the stamp clockwise and repeat the gentle dabbing of the ink.




And do the same again. Usually I do dab the ink pad against the stamp about four or five times and all the time turning the stamp around so I don't get any streaks of ink. It doesn't take much longer than the usual methods of inking but the results are much better on stamps like these.




You can see by the result, a perfectly solid inked image.




I then punch it out with a 1" punch.




And then I put it on to the snowflake tag, just making the snowflake to sit on top.




Squares, 1 1/8" will get you the white edge around.




They will fit into 1 1/2" scalloped punches.




But most of the square messages will also fit into a 1" square. the only one that doesn't look that good on a 1" is the Christmas wishes.




And this a few options of the Essentials combined with coordinating sets, ie: Christmas Messages, Joyful Bubbles...




And finally, a very simple card. I stamped the message, then the little flower - Filled with Flowers, Memento Lulu Lavender ink pad - and then punched it out using a tag punch. The black paper is embossed using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. This card is not to everyones taste but many on my Christmas card list are not crafters which means that they respond better to simple modern cards than more elaborate crafty ones.

 
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