The Split 4 Stamping Technique is perfect for making multiple Christmas Cards. I coined the phrase “Split 4 Stamping” a couple years ago and it has been very well received. It is easy to make 4 cards from one piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock quickly. Let me tell you how easy it is.
You can score your piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock in half both vertically and horizontally. This method requires trimming each of the four cards individually once you are done stamping. It is the method that I usually use. However, this time I designed the cards for a workshop and wanted the participants to not have to cut multiple times. So, I trimmed the cardstock at the beginning.
The trimmed cardstock measures 7 3/4 x 10 1/4. It is scored on the long side at 5 1/8 and on the short side at 3 7/8. You could also mark the score lines with a pencil if you so choose.
the basic process
Once the scoring is done the stamping can begin. For this card I found it easiest to stamp the big pinecones first. First, I stamped in Early Espresso which makes lining up the stamp in Crumb Cake easier. Then you repeat the process with the little pine cone on the card and on a scrap piece.
I used both Granny Apple Green and Old Olive as the pine needle colors. The pine needles are used to fill in the open spaces along the score lines. The stems and berries are are stamped next. I find it easiest to stamp the stem first and then line the berries up when stamping.
The Split 4 Stamping technique uses the score lines as axis. Simply follow the axis from the center point out when stamping. I have other tutorials on this technique that you can see here.
I will list the products below that I used to make these four Christmas cards. Clicking on any of the products you will be directed to my online store so you can purchase any of the products you might need. You will be able to see specials and other neat Stampin’ Up! products on that site.
There is a video tutorial for these cards that you might be interested in viewing. As a visual learner, I find video tutorials to be extremely helpful. If that is you, then click here to view my YouTube tutorial here.
Card Base: (cut 4) 8 ½ x 11 Mossy Meadow scored at 4 ¼
Sheet for Split 4 Stamping: Crumb Cake cardstock trimmed to 7 ¾ x 10 ¼
Scored at 3 7/8 (short side) and 5 1/8 (long side)
Cherry Cobbler (cut 4) 5 ¼ x 4
Mossy Meadow (cut 4 for mat:) 2 1/8 x 1 3/8
Crumb Cake: (cut 4 for small pinecones): 1 ½ x 1 ¾
Crumb Cake: (cut 4 for sentiment): 2 ½ x 2
I hope you give this fun technique a try. If you do, please leave a comment for me and let me know your thoughts. Wishing you a happy stamping week.